Why gender equity matters: #metoonz

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, March 5th, 2018 - 49 comments
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Journalist Alison Mau wrote on the weekend about stepping up to lead an investigation into workplace sexual harassment in New Zealand in the wake of the international #metoo movement,

There is so much in there. I suggest people wanting to understand what is going on take the time to read the links, and follow the #metoonz hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

Read the work being done in the Russell McVeigh case and understand it in the much wider context of the misogynistic culture within the NZ legal fraternity, and start making the connections (including between that and why women have such a hard time in our justice system when reporting rape).

Learn what happened with the Morgan Marquis-Boire case and consider why this has been discussed so little in NZ. Think about why Tony Veitch continued to be employed in television. Why a New Zealand Prime Minister was able to promote rape culture, including the government doing nothing about the rape of young teen girls. And so on.

Then stop and listen to what women are saying. If you are unable to make the connections in all of that, then there are things for you to learn about women’s politics. If you do make the connections, then amplify women’s voices and actions, because they have a deeper understanding and they are the ones that know how and what to change.

The thing that’s with me most about Mau’s investigation is the utter imperative of having enough women in positions of power to do something. I’ve had this argument in left wing spaces before, a lot of people, usually men, pushing back against the idea that numbers of women per se are important. It’s not just the anti-solidarity/anti-identity politics crowd, it includes feminist-supportive left wing men who see politics through a white male political lens. So let me state it plainly. Women have been talking about #metoo and rape culture for ever and it is only because women now have enough institutional power that something can be done. Men have been told about these issues for a long time and were simply unwilling to change.

I’m the same age as Alison Mau and like many of our generation I was marching in Reclaim the Night marches in 80s. Women were working on these issues in the decades before us. Much has changed since then, including very heartening things like the term rape culture being mainstream enough that the MSM use it. These are big gains because they signify that the culture is changing. But 30+ years is a long time and there is so much more to be done.  There have been not only the major backlashes against feminism from within the mainstream culture, but the resistance from men within progressive spaces.

Margaret Thatcher or Jenny Shipley are often cited as reasons to not support women into institutional power in numbers, but this misses the crucial points. The reason that Alison Mau was able to stand up and have the organisation she works for not only say yes but support her strongly, is because women are now in those organisations. When Mau describes the support she has from Stuff, I see the generations of women behind and beside her who have worked so hard to change the culture so this could be possible. We remember what it was like when men were largely in charge, and we see what it is like now that women have some power.

To get that kind of support you have to have the numbers, and that means we let all women through the gate across society, not just the ones we politically favour. So please, stop using Thatcher and Shipely as rationales to block women’s politics and access to power.

The other issue here, equally important and intrinsically connected, is why The Standard, the largest progressive political blog in NZ,  is still largely a white male space. We have lost feminist authors here, and those that remain often choose not to write about feminism, or at all. Women commenters often disappear silently when the debates become politically or behaviourally ones that suit men and not women.

There are reasons for that, some of them to do with historical events that I’m not going into here, and some of them just to do with the simple fact that even in 2018 women still have to work so hard just to carve out equitable space because the default is male and/or because there is resistance. It’s exhausting.

I’ve been spending time on Twitter since 2014 and I’ve been around many men there who are not only supportive of feminism at a theoretical, philosophical level, but who actively support women by amplifying them, by holding other men to account, by choosing to not take up space and listen instead. I’ve seen this on TS sometimes too, but the fact that this is still largely the space of white men tells me there is still a resistance to true power sharing and making the changes necessary to include women (and that’s not even getting to who else is being excluded here).

The reason I am talking about this here is two fold. One is that the dynamics that underpin #metoo and rape culture also underpin other aspects of misogyny and sexism, including the domination of space and power by white men.

The other is that there are many progressive men here on TS, and there will be a general support for #metoonz at the philosophical level. But I’m pointing to the work that needs to be done in our own house around sharing power with women and I’m suggesting that it is on the men here to do that if they want to keep considering themselves progressive.

