Wellington party vote breakdown

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, November 19th, 2008 - 29 comments
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The Wellingtonista has a cool post up with a breakdown of Left vs Right voting patterns in Wellington this election.

The map above shows party vote on a booth by booth level. The blue bloc represents National, Act and United Future, and the red bloc is Labour, Green and Progressive. NZ First and the Maori Party have been excluded. As for the breakdown:

It certainly seems that the Wellington CBD, Aro Valley and inner suburbs voted left, but it’s not all about hippies and the trendy urban liberal elite. The traditional Labour heartland of working class, Maori and immigrant neighbourhoods also stayed staunch, with several booths in Cannons Creek voting for the left by over 90%. The affluent neighbourhoods (Oriental Bay, Khandallah and Seatoun) kept to their blue-blood roots, but there’s also plenty of blue in the Hutt Valley and parts of Tawa: is that the “Joe the Plumber” vote? The only booth to vote more than 75% for the right was in Whitby.

It’s also interesting to see that while National is bragging about winning the party vote in Wellington Central, when you add the Greens’ 20% to Labour’s tally it’s solid red.

You can click on the image to see the full Google Map including Porirua.

29 comments on “Wellington party vote breakdown”

  1. Chris G 1

    A very interesting post Tane

  2. Byron 2

    “It’s also interesting to see that while National is bragging about winning the party vote in Wellington Central, when you add the Greens’ 20% to Labour’s tally it’s solid red.”

    This was the case in many electorates where National “won” the party vote but not the seat, in the mid-west Auckland seats of Te Atatu, Mt Roskill and New Lynn National got the highest party vote but if you add the Labour and Green party vote the centre-left parties preformed much better, I wrote about this here with a breakdown of the stats. Even in some of the seats where National took the seat off Labour, it was because the centre-left candidate vote was split between Labour and the Greens, I haven’t looked at all the seats where this happened but I know it was the case in some West Auckland seats and in West Coast-Tasman.

    This election was hardly a massive shift to the right, National increased their party votes from 2005 by about 61,000 but Labour decreased theirs by over 200,000. Labour lost this election by disillusioned Labour voters staying home or voting Green (or possibly even the smaller left parties) these factors are far more significant in Labours low vote than the small number of centrist voters swinging to National.

  3. Tane 3

    Chris, cheers. Would be keen to see something on Auckland too, though I guess that relies on someone taking the time.

    Byron, that’s a very interesting breakdown. Really shows the flaw in the media’s simplistic National vs Labour horserace analysis.

  4. Daveski 4

    No disagreements from me regarding the analysis or the conclusions.

    I’d suggest that this is also part of why Key has deliberately attempted to push a more inclusive strategy even if the left don’t believe it.

    The fascinating aspect of this is the left collectively have three options longer term.

    1. To motivate those who stayed at home.
    2. Labour to centralise to take on the NewNational head on.
    3. Labour to accommodate the MP.

    Motivating people is a difficult strategy, particularly if National doesn’t lurch to the right.

    If Labour attempts to move left (as some here would no doubt want to see) it will simply lead to a death match with the Greens. The alternative is to bulk up the centrist policies to take back the middle ground.

    Finally, Labour is paying for not accommodating the MP. It’s in Key and the Nats interests to make the MP successful in their role to provide longer term support and take away some of Labour’s potential voting bloc.

  5. Anita 5

    Daveski,

    4. A two (or more) party approach with one fighting National for the centre and the other comprising the genuine left.

    5. Focusing on the discourse war and making left concepts, theories and discussions central to our national conversations.

  6. Camryn 6

    4 seems logical, and the left is further down that path than the right where Act is seen as extreme and has never really cracked double figures. It’s interesting to watch the MMP landscape evolve away from the FPP legacy over time.

  7. Janet 7

    Whitby is particularly aspirational in the Key style, and has rows of tacky faux riche houses. They built a poor quality private school campus there as the Whtby children are apparently too good for the local state schools. On the other hand it also has some staunch left activists. And some spectacularly decorated houses at Christmas time.

