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Trump Whitehouse bans critical media from briefing

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 54 comments
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How very Goebbels of it.  The Trump White House has banned some media from a briefing given by White House spokesperson Sean Spicer.  From the New York Times:

Journalists from The New York Times and several other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.

Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, for the scheduled briefing. Aides to Mr. Spicer only allowed in reporters from a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed.

Those organizations included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended.

Reporters from Time magazine and The Associated Press, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions.

But according to a Trump spokesperson everyone was invited and they added in a few more reporters just to be sure.  The statement is contrary to reality.  In days gone by the technical term for this sort of statement was a lie.  Again from the New York Times:

A White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played down the events in an email on Friday afternoon.

“We invited the pool so everyone was represented,” Ms. Sanders wrote. “We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that.”

Mr. Spicer’s small-group Friday session, known as a gaggle, was scheduled as a no-camera event, less formal than his usual briefings that are carried live on cable news. But past administrations have not hand-selected outlets that can attend such sessions.

“It was clear that they let in a lot of news outlets with less reach who are Trump-friendly,” said Noah Bierman, a White House reporter for The Los Angeles Times, who was barred. “They let in almost every network but CNN. That’s concerning, the handpicking aspect of it.”

Two of the barred outlets, CNN and The Times, have been a particular focus of Mr. Trump’s ire. And during the presidential campaign, some journalists from BuzzFeed News and Politico were prohibited from attending Trump rallies.

The only word for this is fascist.  It is petulant fascism which makes it worse, not having the desired effect in that the excluded agencies can no doubt source the information from other sources, yet displaying a complete indifference for first amendment rights.  We are not at the jackboot and book burning stage, yet.

And in other news the Trump Whitehouse is going to to revoke White House guidance on transgender students’ use of public school bathrooms and allow States to decide while at the same time has indicated that federal powers concerning marijuana will be exercised.  The attack on LGBT rights will no doubt upset Colonial Viper who confidently predicted that Trump would protect LGBT rights a few months ago.

54 comments on “Trump Whitehouse bans critical media from briefing”

  1. red-blooded 1

    I only wish that I was surprised. These are frightening times.

    Edit – I’m not only wishing that I was surprised. I also wish this group of cantankerous cankers weren’t ensconced in the White House and shitting all over the better parts of the US constitution.

  2. McFlock 2

    I don’t mind the evil. It’s the clumsy, stupid, garish nature of the evil that especially vexes me.

    It’s as if trump’s interior decorator is now the white house chaplain.

    • Morrissey 2.1

      I don’t mind the evil.

      Yes, I remember many comments by you, and people like you, in support of the evil perpetrated by the Obama regime. Hopey-Changey, Hillary, Rahm and the rest of the gang were certainly a lot more debonaire and intelligent than the present incumbents, I’ll grant you that.

      • red-blooded 2.1.1

        So you truly think that Clinton would be (and Obama was) no better than this bunch of racist thugs? Look what they’ve managed to do in 30 days. There’s nearly 3 years and 11 months to suffer through yet. And before you start talking about drones and wars (neither of which is a good thing, but both of which will continue to be a feature of US policy and behaviour under Trump) let’s remember that he’s already had drone strikes carried out in Yeme. Just give him time for more.

        • Morrissey 2.1.1.1

          Certainly, red-blooded, Trump is a frightening, dangerous and unstable person—and the people in his cabinet of horrors are worse than him.

          But…Hillary Clinton? You think she’s not a racist or a supporter of terror? Really?

      • McFlock 2.1.2

        Hey, morrissey.

        Dunno about “supporting” evil. Just going for less evil than trump or putin or assad.

        • Morrissey 2.1.2.1

          I agree with you that Trump is obviously a nastier and cruder person than Obama, but could you support your contention that he and his cronies were “less evil than Putin or Assad”?

          Perhaps you have forgotten about Obama’s participation in the never ending U.S. mission to destroy democracy in Central and South America; his hounding of dissenters and journalists; his drone bombing campaigns in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan; his expression of support for Israel during and after its massacres in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank; his support for the head-choppers, suicide-bombers and torturers of Daesh and Al Nusra in Syria; not to forget his failure to intervene in the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict and his almost complete silence as police in cities all across the United States strangled, shot and beat black citizens to death.

          But, assuming you have NOT forgotten all that, we’d be interested to learn exactly why you assert that the man who presided over these crimes was “less evil than Putin or Assad”.

          • McFlock 2.1.2.1.1

            Would “we” really? Because this ain’t what the post is about, and I’m not going to provide a list of keywords fot you to make up more delusional bullshit.