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49 comments on “Why gender equity matters: #metoonz”

  1. Carolyn_Nth 1

    Thanks, weka. Excellent post.

    I am impressed by the format of Mau’s investigation. It’s providing anonymity to the survivors, plus a support team of excellent researchers to prove or disprove the allegations. Really great to see Paula Penfold on board with it.

    The #metoo social media and individual testaments have been an important part of breaking the status quo. But alone there can be difficulties – the complaints of guys being pronounced guilty without supporting evidence, etc. Though the numbers of people making individual complaints against a specific man tends to be highly indicative.

    Nevertheless, the research evidence has been there for a long time – about the extent of sexual abuse and harassment, but the guys with the status, power and privilege have resisted any changes to counter such abuses.

    It is, above all, an issue about power, and the abuse of it, in what is still a highly patriarchal culture. And abusing women, children and some men in such a bodily way takes it right to where people live, and keeps everyone with less power in chains.

    I’d also like to add, that all the evidence and testimonies show that physical, sexualised abuse is never JUST physical: it also is integrated with emotional and psychological abuse, humiliation, and dis-empowerment.

  2. Johnr 3

    The revelations that have prompted the “me too” movement, although horrendous are hardly surprising, given the way some men talk.

    However, a lot of good men in positions of power and influence are concerned about the pathways they should take in the workplace to make it safe and welcoming for women without using avoidance as a tactic.

    I relate to them what we did at our works. I’m the founder and owner of an engineering works with currently 27 employees. It is a male dominated industry and whilst there have always women in the office, which has a degree of separation, seven years ago we hired two young women apprentices, after a week I realised we had a problem they were almost frightened to interact with some of men.

    So, I sent them both on a two day welding course and we had a works meeting (office staff included) to thrash this out. With a surprising result. Since that time we have big signs in the workshops which say.

    THE MOTHER’S RULE:
    If you wouldn’t say or do it to your mother
    Then DON’T do or say it around here.

    Worked really well, about 20% of the workshop are woman now and I hear the men pulling each other up. Also our customers take heed of the sign too.

    On a personal level it’s not a bad code to live by

    • ianmac 3.1

      That is great Johnr. Doing something practical and fair like that should be a lesson to all employers. Your wife must be very proud of you.

    • Molly 3.2

      Great to see a real-life approach that resulted in success. Worth repeating, especially for those who can’t see how to move forward.

      And a 20% female employment in a predominately male industry is a notable difference. Do you ever discuss with all the workforce about how they perceive their work culture? Are they proud of it, and being a part of such a place of employment?

      • Johnr 3.2.1

        @Molly,
        We’ve never discussed the “culture” of being proud of the firm. More importantly I’m more interested in each person going home at the end of the day, proud of the work they’ve done. To me that’s the biggest driver of job satisfaction. If that happens there is a good chance they’ll want to do it all over again tomorrow.

        To that end I manage by walking around. If you see someone struggling stop off and give them a hand. I think of myself as a coach, a coach is on the same side, part of the team.

        We train virtually all our own staff, at present only three are outside hires. We take two apprentices each year and it makes me proud to say that we have a father son combo and this year we got our first father daughter it’s too early to have a mum, child combo.

        We have very low staff turnover, mostly ex apprentices wanting to do their OE, so we have a big wall of photos they’ve sent us over the years.

        It’s about time for me to hang up my overalls so I’m financing two of my earlier apprentices into buying me out. I think they’ll be the best ones to carry on our traditions

        • Molly 3.2.1.1

          Thanks for the reply John. My son volunteered in an engineering workshop for a charitable organisation, and it wasn’t until he finished there a few months down the track that he spoke about how uncomfortable some of the comments about women made him.

          This was a group of knowledgeable retired men, who created a hostile environment for a young male and volunteer. I would hate to consider how a female volunteer would have felt.

          Your workshop sounds like a great place to be – and a great place to own.

        • BM 3.2.1.2

          Happy to hear you made it work with your female employees.

