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Welcome to The Standard

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, June 6th, 2015 - 87 comments
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Welcome to any new readers checking out this blog today as a result of the “dirty politics” segment on The Nation. (Update: For those that didn’t see The Nation, there is a summary in The Herald.)(Update:  The Nation story is here).

This blog started in August 2007. Our About page really needs updating, but basically The Standard is a bunch of people who write on the same blog. There is no central organisation, there often isn’t agreement. We come from a variety of backgrounds and have many political affiliations, some support Labour, some The Greens, some Mana (and some no party at all). The administration (and most of the operating costs) of the blog is all the work of lprent (Lynn Prentice). Although it is a lie often told about us this is NOT a Labour Party blog, and there is no control from Labour – the way we have disagreed on, disagreed with, and attacked various Labour leaders should be proof enough of that. Almost every current author is someone who started out commenting on the site, and drifted in to writing. We are the loosest possible collective, a group of lefties / progressives who care, and write, and respect each other’s opinions even when we disagree. There’s a list of currently active authors at the end of the post.

Thanks to Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics we all now know that the National Party have been running a sustained dirty tricks campaign, largely through attack blogs such as Whaleoil and Kiwiblog. One of the things that John Key frequently repeated during the dirty politics saga was that “Labour does it too”, and that left wing blogs such as The Standard were engaged in dirty politics too. Those were pretty desperate lies. There’s no point in phrasing a reply when another blogger, Danyl McLaughlan at The Dim-Post (who incidentally thinks we’re all nuts!) has already replied so effectively:

John Key did a media stand-up yesterday about Dirty Politics in which he mentioned the words ‘left-wing conspiracy theorist’ about twenty times, and insisted that everything in the book is a lie, and that the real dirty politics comes from the left.

From a communications point-of-view that’s a sensible approach. His audience is not the journalists at the stand-up, but rather the television viewers who haven’t read the book and who will see excerpts of the statement and be reassured by the PMs words.

But some of the reporters listening to the PM have read the book. And when Key insists that the real dirty politics comes from the left, I think, or hope, that they’ll reflect that no one on the left is publishing the addresses of journalists online in the hope that someone assaults or murders them in revenge for writing about tax-havens, which is what Cathy Odgers, Cameron Slater David Farrar and Matthew Hooton discuss on page 91. Also, no one on the left is going around brothels trying to find out whether journalists have visited them, so they can be blackmailed, which is what Cameron Slater, the Justice Minister’s close friend, and long-term collaborator with the Prime Minister’s office is up to. No one on the left runs smear campaigns against attempted rape victims, or publishes graphic affidavits describing their political enemies having sex. There’s no one comparable to Slater on the left of politics, or blogging. He is a phenomenon unique to the National Party.  Key can insist that this is all just a lie, just a conspiracy story, but people who read the book know that this is simply documentation from Slater’s emails and that the Prime Minister is lying to their faces.

There’s no way The Standard has ever had (or ever wanted to have) the inclination or the contacts needed to play the dirty politics game. But that doesn’t stop real dirty politics players such as Cameron Slater, David Farrar and Matthew Hooton from obsessing about this blog, to the extent of trying to snoop around our internal discussions or even attempt to have the blog “hacked” (if The Nation didn’t cover this you can read about it on Scoop). These people really really need to find a better hobby.

Anyway, welcome to The Standard. It’s just a blog. Stay and chat a while…


Authors
About 70 people have written for The Standard over the years. For the record, here’s a list of those who are currently active (have written at least once this year). Those who write under their own names or are well known are: Mike Smith, lprent (Lynn Prentice), Helen Kelly, Bryan Gould, Mandy Hager, Stephanie Rodgers, mickysavage (Greg Presland), Anthony Robins (r0b), Ben Clark. Those who prefer to write under partial names or pseudonyms are Tracey, Bill, te reo putake, Bunji, BLiP, KJT, RedLogix, Natwatch and stargazer (sincere apologies to anyone I have missed!).

