What a coincidence

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, August 6th, 2009 - 72 comments
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So there I was, just a walking down the street, and $47,000 just fell out of the sky in tax free readies, bam, right in to my lap! Like I was Bill English or something!

What – that never happened to you? Me neither. We have to work for our money. Actually I guess Bill had to work for the $47,000 extra top up to his salary that he planned to collect this year. There was a bit of paperwork. According to The Herald, rules had to be changed to make this special treatment possible. And there was the matter of the legal positioning:

In March this year the title was transferred to Mrs English. The home, now worth an estimated $1.2 million, is owned by a family trust.
Question to Mr Key: “When you said he changed the trust arrangement after the election, and that was the thing that qualified him for the Ministerial Services allowance, and yet he didn’t do it to qualify for the allowance, it was just a coincidence?”
Mr Key: “That’s my understanding.”

Did you ever have a $47,000 coincidence? Me neither!
— r0b

(PS: The Tui billboard thing has been done to death, but seriously, did Key manage to keep a straight face with that answer? If so I’d hate to play him at poker.)

72 comments on “What a coincidence ”

  1. Ianmac 1

    Is it so that it is the PM who approves/authorises the entitlement to Ministers? If so then Mr Key was complicit in the change which allowed Mr English to make his claim?

    Catchpa: appear ????

  2. Pat 2

    What a coincidence! Mr Carter’s husband got the use of $40K of taxpayers money for first class travel last year alone, and he didn’t have to work for the money.

    • Anita 2.1

      Pat,

      You seem overexcited about Chris Carter’s civil union. Why?

      • BLiP 2.1.1

        Yes, noticed that myself. Most curious.

        • Pat 2.1.1.1

          Is “husband” the wrong term? “Partner” suggests they are not married, therefore seems to me to be derogatory.

          Ignoring my gay clients, my gay relatives, and my gay friends (yes, that’s right) then I must be homophobic.

          But play the gay card if you will. He still spent our money on his gold-plated holidays.

          • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1.1

            Actually yes, it is the wrong term. ‘Civil union partner’, as ‘husband’ is a term soley relegated to a marriage between a man and woman, in New Zealand. Not so in England. So much for being ‘equal’.

            I believe that the term “spouse” also only applies to marriages, which IMO is a bit silly as it is a good generic term otherwise. I’ve just done some googling but can’t find any NZ legislation that defines this one way or the other, but this is my recollection from when the civil unions act was passed.

            “But play the gay card if you will. He still spent our money on his gold-plated holidays.”

            I guess you better be complaining about Roger Douglas, too, who has said that his trip to England was almost entirely for private purposes. I suspect that Chris Carter’s trip probably had much more official work involved.

      • sausage fingers 2.1.2

        He must have done that on another thread, ’cause if you can read homophobia into Pat’s comment above then I think it’s you who have got the problem.

        • Anita 2.1.2.1

          Yeah, at least one other thread today.

          BTW I can’t find search, so I’m limited to hand searching for Pat’s other comments and TS is slow as today, cos I’m in a hurry I’ll just link to this one.

          I didn’t say homophobia btw, just that Pat seems overexcited by Carter’s civil union. Homophobia is only one possible reason, I’m sure there are others.

          • Anita 2.1.2.1.1

            Here too

            P.S. I want search back, this is aggravating and forces me to reread all manner of complete tripe.

          • lprent 2.1.2.1.2

            Search is off until the weekend. Search unleashed kept failing to complete a rebuild. I think that we have exceeded how many records it will process before failing in ajax.

            Started looking for a better solution, but time is tight.

            try google with

            site:thestandard.org.nz searchquery

            • Anita 2.1.2.1.2.1

              Yeah, I thought you must’ve finally given up on it.

              BTW have you noticed really slow page loads today? Not every time but every second or third load for me at the moment, I was thinking it might be just me tho.

              • lprent

                Nope there is a *lot* of traffic

                • BLiP

                  lprent: Blog bunny question coming up: . . . what do you mean?

                  “nope, there’s a lot of traffic”

                  • Ianmac

                    I think he meant to say “Hope there’s not a lot of traffic.”
                    Are you home yet Iprent?

