web analytics

Will Andrew Little be responsible if the Pike River mine gets hit by a meteor?

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, November 18th, 2018 - 102 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, disaster, Environment, health and safety, labour, Media, Mining, nz first, spin, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, workers' rights, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

Of all of the atrocious things that Stacey Kirk has written her latest article about Pike River is a leading contender for the worst ever.

Here is how it starts:

It’s a big price to pay for political adulation – someone’s life.

And if anything goes wrong, Andrew Little’s signature is the only one on the cheque.

He will be praying absolutely nothing goes awry when he sends people back down the mine shaft of a gaseous grave, now almost euphemistically known as Pike River.

If anyone is hurt, the deal is that it’s entirely on him. Those terms were made very clear with the establishment of his role and the stipulation from the Prime Minister that the final decision would rest with the “Minister responsible for re-entry into Pike River”.

Get that? Andrew Little is willing for someone to die so he can get a bit of political adulation.

And the blood will be on his hands.

There are three basic problems with her article.

Firstly there is no reference in her article to the months of work that has gone into the plan and the conclusion by safety experts that the planed entry is technically feasible, achievable safely and consistent with the general requirements of the HSWA and the specific requirements of the HSWA mining operations regulations.  Completely ignoring the conclusions of experts is not something a reporter should normally do.

Secondly Little is being blasted for something that has not even happened.

And thirdly there is no appreciation that we are dealing with potentially the biggest crime scene in the country.  This of itself demands that the mine be investigated.

She has this doozie of a comment:

A mine filled with explosive gases, no matter how much are pumped out, surrounded by rock of variable stability and the simple fact it’s a coal mine – which in the best of situations are hazardous sites – there is no way it’s objectively safe.

This is why the the mine needs to be investigated.  That the mine owner and management allowed it to continue to operate with faulty methane sensors and with a number of breaches of basic safety requirements still stuns me.  Why there has not been more dramatic action taken against them still stuns me.

Fellow National cheerleader John Armstrong has written something similar, claiming that the decision is about shabby postering not truth and justice.  He thinks that the decision is because of some Winston Peters posturing in the run up to the last election.  He clearly has no idea at the depth of feeling caused by Pike River or the overwhelming support from within the Trade Union movement that Little’s action has.  And it is not about politics.  It is the right thing to do.

How about elements of the media criticise the Government for things that have actually happened.  Not things that in all likelihood will not happen.

102 comments on “Will Andrew Little be responsible if the Pike River mine gets hit by a meteor? ”

  1. Sacha 1

    A far more basic problem is her personalising this as somehow being about Andrew Little.

    Kirk is a hack who needs to go work for the Nat party and at least get paid more for the services she already provides them.

  2. greywarshark 2

    Stacy Kirk should offer to be the brave, resourceful front-line reporter and go down herself. Try to be a pale shade of NZs Margaret Moth! Stacy is a wet, limp dilettante.

  3. Ed 3

    A repulsive article.
    Shame on Stuff’s editors for publishing and promoting it.
    She should work for the PR wing of Exxon Mobil.

  4. Ed 4

    This article serves as proof, if any more is needed, of this.
    It is time to reform the media.
    It is not fit for purpose in a democracy.
    Time to take back the commons.
    The airwaves belong to the people, not corporations and billionaires.

    • solkta 4.1

      The airwaves belong to the people”

      I thought it was on the interwebs and in print? Are you advocating making these things illegal?

      • joe90 4.1.1

        Ed advocates for the appropriation of things he disagrees with.

        • solkta 4.1.1.1

          So would The Standard survive?

          • joe90 4.1.1.1.1

            If he wore a mods cap, doubtful.

            • marty mars 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Lol it would be mayhem of the first order.

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                Lol, on this occasion it’s not Ed who is putting ‘words’ in others’ mouths.

                “It is a curious fact that of all the illusions that beset mankind none is quite so curious as that tendency to suppose that we are mentally and morally superior to those who differ from us in opinion.” – Elbert Hubbard

                • McFlock

                  Sometimes someone is right about it, though 🙂

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    “Sometimes”

                    Broadly agree with the sentiments expressed in Ed’s comments @3, 4, 1.1.1 and 1.2, not to mention later in this post, e.g. @21; nitpicking would be pointless.

                    “Don’t worry, I’m not nearly as smart as I think I am.”

                    • McFlock

                      Thing is, Ed is almost always either 100% for or 100% against.