87 comments on “Welcome to The Standard”

  1. Somewhere in Dunedin, a sad old man is beigely furious about being left off the list of obsessives. Expect a post about it on YawnNZ in 3,2,1 …

    For mine, I’d like to thank all my fellow authors and the many, many commenters here who take the time and put such effort into making The Standard NZ’s leading left political blog. As anybody who reads the site regularly will know, the authors roster is diverse, the views cover the entire spectrum of left political views and only a minority of us are LP activists and even we’ve been critical on occasion of the party’s errors and missteps. This is not a Labour Party blog.

    If anybody ever successfully hacks the site, I think they’ll find the pseudo-anonymous authors are actually just a cross section of NZ society; people who think we can and must do better as a nation and are prepared to take some time to write about how that can happen. To the best of my knowledge, there are no MP’s, parliamentary staffers or NZLP officials posting here. Nobody gets paid to blog, we aren’t commissioned to push views or destroy our opponents. It is entirely a voluntary organisation and extremely open about what we do.

    I’m really proud to be part of the collective. I’m even prouder to be challenged and educated every day by commenters who see things differently from me and aren’t afraid to have their say. Even the regularly trolls have their ‘stopped clock’ moments. The real strength of the Standard is it’s diversity and the honesty of the opinions expressed on the blog.

    We’re a lot different from Whale Oil. We can’t be bought because we’re free.

  2. tracey 2

    I endorse everything that TRP and r0b have written.

  3. Ant 3

    Sane, inclusive and democratic. I always include TS in my daily reading. Keep up the good work!

  4. Raf 4

    VERY interesting item on The Nation! Can anyone speculate on the possible ramifications?

    • r0b 4.1

      mickysavage might be able to comment on the legal issues if he sees this discussion. A cynic would say that the ramifications are few, because the police will take no action – I hope cynics are proved wrong. At the very least the information is out there, it keeps the tactics of the political right in the spotlight.

    • tracey 4.2

      the police, to my knowledge have not raided Slater’s home or office to retrieve documents or technology. They therefore won’t find anything cos that horse has long since bolted.

    • linda 4.3

      i wonder if the ird are after slater yet he obviously still getting money for stories and mathew blomfeild has bankrupted slater

      • lprent 4.3.1

        Not quite bankrupted yet. I hear that Cameron Slater managed to cough up $10k in assorted cash for court ordered costs to Matthew Blomfield. However that was just for the High Court appeal where Cameron lost his ability to shield his sources.

        Of course that is just the first court costs.

        Just before that he paid about $9.1k to Ben R’s account. It’d be really interesting to find out where he is getting his income from.

        I am sure that the IRD would be as well if they haven’t been subverted by John Key and his mates.

  5. red-blooded 5

    I certainly don’t always agree with what I read here, but I do trust that the people writing for the blog (and most of the people commenting) have genuine motivations and an independent viewpoint. I always think it’s interesting when two authors are blogging on the same issue but see it differently. They’ve worked independently from each other and don’t attack each other; they just argue their respective points of view.

    Just for the record I’d like to thank the people who make the commitment to keep the site active. Good on you all (and especially you, Lynn).

    • RedLogix 5.1

      As a long, long term supporter, commenter, some-time author and moderator at this blog I really appreciate you saying this red-b.

      Over the years we’ve had many regulars from the ‘other-side’ of the political spectrum and as long as they’ve played by the rules in good faith with genuine motivations – they’ve always been welcome. Well yes they face a head-wind and get argued with, sometimes it gets heated – but that is core to the debate culture we have here.

      If there is one thing I am absolutely certain of is that Lynn Prentice is far too curmudgeonly to be kow-towing or taking orders from any political hierarchy or party ‘ghost-writers’. Anyone who has been here more than a few months would know this.

      • r0b 5.1.1

        Argh! Missed you in the roll call. Your last post December 2014 is close enough so adding, sorry!

      • lprent 5.1.2

        Same for everyone else who authors here. A more opinionated group who can sort of cooperate would hard to imagine. Especially when they have no other motive than wanting to be heard.