          Many businesses that are male-dominated having females on board can be a bit of a nightmare.

          Young guys are trying to score so they’re not focused on the job or the females use their feminine wiles to get the guys to do all their work.

          Can be a bit of a minefield for employers.

          • red-blooded 3.2.1.2.1

            EXCUSE ME? “…females use their feminine wiles to get guys to do all the work” – what century are you living in? “Feminine wiles’ – ‘cos we all know that women are conniving, lazy sluts who are just out to take advantage of poor, hardworking me, don’t we BM? This poor blokes don’t have wiles – just willies, and the sly little minxes lead them about by these appendages, eh?

            I was in a male dominated workforce when I was a teenager, and almost every man I worked with made some kind of sexual advance towards me. Some just made comments, but many rubbed up against me, grabbed me from behind, pushed me into corners…etc. I was 15 and sure as hell wasn’t being wily! Some of these men were in their 40s. (And they didn’t do my work for me, they just sexually harassed me.)

            There were some who refrained, and I’m sure the ones who were harassing me didn’t think they were doing anything wrong, they just felt entitled to make comments about my body or lay hands on me because they could. Some of them were showing off to each other and others were horny or lonely.

            And, BTW, before you say that it was obviously a problem having me, a female, working in that male dominated environment, how about you try opening up your eyes to the fact that it wasn’t me who was causing the problem. I was doing my job. I didn’t violate anyone else’s space or touch them inappropriately. The people who causing the problem were the guys who saw any female in a sexual way, even when she was a child and they were adults.

            Good on John, above, for being proactive about this stuff. More men need to step up and speak to other men about making workplaces safe and welcoming for women.

            • Carolyn_Nth 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Well said, red. Most women have experienced men laying their hands on them, and making sexual comments when young. Growing old is a blessing in that regard.

              But it’s depressing to se it is still happening to young women in the 21st century.

              It is, however, great to see guys like John working for a better way of behaving in the workplace – and beyond.

            • tracey 3.2.1.2.1.2

              Well said. We need to break through some of the myths people tell themselves to justify poor behaviour. We see it in blanket vitriol toward beneficiairies and BM is doing it here. Although I suspect he thinks he was being sympathetic to the issue but lacks total self awareness and the ability to see the world through any other lens than his own.

          • tracey 3.2.1.2.2

            Sadly BM is not alone in thinking he is being equal and aware of the issues when he wrote this…

    • tracey 3.3

      There are many good men out there. BUT and it is a big BUY they need to start speaking up and their family members, colleagues and mates when at work, out, partying, watching agame, etc and call them on their behaviour. At the moment many men and a few women think that only a few women are “hung up” on this issue and that those women need to lighten up, get a sense of humour etc. So, good men, and there are many of you, call each other to account, everywhere you go.

      Russell McVeagh is NOT the only law Firm, they have just been outed.

      The Dean of the Otago Law school sat and watched the nude jelly wrestling in 2012 and saw no problem. If he is still the Dean I expect a resignation very soon.

      Young men learn their behaviour from somewhere. If they think this is ok, it is because their brothers, fathers, unclues, grandfathers, bosses and so on have taught them it is ok by behaving this way. And mothers too have a riole to play in all this and how we bring up our sons.

    • Carolyn_Nth 3.4

      Good positive action johnr.

      I have read research in the past about some of the entrenched misogynist attitudes within engineering – even though in engineering courses they aimed to teach more enlightened attitudes, and they enroll increasing numbers of women, in the workplace little seemed to change.

      I guess it’s workplace specific actions that can help make for real change.

    • tracey 3.5

      This is great. And there are other companies doing this too. It is possible people (mostly men, and a few women) have to want to. Some prefer to be able to behave like dogs.

    • Cinny 3.6

      That’s super awesome Johnr, really impressed with your approach. Well done.

      Having a visual reminder (the sign) sounds like it has worked a treat. BRILLIANT.

      Any female spouses/partners etc of your employees must be thrilled at the ‘mothers rules’ sign and the lack of tits out calendars that used to be common place in any workshop.

