Trump and Russia

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Over the past five years there has been an incredible amount written about links between Donald Trump and Russia and how the Russian Government engaged in a successful attempt to undermine America by having Trump elected in 2016.

Much of the claim is based on circumstantial evidence, the use of social media to flood the US of A with all sorts of weird conspiracy theories during the election campaign, the abundance of fake news, the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s email server and the drip drip dripped release of information undermined the Clinton campaign and contributed to a narrow loss.

And Trump was not hiding in the background as he made this request for assistance from Russia.

Among the left there has been a spirited debate about whether Russia actually helped Trump in an attempt to undermine the US of A.  Some have claimed that it is fake news as well, others including myself thought that the claim had a disturbing logic behind it.

The Guardian has this article reporting on a claim of a leaked Russian Government paper suggesting that there was a concerted effort by the Russian Government to undermine America’s democracy.  From the article written by Luke Harding, Julian Borger and Dan Sabbagh:

Vladimir Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents.

The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present.

They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.

Russia’s three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature.

The paper, presuming it is real, suggests that the Russians did not have much respect for Trump.

There is a brief psychological assessment of Trump, who is described as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex”.”

And there is a hint that the pee pee tape does exist.

Trump was asked for a response and it is shall we say predictable.

This is disgusting. It’s fake news, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA was fake news. It’s just the Radical Left crazies doing whatever they can to demean everybody on the right.

“It’s fiction, and nobody was tougher on Russia than me, including on the pipeline, and sanctions. At the same time we got along with Russia. Russia respected us, China respected us, Iran respected us, North Korea respected us.

“And the world was a much safer place than it is now with mentally unstable leadership.”

No doubt the veracity of this paper will be questioned just as pretty well everything else associated with Trump.  But it does explain a lot.  And it indicates how fragile America’s democracy is.

41 comments on “Trump and Russia ”

  1. Andre 1

    Personally I'm keeping a truckload of salt handy for this one. There's plenty of more rational analysts questioning this one, beyond the kooky convergence moonbats that have been shrieking "Russiagate" non-stop for the last five years.

    https://www.salon.com/2021/07/15/intelligence-security-experts-react-to-bombshell-new-trump-putin-allegations-with-skepticism/

    • joe90 1.1

      Lotsa salt.

      It seems likely that if these documents are genuine – hold that thought for a moment – we’re seeing them because the Kremlin wants us to see them. Given the century-long RIS history of pushing doctored or outright fake documents to Western journalists in the service of strategic disinformation, there’s ample room for skepticism here.

      https://topsecretumbra.substack.com/p/moscows-mice-games-keep-working

    • Morrissey 1.2

      The journalists and analysts you so desperately call “convergence moonbats”—that epithet is about as funny and clever as a speech by Kamala Harris, by the way—haven't been "shrieking Russiagate", they have methodically laid out the doomed campaign by the right wing of the Democratic Party to blame Russia's marginal and inept social media warfare for Hillary Clinton's disastrous performance in 1916.

      Possibly the most deranged Russiagater was the ridiculous Jerry Nadler, who compared the pathetic efforts of those Russian trolls to the attack on Pearl Harbor…

      https://theintercept.com/2018/02/19/a-consensus-emerges-russia-committed-an-act-of-war-on-par-with-pearl-harbor-and-911-should-the-u-s-response-be-similar/

      The only shrieking on this matter was by politicians (Hillary Clinton herself, and her partners in ineptitude Nancy "Russia, Russia, Russia" Pelosi, Charles Schumer, "Mayor Pete", etc.) and media acolytes of Clinton, such as that arch-conspiracist Rachel "Russia, Russia, Russia" Maddow, the discredited liar Luke Harding, and this sad fellow….

      • Andre 1.2.1

        Thank you for ably illustrating the "kooky" descriptor I used. You really didn't need to! smiley

        • Morrissey 1.2.1.1

          The pleasure's all mine, my friend. Another one, just as kooky as that one, is his media colleague and fellow conspiracy theorist Rachel Maddow…

          And the “right on” resistance court jester Stephen Colbert was equally deranged for four years. You’d think that, being a professional stand-up comedian, he would have been funnier than the pretentious, stolid Maddow and the absurdly pompous Olbermann. However, unlike them, he wasn’t funny in the slightest. Just sad.