    • tracey 5.2

      Cheers RB

  6. Colonial Rawshark 7

    Very thoughtful post, Anthony.

  7. NZSage 8

    Class r0b… well done!

    Great piece of opportunist marketing! I like it!

  8. coaster 9

    thank you to the authors, moderators and organisors of the standard. We are lucky to live in a country that we can voice our views, even though it does feel the ability is under attack at present.

    nz is a great country with great people, we are not a corporation whos well being can be measured on a balance sheet.

    keep up the good work everyon.

    • cogito 9.1

      “nz is a great country with great people”

      but with a sadly failing democracy.

  9. finbar 10

    What a horrid dog of a blog must be Whale oil,as it corrupts those lesser heeled, to proffer alms of reward to do their biding,a biding that they are capable of doing themselves,but rather not.Microscopic Watergate,or monster.Serious illegal government party condoned spying and invasion of human rights.No need to seek the governments agent her name is Collins,who seems to think her abuse of her Parliamentary position is play ground mischief as she laughs and dares say so what.

  10. Clemgeopin 11

    I am not an author, but a fairly frequent commenter here. I am an ardent supporter of the Labour party and Andrew Little. Personally I like the policies of the Labour party which I think is the very best party, being moderate, fair and overall excellent for all the people and the country.

    However, I have not always voted for Labour. In the past I have voted for Labour once under Helen Clark, National twice (once for Bolger, and once for Key in 2008, but both times I regretted my decision within a year as a huge mistake that I had made), have voted for Alliance once and at the last election I switched my vote a week before the election from Labour to Mana (IMP) because I did not like the way all the parties suddenly ganged up against that party and Hone towards the end, with the help of some blogs and the MSM.

    I have now decided to be fully loyal to the non-extreme social, economic and environmental principles and policies of the Labour party, the workers and their welfare, the families and their well being, the children and their care, and the less privileged people in society for their fairness and genuine equality of opportunity. Like Labour, I also want to support the small businesses and entrepreneurs, who are the risk takers, job creators and who, along with their employees and a progressive Labour led government can be transformed to be the real engines of our economic prosperity, growth, exports, progress and societal happiness. In my opinion, Labour party is the best party that will help us achieve this goal.

    Also, in my opinion, the National party and the ACT party are dangerous parties because, in spite of their denials, they primarily work for the welfare of the corporates and the wealthy, while copying a few social policies of Labour for some cunning political expediency. National and Key are a fraud who have succeeded so far by spins, lies, propaganda and their despicable dirty politics run from the PM’s own office and personnel as revealed in that ‘Dirty Politics’ book by Nicky Hager last year. Hopefully, they will get found out by the people little by little, and not be able to continuously smile, fool and blatantly trick most of the people all of the time as they have been able to do so far.

    • Anne 11.1

      Nothing more to say Clemgeopin. You’ve said it all! Thanks for saving us the time and effort. 🙂

      As a long time supporter of the L.P. I considered voting Mana for the same reason. The vitriol against them by so-called professional journalists was so degrading to witness. What it boiled down to was… pure, puerile and prejudiced “racism”.

      In the end I couldn’t bring myself NOT to vote Labour.

      • Clemgeopin 11.1.1

        Thanks Anne. I just re-read my comment and yours, and yes, I do agree with you!
        Cheers! Have a great day.

    • Clemgeopin 11.2

      Correction :

      In the past I have voted for Labour once under Helen Clark (2005) and once under Goff (2011).

      [In 2017 (or I suspect, earlier), my vote will definitely be for Labour under Mr Andrew Little. He will be a fair dincum great PM. Trust me on that. I have seen enough politics and politicians to be confident of what I am talking about.
      Don’t ever trust Key, English, Joyce, Parata or Bridges. In my opinion, they are dodgy blatant bull shitters working for the wealthy and the foreign interests]

      • felix 11.2.1

        Purely out of an obsessive compulsion on my part, how did you vote in 2002 and 1999? I figure one of them must be your Alliance vote…

        • Clemgeopin 11.2.1.1

          OK, here :

          1996 ; National (Bolger)
          1999 : I think it was ‘most’ probably Alliance (Anderton), but not sure if it might have been Labour (Helen), though!)
          2002 : Alliance (Jim Anderton)
          2005 : Labour ( Helen )
          2008 : National (Key)
          2011 : Labour (Goff)
          2014 : Mana (IMP)

          Why did you ask? [Did you want to guess how old I am?!!. Have a guess and tell me what my age is!]

