Well Done Paddy

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, March 6th, 2014 - 55 comments
Categories: accountability, broadcasting, making shit up, Media, scoundrels, tv - Tags: , ,

Was Paddy Gower’s little hatchet job on TV3 News last night the final straw that broke the camel’s back? Was for me.

Bomber makes some good observations.

 

  • Paddy says: “yesterday Cunliffe admitted to two trusts”, yet the ICSL trust is not new. It was declared in the pecuniary interests register since July 2013 and Cunliffe declared it again in his 2014 pecuniary interests. There is no admission to make. His mention of it on Tuesday was in response to a question by 3 News about which trusts he had an interest in. The way Paddy has framed this is as if Cunliffe had rushed to confess a great sin, it’s been there on the record for 8 bloody months!
  • Paddy says Cunliffe was “forced to correct the register” like he was under duress. Cunliffe declared it last year after seeking advice from the registrar on whether he should! That’s hardly forced! He sought clarification and got it, the way Gower is framing it however is as some type of wrong doing that David is being punished for.
  • Paddy says: “ICSL is an investment company trust. David Cunliffe is one of 20,000 investors that manages $8 billion in investments. Evenly divided, that’s $400,000 each. Cunliffe refused to front.” This is then reinforced by a graphic with Cunliffe’s face next to a figure for $400 000, this despite 3 News being told by Cunliffe’s office that he had “much less than $100,000” invested. Something Gower admits at the end of the story, but the graphic has already done the damage.

What Paddy doesn’t say however is the number of National Party MPs who did the exact same thing as Cunliffe did and make supplementary declarations to the  pecuniary interests register in 2013.

So when will Paddy be doing the exact same story on Jackie Blue, Simon Bridges, Shane Ardern and Nathan Guy?

I’m cynical enough to expect a degree of bias in broadcasting, but this endless stream of crap from Gower has, for me, gone on long enough. I’ve had it.

Today, and for the first time I remember, I’m making a complaint to the BSA. How about you? You content to ‘switch off’ to Gower and TV3 and leave them to it? Or you want to try to bring a degree of accountability to bear on them?

Here’s how you make a complaint.

Here’s how you choose the standard you think has been breached. (In my mind, ‘accuracy’ certainly fits, and so, perhaps, does ‘fairness’)

Here’s TV3’s complaint page. (you have to file any complaint with them as well as with the BSA)

Okay. Now make sure you’re specific about the programme, the date and the time.

3News

5th March 2014

6pm

Listen. This nonsense where news is getting generated off the back of a journalist’s whim has to end. Is now not time to end it?

P.S. I should say that I’m well aware this somewhat echoes Karol’s post, but it really is time to up the ante.

55 comments on “Well Done Paddy”

  1. JanM 1

    I actually ‘complained’ about him to TV3 months ago – you can see how well that went! I’m sure I can’t be the only one.
    Let’s see if a blitz of formal complaints work – I have never before seen anything this bad, and we’ve had (and still have) some shockers

    • Bill 1.1

      Well, there are enough articulate people who read this blog and comment here. The post lays out all the steps that are necessary in order for thoughtful complaints to be laid. I just hope all those people with concerns take the time to click the links and do it JanM.

      • Clemgeopin 1.1.1

        Thanks for the article and the complaint links.
        My understanding is that you must do a formal complaint to TV3 first. They are obliged to investigate and reply to you (within 20 days?). Only after this process you could complain to the BSA. Am I correct in this assumption or not?

        • Anne 1.1.1.1

          My understanding is that you must do a formal complaint to TV3 first.

          Not quite.

          In the first instance the BSA will send a copy of your complaint to the offending body. – in this case TV3. They must reply within 20 days. A copy of that reply will be sent to the complainant and that person has a further 20 days to respond. If you are happy with the offending body’s response or don’t want to take the matter further that will be the end of it. If, on the other hand, you reject their response then you must reply with your reasons for doing so etc. within a further 20 days, and the BSA will then adjudicate on the complaint. The whole process can take up to 3 months but is well worth the effort.

          In matters political the BSA almost always come down on the side of the government or corporate body concerned, but that’s not the point. Once the BSA adjudicates the story is in the public domain and becomes part of the news harvest. That is where it’s real value lies. It will be embarrassing for Patrick Gower to have his name dragged through the mud, but it could be an experience that might turn him into a proper journalist and not just a muck raking ass-hole.