            Anyway, I see in today’s open mike you’re shitting on one of these guys. And not the ones a normal person would. Such a shame that your “valid criticism” circuit is perpetually shorted across your “patronising and catastrophically stupid” circuit.

            • Morrissey 2.1.2.1.1.1

              …keywords fot you to make up more delusional bullshit.

              Which bit of my list of crimes perpetrated by Obama and his cronies is “delusional”?

              Anyway, I see in today’s open mike you’re shitting on one of these guys.

              Fool, I was criticizing John Lewis for his decision to support the lying campaign of Hillary Clinton. But you go and accuse me of criticising him for his activism of a half-century ago, if you like. Your attacks are similar to a Trump tweet: nobody with a lick of sense takes them seriously either.

  3. Glenn 3

    News outlets in the meeting:

    Franco Ordonez, McClatchy

    CBS, Margaret Brennan (pool)

    Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones (pool)

    Washington Times

    Washington Examiner, Gabby Morrongiello

    One America News Network, Trey Yingst

    NBC, Hallie Jackson

    ABC, Cecilia Vargas

    Fox News, John Roberts

    AFP, Andrew Beatty (pool)

    Reuters

    Hearst (pool)

    Bloomberg, Justin Sink (pool)

    Fox News, John Roberts

    Emel Bayrak, TRT-TURK (pool)

    News outlets kept out of the meeting:

    DailyMail.com

    Buzzfeed

    Roll Call

    New York Times

    Politico

    The Hill

    Real Clear Politics

    CNN

    BBC

    Al Jazeera

    New York Daily News

    The Guardian

    The Los Angeles Times
    .
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4257770/WH-locks-certain-reporters-briefing.html#ixzz4ZehawjIT

    • Sacha 3.1

      Incorrect list. For example, I’ve seen via twitter:

      Excluded from briefing:

      – CNN
      – NYT
      – LA Times
      – Politico
      – The Hill
      – Buzzfeed
      – Daily Mail
      – BBC
      – Guardian

      Boycotted:

      – AP
      – TIME

      • Sacha 3.1.1

        Coincidentally, most of those excluded publications are pursuing stories about the relationship between Chumpy and the Russkies.

        • mauī 3.1.1.1

          lol in other words, suppliers of fake news, or very fake news. What a loss to the art of journalism.

          • Sabine 3.1.1.1.1

            ain’t it convenient that when one might not like the ‘news’ one just screams ‘fake news’ bigly, tremendously fake news’ and excludes these purveyors of ‘fake news’ to the rubbish bin of history.

            mate, we should do the same thing here.

            • mauī 3.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m going to Glenn Greenwald for backup, I know I’d rather trust him than a sold out media congolomerate:

              Well, so, first of all, there’s a media issue here, which is that if you look at The Wall Street Journal report, it’s pretty much exactly the same as every other significant report about Russia over the last six months, many of which have proven to be completely false. It’s based on anonymous officials making extremely vague claims. Even The Wall Street Journal says, “We don’t know who’s doing this, withholding information. We don’t know how much information is being withheld.”

              Secondly, the idea that Donald Trump is some kind of an agent or a spy of Russia, or that he is being blackmailed by Russia and is going to pass secret information to the Kremlin and endanger American agents on purpose, is an incredibly crazy claim that has been nowhere proven to be true. It reminds me of the kind of things Glenn Beck used to say about Obama while he stood at his chalkboard and drew those—those unstable charts that he drew, these wild conspiracy theories that are without evidence.

              We ought to have a serious, sober, structured investigation of the claims that Russia hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s emails and that there were improper ties between Donald Trump and the Russians, and that ought to be made public so that we can see the information. But this constant media obsession of leaking whatever someone whispers to them about Donald Trump and Russia, because they know it will get their reporters huge numbers of retweets on Twitter and tons of traffic by people who are being fed what they want to hear, is really feeding into the worst kind of hysteria and even fake news that the media says they’re trying to combat. These are really serious claims that merit serious investigation, and that’s exactly what we’re not getting.

              https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/16/greenwald_empowering_the_deep_state_to

              • Glenn not yet buying the intel community’s line on Russia does not support cutting the media companies running that story out of the white house press room.

                Seriously, tweet Glenn about it, I’m pretty sure he’ll say CNN et. all belong in that briefing room even if from time to time he disagrees with them. Obama didn’t kick out Fox even though half the time they actually are fake news, because he knew it wasn’t up to him to determine that.

                • mauī

                  The difference is that all that Trump has got is Fox news, while the rest of the main networks are out to get him. Obama had establishment backing and got a comparable free ride through his presidency from the media, similar to what Key had here.