      Agree with Tracey that it is learned behaviour, thats why am loving Johns story so much 🙂 And the best thing, the engineering staff will be teaching their friends what’s acceptable and so on.

      On a business note… more work will come to you as a result, no one wants to go into a workshop where the men perv and treat a women like a sex object. So it makes excellent business sense to have an inclusive workplace such as yours.

      Good stuff Johnr… virtual high five and all that 🙂

  3. Ad 4

    For TS, a weekly post on MeToo activity and news would be a useful conversation structure.

    • tracey 4.1

      Do you mean a weekly list of instances when men have treated women well or when they haven’t?

    • weka 4.2

      we don’t have enough women here to do that Ad. The changes that need to happen at TS are deeper.

  4. red-blooded 5

    Great post, Weka. I think Mau deserves respect and thanks for taking on this mantle.

    BTW, have people seen the appalling cartoon by Nisbet in today’s Press? There’s quite a discussion of it occurring on Twitter today. Four witches riding broomsticks, declaring that they’re on a witch-hunt for men and labelled “gossip”, “innuendo”, “rumour” and “heresay”.

    • Carolyn_Nth 5.1

      I’ve seen some of the comments.

      Spinoff has an article about it.

      https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/05-03-2018/about-that-awful-witch-cartoon/

      As many pointed out, a “witch hunt” usually refers to a hunt for “witches” not by them, and the original context was men hunting for women who stepped outside of patriarchal norms.

      So Nisbet’s cartoon shows everything that’s wrong with the dominance of misogynist and/or patriarchal attitudes.

    • Cinny 5.2

      Far out is nisbet trying justify his own behaviour? Pointing the finger like he’s something to hide lol.

      That’s freaking shocking that cartoon.

    • I’ll skip the whole “So, were the inner fears that prompted this outpouring from the id the result of actions in the artist’s past?” issue, and restrict myself to pointing out the unintentional comedy of him drawing “heresay” all over it, instead of “hearsay.”

      • red-blooded 5.3.1

        Yeah – that’s been noticed by others and commented on, too.

        The misogyny is depressing and infuriating, but not entirely surprising. Heaven forbid women should speak out and, in doing so, risk offending some men!

        I did like one comment on Twitter that said something like, “Well at least those broomsticks are good for clearing out the trash”.

      • tracey 5.3.2

        Leaving aside the numbe rof victims of sexual assaults whose attackers get off cos of heresay about their sex lives, rumours about their sex lies, their choose of clothing…

        make a cartoon about how our Justice System supports the culture of sexual assault.

        Simple change. Make the onus of proving consent on the party who is claiming it as a defence. Just as if you plead self defence you need to prove it oryou are guilty of murder not manslaughter. Who cares how hard it is to get consent and prove it. Cellphones make it easier to make it unequivocal. What about if you challenge that a victim was drunk and cannot be believed, we counter with, if she was drunka s you claim, he was incapable of giving consent.

        Simple changes, we have changed evidence rules before so why not this?

        Because some men will be outraged.

        • Psycho Milt 5.3.2.1

          Will be? DPF’s way ahead of you. I submit the following Kiwiblog post from May last year: Labour’s policy remains guilty unless you can prove you are innocent, in which his outrage is a mere taster for the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the comments thread.

          In that post, he also wrote “If Labour becomes Government, then people accused of rape … will have to prove … they had consent…” Yeah, as if, pal. Would be nice, but is anyone expecting to see that anytime soon?

          I do always wonder about those cases in which the defendant claims that it was consensual sex. If the person who supposedly gave the consent has laid a fucking rape complaint, forchrissakes, with all the personal humiliation involved in that, the claim of consensual sex has a pretty major hurdle to get over, I would have thought. And yet everyone in the courtroom acts like the hurdle just isn’t there. Something needs doing about it alright, wailing and gnashing of male teeth regardless.