  8. Daveski 8

    Anita

    4. Yep, I think it’s a potential scenario if National tries to remain centrist. The part of the scenario that I don’t have any handle on is what the Greens should or will do. Are they able to retain an environmental focus and develop a comprehensive set of complementary policies that don’t detract from their core reason for being.

    5. I think that’s where we would agree to disagree. I suspect much of that conversation has already been held and the size of our economy and the geographical issues we face lead to a significant public sector role already. I think it is more practical for Labour to try to retake the centre than attempt to move the country further to the left. But that’s what blogs are for!

  9. Tane 9

    Anita, agree entirely on point 5. As for point 4, I think Labour’s economic policies have become the centre – any move to the right by them would be a mistake.

    You’ve got remember the vast majority of people who voted National had no idea what their policies were outside of giving bigger tax cuts (to some).

    The important thing will be to make sure that as National moves to the right of the NZ public the Left makes sure people are aware of what’s happening. Because somehow I don’t expect the media to do its job in that regard.

  10. bill brown 10

    “You’ve got remember the vast majority of people who voted National had no idea what their policies were outside of giving bigger tax cuts (to some).”

    It’ll be interesting to see what the reaction is in April ’09 when the vast majority find that their pay packet doesn’t grow…

  11. Mike Collins 11

    Janet – “They built a poor quality private school campus there as the Whtby children are apparently too good for the local state schools.”

    Efforts were made to get a public school in Whitby, by Mayor Jenny Brash and council, which were knocked down by MOE. However your comment says more about your arrogance and elitism than those you are trying to ridicule. Public schools in Porirua are suffering from falling rolls (in general) and have a negative stigma to them perpetuating that.

    But to attribute this flight to out of area schools to communities such as Whitby alone is misguided. The reality is many parents in Porirua will send their children elsewhere if they can – irrespective of community or background. The key is not where they are from but their ability to send their child elsewhere. People in Whitby have more ability to do this, but they are by no means alone. Some parents struggle with extra jobs to send their kids to school in Wellington.

    I have spoken with local educators from whom I gained the impression the answer to this flight was making it compulsory for children to attend their local school. It is not! It is for the schools to shrug off the stigmas attached to them (obviously not a simple task).

    BTW I say this as someone who is happy to sing the praises of Mana College.

  12. Janet 12

    A large number of Wellingtonians of the Labour left turned up this morning in the sunshine to cheer Helen Clark as she went off to resign as Prime Minister. The parliamentary steps and forecourt were crowded. National Radio reported it as MPs and staff but it was a huge diversity of activists, all ages, all backgrounds. I spotted MPs past such as David Caygill and Prime Ministers of the future such as Grant Robertson and Jacinda Adern. It really felt like a passing of the torch. Ken, who had brought his young grandson to witness this historic event, summed it up with his banner – Thank you Helen. Then Michael Cullen said ‘Right, back to work’ and sprinted up the parliamentary steps, setting the pace for the fight back.

  13. Daveski 14

    Tane

    An interesting topic and set up perfectly to look ahead.

    We live in interesting times. National IMO has finally understood MMP.

    What if National doesn’t move too far to the right? All that would achieve is to cannibalise the ACT vote and risk the relationship with the MP. As you point out, there is not an overwhelming mandate to move right.

    Perhaps what we are seeing is a redefining of the political landscape lead by Key reinventing National?

  14. Tane 15

    Daveski, I honestly can’t see National not moving to the right of the centrist facade they put up during the election campaign. In fact, their confidence and supply agreements with Act and UF shows they already have, as do their stalling tactics on the ETS.

    If, by some miracle, National don’t move right? Then Labour should tack to the left and open up a point of difference between themselves and National. I’m not suggesting they nationalise the means of production, but with their legacy safe they could offer a new progressive direction. But somehow I don’t see that happening.

  15. Tigger 16

    Tane – “The important thing will be to make sure that as National moves to the right of the NZ public the Left makes sure people are aware of what’s happening.”