          P.S : Having voted for all sorts of parties and policies, now I know for SURE that Labour is the BEST of the lot overall for New Zealand. No doubt about it in my mind!

          • felix 11.2.1.1.1

            Haha sorry I really didn’t mean to be nosey. I just noticed a gap in the list and it was either ask you, or turn around three times anti-clockwise and poke myself in the eye.

            I don’t want to guess your age though. A gentleman never asks.

    • Northshoreguynz 11.3

      Thanks Clem, very well put. In total agreement.

  11. Ovid 12

    I should think that if this was a Labour controlled site, it would have been leaked ages ago.

  12. Priory of Sion 13

    Well it wouldn’t surprise me if the Labour Party did hire people to write on this site, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the ‘same people’ that wrote for this site, wrote for Kiwiblog!

    If people weren’t ‘hired’ to write on these sites, no-one would write on them, it’s day to day crap! Lets face it!

    [lprent: No-one has ever been paid to write for this site. ]

    • tracey 13.1

      ROFLMAO

      (haven’t used that antiquated thingy in a while).

      How much are you getting?

    • mickysavage 13.2

      Gee I wish you were right. I wish the authors were paid to write for this site. I take it you have no idea about what you are talking about?

      • tracey 13.2.1

        Slater’s lines can’t have been issued yet

          • tracey 13.2.1.1.1

            Took him all day to work out his framing. I wonder how many of the “Barter” arrangements had to be called in to help…

            laywers/PR in exchange for prior hatchet jobs done by Slater for their clients?

            I don’t intend commenting about this, but as part of my not commenting I am going to make a long comment.

            I wonder who wrote that message that Slater signed his name to?

            • felix 13.2.1.1.1.1

              “I don’t intend commenting about this, except in a one-way style where I can’t be questioned directly. Otherwise I may well contradict myself, lose my shit, or just generally come across as the dishonest freak that I am”.

          • tracey 13.2.1.1.2

            I know of someone, pleaded guilty to an offence. The lawyer asked for a letter of remorse. The first attempt was given back with a “really?!? you want me to give this to a judge?”

            The second was just as bad.

            The third was written by someone else for the defendant!

            • weka 13.2.1.1.2.1

              Interesting. How does literacy affect that? Or lesser ability to express oneself in writing?

              • tracey

                This is a highly literate person who worked in public expression type occupation. It was much more about their complete inability to feel empathy and not shift blame anywhere but oneself.

                Reading “Slater’s” statement made me think of it for those two reasons.

          • adam 13.2.1.1.3

            The reason I dislike Tory scum Slater, is he immediately went after Ben, and his disability.

            Your a low life dog Slater, a harpy, bereft of reason and morals. A godless parasite, whose fatuous behaviour is destructive. You’re someone who is willing to believe your own lies, and then lies again.

            May God have Mercy on your soul.

      • Priory of Sion 13.2.2

        The first time I ever read Kiwiblog, it took me about 10 minutes to realise it was the same idiot writing all the posts (under different pseudonyms)!

        Some poor loser has got a fucking sad job that’s for sure!!!

        With this site when I see Penny Bright, I always think Jeez she’s a lone wolf……amongst a huge farce!!!

        • Charles 13.2.2.1

          That’s the problem with allocating ten minutes for important jobs, it’s the eleventh minute that brings revelation. Besides, I can assure you that everyone here is a figment of my imagination and, at best, my imagination is a small farce.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2.2.2

          As the saying goes, I think you see about as far as the nose on your face, although it may come to pass that your nose will grow long enough to encompass your vision.