                    • lprent

                      Work… Waiting for a process to run so I can test the results.

                      I really don’t notice ‘car’ traffic. I use the buses and play with my iphone reading the blog during the commute. I think that you’d have to be an idiot to use a car for commuting unless there wasn’t any decent public transport – ie National being their usual pack of dickheads.

                  • Lanthanide

                    He was replying to Anita’s question above, asking why the site seemed to be slow.

            • gingercrush 2.1.2.1.2.2

              Anita I’ve had that as well.

      • JustRight 2.1.3

        Anita

        If Chris Carter was a woman, and Pat had said her husband had $40K of travel last year, would you have said “you seem very interested in ‘her’ marriage” ? I doubt you would have. Accusing Pat of homophobia is trying to distract from the point.

        Look at the issue – Labour MP’s milking it (as well)

        • Izzy 2.1.3.1

          “Mr and Mr Carter” from Pat (see Anita’s 2nd link) would be a bit odd if Chris was a woman.

  3. roger nome 3

    Pat – something that may be of interest to you:

    Is Homophobia Associated With Homosexual Arousal?

    The authors investigated the role of homosexual arousal in exclusively heterosexual men who admitted negative affect toward homosexual individuals. Participants consisted of a group of homophobic men (n = 35) and a group of nonhomophobic men (n = 29); they were assigned to groups on the basis of their scores on the Index of Homophobia (W. W. Hudson & W. A. Ricketts, 1980). The men were exposed to sexually explicit erotic stimuli consisting of heterosexual, male homosexual, and lesbian videotapes, and changes in penile circumference were monitored. They also completed an Aggression Questionnaire (A. H. Buss & M. Perry, 1992 ). Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.

    http://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?q=homophobia+journal+of+abnormal+psychology&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&oi=scholart

  4. gingercrush 4

    Wow you’re so clever rogernome. Exactly what is homophobic about what Pat said?

    • roger nome 4.1

      First off ginger, it wasn’t that clever, i merely quoted an abstract that anyone could find using google scholar. Pat seemed to get exited by the fact that chriss carter is shacked up with a dude. I thought that info might help him to understand why. That’s all.

  5. roger nome 5

    Pat – your over-enthusiasm was interesting.

    • sausage fingers 5.1

      Over-enthusiasm? He mentioned that Carter has a husband. Which he was kind of compelled to do if he was going to make the point about the cost of that person’s travel.

      • roger nome 5.1.1

        SF – the exclamation mark was the give away. btw i have a gay guy mate who likes guys with “sausage fingers” – he says it all the time. Are you crusing on the standard, you norty boy!

        • sausage fingers 5.1.1.1

          You got homophobia from punctuation! (Arrgh, I mean “.”)

          My sausage fingers aren’t the only characteristic that makes me attractive to gay men.

          I am also a good listener.

    • jagilby 5.2

      The last couple of days have only served to illustrate that when the left’s argument is failing then the last port of call is to pick at semantics and slander, slander, slander.

  6. wtf? Is Sir Double Dipton gay? Is that why he flats with his ‘wife’?
    well that explains that.

  7. Ianmac 7

    Gosh. I wonder if anyone has thought of making a connection with the cooincidence of Bills change of Trust and Johns authorising the advantage of it?

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    I don’t think that Pat is necessarily being homophobic, but I don’t really see his point. If it’s supposed to be a ‘coincidence’, is he suggesting that the civil union is a jack up to get the travel?

    That would be a dumb enough thing to say even without any homophobia.

    I think it’s a case of “hey look it’s the goodyear blimp, which coincidentally reminds me that this orange is technically an apple”.

    That 47k that serendipity had falling into the mortgage payments on the house English’s wife’s trust owns though, I reckon there are probably a few folks about that used to earn roughly that in a year, but don’t now because they lost their job due to line by line reviews etc.

    Someone else lost their job so that the crown could pay for Sir Roger’s couple of weeks overseas.

    But they’re entitled to their holidays, and English was entitled to rearrange his affairs. The treasury and the flinty eyed ACT prophet of public frugality must keep their razor on the important things eh.

  9. mike 9

    Typical lefties diverting the issue with crys of homophobia and smear.