    I’m going to make a poster of this sentence and put it above my bed as my MUST DO for the next three years!

  16. Ben R 17

    Isn’t Wellington generally Labour voting? It would be strange if it wasn’t given the high proportion of those who either work for or do business with govt dept’s?

  17. Janet 18

    Mike Collins

    It is well known that some of the best teaching is happening in the lower decile schools. Porirua College, the lowest decile school in the Wgtn, is probably the most innovative and effective school in the Wellington region in adding value through education, and treating students holistically. It is having a huge rebuilding programme to acknowledge its leadership in community-centred education. Aotea College is a perfectly good state school on the edge of Whitby. Mana College is fine too, across the water from Whitby, although in my opinion, not a patch on Porirua College, as it is trying to hard to be a bland higher decile school, rather than reflect the strengths of the local community.

    But Whitby parents prefer to send their children to an expensive outpost of an elite corporate school, which is barely accountable to ERO, let alone the local community. Dare I suggest it’s main attraction is it whiteness?

  18. Mike Collins 19

    “Dare I suggest it’s main attraction is it whiteness?”

    Only if you want to open yourself up to justified criticism. Race is not a factor when choosing education. Every parent wishes to have their child attend the best school possible. No matter what colour skin they have. To attribute this behaviour to one section of the community only (Whitby) and suggest it is because of skin colour is in my opinion nasty. Plenty of (brown skinned) people in Porirua East and Porirua more widely, send their children out of area – often somewhere like St Patricks in Silverstream or Kilbirnie. Flight out of area (or indeed away from local state schools), as I said earlier, is not something dominated by one group over another with the exception of ability to fund that choice.

    I agree on the points with Porirua College though. Good work happening there and the reputation is starting to change.

  19. Janet 20

    Maybe there is a corelation between white flight and National voting. In which case the Maori Party MPs are going to be in for a bit of racism from their new chums. This sentiment is already evident in the stuff poll (dominated by white National voting males) showing most responders thought the uppity Maoris got more out of the coalition agreement than born-to-bully Act. When it was actually ACT that got so much power out of the deal.

  20. Mike Collins 21

    Gee you almost sound suprised Janet that a wealthier neighbourhood would vote Right. Corelation between white flight in education and National voting seems tenous at best. Could it be that you are simply annoyed that a community would dare seek to vote opposite to your wishes and as a result you seek to denigrate that community with smears of racism? Classy.

    BTW it would be nice if you addressed my points regarding general educational flight from Porirua and not seek to label it simply as white flight when it is not just white kids fleeing.

  21. Mike Collins 22

    I too was suprised to see that people thought the MP got the most out of that deal on the stuff poll. I agree with you that ACT got the most – something which greatly pleases me. I don’t place the stuff poll result at the feet of racist National Party members/supporters though. I think it had much more to do with the media reporting much more about the MP deal than ACTs. Seems it was more interesting to them.

    Hope it’s not too scary going to bed at night Janet with all those monsters under the bed…

  22. gingercrush 23

    Byron nice work. Just one correction if you’re adding Greens to Labour then its fair to add Act to National.

    That does seem to make a difference with Te Atatu which would have National-Ac in the lead. But everywhere else it wouldn’t except for Mt. Roskill. Which, interesting is a difference of 1 vote between Labour-Green and National-Act.

    Though this is all largely premature since special votes should put Wellington Central and perhaps some of the others for where Labour will have a higher party vote than National.

  23. Janet 24

    Mike Collins
    It doesn’t just have to be white parents practicing ‘white flight’ away from their local schools. It’s usually misguided aspiration – an illogical and incorrect view that a high decile or private school further away provides a better education than their local one. They might force the kids to do more homework of questionable value and wear a more expensive uniform, and spend more time travelling, but basically it is parents wanting something they themselves do not have and aspire to eg a more desirable social group or friends in posher houses or more qualifications than they themselves have. But the greater risk is that it dislocates their children from their local community.