                  Banning certain media might be extreme, but if you’re not treated fairly and evenly by journalists then friction is going to happen. Andrew Little has had that here and obviously finds it frustrating and the result might be different if he wasn’t trying to keep everyone on side.
                  http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2016/11/andrew-little-attacks-media-over-youth-unemployment-policy-questions.html

                  • McFlock

                    All trump has got is fox news?

                    Wouldn’t that be a broad hint to you?

                  • Jan Rivers

                    It’s a bit more complicated that the article implies. Its poor optics, unsubtle. clumsy and creates an incendiary environment but its not quite all it seems.

                    Isn’t the closest equivalent in NZ terms is like being locked out of the post-cabinet press conference which all accredited journalists can attend as NZ doesn’t generally have parliamentary briefings from senior press advisors? Closing that session selectively to some media would be a big deal.

                    However even here we have no idea what private meetings occur between press and politicians at which ideas are proposed for kite-flying by selected journalists. In NZ politicians also avoid this problem of possibly unsympathetic media coverage by making speeches to private, invitation only gatherings or at events where membership status or the price of admission makes entry impossible to most. The speeches are either not reported (because no journalists are present) and/or the speeches are not published. A select group knows what the public does not.

                    In the US Obama, as President, held many private, off the record, briefings with specific media outlets as a way of deepening the understanding of reporters as well as allowing for ‘speculative’ writing based on comments made at an actual briefing.

                    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/us/politics/calculated-candor-inside-obamas-off-the-record-briefings.html?_r=0

                    On the positive side, Obama was also the the first president to keep “White House visitor logs that document who attended the discussions. It is now possible to match up the columnist briefings with the columns that result.”

                    It was a pretty subtle dance in the US on both sides but arguably a useful approach provided the journalists were doing their job as critical analysers and communicators of what they heard.

                  • Trump hasn’t even got Fox News. Some of the less opinion-oriented parts of the network have started calling him on his BS, too. You should absolutely assume Trump is lying until vindicated by credible fact-checkers, (ie. not breitbart, not fox opinion shows, not infowars, etc… etc…) not because he’s a right-winger, but because he’s a notorious liar and seems to have some serious issues with narcissism.

                    Banning media is not the way for a politician to get a fair hearing. If the media really is filtering them unfairly, then there are plenty of ways politicians can get their message directly to the public. They should still engage with the media in a way that’s not as overtly hostile as Trump.

                    And yes, I agree Little hasn’t had a fair shake. I don’t think banning “Newshub” or the Herald or whoever is the fix to that, it would only make things worse. The way to get around a hostile media is simply to be more open with policy details and talk directly to voters.

              • Sabine

                as i said, if we don’t like the media we just ban them, and only keep the media that says what we like. I mean whats not to like. 🙂 and really what could happen?
                lol

              • Sacha

                ” the idea that Donald Trump is some kind of an agent or a spy of Russia”

                Red herring straw man. Nobody has ever claimed that. Just typing it reduces your credibility.

          • Sacha 3.1.1.1.2

            Yes, all those sudden recent deaths of Russians mentioned in dispatches are just a big coincidence, if the dossier was fake. Can I interest you in some melted beams or contrails?

            • mauī 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Sure, I’ll stick with the other conspiracy theorists like Greenwald, Assange and Pilger.

              After all they’re not really truth seekers, paid for Russian stooges probably, and backed by large dollops of corporate money. /sarc

          • Pete 3.1.1.1.3

            If the bearers of fake news were banned, Trump and Spicer wouldn’t get within cooee of the briefings.

      • Glenn 3.1.2

        Agree

    • Bearded Git 3.2

      From the Guardian:

      “Outlets seeking to gain entry whose requests were denied included the Guardian, the New York Times, Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed, the BBC, the Daily Mail and others.”

      When the Daily Mail is too left-wing you are starting to fall off the scale

  4. Macro 4

    No matter! Donald will tell us all what is going on.
    395 tweets in 35 days and counting.
    Donald is the Greatest Tweeter! Tremendous! He has the best words ever. NO FAKE NEWS from Donald EVER. NY Times – SO SAD!

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    The White House just asked the press corp a question: “who among you are loyal?”

    CBS runs the story.

    ABC’s lead is rather more robust, reporting on theWhite House’s hypocrisy.

    At some point disloyal republicans will have to be purged too.

