Whose RWC is it?

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, February 17th, 2011 - 59 comments
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When people talk about the rugby world cup as if it will buoy the spirits of voters across the country regardless of whether the all blacks win or lose, I find myself asking why.

For a start the whole thing is going to throw infrastructure into turmoil, especially in Auckland and all for a boost of 0.3% of GDP.

Then there’s the cost of the big stadium upgrades that taxpayers and rate payers are having to bear.

And after all that there’s the fact that tickets to the final cost $1500. That’s three times the weekly median income and more than a month of pension.

Of course the Prime Minister will be there in a corporate box and I’m sure most of cabinet too. And I doubt they’ll be paying for their own tickets.

Once upon a time rugby was seen as symbolic of our egalitarian society. Somehow it seems fitting that it’s now too expensive for the majority of Kiwis to attend.

59 comments on “Whose RWC is it?”

  1. chris 1

    Let me guess – if labour were in power tickets would only be $30 and we would be watching it in mallards BILLION dollar waterfront stadium.

    gee really.

  2. Kevin Welsh 2

    Well I would be happier with tax payer dollars spent on a stadium ANYONE can use, not just Rugby or the occasional game of Cricket.

    • Bill 2.1

      Don’t forget Elton! And, and…well, probably two nights of Elton!! Before the endless days of tumble weed and whistling wind. No cricket in Dunedin’s stadium.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Disaster, sheer disaster. Just you wait, within 5 years there will be loose talk of mothballing the facility, 5 years after that, serious talk.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    The slaves of Rome built Rome’s Colosseum with their bare hands, then they get to die in it.

  4. The fact this will add just $700 million to the economy makes a joke of the idea it will be an economic boon.

    $700 million is 30 hours’ economic output for this country.

    Getting those railcars built here rather than in China would have contributed $500 million to the economy and it wouldn’t have required a huge taxpayer expenditure with us bearing the loss that the RWC is projected to return.

    • The Economic Illiteracy Support Group 4.1

      And not to put too fine a point on it, that $700 million is going exclusively to the hospitality sector – it’s an effective subsidy from the rest of the economy. If you’re a panelbeater in Papatoetoe you’re not going to see a single red cent in economic benefit from the RWC, yet you’ll be paying for it in your rates and taxes.

  5. Bored 5

    Without spectacles, galas and celebrities how else will the eyes of the people be diverted from the daily grind? How else will their focus be averted? And if we can they will feel good for a week or two. Election time?

    Capcha: obey

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Bread and circuses mate. Keep the masses distracted.

      (And only bread, no milk – too expensive you see)

      • The Economic Illiteracy Support Group 5.1.1

        And they increased the GST rate on bread to help pay for the circuses.

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    Yup and Keys minders will have him all over this like a pig in shit.

  7. Carol 7

    I like watching rugby on TV & usually support the All Blacks. But the way it’s shaping up, I’m going off the whole world cup thing. I’ll watch some games that are Free-to-Air on TV, and will probably support Samoa and Scotland. I might give the finals a miss.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Give it another month or two, I think some real RWC fatigue is going to set in. You won’t be able to have weetbix or a hamburger without another round of RWC commercialism in your face.

  8. Leon 8

    This is a global event that happens to be staged in NZ. As with any global event the price of tickets relates to a global market. The amount of time and money that the National government are allocating to RWC indicates that it is far beyond a game. New Zealand’s RWC is about tourism, brand image, business connections and maybe winning the election. Who goes to the games live and the final outcome is purely incidental.

    • joe90 8.1

      So I fork out my hard earned dollars to finance someone else’s opportunity to make a buck out of tourism, brand image, business connections and maybe winning the election but I’m an incidental.

      gfy leon.

      • Leon 8.1.1

        I’m not saying I agree, I’m just explaining what I see happening.

        • Bright Red 8.1.1.1

          it’s not so much the price of the tickets as that we’re expected to subsidise the event on top of that. Someone’s making off with a mint and it isn’t the taxpaying public

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 8.2

      Note that the costs aren’t globalised however. ChCh ratepayers paying 1% more on their rates, Auckland council bailing out the Eden park trust $40 mill, who knows how much its going to cost Dunedin ratepayers.