          • Incognito 1.2.1.1.1

            Can you please go really easy on the YT clips of your favourite conspiracy and counter-conspiracy theorists? Thank you in advance.

            • Morrissey 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Sorry about that. I was wary of inflicting on my fellow Standardisti those disturbing clips of once rational people melting down in public; I hope people can rid their minds of those two horror shows.

          • Ad 1.2.1.1.2

            You are not worthy to untie Rachel Maddow's sandals.

            She is the most qualified political journalist on US mainstream media, and one of the most qualified in the United States. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a PhD in politics from Oxford University, and first degree at Stanford.

            In May this year a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Rachel Maddow, finding she did not defame One America News when she said it was “Russian propaganda.”

            Earlier this year, OAN had to pay her $250,000 in damages.

            https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2021/02/09/msnbc-rachel-maddow-awarded-legal-fees-after-oan-lawsuit/4447175001/

            She has hosted her MSNBC show 5 nights a week for 11 years straight.

            She averages between 1 and 2 million viewers a night.

            It's most unlikely you or anyone of your gullible ilk have read her publications;
            – Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

            • Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest Most Destructive Industry on Earth
            • Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House.

            All closely researched over years with the scale of research and depth of sources you would expect from a PhD with some of the deepest, longest, and most credible institutional sources you could expect in US political journalism.

            None of the claims in the books have been successfully contested. Some try like those moonbats on OAN. For which they are getting pantsed.

            You, on the other hand, regularly post lies and idiocy about her, and therefore are just a fucking tool with zero credibility.

            • Andre 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Sorry to be a pedant, but the correct taxonomy of the nuttier fringes of the political continuum matters to me.

              OAN are wingnuts, not moonbats. More specifically, they are convergence wingnuts, that share a lot of ideas, goals, and methods with convergence moonbats. Albeit they have arrived in a similar place by very different routes.

              • Ad

                It's the circle of life.

              • Morrissey

                Boring, Andre. But, to be fair, it's more substantial than the (unwittingly entertaining) stream of abuse in the post immediately above your big empty circle.

            • Brigid 1.2.1.1.2.2

              "..OAN had to pay her $250,000 in damages."

              No, OAN did not have to pay Maddow damages.

              Lies and zero credibility you say..

      • Gabby 1.2.2

        Yes, it does seem likely that Pooters authorised pro Chump shitstirring.

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    I presume any real Kremlin leak would be deliberate, so I wonder why it happened now (rather than during the campaign). What's Putin's game here??

    "The report – “No 32-04 \ vd” – is classified as secret. It says Trump is the “most promising candidate” from the Kremlin’s point of view. The word in Russian is perspektivny."

    Perspective operates via triangulation (two eyes + object) so perhaps leverage is implied. To operate a lever effectively one must apply suitable force from a suitable relative position to get the shift happening. A loose cannon like Trump is more likely to change the game, so the "mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex" became useful.

    Narcissists feel inferior?? Not according to tradition, which describes them as feeling superior to others. Dunno how the Russian govt psychologists got that wrong!

    • McFlock 2.1

      Well, dolt45 is done, but throwing this out might keep the doscord going.

      Thing about that buffoon is that he is incredibly narcissistic, but blatantly terminally insecure. Possibly because he quietly suspects he's a moron.

      That having been said, I dunno whether the current document is real. Reads almost too perfectly – filling in the dots of what we know now, throwing in the references to kompromat, all of that jazz. So could just have been written retrospectively by anyone wanting to keep shit going.

      The perspective required to look at dolt45 is from 20 or 50 years in the future.

      • Dennis Frank 2.1.1

        dolt45 is done

        Don't speak too soon! I thought so too after the election but have been somewhat taken aback by the trend since – the punters seem not to be disenchanted. First, there was the ejection of Liz Cheney from her #3 slot. Then the slide of momentum away from moderate Republican resurgence. All the reports seem to indicate that the party has hardened up under his control.