  6. Skeptic 6

    I see the Pro-Trump trolls are out in force today – or maybe I’ve misread what’s been written. I seem to recall a skit – done semi-seriously by Michael Moore just before the US election as part of a show done in “Trump Territory” – small town America (otherwise known as “fly over country”). This skit predicted that within a month after inauguration (incidentally Michael Moore was one of the very few political pundits who correctly predicted Trump winning the electoral college vote and losing the popular vote) Trump would alienate several sections of the media and ban them from White House Press briefings. He also predicted Trump moving the Presidential base from the White House to one or other of his properties (this has happened). His other prediction is of Trump’s impeachment, and followed by a warning of a Pence administration. Well – we’ll see!

  7. HDCAFriendlyTroll 7

    The Don bans FAKE NEWS outlets. TOO BAD!

  8. Muttonbird 8

    I’ll be interested to hear how CV defends this, the exclusion of critical media, and the proposed expansion of the military.

    • Andre 8.1

      You’ll need to find out elsewhere. CV is banned til late October.

      • Xanthe 8.1.1

        What! i saw CV here yesterday, (or was it the day before)…..what happened?

        • Andre 8.1.1.1

          It happened on the “1984” post. I just tried putting a link to it but that seems to have gone into moderation.

          • Xanthe 8.1.1.1.1

            Oh i found it, Weka, thats a pity and a loss to the discourse. further loss of respect, dont like abuse of power.. or disingenuous manipulatrix.

            [lprent: CV got done for exactly the same kind of crap that I banned him for last time.

            I have some code that I need to write especially for you to demonstrate what manipulation really means. In this case from a geek. Lets give you something to really complain about.

            I have a wee job of work to do first, so I’m putting you on a temporary ban for having a go at a moderator.

            But when you get back in 2 weeks or whenever I finish it, your commenting will be restricted.

            What I am thinking is that all your comments will come with a misogyny warning, and you will be restricted to twitter length – 140 characters. ]

            • Ad 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Stop asking for trouble by criticising the moderation.

            • red-blooded 8.1.1.1.1.2

              Xanthe, I don’t like bans either (and in the context of a discussion in which most are criticising the ban on media outlets deemed to be unfriendly by the Trump administration it seems hypocritical to exclude some because they are unfriendly to those who write for an moderate this site). Having said that, this is not a government site – it’s run by private individuals and I think we have to accept that they get to set the rules. And maybe I’m reading you wrong, but it seems that you’re calling weka a “disingenuous manipulatrix”. If so, I’m calling you out for that comment. I don’t like constant attacks on women that are expressed in gendered terms.

  9. Skeptic 9

    I’m sick and tired of politicians and others describing news they don’t want to hear as “Fake News”. This is bullshit. There’s news – reporting of facts (and for those of you who can’t understand plain English – facts are neutral, incontrovertible, undeniable, real happenings) and there’s opinion – which is a horse of a different colour. Neither is there such a thing as “Alternative Facts” – that’s just another term for lies – as is the word “spin”.
    As a lapsed Catholic I still remember my catechism where we learned our 10 Commandments – the 7th being “thou shalt not bear false witness”. Why is this relevant? Because all of the banned news outlets do NOT make up the news. They report what’s been said and what’s been done. They point out the, in some cases, glaringly obvious inconsistencies. Most of them put these inconsistencies together and present an accurate picture of reality. Much of the opinions expressed by many of the respected journalists, who having had years of experience dealing with shady politicians and their professional liars (spin doctors), come up with a very reasoned argument supporting a reasoned conclusion. For nutters who describe this process as “fake news” – well that’s an insult to the intelligence of the rest of us.
    As far as Trump goes, there is no doubt in my mind – he is without any shadow of a doubt – a liar. When he gets caught out in his lies, he blusters and blames others. When this doesn’t work, he weasels. When neither works, he does what every dictator has done before him – attacks and bans the news outlets that expose his lies and bluster.
    When I looked up this online column, I was looking for any left leaning news outlet (there’s so few left in NZ). What I’m finding is too many – far too many – right wing trolls. My answer to them is – if you want to support right policies or right wing politicians – go find a right wing paper or online outfit and do your trolling there – leave us the hell alone! Animated discussion is one thing – outright repetition of the bullshit seen on Stuff and other NZ, Aust & US right wing blogs/online news outlets is another. At times I wonder if I’ve joined the right group – have I?

  10. RedLogix 10

    Can’t tell whether it will be the Trump machine or the corporate media that will self-destruct first. It could be a tight race.

    • Andre 10.1

      Not sure why corporate media might be on a path to self destruction. Subscriptions have apparently shot up since the Chump’s election.

      http://www.niemanlab.org/2016/11/after-trumps-election-news-organizations-see-a-bump-in-subscriptions-and-donations/

    • Ad 10.2

      Have you ever seen the tv series The Newsroom?