      All for a group of hooray henry’s to come out and brag to their mates back in the Uk that they were there.

  9. Rich 9

    I saw England play Fiji at Twickenham in the 1999 RWC. Twenty quid.

    If I remember rightly, most of the tickets were distributed through small rugby clubs, so they only went to people involved in the game and their friends.

    Everyone in NZ has paid out several hundred dollars for stadium upgrades, highway upgrades and party central’s that will stand idle for the next 24 years. You’d have thought we could at least get some cheap tickets.

    • The Voice of Reason 9.1

      Quite right, Rich. At the real World Cup in South Africa last year plenty of tickets were made available for the locals at prices that they could afford. And that’s at a tournament that actually has global significance, as opposed to a competition that only half a dozen commonwealth countries and the French bourgeiosie are even interested in trying to win.

  10. Lanthanide 10

    I either read or heard (on Nat Rad) something about the stadium in CHCH needing to seek increased funding from ratepayers over the coming years, which they pinned to a “distinct downturn in attendance of rugby games” that has happened recently. More and more frequently you can read comments from people saying they aren’t that interested in rugby any more, or they prefer soccer.

    Seems our culture is changing. I wonder why.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Unfortunately that won’t stop the establishment from sucking more and more funds out of us to keep sport enjoyed by (only affordable by) the elites going.

      • Vicky32 10.1.1

        I remember a bizarre little rant by Danny Watson (back in the 90s when I used to listen to him). He’s a ‘taxation is theft’ neo-liberal, not that he’s actually know what one is, I gather. But he was advocating a special tax purely for the support of sport – especially rugby. Abolish all PAYE, introduce a 25% GST, oh and wait a minute, let’s have a 5% tax on all incomes under $75,000 pa to support thugby.
        I vomited in my mouth. It had never occurred to the little weirdo that he might have anyone listening to him who wasn’t a rugby fan!
        Deb

    • Puddleglum 10.2

      Here’s a Press editorial about Vbase’s parlous financial situation, largely courtesy of the AMI Stadium upgrade (i.e., Lancaster Park).

    • Carol 10.3

      Part of the problem (probably a major part) of dwindling support for rugby is professionalisation and that pay TV has taken most of the coverage. So now there’s some wanting more tax payer money to support an industry that makes profits for media corporates?

  11. luva 11

    seriously, does anything make you people happy

    • Bright Red 11.1

      subsidising a sporting event I can’t hope to afford to attend certainly doesn’t. Does it make you happy?

    • bbfloyd 11.2

      yes luva… luring dickheads like you out of hiding so that we can make fun of you. you’re always good for a laugh..

    • mcflock 11.3

      Things that make me happy:
      The laugh of a small child, a lavender scent carried on the morning breeze, and soft but strong toilet paper (1001 uses).

    • Kevin Welsh 11.4

      Plenty Luva. Watching the Reds dick the Scum at Old Toilet last season, watching the Phoenix at the ‘tin, The Breakers at the Sweatbox and the Warriors at Mt Smart. I love it to bits.

      Sick to fucking death of having the most boring sport in the world shoved down my throat almost 12 months of the year.

  12. Richard 12

    Maybe this can be an opportunity to start learning how to save money?

    It is possible to afford the final if you cut down wasteful expenditure

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      The rich can save money because they have discretionary income which is not used on staples and paying basic utilities.

      If you have less than $20K p.a. coming in as a single, or less than $35K p.a. coming in as a family, you’re basically screwed on the savings front.

      You might be able to save a bean a fortnight.

      And by the way, why should someone who lives in NZ be expected to live like a pauper and not be able to participate in society e.g. buy a Sunday paper, buy a coffee at the cafe, see a movie etc.

      We aren’t talking about BMW 7 series limo rides at $90/hr are we?

      • The Baron 12.1.1

        Who knew that “participation in society” was defined as a copy of the Sunday Star-Times, a skinny Latte and a trip out to Dinner with Shmucks with the Mrs!

        But then again, when was the last time you knew what it was like to live on $20k CV? Does your Mrs only give you a $400 a week allowance from her massive family fortune?