                      Doesn’t like an article? Proof that all media needs to be under control of the state. Likes an article? It’s a knowledgable article written by a profoundly intelligent person. Show a nuanced perspective on the Middle East? You’re a genocidal Zionist maniac – or a genocidal head-chopper fomenting rebellion against that innocent Mr Assad. Regard Putin as an amoral dictator who wants to destabilise global competitors and play to his domestic following? You’re a fossilised Cold War warrior who wants a nuclear war.

                      The articles referred to in the post are cynical setups for “I told you so” missives and scandal-mongering should someone actually be injured (or worse) in the recovery operation. They’re crap.

                      But that’s all they are.

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      You’re not wrong – nevertheless, “almost”, so there is hope.

                      Have a few ‘black or white’ opinions myself, like most people.

                      Ed may feel more confident posting on issues that are 100% to him. Thing is, they are generally important current issues. I personally don’t get why some find him so objectionable, unless they are concerned that he is ‘taking over’ The Standard.

                    • McFlock

                      Dunno about taking over.
                      He’s 100% about a wide range of topics, and tends to assume the worst about anyone who has a slightly more nuanced perspective, which tends to disrupt interesting discussions.

                      And some of the videos he puts up are just bunk that serves to muddy the waters with rubbish – e.g. 911 shit.

                  • gsays

                    So once again this has become about the messenger not the message.

                    I get involved when I see a pile on, dissing the messenger.
                    It’s called bullying and I am getting sick of it.

                    Almost like clockwork, Ed puts something up and there are the usual suspects chiding and asking stupid questions.
                    They are then aided and abetted by their cheerleaders, not having a go at subject, just a jokey quip to encourage the bullys.

                    Eds position is not unreasonable, the media owners (banks), have no interest tackling climate change, having the property market correct, meaningful change in water quality around dairying….

                    No, far easier to throw stones at someone who pricks your conscience.

                    • solkta

                      I thought my question was actually very reasonable. While it is very obvious to most of us that the MSM has a structural bias, Ed does not present any solution.

                    • gsays

                      Reply to solkta.
                      Hey fair enough solkta, do you have a solution?
                      Is it just Eds job to have the answers?

                      Throwing that question back: “I thought it was on the interwebs and in print? Are you advocating making these things illegal”, reeked of sarcasm.
                      While it probably wasn’t your intention, it opens the door for a ‘pile on’.

                    • solkta

                      I guess my question was should be taken as both reasonable and sarcastic. I really don’t know what Ed would do if he had power. He seems to be advocating for an authoritarian state. In the other thread he says he wants journos tried for treason. This would be unlikely to provide a more democratic media.

                      I support more funding for public broadcasting and better media studies in schools.

                    • McFlock

                      I support more funding for public broadcasting and better media studies in schools.

                      ^^ Much more sensible solutions.

  5. mary_a 5

    Kirk’s article is weak and shallow all the way though. Nothing of substance. According to her, there are no technical or safety plans whatsoever, just a case of people putting up their hands to volunteer to go into the mine shaft, have a look around, come out and tell the world what they thought they saw!

    If I hadn’t known otherwise, this is the impression I would have got from Kirk’s pathetic, ill considered piece today! Journalism at its worst!

    Of course Andrew Little realises the risks involved. He’s putting his whole career on the line. Unlike Kirk and her ilk, he’s no fool. Little has taken on board expert advice to put himself in the position to authorise the re-entry process. Also unlike Kirk and her ilk, he is respectful and cares.

  6. Incognito 6

    Sunday used to be day on which threats or warnings of fire and brimstone were flying thick and fast. This piece by Kirk is no different and it is fearmongering to gain the adulation of non-critical and/or partisan readers. It also detracts from the many unanswered questions of who is/are responsible for the death of 29 men. The answer is not AL or WP.

  7. mauī 7

    I heard on RNZ this week a brilliant commentator saying that to fit in NZs media environment you need to be right wing and redneck. What an insightful, honest comment. Paul Henry he gave as the classic example. Kirk would fit in seemlessly with the other lizards on newsquark!