    I don’t care about Chris Carters ‘friend’ – I just want to know why he won’t front up and explain his extremely lavish expences. Poor ginga hughs is left to defend the indefensible.
    Just a tip though Daza – putting lots of product in it and spiking it up at the back does’nt make it not red…

  10. mike 10

    Did you guys complain to TVNZ about gay bashing when they accused Chris Carter of using the back door in Parliment tonight??

    • vto 10.1

      I dont know – is that funny or not funny?

    • felix 10.2

      Did you guys complain to TVNZ about gay bashing when they accused Chris Carter of using the back door in Parliment tonight??

      Ah, no. But that’s probably because it didn’t happen.

      Even if it had, how would it be “gay bashing”? Wouldn’t it just be common garden-variety smut?

      • mike 10.2.1

        It did happen – off course they were just referring to him running scared of the media but hey – you guys seem to take offence at anything that diverts from the actual issue..

        • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1.1

          “Typical lefties diverting the issue…”

          “you guys seem to take offence at anything that diverts from the actual issue”

          So which is it Mike? Personally I’m closer to the second quote, but offended isn’t the right word.

          When Pat, in the very first comment on the thread, diverted form the issue, I thought;

          “Boy, that’s obvious, has Pat been reading Tim”

        • felix 10.2.1.2

          That’s weird, mike. After I read your comment I watched the 6pm news and listened closely for the words you mentioned. I didn’t hear them.

          So I’m thinking either they recorded 2 bulletins and beamed one to your house and posted the other one to the website,

          or

          you’ve been hitting the pipe a bit hard with Tim,

          or

          you’re just making up shit as usual.

          Hey, I think I’ve figured it out.

          • mike 10.2.1.2.1

            Felix, it happened. My wife even laughed and she’s bored shitless with politics.

            Go back and watch it again and pay more attention there’s a good lad

            • felix 10.2.1.2.1.1

              Just watched it again and you’re dreaming. God the news is boring, no wonder I don’t bother watching it.

              You sure it was tvnz?

        • vto 10.2.1.3

          are a few of you the same person?

        • Armchair Critic 10.2.1.4

          Isn’t the issue that the finance minister doesn’t have the ethical sense to know that claiming back your rent for a house owned by a trust you have an interest in is wrong? Even my ACT voting accountant knows this.

          • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1.4.1

            Even little fishes in the sea know it, but he’s entitled, (if you squint), which makes it compulsory.

  11. toad 11

    In the tradition of Sir Roger Douglas, there are for Sir Double Dipton things to do in Dipton when you’re dead.

  12. Galeandra 12

    For what it’s worth, I too pick up the homophobic connotations from Pat’s comments on two threads today.
    I think the idea of a gay Minister and partner seems to him to be even more profligate than a’standard’ couple abroad, and by inference an even shadier deed to blackeye the Opposition with.

    His apologia line was awful- it sounded like a sixties replay – you know, one of my best friends is Maori…..
    .

  13. Tim Ellis 13

    Goodness me, and to think a lot of the commenters on here regularly accuse me of distraction.

    Pat raised the issue of Mr Carter’s partner/husband/whatever receiving a large amount of taxpayer’s money for holidaying. Suddenly everybody ignores the substance and focuses on the potential homophobia. If that isn’t obvious distraction, I don’t know what is.

    In light of Mr Carter’s spending, r0b’s post seems very vacant to me.

    • The Voice of Reason 13.1

      Nope, it’s actual homophobia. There were comments on at least two threads that were clearly intentionally offensive and clearly based on the sexuality of the MP and his partner. Shame the search engine ain’t up, it’d be easier to point them out, but if you’ve got the time, Tim, have a troll back through the Double Dipton related posts and you’ll find them.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.2

      Mr Carter’s spending is a distraction Tim, unless you are suggesting that his civil union is a fiction entered into to get the allowance? Is that what you are saying Tim?

      No?

      Then how is that anything but a distraction from the point of r0b’s post, which is about the claim that English’s arrangement of his affairs only enriched him by ‘coincidence’.