        Oh diddums, you do need a top up.

        • felix 12.1.1.1

          Let me get this straight, Baron.

          You’re hassling CV because he’s well off but hasn’t stopped giving a shit about other people?

          Is that it?

          • Bored 12.1.1.1.1

            Hah Felix, its got nothing to do with CVs status, or care / empathey for others. Trolls are habitually cruel and uncaring, its genetically imprinted.

            • bbfloyd 12.1.1.1.1.1

              it’s also not necessary for a troll to have the slightest knowledge on any given subject to be able to comment on it. preferable in fact. reality would be an impediment to good slagging.

    • Bright Red 12.2

      I don’t see how a person with a family on the median income ($27K before tax) can be expected to save $1,500 per ticket plus other expenses. You’re going to be talking over 10% of net annual income all up to watch a rugby game.

      And if they could get that money together would the RWC final be a responsible thing to spend the money on when they have kids?

      • Colonial Viper 12.2.1

        Minimum 4 weeks minimum wages, living under bridges and eating air.

        In other words to those low paid workers: you’re not the kind of people we’re looking for to attend the finals.

  13. Richard 13

    CV you seem to have a lot of free time, i assume you are on the dole because “there is no work”.

    Would you like a job working for my wife?

    Thought so.

  14. Richard 14

    Your link says you married into wealth so you are “doing ok without employment”.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      I’ve no real reason to work (although I am degree qualified) as my needs are pretty well provided for.

      And thanks to her accountant, its completely legit the dole and accommodation supplement is handy for a Friday/Saturday night out, dinner and a few drinks on the town. So its not like I’m ungrateful to you and your wife paying your GST etc.

      • Rob 14.1.1

        Wow, thats really interesting. How do you actually contribute to society , and I dont mean through burning electrons by continually posting on blog sites. Do you pay any tax of any nature or do you have various mechanisms to protect your or your wifes wealth.

  15. Zaphod Beeblebrox 15

    My advice- for about 1/2 the cost you could ring your travel agent and book a ticket to Melbourne to watch some AFL at the MCG. Better game (lasts 3 hours not two), bigger crowds (70-90K for the big games)., excellent public transport straight to the stadium connected to the metro rail network (they don’t force you to get ther 3 hours behorehand), it won’t be pissing rain (might be slightly colder than Auckland- even if it is you can go watch at the dome), excellent city restaurants walking distance to the stadium and you won’t be ripped off.

    If rugby’s your go (not mine as can be seen previously) there is now a S15 franchise there or the Storm to watch. So you can even watch the kiwi teams over there in comfort.

    Then of course you can go to Syd or Bris but everyone really knows where the capital of sport is.

  16. randal 16

    once he was a sophisticated new york banker and now he is a mewing maundering spruiker for everything that is juvenile and infantilised about new zealand society.
    he has been dragged down to our level.

  17. kriswgtn 17

    I would have loved to go to @ least one match
    I work 40 hours a week inc Sat mornings once a month.

    I earn bout $41000 a year $788 gross a week-minus tax and student loan=$611.15

    $150 rent
    Visa$150
    Food$120
    Power $40
    Petrol$120

    i cant save whats remains-

    Def aint my RWC

    thanks Key for nothing

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      $120 petrol a week. That’s rough. $3/L petrol is going to frag a lot of ordinary working people. And we’ll be there in a year or two.

      • Lanthanide 17.1.1

        Potentially sooner if the dollar keeps dropping.

        We had high petrol prices back in 2004 because the dollar was a lot lower then, even though oil wasn’t much more than $60 or $70US barrel I think. The difference between 2004 and 2008 was our dollar – it has risen a lot in the meantime. I have a gut feeling that, apart from everything else, the NZ$ rises to help insulate the economy from costly oil prices, that is if the NZ $ didn’t rise, the oil prices would kill the economy quick-smart and the $ would be worth even less. Sort of like a built in feedback mechanism: the dollar appreciates to ensure that it’s still worth something.