    It’s similar to the trend to bottle feed in developing countries. Big multinationals push bottle feeding as desirable, aspirational and something that rich white glamorous people do, so it undermines parents’ self-confidence in their own identity and abilities. So parents bottle feed. Unfortunately, it’s more expensive for them, and not so good for the babies.

  24. Mike Collins 25

    “an illogical and incorrect view that a high decile or private school further away provides a better education than their local one.”

    That’s debateable and I disagree with you. On balance results from these institutions are vastly superior to those of public schools or lower decile schools at least. Now of course there are many reasons why this is the case (ie attendance predominantly from kids predisposed to learning or from households not lacking in basics). But in the absence of being able to quantify those reasons it is reasonable to conclude that the quality of education is better at those schools. If not the quality of education, the quality of outcome certainly is better. And it is outcomes that would matter most to parents I should think.

    I find it very elitist that anyone can tell parents they are wrong and thinking illogically. That’s a view I find offensive. Not that I feel I am qualified to tell parents what is right or otherwise. I just think they are in the best position to determine what’s best for their kids. They don’t need do-gooders telling them or worse, regulating the “correct” option – such as forcing kids into local schools. We need more choice in education – not less. And not just for those that can afford to pay twice either.

  25. Janet 26

    You are saying parents are wrong if they think their local low decile school provides a good education. When in fact they are most likely right. The fact is that education in schools throughout NZ are roughly similar. Some schools have more resources, prettier bricks and mortar. But it is the teaching that makes the difference and for education that inspires and makes the difference the low decile schools win hands down. Teachers in some private schools merely have to turn up and the kids and parents and their after school programmes do the rest.

  26. Mike Collins 27

    “You are saying parents are wrong if they think their local low decile school provides a good education.”

    No I said no such thing. You may have thought I did but you’d be wrong. I was actually criticizing you for saying parents were being illogical for choosing private schools over low decile schools.

    “and for education that inspires and makes the difference the low decile schools win hands down.”

    Results matter. Parents choose private schools because results are delivered there. That is not illogical and to suggest otherwise is arrogant elitism. Why else would parents choose to send their kids there? Even allowing for your statement to be correct, which I hesitate with, there are obviously other factors at play which are holding back results. I’ll say it again for emphasis – the end results matter.

    If a parent wishes to send their child to a low decile school in the expectation of higher quality teaching, good on them. I am not convinced that the quality would be higher (across the board that is) but it is their choice to make and I support them making it.

  27. Janet 28

    But if all the parents send their kids out of the local area the local school has to close, removing the choice for others – if indeed they had a choice in the first place as only a very few have real choice.

    Results – what do you mean by results? Do you think that just because a kid crosses town to go to a school which has a high number of NCEA Level 3 passes that kid will automatically get NCEA Level 3 too. What makes the difference is inspiring teaching, high expectations, and education appropriate to the individual learning style. Actually, the more diverse the classroom that better the results.

    My experience is that some of the wealthier schools limit access to their flash resources eg only some elite kids can use the library. The elite schools can cherry pick their out of zone kids so they only take the naturally highly academic. They certainly won’t take the dyslexic kid or one who needs extra work on literacy (unless of course they are also gifted in sport).

    So I’m saying that it is not a level playing field (excuse the pun). Parents are wrong that the school makes the academic results for their own child – it is much more complex than that.

  28. Mr Shankly 29

    Janet – some schools are better than others! I think you are mistaken regarding your views on schools.

    Unfortunately when hte left speaks of diversity as an excuse for poor performance they are merely patronising the very groups they are attempting to embrace!

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  • 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 ...
    7 days 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.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    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.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    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
  • US imperialism, Huawei, racism and imperial anxiety
    by Tony Norfield US political opinion against China has two solid bases. The first is the longstanding racist and protectionist sentiment in the white working class; the second is a more recent anxiety about China’s economic prowess in America’s ruling elite. This article notes some historical aspects of anti-Chinese racism ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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