  14. Pat 14

    Yes I have been picking on Carter in other threads. He is Labours biggest travel spender. I believe this is because he takes his partner/spouse with him on most trips, and mostly first class, at the Taxpayers expense. And in doing so, he is effectively doubling the cost of each trip.

    And I suspect his spouse/partner accompanies him more often than other MPs spouses/partners. The stammering Hughes admits he doesn’t know how many times Carter was accompanied. The cloak of silence has been drawn over the issue by Labour because they know it looks ugly.

    Similarly, Roger Douglas travel expenses has given us a mere glimpse into the 90% travel reimbursement for long serving MPs. How much has the taxpayer spent on Field this year? How about Cullen, Hunt, Bolger etc etc? I think we would recoil in horror if the true cost was known.

    It seems to me that this should be stopped forthwith, together with first class travel for MP’s partners.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.1

      So if Hughes doesn’t know, why do you think your guess is worth anything? And in any case, how is this in any way similar to English’s coincidence?

      • Pat 14.1.1

        If there was nothing to be embarrassed about, Hughes would know.

        At worst, English might have overspent $20K? $24K?

        If Carter’s spouse accompanied him on most overseas trips it would have cost taxpayers at least another $40K.

        You lot are fixated on one MP over one particular expense. I understand that – you want Bill sacked.

        In your excitement don’t miss the opporuntity to clean up the whole 120 of them.

        • Pascal's bookie 14.1.1.1

          I’m more than happy to see the system sorted, but English seems to have been abusing the system in a way no other MP was.

          That’s why he gets singled out.

          If you have any other MP’s you can point to pulling his trick, or anything like it, please share some details.

          I’ve asked before but no tories can help me. It’s almost like English was doing something no one else was.

          Don’t let a general reform hide the particulars of English’s rort.

      • gingercrush 14.1.2

        OH PB you are an ass. You justify anything that is done by Labour yet claim that you voted the Greens. You were providing the distraction simply because DPF called out how stupid Labour was over the Taito Philip Field story. The fact you’re all quite willing to justify Chris Carter’s speaks volumes about what you lot think.

        As for the idiots here saying Pat is homophobic. Bullshit. I wasn’t offended. Chris Carter is a thieving ass who just happens to take his partner around everywhere with no real justification. The fact he has been so silent speaks volumes about his guilt. But you lot go on repeating how Pat is homophobic. Can’t disagree with Maori, you’re racist. Don’t agree with someone that is gay and you’re homophobic. You lot justify anything. Makes me sick.

        • Lanthanide 14.1.2.1

          “I wasn’t offended.”

          Why does you being offended, or not, determine whether something is homophobic?

        • Pascal's bookie 14.1.2.2

          Where am I justifying Labour Ginger? Or Carter?

          I am merely pointing out there are qualitative differences between Carter’s spending and English’s.

          English changed his affairs re the trust, and pretended to be living in southland so that a bunch of money would fall on his mortgage.

          That is nothing like Carter’s spending. So to bring up Carter’s spending as if it is a “labour did it too’ scenario is horseshit.

          I am attacking that argument, not defending Labour or Carter. Geddit? So unless you or Pat, can say why these scenarios are similar in respect of Englishs’s shenanagins, I’ll ask you to pull your head in.

          But you can’t say why they are similar, because they are not, and you are only bringing up Carter’s expenses to avoid the painful truth about English. That he has seen line by line reviews put people out of their jobs to save the crown some money at the same time that he has helped himself to 47K.

          • gingercrush 14.1.2.2.1

            I won’t defend Bill English but ultimately I don’t care. He was my electorate MP for years when I lived in Southland and both my parents voted him repeatedly as their electorate MP. I was one of the 21% that voted National in 2002 (my first election I cried). He’s a good MP and a good politician. Sure he’s fucked up but he won’t be going anywhere. Too big a MP to let him fall. Anyway I’m a partisan hack. I don’t like when the party I support does dodgy/unethical things. But I’ll vote for them anyway. Beats voting for the parasitic party that is Labour.

            The problem with the left and what makes them different from the right is that they can’t bear themselves to find any fault in Labour or other left parties. Labour of course according to them never does anything that is dodgy, illegal, unethical, bullying etc etc.