  8. JustMe 8

    Lets be totally assured of one thing and that is not one cowardly National MP will go into the Pike River mine let alone any other mine(unless there is gold in it)in New Zealand.
    Reason being National is mostly a party of cowards and sycophants. Their whole existence depends upon wasting NZ taxpayers money on mostly their vanity projects.
    Lets see to date the amount of NZ taxpayers money National spent on various ego related matters and there was not even a peep of concern from Stacey Kirk:
    $26million on a flag referendum
    $64million spent on 34 BMWs with bum warming seats.
    $12million spent on bribing an already wealthy Saudi businessman
    $10million to the Clinton Foundation.
    Lets say a combined $13million(I am not too sure of the exact amount)on two properties i.e one in Hawaii and one in New York.
    $20billion that has been allocated to the NZ military.
    The list of the spending spree on Vanity Projects by National can go on and on and on. And throughout all that not a peep from Stacey Kirk.
    All of a sudden and of late it now looks like the mainstream and sub-main stream NZ journos that are in the National Party pocket have become mining experts. And because such journos are the font of all things knowledgeable indicates they are only parroting what their masters in the NZ National Party tell them.
    There comes a time when a person or a group of people must do the honourable thing and in this instance it to help put a conclusion to an event that has been left in the ‘too hard basket’ by the previous National government i.e from 2010 through to 2017.
    If these so-called journos are so expert on mining then perhaps they should go into a mine themselves instead of making their arguments and opinions made from an armchair.

    • greywarshark 8.1

      National vanity projects should have commemoration of WW1 added to it.

      We have been commemorating this war every year since the end of it, and erected memorials like mushrooms. Other wars have followed and get a bit of a knee jerk curtsey but emotion swells our chests at our great effort in Gallipoli, and also in middle Europe. The position there for many was surviving in muddy trenches where you hung your hat on the boot sticking out which was of some decomposing soldier deep in mud you couldn’t and wouldn’t shift because you needed all your energy to carry on soldiering.

      About $136 million acquiring land and building the various parts of the Wellington memorial. A tribute to NZ’s finest, after which we have gone down and down in a declining trend line that shows brief rises, and frequent falls. Who’d have thought that NZ was going to settle into such a pathetic travesty of a modern country?

      We have Le Quesnoy thank goodness, to hang our hats on at the end and leave us with some positivity. We who had soldier relatives could have had tours to Le Quesnoy and Ypres where they knew the reality of war in their lives and homes. A lot of people could have travelled and formed great affinities and friendships over there, all paid by the government.

      It would have helped our tourism too, so could have been set off as an image and PR expenditure. A gift that would keep on giving, not like a park requiring maintenance with statues and stone to gather dust.

      National, just going through the motions of running the country and pretending they know how to do business.

      Sorry Micky off topic kick me out if you want.

    • Sam C 8.2

      $64million spent on 34 BMWs with bum warming seats…

      So, $1.882 million for each BMW. Seems expensive…

  9. BM 9

    From what I’ve read there are only 400 meters of the access tunnel that hasn’t been looked at.

    Solid energy had a plan to survey that last 400m which involved drilling a hole and dropping a robot down into that part of the tunnel.

    The cost was apparently only 2 million dollars, compare that to the 30 + million Little is going to spend.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to do this as an initial survey to see if there’s actually anything worth investigating further?

    A fraction of the cost with no lives put at risk.

    • Incognito 9.1

      Wouldn’t it make more sense to do this as an initial survey to see if there’s actually anything worth investigating further?

      Such as?

      • BM 9.1.1

        Apart from maybe finding some bones, I have no idea what they’re expecting to come across, all seems rather pointless, to be honest.

        • Incognito 9.1.1.1

          Are you serious?

          When people disappear we try to find them. When people die we try to retrieve their bodies/remains (not just “some bones”) to give them a proper burial.

          When (major) accidents happen we try to find out what happened, the why and how, and how these can be avoided in future; we try to learn from (our) mistakes. And we try to bring those responsible of any gross or criminal negligence to justice.

          None of this can be (fully) achieved by sending an unmanned probe down.

          • marty mars 9.1.1.1.1

            Yep BM is trolling like a loser. Not even he believes the “they’re just bones” rubbish.

            • McFlock 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Remember when there wasn’t supposed to even be teeth remaining?

              A certain crowd seem desperate to make up reasons why there should never be a chance to find out what actually happened.

              • Thats because the best time to recover bodies and evidence after an explosion in a mine is straight away when the methane and other explosive gases have been exhausted but wait there were no mine inspectors or emergency recovery teams.

                • McFlock

                  I thought they had mines rescue on site but the police in charge thought it was too risky?

                  • gsays

                    I do recall a comment from an Australian journo at the time,in a very complex situation, questioning ‘why is this being run by a small town cop?’

            • Tamati Tautuhi 9.1.1.1.1.2

              BM doesn’t really understand why there is a need to go into the mine, it is not just about recovering the bodies.

          • Ken 9.1.1.1.2

            But not if you’re trying to cover something up or dodge responsibility.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2

          There’s still going to be evidence that can point to what went wrong. It would have been better to get in earlier but we had a lying National Party government who seemingly didn’t actually want to know what went wrong because that has a high probability of requiring murder charges on rich people.