        • linda 13.2.2.3

          nats just don’t understand why some of us spend 100s hours writing on blogs putting up hordering, door knocking, protesting, running stalls, delivering leaflets doing petitions signing up new voters all unpaid ,and for be-leaf that this country can and must be better than the current me me selfish society that has developed

    • b waghorn 13.3

      All the commenters get payed too just email you’re bank details to my cousin in Nigeria and the cheque will be posted immediately.

      • Priory of Sion 13.3.1

        That’s a little snarky waghorn, did I rub you up the wrong way?

        Don’t get too ruffled, people might figure you out!

        Remember PEOPLE ARE WATCHING!!!!

      • Priory of Sion 13.3.2

        If you put one more post under me, it will look obvious!

        Be careful!

        Ok now, I’m out of here, gotta go!

        Have a really nice day!

        See ya next time!

        XXXXXX

        [lprent: Stay away. You are clearly a rather stupid troll. ]

    • The entire phenomenon of blogging has completely escaped you, my little anti-Semitic-conspiracy-theorist friend.

  13. Visubversaviper 14

    I had a lot of fun winding up some kid at work who was rambling on about “the Left do it too” and how “that Presland guy who blogs as Mickysavage” works for the Labour Party. I asked if his gullibility and his inability to use Google inhibited his ability to do his job. He looked at me blankly and I told him to go and Google “that Presland guy” and then come back and repeat what he just said. He is still keeping well clear of me!

  14. The Fairy Godmother 15

    This is a great site that I discovered at the end of last year. I look at it every day. It gives welcome alternative viewpoints. Yes I have commented a few times. I use a pseudonym mainly because I have commented on the difficulties a family member had in finding a job and that might embarrass her and also I am employed and want to stay that way. Also I guess in these times which are starting to turn fascist it pays to be a bit careful. Anyway thanks Lprent and the team for a great site.

    • Sable 15.1

      +1 Especially the Fascist comment. I wonder if we will ever see a proper democracy again in this country. Can but hope.

  15. Mike the Savage One 16

    The truth will never die, and it will come out and prevail in the end.

    Having been on TS on and off, I can assure all readers that here you get at least honest, open discussion and some very valuable information that the mainstream media fail to report on.

    This morning I watched the Nation, and I only found proved what I had suspected all along, re Cameron Slater and his mercenary Whaleoil “blog”.

    He and our PM have done blogs in this country a great disservice, by discrediting them in general.
    That is why only some blogs are not worth reading, e.g Whaleoil.

    But many here will fee reassured, to keep discussing and addressing what really matters, it cannot be money and power, as that tends to corrupt.

    Thanks to TS authors, the whole team, and the many commenters (apart from the usual trolls) for the work you are doing.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      Of the disservices the besmirched, corrupt Prime Minister and his mouthpiece perform, disservice to blogging is the least of them.

  16. MateyMay 17

    although I check in here most days I haven’t commented here for quite some time but wanted to give big-ups to all here for the fine work that you do!
    Also wanted to comment on Slater’s statement, which is about the creepiest, shadiest piece of gaslighting c**p I’ve read in quite some time. Starting off with a condescending qualifier (“Ben is an extremely talented young man”. He’s young, you guys! He doesn’t know what he’s doing!) before going on to attack the subject’s credibility – complete with inferences to mental health issues – is such a transparently passive-aggressive move that it makes me think that slater actually wrote this tripe himself, because any PR worth their salary would at least try to be subtle. The reference to Rachinger’s supposed “personal problems” also reads as a thinly-veiled threat – as the same guy who’s been known to sniff around brothels for info, Slater is clearly not above thirstily dragging whatever he can into the fight.
    Slater’s documented history of being the opposite of a stand-up guy (the “tough-guy” persona being largely self-perpetuated) also undermines his claims of simply being a kindly mentor…lol who is believing this? The evidence is on the table and homeboy Cam is looking desperate as hell.