      • Skinny 1.1.2

        I just watch Gower make a total fool of himself interviewing the Head of TV1. Everyone burst into laughter when Paddy referred to people watching 3News lol. Chin up Paddy the penny will drop with your Bosses that your a liability they can least afford.

        Paddy G you should go comedian full time lol.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.1.2.1

          I quickly went and watched the late version of TV3 (yuck) News to see if I could view that little segment

          TVNZ boss referring to a TV3 News item: “like many people I wasn’t watching that either”

          That was amusing – cheers for the laugh Skinny!

          • Skinny 1.1.2.1.1

            Don’t thank me thank Gower 🙂

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.1.2.1.1.1

              ….well then I’ll give credit to the TVNZ boss for quick thinking – not that silly Goblin Gower 🙂

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Reduce Paddy’s access to the Leaders Office. Work through other 3 Reporters.

    • Ant 2.1

      I originally thought differently but I actually can’t see how it can get worse so why not. Maybe Paddy should sit on the naughty seat for a while.

    • Wonderpup 2.2

      Putting him in Time Out looks like a tantrum for his publishing a story that wasn’t positive. Journalists and Christians love to be persecuted, it makes them feel like they are doing the right thing. No, maybe the best way to approach this is through the standards complaints mechanism. What experience do people have with using this process, and is it effective?

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        Putting him in Time Out looks like a tantrum for his publishing a story that wasn’t positive.

        Nah, just show a bit of strength and block Paddy from top level access to the Leaders Office.

        His unprofessionalism should have real consequences, forget the wet bus ticket BSA process.

      • rhinocrates 2.2.2

        OK, personally I’m in favour of the naughty seat, but a more subtle approach by Labour should start with offering exclusives alongside the standard press releases and conferences… and every time an invitation is handed out, that homunculus with the expression of a constipated rodent is somehow not on the list.

        Let him come to the usual press conferences and news releases, but simply STFU if he ambushes and offer face-to-face to others.

        A hack who can’t come up with exclusives won’t look good in the channel’s advertising and won’t find his career advancing.

        It’s standard strategy elsewhere.

        My experience with the complaints mechanism has inspired some cynicism on my part, but a lack of reply doesn’t mean that it wasn’t noticed – it just can’t be seen to be noticed. Everyone who’s had a cat will understand that.

        • rhinocrates 2.2.2.1

          but simply STFU if he ambushes

          That may seem arrogant by the way, but running along corridors, shoving microphones in people’s faces and getting SFA while another channel gets a soundbite would also make him look like an ineffectual fantasist in the long run.

        • rhinocrates 2.2.2.2

          Apologies if there’s any duplication, but comments seem to get eaten and sometimes show up late.

          STFU if he ambushes and offer face-to-face to others.

          That may seem arrogant, but the payoff is that Rat-boy will look ineffectual if a minute later another channel gets a quote.

          Cunliffe’s big mistake at the conference was to engage at all with him.

          There is used in (honest) journalism schools the example of the “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” question. If you say “Yes,” you’re a wife-beater. If you say “No”, you are definitely one. If you say “I’ve never beaten my wife”, you’re hiding secret abuse. That’s what Rat-boy kept repeating at the conference.

          Rat-boy’s ego depends on his influence and access. He’s too stupid and lazy to be a real investigative journalist, so he needs to be able to show that he has more access than his rivals, and TV3 needs to be able to advertise that.

          Shoving microphones in people’s faces as they walk on by without saying a word and then seeing them offer quotes to rivals will deflate his status as self-nominated celebrity and his bosses will notice that.

      • Anne 2.2.3

        What experience do people have with using this process, and is it effective?

        See my 1.1.1.1 above.

  3. John C 3

    If you are serious about tackling bias in the media you should also complain to TVNZ about Corrin Dann’s blatant pro Labour stance in most of his reporting. Or is it a case of when the media say what you want to hear it’s accurate and factual reporting, and when it’s not it’s media bias?

    [lprent: Get off your lazy arse and do it yourself. Why do you want us to do your work for you? Just like you appear to be too pig ignorant to read the about on this site. The last section was specifically written for gormless lazy fuckwits like yourself. ]

    • Mainlander 3.1

      I think complaining to TVNZ might be a bit of a waste of time, it is afterall the underground breeding ground for Labour reporters, maybe you should start with John Campbell cos we all know he has no biased whatsoeva just ask Len Brown, John Key etc

    • Bill 3.2

      Nah John C. Like I said in the fucking post, I – “expect a degree of bias in broadcasting.” But there’s a big difference between bias and essentially generating stories. One (the bias) can be attributed to ‘reporting the truth as you see it’. Scraping around to find scraps of nothing much that might be fashioned into some grossly misleading and fictional made up shit masquerading as important news – while, among other things, actual news goes unreported – is something completely different.