          • Naki man 9.1.1.2.1

            ” that has a high probability of requiring murder charges on rich people.”

            That is a stupid comment, obviously you don’t know what is required to convict someone of murder

        • Ed 9.1.1.3

          A crime.

        • Mike Appleboy 9.1.1.4

          What a breathtaking response.

          You don’t give a toss about finding “some bones”?

          Those bones are the bodies of loved ones.

          There we have it, crystal clear – right wing nut jobs like BM are utterly devoid of an ounce of empathy or humanity for anything or anyone beyond money and their “I’m alright jack” view of the world.

          Stunning.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      Wouldn’t it make more sense to do this as an initial survey to see if there’s actually anything worth investigating further?

      No.

      They’re going in anyway so why bother wasting the time and money to continue fucking around?

      Oh, wait, it’s because you don’t want them going in and figuring out the truth.

    • Gabby 9.3

      Why didn’t they get on with it then BMmer? All mouth no trousers.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    Completely ignoring the conclusions of experts is not something a reporter should normally do.

    But doing so is what MSM reporters do almost all their time in their attacks against Labour and in their attempts to distract from what National have done.

    And thirdly there is no appreciation that we are dealing with potentially the biggest crime scene in the country.

    And those would be the facts that they’re trying to protect National and relevant business people from.

    That the mine owner and management allowed it to continue to operate with faulty methane sensors and with a number of breaches of basic safety requirements still stuns me. Why there has not been more dramatic action taken against them still stuns me.

    Doesn’t surprise me. In today’s world business people are sacrosanct and can do know wrong don’t ya know.

    He clearly has no idea at the depth of feeling caused by Pike River or the overwhelming support from within the Trade Union movement that Little’s action has.

    I’m pretty sure he does know actually. But he’s just another reporter protecting National and business people.

  11. Sanctuary 11

    Working class men died at Pike River. Working class families fought for this. Working class miners are volunteering for the job of recovering their mates. The working class has been opposed the whole way by the entire professional class, boss class and right wing political establishment.

    Now suddenly corporate media shill and right wing apologist Stacey Kirk discovers a concern for working class lives? Fuck off, just fuck off you nasty little right wing troll.

  12. Pete 12

    It’s Kirk’s job to write stuff.

    What can I write this week to earn a crust? I know, Pike River’s topical!

    I’ll take the ‘it’s really dangerous’ angle. I’ll take the ‘no experts have been involved in assessing the situation’ angle. I’ll throw in “it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the venture is far from risk-free.” That’ll get people going.

    I see on her article she is their senior political reporter. More like senior shitical reporter.

  13. AB 13

    1.) The optics of the re-entry is good for the Government. Nat acolytes are determined to rain on it even by constructing paper-thin hypotheses such as this joke of an article.
    2.) They thought they had finished Little off with their ridiculing of him while he was Labour leader. His resurrection as a government minister of some competence and principle (a sort of anti-Key in this respect) is leaving them right pissed.

  14. JustMe 14

    Stacey Kirk’s Stuff Up

    Why is it that the likes of Stacey Kirk, Mike Hosking, Kate Hawkesby, John Roughan, Heather du Plessis-Allan, Barry Sloper, John Armstrong, Audrey Young, Fran Sullivan and all the other closely linked to the NZ National Party ‘journalists’ have never ever been censured for writing mostly fake news and innuendos?

    Surely there must be a Board that censures journalists that write up lies instead of it appearing the afore-mentioned ‘journalists’ can get away with their comments with no recourse?

    Sure there is the Broadcashing Standards Association but it appears to exist in word only.

    Is the reason why such ‘journalists’ like the ones I mentioned have got to write up the articles of mis-truth etc because whilst he was prime minister of New Zealand John Key successfully over-satuated the mainstream NZ media with biased towards National people? And during that time Key weeded out those more intelligent and credit-worthy journalists like John Campbell and the Campbell Live team because they criticised National and we all know National MPs just don’t like being criticised even though they heap alot of such an action upon others?

    So whenever Stacey Kirk writes an article it’s because she thinks the sun shines out of the National Party rectum. She must obviously love the NZ National Party that much that she is so willing and eager to constantly kiss their rear ends.

  15. adam 15

    Please don’t take this the wrong way Mickeysavage, but being stunned is not f^%king enough. These criminal bastards killed people, then got away with it.

    This is why some in the so corporate media are so desperate for the reentry not happen. They walked hand in hand protecting murdering scum.