    • Spot on. So, in summary, a powerful older man takes an interest in a vulnerable younger man and builds a relationship that involves immoral behaviour and regular gifts of money. I’m sure there’s a name for that sort of thing.

  17. millsy 18

    The Standard: Politically correct, in a politically incorrect fashion.

    • ropata 18.1

      lol +1
      if you can get past the insults and general uncouth behaviour there is actually some intelligent discussion to be found here 🙂

  18. Lloyd 19

    The Standard is middle-of-the-road, where are the left-wing conspiracy blogs?

  19. Policy Parrot 20

    I see John’s “Keyboard warriors” are up to their old tricks again.

    Its both appalling, sad and maddening at the same time to see what is essentially a huge fraud being perpetrated by the government against its legitimate critics, and the mainstream media’s/pundits inability/unwillingness to expose it for exactly what it is.

    Too often the Key line is bought hook, line and sinker in order to avoid getting offside with the establishment, and in addition government schills (Henry, Plunkett, Hoskings, Smith) broadcast unbalanced anti-Labour propaganda from all the relevant media, and have it received as fact.

    This isn’t to say that Labour needs to get its house in order, which it does, but the continual propaganda war to prevent a threat rising up, is approaching persecution. I kid? How many people that you might know casually outside of politics has expressed a pro-Labour value or statement to you recently?

    • b waghorn 20.1

      You missed the odious little twerp Gower .

      • tc 20.1.1

        Garner, christie, wood etc etc it’s a team game with the spinsters like hoots and boag on the field performing their role also.

    • weka 20.2

      “This isn’t to say that Labour needs to get its house in order, which it does, but the continual propaganda war to prevent a threat rising up, is approaching persecution.”

      It was pretty interesting the other day to watch a few people here in complete denial of how much targeted abuse happens and how much fear that has generated resulting in people having to be careful about what they say or just not saying anything at all.

  20. Marksman33 21

    Just briefly I also would like to add my thanks to LPrent and the contributors of The Standard, I have been reading TS since about 2010 and have seen a few writers come and go. I don’t comment very often unless I am really riled up or things are happening up here that I feel I can help the debate with some clarity, that others further south may not have. Sabin case in point.
    Mostly I don’t comment much because you guys and gals are so much more eloquent than I could ever be. I didn’t go to uni, I left school and got an apprenticeship, which is what most did back in the 70s, and most of my politics comes from a union background working in the printing industry here and abroad.
    Over the years I have slowly been weaning myself off MSM, first TV news, then the local ACT sympathizer rag, then with much disgust The Herald last year ( man that was tough, still is, as I have read the Herald all my life ) so all I am left with to keep me up to date with the goings on in NZ and the world is RNZ, The Standard, and bits and pieces off the web. I tune in to TS most every day and I am proud of you all for your commitment to the left cause, my God I know it feels like we are fighting a rearguard action constantly, but surely, things must change for the better some day soon and when it does we can all take satisfaction that the TS collective had a great hand to play in that.
    All the best.

    • Molly 21.1

      +100. The Standard, it’s authors and it’s regular commenters keep me sane… 😀

      Thanks to you all.

    • weka 21.2

      Great comment Marksman (and on the basis of that, I hope you comment more, that’s as good as anything that gets said here). I know what you mean about the Herald. For me it was the Listener, grew up with it, watched the slow creep of change, eventually couldn’t stomach it any more.

      • Jenny Kirk 21.2.1

        + 100 Marksman, Molly and Weka – I, too, grew up on the Listener – a great rag in its day and couldn’t believe it as it slowly sunk into dregsville. Its years now since I last subscribed to it, and even more years since I’ve picked it up at the supermarket to glance through. I’m really thankful to have discovered The Standard – you all provide an alternative morning read !

  21. Most of my up to date political information comes from this site. It would be good to have a “Standard ” badge so that when we are at certain meetings we would be able to recognize each other.
    And like Molly it helps to keep me from” going up the wall”.

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    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    4 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    4 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    4 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    4 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    5 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    6 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    6 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    6 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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