        I agree with your last line. But I suspect the loose cannon effect is as much deliberate as accidental. Folks like a player and zany style is often effective in groups. Just look at Beppe Grillo's track record of success! Plus that dude in Ukraine.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beppe_Grillo

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelensky

        Trumps ability to play the line between them & us is exemplified by his advice to followers to take the covid vaccine not to mention getting the jab himself early on (giving the finger to the conspiracy theorists – his apparent voting base). I saw a media report earlier today of a poll that found believers in one conspiracy or another have now crossed above the 50% threshold in the USA. A political leader who defies that trend is not one to dismiss – even if he only does so sometimes!

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          sure, he's a demagogue.

          But even if he's not going to gaol any time soon, all he's doing is marginalising the repugs. The only way they'll get back into power is if they can disenfranchise voters more quickly than he loses them.

          • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, likeliest outcome. The demographic trend has been against old rich white fellas for a while now. However, voters are irrational & often spin on a dime like reef fish in response to getting spooked by events.

            Happened to Jimmy Carter, eh? Biden could be tested by a situation that requires a show of strength & fall short of expectations. Kennedy faced down Khrushchev & won. All it would take would be for Xi & Putin to decide Trump is preferable to Biden, then orchestrate a suitable crisis while Biden is campaigning for re-election.

  3. Anne 3

    Narcissists feel inferior?? Not according to tradition, which describes them as feeling superior to others. Dunno how the Russian govt psychologists got that wrong!

    Anyone who has been on the receiving end of one (or more) knows that narcissists think they are superior to everyone. Their top psychologists would not make that mistake.

    On the other hand, there was certainly some interference by the Russians in the 2016 US election. Whether or not it was formally signed off by Putin we will probably never know.

  4. Morrissey 4

    And Trump was not hiding in the background as he made this request for assistance from Russia.

    That was a joke, of course. Not a very nice joke, being Trump, but a joke. The Mueller Report definitively closed the curtain on this whole ridiculous affair; no one outside the top echelons of the Democratic Party and their courtiers in the media ever took seriously the idea that Russian masterminds, rather than Democratic “strategists”, were responsible for the catastrophe of November 2016.

  5. SPC 5

    Trump achieved nothing in his relationship with Russia while POTUS, not for them nor the US. He was a disappointment for Russians and Americans alike.

    He undermined NATO unity to a minor degree, but never questioned its continuance – when post the Warsaw Pact, liberation of Eastern Europe and inclusion of Baltic states in the EU there was no longer any point to it.

    It only served to give Russia an inferiority complex – enable an anti-western nationalist to dominate its politics.

  6. nathan 6

    I do not believe The Guardian…simply untrustworthy …. The Guardian is not helping Julian Assange anymore after he (Julian) showed that Russia Gate was a lie

  7. Ad 7

    The appalling thing about the Trump administration is that it gained power by turning people away from the mainstream media as a whole. People no longer trust professional journalists from long established companies who produce stories with multiple sources, multiple editors, quality control, lines of managerial control, risk and audit departments, and accountability to senior staff, to shareholders, and finally accountable to mainstream public opinion

    Instead they trust any bullshit like those fools at The Intercept who have simply no accountability.

    The truth is that the Republican Party has used Russia to get their common ally Donald Trump first into the White House and second the dominate all successors.

    There's little doubt that Donald Trump's Republican party has rapidly degraded US democracy far faster than any President we've seen since the Depression. Imperfect though it was, US democracy is deeply imperilled by the Republican Party.

    You don't have to take my word for it.

    https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/563404-ex-trump-official-number-one-national-security-threat-ive-ever-seen

    A former Trump administration official is calling the Republican Party the “No. 1 national security threat."

    Today, Miles Taylor a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, made the comment during a Thursday interview on MSNBC’s “The Reid Out.”