          • tracey 5.3.2.1.1

            Bravo PM

            We can make a big dent. Overnight. If an attacker wants to plead she consented. Burden on him/her. Efectively he/she has to prove they didnt but

            Short skirt
            Walk alone at night
            Had some drinks
            Had some drugs
            Laughed with the accuser at a bar
            Didnt scream
            Didnt fight back
            Isnt a virgin
            Is a child so makes things up

            All amount to consent in the eyes of many of our juries

            Many of our issues and cost can be resolved if the attacker proves they had consent.

            • Psycho Milt 5.3.2.1.1.1

              Many years ago on the long-defunct right-wing blog Sir Humphrey’s, I complained about the courts allowing defence lawyers to get away with waving those kind of red herrings at juries to try and prejudice them against the victim, and no less a personage than Graeme Edgeler wrote in to tell me it was important that a defence lawyer be able to present anything that might have led their client to the conclusion that the victim was offering consent. At which point the issue became not so much what the courts allow but what the fuckwit defendant and the fuckwit jurors must imagine the word “consent” to mean. That discussion sure made me at least think about what consent means, although I suspect I might have been in the minority. Can’t say there’s much sign of progress in the intervening 12 years.

              I really hope DPF’s unlikely claim about Labour policy in this respect come to pass, although I won’t hold my breath.

    • tracey 5.4

      This is what happens when some men are asked to share and to treat women with respect. Imagine if we were suggesting they actually lose stuff?

      This is men trying to make sure they get to keep things as they are, comfy for them, dominant for them, a world that reflects them. And remember an editor approved it.

  5. AsleepWhileWalking 6

    I was on RNZ when i came across a link to a blog for lawyers to share their stories.

    https://www.zoelawton.com/metoo-blog.html

    One of the comments …”I was alone with the Judge in the courtroom. He mentioned that his next trial involved a male who alleged he had been raped by another man. He had a good laugh about that, and said “how long do you think that trial is going to go on before I abort it?”.

    [Breach of natural justice]

    And from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12004487

    “In his reserved decision, released to the Herald on Sunday, the judge said the women’s versions of events displayed a “coincidence [that] seems surprising to me”.

    “I am also mindful of the potential motive to fabricate evidence in this trial. That is, to lie,” he said.”

    [Because its much more likely for two WOMEN to lie in court than for a sexual predictor to have an M.O. that repeats for each victim]

    Our incredibly low conviction rate for sex crimes has everything to do with the sexism in the legal community. Everything.

    If I had to pick a favorite unjust trial its a toss up between the case where an author of children’s stories was found by the judge to have likely made up the rape story, or the more recent case of a woman dragged backwards into an alley by a stranger for “consental” sex.

    Everything about rape cases is stacked against the victim who is on trial to a far greater extent than the alleged perpetrator and I have come to believe that is by design of a legal community that shits on the face of society with the attitude you would expect from a frat party.

    Time to grow up.

    • NicT7 6.1

      That male-on-male rape case on Zoe Lawton’s website has haunted me for days (as has the complete police mismanagement of other assaults on men as seen here:
      http://survivor.org.nz/resources-for-survivors/press-tv/). We women think we have it bad not having our assault story believed; men have the added humiliation of perceived emasculation and almost no-one to turn to for comfort.

      Something is awfully wrong with our legal system, and I think the lack of humanity goes beyond sexism. The odds are stacked against the victim before she/he even enters the courtroom. A well known barrister in Auckland promises on his website that he has a ‘foolproof strategy for defending domestic assault charges’. How is it even legal to advertise that, considering our appalling domestic violence rates?

      • tracey 6.1.1

        Humiliation is humiliation. Being thought a slut, drunk or whatever is as humiliating. It is not a competition. ALL victims of sexual violence are humiliated and lives ruined. Women and men.

  6. ropata 7

    Murdoch’s cartoon captures the movement well, I reckon.
    (Al Nisbet, not so much…)

    The terrible thing is the ordinariness of it. I’d like so much to not have to warn my daughter about this stuff.#MeTooNZ #MeToo my @SundayStarTimes @NZStuff #cartoon @Alisonmau #sexualharassment #predation pic.twitter.com/7uaYjafvCl— Sharon Murdoch (@domesticanimal) March 3, 2018

  7. CHCOff 8

    I am not a fan of feminism, but medium and large sized corporate management structures should be required to be 50 50, simple as that.