      The media outlets that have been targeted are those who make breakthrough journalism.

      Who knows if they are worth it, on balance.

      But when the rest of the news media are reduced in expertise, and liquefied into a great steaming, roiling radioactive lake of amplified emotion, I think I’d miss the likes of
      – CNN,
      – LA Times,
      – Businessweek,
      – Bloomberg,
      – the Aussie Financial Times,
      – Frankfurter Allgemeiner,
      – Al Jazeera,
      – The Guardian,
      – the BBC,
      – the Washington Post,
      – heck even Rachel Maddow at MSNBC, and the many others.
      They sure won’t ever be replaced by lone wolf hero journalists.

      Some MSM reputations are good, and rightly so.
      In fact, while Trump may seek to diminish some of them, they will outlast him.

      • RedLogix 10.2.1

        From living and working in North America this past four months I listened to many conversations about Trump.

        Almost everyone understands that Trump did not happen in a vacuum; he happened for a reason … decades of the liberal establishment sneering at the values and interests of ordinary working class Americans. And too many of these blatantly hysterical attacks on Trump (drowning out the more sober considered ones) have exactly the same tone.

        A critical mass of Americans no longer trust their government, matched only by their contempt for a corporate media which acted too long as a cheering squad for neo-liberalism, endless wars and protective of the interests of a tiny wealthy elite.

        I’m not surprised that media subscriptions have arisen. One thing this election has achieved is to rip away the taboo on talking about politics in the work-place. It’s become too big to ignore anymore and apathy is no longer a safe option.

        • Ad 10.2.1.1

          Agree with all of that.

          Trump has even made it easier to talk workplace politics in Auckland.

          But that’s not a leftie revival. The Dutch election is next, and the anti-immigration vote is ahead.

          I can’t see a resurgence in the global left until we have a square debate about immigration.

  11. Macro 12

    And now, the topic of the evening is the media outlets excluded, not the Priebus interactions w FBI + question of open investigation.

    Maggie Haberman NYT

    So very true!
    Diversion rules….

  12. Glenn 13

    “A few days ago, there was some talk about whether Trump would slow-walk federal disaster relief for the Oroville Dam area. As it turned out, he didn’t, but the possibility was taken seriously for a while.

    This is what makes the Trump presidency so unpredictable. No modern president would even think of taking revenge on a state that voted against him by refusing disaster aid. No modern president would dream of evicting news outlets from a press briefing because they had criticized him. No modern president would lie about easily checkable facts on a routine basis. No modern president would loudly cite every positive bit of economic news as a personal triumph. No modern president since Nixon would casually ask the FBI to take its side in an ongoing investigation.

    It’s not that modern presidents couldn’t do these things. They just didn’t. And we all came to assume that none of them would. The technical machinery of government—collecting data, hiring staffers, working by the rules—would be left alone to operate in a professional and impartial way. But that’s no longer something we can assume.

    Trump is going to find lots of things like this. Things that nobody ever thought of before, but aren’t illegal. Or maybe just slightly illegal. And he’s going to use them to demagogue his enemies and take revenge on people who badmouth him. Fasten your seat belts.”
    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/02/trump-kicks-news-orgs-out-todays-press-briefing

    • McFlock 13.1

      He actually reminds me a little bit of hitler in more ways than the obvious.

      Part of his success is down to the fact that nobody knew how to deal with him because they’d never encountered anyone like him before. Trump’s still doing things that are absolutely nuts, but they work so far because there’s so much going on so badly and people haven’t yet managed to figure out a concerted and coordinated reaction.

      That’s a bit like the first couple of years of WW2, where hitler’s opposition kept expecting the germans to pause to consolidate and sort out their logistics. But with drugs, a bit of good luck, he got away with ignoring all the generals who advised he do the conventional things, and just ordered another advance.

      Of course, it bit him in the arse when his opposition figured out that he wasn’t doing things like consolidation and yet he still thought he knew better than his generals.

      • Sabine 13.1.1

        i think people have to understand that he really does not care.
        He has this vision of what is truth, and truth is what pleases him. And then there is Bannon, the Tea Party in Congress and Senate that white washes everything he does as long as he signs legislation they like, and the question stands, who is abusing whom and for how long.
        Interesting times.

        I came across this today as i remembered Sophie Scholl who was decapitated 22/021943 for crimes against Germany.

        Quote: ” The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.” Quote End.

        If you have nothing done you have nothing to fear.
        In the mean time http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/25/muhammad-alis-son-detained-by-immigration-staff-and-repeatedly-asked-are-you-muslim-6471736/

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  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    7 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    18 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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