  4. Puckish Rouge 4

    🙂

  5. idlegus 5

    i complained a couple weeks ago, got no reply, said i was switching off their news & ill take anything said by them with a grain of salt because gower has shown to be full of shit.

  6. anker 6

    I have to say, Clare Trevatt is coming a close second with her pieces, particularly this one on Stuff today “Cunliffe has a few things to learn”

    I find it vindictive, especially the very unflattering pic and then she follows it up at the end with a quote from Sean Plunkett Radio Live show about one caller, who votes depending on the politicians face and likes Mr Keys and David Shearers, but not David Cunliffe’s.

    I am complaining to the OMSA on this one and encourage others to as well. Click on Broadcasting Standards.

    Can we get a mass movement of complainants of this? On-line petition?

    • Jilly Bee 6.1

      I agree with the above posts – I presume Puckish Rogue is agreeing that PG should take time out on the naughty seat. I also emailed TV3 with my thoughts on the political news coverage and particularly Paddy Gower’s rantings a few weeks ago, with no response, surprise, surprise. I also said that I had been a 3 News watcher ever since TV3 came into being in 1989, but was sadly severing all links. I foolishly had a change of heart when Hillary Barry made a statement about that Air New Zealand safety video and have been watching the political slot with ever increasing incredulity lately. Claire Trevett’s pieces in the Herald are the also the work of someone tarred with the same brush as Paddy Gower – they make a wonderful couple. I am today making a complaint to the appropriate places re the TV3 political coverage and NZ Herald op eds. Like Bill, I’ve also had a gutsful of what passes for rational and unbiased political reporting of late. I find it’s just so bloody depressing.

    • Hami Shearlie 6.2

      Claire Trevett must be the laziest “journalist” in NZ, she never reports anything remotely important about policy, she is literally unbelievable!! I actually heard the elderly woman who made the comment to Sean Plunkett about David Cunliffe – She may actually have senility creeping up on her , I mean, who in their right mind would really announce to the whole of NZ that they vote, not according to any policy at all, but on a person’s face? Old Churchill would have been down the road if people were all as stupid as that old woman. Looks don’t count when it comes to improving the lives of the majority of kiwis, but if the vast majority of New Zealanders are really as shallow as that old woman, then John Key is screwed, after all, he does have dead creepy eyes just like a zombie doesn’t he?

  7. karol 7

    Formal complaints are important. But I also think this needs to be accompanied with a campaign for public service news media.

    It can’t be left up to the corporate run media because their profit-driven values have a tendency to undermine the critical role of a “4th estate”.

    • Bill 7.1

      If I lived in Auckland, I might be looking at the feasibility of running an effective, vibrant, fun and visible protest outside TV3 news offices over Gower’s b/s. And I’d be media bombing TV1 and whatever media including whatever local channels there may be on the promise of a good photo op.

      I admit to not too keen on a public broadcasting news media having suffered years of conservative and toadying bullshit from the BBC news. That said – still can’t believe I had to actually turned to the BBC in desperation for info after hitting NZ in the days before the net.

      • McFlock 7.1.1

        In the last few months I’ve actually gone back to TV1, if I bother with the TV news at all.

        I get the international stuff from some foreign policy email loops, the local stuff from the oddity online, the NZ political stuff mostly from here, and stuff to keep an eye on the tory line and do the sudoku.

        fuck 3news these days – between gower and paul henry, I’d rather watch a shitty sitcom.

  8. Tigger 8

    If complaining also choose balance, it’s unlikely to succeed with the current BSA board, but you’ll force TV3 to look at their other coverage and thats a good thing.

  9. Rox 9

    I also made my first ever BSA complaint. Against TV1 for showing Robertson spouting off in parliament then cutting the reply from Collins off. Is that the sort of “Fair” reporting you’re after? One sided? Can we not see both sides and make up our own minds?

    • Bill 9.1

      Hello Rox. You another brainless prick who can’t tell the difference between bias and making shit up? Bias exists in all reporting and is fine as long as it ain’t presented as objective. Making misleading shit up from scraps of nothing is making misleading shit up from scraps of nothing and should have no place in news programmes.