    “I’ve spent my whole career not as a political operative. I’ve never worked on a campaign in my life other than campaigning against Trump. I’m a national security guy. I’ve worked in national security against ISIS, al Qaeda and Russia,” Taylor said.

    “And the No. 1 national security threat I’ve ever seen in my life to this country’s democracy is the party that I’m in — the Republican Party. It is the No. 1 security national security threat to the United States of America,” he said.

    • RedLogix 7.1

      People no longer trust professional journalists from long established companies who produce stories with multiple sources, multiple editors, quality control, lines of managerial control, risk and audit departments, and accountability to senior staff, to shareholders, and finally accountable to mainstream public opinion

      Blaming Trump for all of this might be a bit of a reach. It could also have something to do with the fact of the media's blatant bias, selective gaslighting, constant clickbait and the experience of how wrong they are whenever they write about something you're personally involved in.

      Trump was at best an erratic clown-show, but more dangerous than his own flaws has been the entrenched political, scientific and social tribalism that arose in his wake. And that few will own up to their own role in making this worse not better.

    • Morrissey 7.2

      People no longer trust professional journalists from long established companies who produce stories with multiple sources, multiple editors, quality control, lines of managerial control, risk and audit departments, and accountability to senior staff, to shareholders, and finally accountable to mainstream public opinion

      You're a True Believer if ever there was one. Where was the "quality control" and "accountability" in the New York Times, WaPo, CNN, Fox News, the Times of Murdoch, the BBC, and all those other "professional journalists" as they obediently and uncritically published government disinformation before, during and after the 1990 attack on Iraq; during the enforced starvation of Iraq in the 1990s ("it was worth it", according to the regular mainstream media commentator Madeleine Albright); before, during and after the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan; before, during and after the 2003 re-invasion and occupation of Iraq; and during that disastrous four year fantasy campaign of trying to prove that Trump was being run as a puppet by those dastardly masterminds in the Kremlin?

      You contend that these "professional journalists" use "multiple sources": that's immediately disproved by watching and monitoring CNN or MSNBC for a few days, or better, a few months. Your contention would be correct if by "multiple sources" you meant a long line of Pentagon and CIA PR people.

      This was a major theme, for example, with Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News analyst from 2001 to 2007. A retired Army general who had specialized in psychological warfare, Mr. Vallely co-authored a paper in 1980 that accused American news organizations of failing to defend the nation from “enemy” propaganda during Vietnam.

      “We lost the war — not because we were outfought, but because we were out Psyoped,” he wrote. He urged a radically new approach to psychological operations in future wars — taking aim at not just foreign adversaries but domestic audiences, too. He called his approach “MindWar” — using network TV and radio to “strengthen our national will to victory.”

      The Selling of the War

      From their earliest sessions with the military analysts, Mr. Rumsfeld and his aides spoke as if they were all part of the same team.

      In interviews, participants described a powerfully seductive environment — the uniformed escorts to Mr. Rumsfeld’s private conference room, the best government china laid out, the embossed name cards, the blizzard of PowerPoints, the solicitations of advice and counsel, the appeals to duty and country, the warm thank you notes from the secretary himself.

      “Oh, you have no idea,” Mr. Allard said, describing the effect. “You’re back. They listen to you. They listen to what you say on TV.” It was, he said, “psyops on steroids” — a nuanced exercise in influence through flattery and proximity. “It’s not like it’s, ‘We’ll pay you $500 to get our story out,’ ” he said. “It’s more subtle.”

      The access came with a condition. Participants were instructed not to quote their briefers directly or otherwise describe their contacts with the Pentagon.

      In the fall and winter leading up to the invasion, the Pentagon armed its analysts with talking points portraying Iraq as an urgent threat. The basic case became a familiar mantra: Iraq possessed chemical and biological weapons, was developing nuclear weapons, and might one day slip some to Al Qaeda; an invasion would be a relatively quick and inexpensive “war of liberation.”

      At the Pentagon, members of Ms. Clarke’s staff marveled at the way the analysts seamlessly incorporated material from talking points and briefings as if it was their own.