  15. lprent 15

    Blip: during the weekdays there are usually a couple of processes delivering content at the server at any one time. For most of this week there have been more like 6 plus.

    Then occassionally we get (umm) blips of connections from badly behaved searchbots, and it blows out to 15 or so.Then new connections coming in take a long time to connect.

    Anyway, we’ve increased the amount of data moved this week quite a lot, and I’ve had to tweak the system a bit to stop it running out of memory. This weekend I’ll look at getting more memory at the server so I can stop rationing it

  16. lukas 16

    What I find interesting is why Chris Carter has got away with lying. He told James Coleman in an interview for RadioLive that he paid for his trip to China out of his own pocket, yet he has claimed the trip as a travel expense…tut tut

    http://lukewebster.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/chris-carter-is-still-a-liar/

  17. Pat 17

    PB – where you get on your high horse on this thread is demanding that my comments and others about Carters are off topic. Your point is that the post is about English’s expense rort, not Carter’s expense rort.

    That is a dis-ingenuous diversion, because you know full well there ain’t gonna be a post about Carter or any other Labour MP’s expenses rolling along anytime soon.

    In my view, what English has done is not confined to it’s own bubble. It is part of far far wider endemic prolifigate rort of taxpayers money, by pretty much all past and present MP’s. And you can bet your Aunt Fanny that Labour MPs, towards the end of a 9 year stint in power, would have been bathing at the deep end of the trough.

    How many posts on Red Alert this week about MP expenses?

    How many questions from Labour this week about it at Question Time?

    How many times this week has Goff fronted about the issue?

    If Team Red have nothing to hide, they would be all over this. The truth is they want the issue to go away just as much as Team Blue and the other benchwarmers, because they are all up to their necks in it.

    • Pascal's bookie 17.1

      Pat, In saying that English’s rort is part and parcel of a wider culture, you ignore the aspects of it that make it (apparently) unique.

      Where there were similar situations in the past the ministers got stood down, and paid the money back.So his case is not typical. It is atypical. Treating it the same as others would minimise that fact.

    • lprent 17.2

      So far I haven’t seen anything that says that there is a problem with Chris Carters travel. It appears to all have been done in conformance with the usual travel required by a minister. That’s why I wouldn’t write a post on it.

      Bill English is a different matter. He is clearly living permanently in Wellington, but claims as if he was an out of town MP I(and has done so for over a decade). If nothing else that brings MP’s expense claims into disrepute. Moreover, it looks like earlier this year he changed his circumstances to dig his nose deeper into the expenses trough. This one was at the same time as he was slashing expenses across the public services.

      I’d write a post about the general topic of MP’s expenses, but that can probably wait until this furore dies down and we can have some rational debate. Now that the Greens have shaken the numbers free, it will be interesting to have a close look at them.

      Why would MP’s comment about their own situation? That is something that the public should do. Otherwise it is like putting a fox in charge of the henhouse.

      • Swampy 17.2.1

        Bill English’s situation is a pretty obvious one. He owns a house in Dipton, which he pays the upkeep on, but because he is a cabinet minister he lives in Wellington for part of the week and therefore has to have a residence in the capital as well for practical reasons. An accommodation allowance to pay for the cost of that is quite reasonable and since it is now designated a ministerial residence, even more reasonable.

        It is quite a bit different from Phillida Bunkle renting out a primary residence in Waikanae, which is within such distance of Wellington that she could commute every day, to live in a ministerial residence in the central city, by also claiming that her primary place of residence was in Waikanae when she did not reside there at all.

        • Pascal's bookie 17.2.1.1

          English has lived in Wellington since at least the mid nineties when his family moved up here. In what sense does he live in Dipton? Do have any back up for your claim that he spends a couple of nights a week there? A day a month? Any time at all?

          Even when down south for electorate duties, he doesn’t stay at the house in Dipton, it’s too much of a commute to the population centers, he stays in motels.

  18. Swampy 18

    The Herald says nothing of the sort. It says Internal Affairs designated the house an official ministerial residence, not because of the rule change.

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    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    2 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    2 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
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    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    7 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
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    1 week ago

  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    1 day ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    3 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
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