  10. Dave_1924 10

    Nice – Paddy is kicking DC and you don’t like it, but you know its called politics and TV3 makes money by getting eyeballs on its ad stream.

    Mr Campbell on Campbell Live constantly kicks the Natz and pushes Green policy but you seem happy with him. If we want balance in the media then maybe media people should forgo political memberships, aye Shane T, and focus on presenting a story with different angles balanced. And yes Henry is a Nat – but we all know that

    Now DC’s non-disclosure of an investment in a Investment Trust as one of 20k others is no big deal in and of itself. It just looks DUMB after his other series of mistakes and stumbles. Many MPs have to correct their disclosures – he did so, so its not news for me.

    David Shearer got knifed for not being comfortable on camera – but at least he seemed genuine. Dave Cunliffe just projects fake every time you see him.

    the real issue here is not the media reporting all this stuff – its who inside Labour is leaking this stuff to them. A house divided can’t stand… Enjoy the run in to the election – it will be interesting to see if Labour can get its self sorted out…

    • Bill 10.1

      And another brainless prick! Bias is bias. I don;t have too much of a problem with that (except when it’s couched in claims of objectivity). Seeing somebody in a paddock and reporting that they’re a serial sheep shagger isn’t bias though, and that’s the basic level Gower is operating at.

      • Rox 10.1.1

        And again with the abuse – I can see why people don’t come for the conversation. You appear to have a problem with anyone who doesn’t have your view. Enjoy your day.

        [lprent: Read the policy – especially the first few line “We encourage robust debate”. That doesn’t mean polite or mannerly. This site simply wasn’t set up for “conversation”. It was set up for raucous robust debate.

        I’d suggest that you try public address. But I suspect that you are a thin-skinned as crazy colin and even that may be too much for your delicate soul.

        If you are determined to find a quiet conversation pit, then the online sewing circles for mothers are pretty polite. ]

        • framu 10.1.1.1

          “And again with the abuse ”

          because dave is making the exact same error as you did – its tiresome because its so easy to understand that bias and invention are different things – could be why they have different words to describe them

          maybe stop making such stupid errors of comprehension and basic use of english and you wont get treated like a diversion trool

        • rox 10.1.1.2

          [RL: Nope. We don’t tolerate people who arrive here and tell us how to run our site in their first comment. And on a personal note – lprent is the least brainless prick you could ever hope to meet.]

  11. ianmac 11

    Have written to TV3 re ICSL misreporting by Paddy.
    On Morning Report David Cunliffe did a good job of clarifying the ICSL “Trust.”
    Hear him here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2588003

  12. Tim 12

    I imagine they will do a story on Jackie Blue, Simon Bridges, Shane Ardern and Nathan Guy once Jackie Blue, Simon Bridges, Shane Ardern and Nathan Guy have spent years complaining about Cunliffe doing this and then conveniantly forget the fact they are against trusts and do it themselves anyway

    • Ant 12.1

      Labour aren’t against trusts they are against corruption, corruption like your mate John Banks and John Key and the fat $55,000 milk cheque.

      • Puckish Rouge 12.1.1

        Labour aren’t against trusts that benefit them

        • RedLogix 12.1.1.1

          The trust you are talking about was specifically set up to meet a Labour Party rule.

          What you are ignoring is that these kinds of ‘primary’ leadership races are a very new innovation in this country’s political life. Well The Greens have been electing their leaders from within their membership for a long time – but Labour were in a relatively new place given the unplanned resignation of Shearer.

          There is a real difference between donating to a party in the context of a general election and donating to support an individual in a primary. The latter being far more personal and potentially divisive than the former. It was quite reasonable for Labour to put a rule in place to help avoid this problem.

          It’s lazy thinking to assume that the rules which apply in the context of a General Election will automatically be the best rules in the context of a Party Primary.

          • North 12.1.1.1.1

            Agreed RL. The distinction is indisputable.

            Problematically lazy thinking begets lazy scrutiny which begets lazy de-facto acceptance of the constructed rubbish with which we are barraged.

            The reality upon which fake reporter narcissists like Gower rely.

            I suspect that Gower’s narcissism will have him purring at the attention – an unavoidable consequence of expressed angst that for Gower at least journalistic ethics are as meaningless as is the Cabinet Manual for ShonKey Python and Madame Hubris.

            My resolve is off with TV3 and adoption of the four letter word ‘FAKE’.

            • North 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Edit: because I’m a fairly garrulous type ‘FAKE’ is not enough.

              “TV 3 TV 3
              GOWER GOWER
              FAKE YOU BE”.