      • kriswgtn 17.1.2

        well i live on the coast and cant rely on trains yup here- i dont like long bus trips so yeah i leave for work real early to beat congestion
        my mate lets me park my truk on his property in mt vic for $20 a week so all good

        paying back student loan – i managed to get it down to 7800- if nact go ahead and take off the interest free- ill be fucked
        itll never get paid

        sometimes i feel like fucking off-this is one of those days- go to OZ, make double what i am doing here but i stay to contribute to making this country great again.Thing is with Nact and its allies the MP-theyre making it so fucking hard to stay

  18. Alwyn 18

    At last you seem to have realised what a lot of us did years ago.
    The people who pushed so hard for the RWC were the idiots lke Helen Clark and Trevor Mallard in the last Labour government.
    I, and a lot of my acquaintances who have to earn and live off our own money didn’t want it here. We knew, because of the way the IRB is set up, that we would not see any of the main matches and we were pissed off when the then PM spent our money travelling around the world to try and get something she thought would be a vote-getter for the Labour party.
    Don’t just blame Key for it. It’s every bloody trough swilling politician that is guilty.

  19. s y d 19

    if you can’t afford the tickets it’s probably due to your own poor lifestyle choices

  20. kultur 20

    it seems to me that whether we like it or not – New Zealand as those of us old enough to remember – has GONE. Whether it has gone for good – is up to the voters this year. My belief is that Phil Goff and a rejuvenated Labour Party can bring it back to where it needs to be. I think everyone got fixated on the “big idea” and one big thing “that put us on the map” … now we’re all descending to reality – its just that Key and the Nats and their sycophants are still on planet finance fantasy. They want anyone below the middle income line to pay for their ideals, suck it up and take it up the ass.

    Phil Goff was involved in the Government that started this mess – he realises it and admits it – there is a lot of retained value in someone at the top who REMEMBERS. Prof Niall Fergusson in his doco “the ascent of money” makes the comment when examining the Quants – the nobel prize winning boffins / Maths geniuses who arrived at a pristine probability maths system for trading in “options” on the financial markets and then went totally tits-up and had to have a Govt bailout in the USA … he said and i quote – “they knew a lot about maths and economics … but they didnt know anything about history….” What goes up – does come down – its been happening for decades and centuries. Phil Goff REMEMBERS – and we need a PM who doesnt hide from or try to rewrite the past. And we DONT need a money man who participated in meaningless paper transactions that produced nothing of any real value – running this country. Give Key a free BMW and tell him to bugger off and dont come back again.

    Rugby World Cup – spare me – its just another opportunity for smile and wave and his sycophants to seek a temporary reprieve from growing public discontent.

  21. millsy 21

    Seriously, why would you want to go anyway.

    Assuming you dont get turned away due to a ticketing glitch, youll probably be patted down by the goons in flouro vests, and made to hand over things such as cameras watches and food/drink that you brought in (so you have to buy overpriced soggy chips, stale sandwiches and thimbles of softdrink). The ‘beer’ youll have is low alcohol so essentially it will be warm pee in a plastic cup.

    (mean while up in the corporate boxes it would be drunken debauchery a go go)

    Therll be no booing, no banners, no mexican waves, no suggestive dancing, no swearing, no no no no no.. and youll have to sit down like good little boys and girls and watch the match quietly.

    Then when they let you out, and go to ‘party central’, you will have to party in the approved manner, or else youll be out on your ear, courtesy of the aforementioned flouro vested goons who will hang around everywhere.

    And DONT drink the wrong beer, or wear the wrong shirt, or have anything with the wrong logo on it in a clean zone. The goons will probably be all over you like a rash.

    Pay 1200 for that. No fucking way.

    The TV barons should pay for it. They are the ones who are going to make the most money from it, followed by the hospo barons, and the landlord class, who will start throwing out their tenants so they can rip off rugby fans who come here by letting out their houses at 500 a night or something like that.

    The RWC should have gone to Argentina or Japan, or some other developing nation.

  22. In the end it’s the public will decide on election day. Having the world cup in the country also helps the tourism industry that would boost the economy’s revenue and I think they’ll just have to raise the taxes on network coverage(chuckles)to make it fair at least.

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    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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