    • red-blooded 8.1

      So what is it about feminism that makes you “not a fan”? What do you understand feminism to be, CHCOff?

      Do you think women and men have the same human rights? Do you regard it as unjust for women to expect to be respected equally and given equal opportunities and choices as men? ‘Cos that’s the heart of feminism.

      Do you think women and girls already have true equality? If not, should we just have to keep putting up with it? ‘Cos that’s what you’re saying if you’re saying that you’re not a fan of feminism.

      • CHCOff 8.1.1

        At heart, the vast majority of women are not militant globalist communists.

        [neither are the vast majority of feminists. Don’t go there – weka]

        • red-blooded 8.1.1.1

          Go away and do some research into feminism, CHCOff. It’s painfully obvious you know nothing about what it means to be a feminist.

          • tracey 8.1.1.1.1

            It is painfully obvious, like a few men, CHCOff wants to be able to determine what we are entitled to and what we are not.

        • Matthew Whitehead 8.1.1.2

          You have some serious reading to do, buddy. Most of what women want isn’t directly related to economic politics in the left-right sense, (although pay equity sort of touches on it, a little) it’s mostly about social policy and valuing women as equals to men, but with their own distinct needs and wants.

          • weka 8.1.1.2.1

            that’s interesting, hadn’t thought about it that way. I would go further and say that underlying that is a different set of values that would produce a different economics were women to have the power to create that/make those changes.

    • tracey 8.2

      If you think “medium and large sized corporate management structures should be required to be 50 50, simple as that” you are espousing feminist philosophy.

      In my experience “militant globalist communists” and militant globalist capitalists tend to be mostly men.

    • Stuart Munro 8.3

      I doubt that’s particularly practical. Korea has an interesting law along those lines however: when the makeup of a profession exceeds 75% of one sex the government may intervene, boosting the salaries of the underrepresented group by 20%. Employers generally act so as not to fall foul of this, notably in secondary teaching, which is well paid and respected there in a way that many other jobs are not. As with most successful laws its existence discourages the extremes of behavior more often than it penalizes them.

  8. These men that treat ladys like sex objects need there ass kicked some one close had a long time in a bad situation the ____head tryed to blame her. Good on you Alison Mau for getting Metoonz going.
    I won,t say what I did when I found out Kia Kaha Ladys Ka Kite ano

  9. stargazer 10

    great post weka, and good commentary on this blog as well. as someone who has written here, and is now starting to think about getting back into blogging, i know i really struggled. some of it is not being able to moderate while i’m at work, some of it is around the harshness of the comments which could be relentless and difficult to counter. i think i’ve forgotten my password anyway, but would love to have some offline discussions about how we can get our voice back on this site, in a way that is sustainable and manageable.

    • weka 10.1

      I am so glad to hear that stargazer, both the feedback and that you are looking to write again. Yes, let’s talk. Is it ok for me to email you (with the email you use to comment)? Or I can DM you.

    • tracey 10.2

      Welcome to that conversation stargazer. A few women authors (all?) have the same issues.

  10. stargazer 11

    yup, that email is perfectly fine, would love to hear from you 🙂

  11. Tricledrown 12

    Pay equity for Women would reduce the power imbalance in the work place .
    Women are short changed with wage theft.
    It would be good for our economy if all women were given an equal opportunity and wage.
    Men’s mindset have to change the Macho Alpha Male attitude prevalent in NZ needs to change.
    Our child abuse rates suicide rates are the highest in the world

  12. Robert Dobbs 13

    I found it really strange that the only people reporting on Morgan Marquis-Boire were American journalists. There has been nothing in the mainstream NZ press aside from a Vice article — zip, nada. absolute zero.

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    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    7 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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