      “You could see that they were messaging,” Mr. Krueger said. “You could see they were taking verbatim what the secretary was saying or what the technical specialists were saying. And they were saying it over and over and over.” Some days, he added, “We were able to click on every single station and every one of our folks were up there delivering our message. You’d look at them and say, ‘This is working.’ ”

      On April 12, 2003, with major combat almost over, Mr. Rumsfeld drafted a memorandum to Ms. Clarke. “Let’s think about having some of the folks who did such a good job as talking heads in after this thing is over,” he wrote.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/us/20generals.html

      • SPC 7.2.1

        The "attack on Iraq" in 1990 – you mean the UN applying its collective defence of nations by organising the 1991 liberation of Kuwait?

        • Morrissey 7.2.1.1

          I mean, and you also know very well, the scofflaw US regime threatening, cajoling, and forcing other countries to reluctantly back its illegal aggression.

    • Morrissey 8.1

      Thanks Mike. Be warned, though: our friend Andre has probably placed you somewhere on his big schematic circle.

    • Morrissey 8.2

      From that excellent article:

      We know, without reading it, that the story is fake because its main author is Luke Harding. Harding also authored the story which claimed that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manaford met Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. That story was proven to be false but the Guardian, to its shame, still has it up on its website.

      In 2017 Luke Harding abruptly ended an interview with Aaron Maté after Harding was challenged over false claims he had made in his book about 'Russiagate'. The last five minutes of that video are quite amusing.

      https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/07/steele-dossier-peddlers-confirm-its-substance-with-new-forgeries.html#more

      • McFlock 8.2.1

        Most of the anti-Putins seem to be somewhat critical of this report, even though it fits that perspective.

        Applying critical thinking skills even to things one might want to agree with is a good habit to get into.

        • Morrissey 8.2.1.1

          Applying critical thinking skills even to things one might want to agree with is a good habit to get into.

          Fair comment. But in this case, the mere appearance of that fraud's name in the byline would have elicited nothing more than hoots of derision or bitter laughter. Some people, like Luke Harding, have burned all of their credibility. You would laugh, or scoff, at any report about sexual harassment if it was written by Jeffrey Epstein; what drives you to do anything other than immediately dismiss anything associated with this liar?

          • McFlock 8.2.1.1.1

            So if a source has a history of publishing utter bullshit, even in only one or two instances, it should be mocked and scorned as a source?

            Not that I disagree. I just wonder if moonofalabama would reach that bar.

            • Morrissey 8.2.1.1.1.1

              So if a source has a history of publishing utter bullshit, even in only one or two instances, it should be mocked and scorned as a source?

              No, otherwise we would have to consign the New York Times, Fox News, the NZ Gerald, the Grauniad, the BBC, and indeed every news organization to the dustbin of history.

              We can't credibly dismantle a whole news organization—even the killing off of News of the Screws was really nothing more than symbolic because that paper's style, villainy and dishonesty continued unabated in all the rest of Merdoch's outlets. I'm more than willing to forgive people who make honest mistakes; even our own Nicky Hager has been tricked into reporting false news on one occasion. But Luke Harding did not make an honest mistake when he falsely alleged that Paul Manafort had visited the political prisoner Julian Assange. He is discredited, as is the Grauniad, which continues to employ him.

              • McFlock

                But Luke Harding did not make an honest mistake when he falsely alleged that Paul Manafort had visited the political prisoner Julian Assange.

                There's a difference between taking a source at face value without due diligence, and actively making stuff up.

                But then I don't have your ability to see into people's souls and discern the "tricked" from the "discredited". I have to try to apply good old critical thinking.

  8. Grumpy 9

    Morrissey's frequent references to Julian Assange and his now fractured relationship with the corrupt Guardian go to the crux of the Russiagate hoax.

    Assange's oblique reference to Seth Rich and the recently revelation that the FBI held thousands of pages of files relating to his murder have drawn crickets from the corrupt MSNBC/CNN/BBC.

    Was Russiagate purely a crude attempt to cover up a political murder? Is it all as simple as that?

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    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. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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