    • Tracey 12.2

      I believe they have indulged in late file of pecuniary interests which is not to do with trusts.

  13. Papa Tuanuku 13

    anyone want to meet about this in wellington? can someone set something up?

  14. Tracey 14

    not all lies are created equal…

    remember keys denial about meeting with tv3s brent impey?

    then he chanfed it when caught.

    is tv3 doing payback?

    Key caught in MediaWorks lie

  15. finbar. 15

    Cunliffe!s biggest mistake was saying Paddy,As a politician there are times when i recognise you, and times when not,and the time of not is when being interviewed by a media person who!s track is im me ,im in charge.

    Gowers, interview way Cunliffe,reminded me of old school ruthless,a ruthless that Muldoon,stamped and turned on the interviewer.Possibly a skill that our youthful David should be advised of,other than friendly name chat.

    Cunliffe, came out of that harried interview with some dignity.We all know that Cunliffe,is not your factory floor battler,but among the Labour party ranks of career politicians.Yet he let his week side of the kiwi battlers defence waver as he was pushed by a interviewer who!s wage would exceed Cunliffs annual political wage.He got sucked in, protecting his wealth!s usury ,its investments but just managed to pull it back.

    Cunliffe is not one of Labours school of slaved usury,but he is the one that we think can challenge the users on the farm fence that show little compassion to the ones that create their wealth.

    The dog A.B.C.you are dogs time for yous to go.

  16. captain hook 16

    I never watch tv3. There is something fundamentally dishonest about their whole shtick. A TV Station that continually re runs the fast and the furious is sick in the fucking head and the so called journalists they employ are nonentities that just want to suck up so they can get a better job down the line. The whole thing stinks.

  17. Skinny 17

    I think there is enough punters that have had a enough of ‘fake’ reporting by Gower, and fully sanctioned by the TV3 Network. Collectively contact their advertisers voicing our disgust and urge them to consider the backlash if we first boycott TV3 News and then consider boycotting advertisers during the New breaks and stretching it out break by break. I recall their Radio arm got quite a working over by the revolt to the Ghost Buster idiots. We must level the playing field by taking a strong stance.

    Count me in to help, let’s get a Action Committee together to crunch a fight back. The Election is a high price to pay should we stand ilde.

    • Akldnut 17.1

      Sign me up Skinny, Pass me a placard – I’ll support the cause.

      If it’s in Auckland just let me know when and where.

      • Skinny 17.1.1

        Let’s see if TV3 and Gower get the message, great you and others are keen on leveling the playing field 🙂

  18. Lionel 18

    The big advertisers are the corporates who are dictating to the media outlets what there political content should consist of they also donate to the Nats get the picture I too have shunned TV3 news because of Gowers bullshit

    • Skinny 18.1

      They also use marketing agents who dictate the price paid for advertising on demand, any hint of a scandal and Media Works suffers in revenue. Worth a crack Nigel!

  19. finbar. 19

    Gowers, colours, shall be nailed to his flag if he interviews the Prime Minister,next week, with the same ferocity.If he does his colour shall be impartial..

  20. nadis 20

    just to add some real info to the debate….

    the ICSL trust is not in the same category as the other trusts being bandied abourt(ie the RT trust, and Nationals trusts from a few years ago prior to the campaign funding law changes etc).

    ICSL is just a legal vehicle used by financial planners, banks and investors to access investments. Each individual has a separate account under the ICSL structure to hold their own assets. ICSL provides access to bank accounts,stock exchanges, managed funds etc for each investor and then provides all the return and taxation reporting that is required.

    Holding an interest in ICSL is the same thing as owning a share – there’s nothing sinister in owning an interest in ICSL. Pretty much any NZer who has a financial planner or money managed by a private bank will have a similar arrangement with ICSL or one of the other custodian trusts.

    So raising the ICSL holding may (or may not) be an issue in terms of the pecuniary interests register but it has nothing to do with donor secrecy, campaign funding etc. Custodial trusts like ICSL are also now subject to pretty strict anti-money laundering regulations, any money deposited has to be legally identified in terms of source of funds, owner of funds etc.

  21. SEAWEED 21

    Those teeth no doubt come in useful for chewing through Shonkey’s trousers and undies so you can properly kiss his arse, eh Paddy ? That’s all Shonkey needs… another fawning kissarse…

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  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    4 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    4 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Disgust
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    5 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    6 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    6 days ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    6 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED 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
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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