    Now Stacey Kirk has sided with these murdering scum, people should remember that.

    • Ed 15.1

      “Now Stacey Kirk has sided with these murdering scum, people should remember that.“

      This article should be recalled as a reminder of the gutter the msm goes to.

    • Bewildered 15.2

      I hope you are including EPMU in the set of “those scum”

      • Naki man 15.2.1

        “I hope you are including EPMU in the set of “those scum”

        Who was the leader again??

        • Ed 15.2.1.1

          Have you read Rebecca MacFie’s book?
          Educate yourself before making ignorant statements.

        • Tamati Tautuhi 15.2.1.2

          Can you educate me what a EPMU is ?

          • Muttonbird 15.2.1.2.1

            Bewildered an Naki are admitting that unions didn’t and don’t have enough resources and power to keep workers safe. They are in their comments advocating for more union power.

            It’s a great thing they’ve finally come on board.

      • Ed 15.2.2

        Have you read Rebecca MacFie’s book?

      • adam 15.2.3

        What a stupid bloody comment Bewildered, are you always that dumb or have you been practicing being a right tosser?

  16. patricia bremner 16

    Stacey Kirk’s writing is shallow and nasty. Not worth reading.

  17. Tiger Mountain 17

    where were such Natpack writers when the Mining Inspectorate was reduced to ineffectiveness, when a Board inexperienced with underground mining charged on regardless with an unstable employer at the helm, when the anti union Pike employer refused to engage usefully with the EPMU and actively dissuaded new workers from joining the union–which sabotaged attempts to set up genuine Health and Safety measures? eh where were they…

    injecting health and safety into the Little smear, is plain evil, when it was a colossal Health and Safety disaster that necessitates the need for the Recovery Agency!

    • Tamati Tautuhi 17.1

      There might be pieces of onion on the floor of the mine which the rescuers could slip over on, then it becomes a Health & Safety Issue ?

  18. Observer Tokoroa 18

    Pike River Scandal

    The Auckland Press – what a ratbag cockroach outfit that is – has ignored the fact the Police have declared the Pike River tragedy a Crime Scene.

    It has wheeled out that famous “miner’? – Stacy Nobody – to spray her witless words – for her darling editor .

    Mostly – she is annoyed over the cost of the re-entry of the Pike River Mine. It seems expensive at 23$Million. Money which should have been spent into making the Mine methane safe 9 years ago before any person was sent down that terrible hole. It was criminal to not ensure the mine was monitored and methane free.

    It would be nice if Stacy – a known national party troll – would ask the extremely wealthy John Key for 23$Million to give to the families who lost their fathers and brothers. 29 such brave persons who trusted a shifty John Key.

    In the meantime, could I ask Aucklanders to turn out a few decent writers. Ones who understand the Truth. Ones who don’t suck. Ones who declare for all New Zealand. It is no wonder that the dirty Super City is despised by the vast Citizenry of Aotearoa.

    I note that Heather Du Plessis Allen is no longer one eyed. Deft with her words too. Congratulations to Her.

  19. Observer Tokoroa 19

    Hi Just Me

    You rightly list the filth bank of seedy scum – that is the scribble shit of New Zealand.
    Note that it is headed by a particular turd known as Armstrong. Whose excrement runs freely into the shores of Auckland’s waters night and day.

    The man is filth. He and Hosking run along side that gutter snipe John Key who allowed any wrong to be undertaken by the Wealthy – while he was PM. Just as long as he could play salaciously with little blonde girls hair. Not a word said about that by Gutless scribblers.

    What filth he is. What filth he remains. Auckland will never recover from him.

    It matters not to those on the list you have given Just Me, that New Zealand has just about the weakest stand on the OECD lists – OWING to Auckland. SLUM ridden, Criminal – DRUG ridden – Brutal Auckland.

    Auckland has no intention of ever becoming normal and noble. Sadly the women of the City have no fibre – just a lust for money and cheapness. Swoons for Key and Billy English.

    • JustMe 19.1

      Well said Observer Tokoroa but be aware of one thing. I live in Auckland but have every intention on getting out of what I call the most unliveable city in New Zealand.

      I am sure there are many who think the sun shines out of Aucklands sewerage ponds but I sure as hell don’t. And I have lived here well over 50 plus years. Probably more years than John Key has ever spent living in New Zealand.

      Auckland has major problems albeit in population, public transport, housing, homelessness etc. But please do not tarnish me or other Aucklanders(gawd I so hate using that word to be honest)as us females not having any fibre.

      If or when I can I give food to the homeless people even if it means I don’t have food for myself. Fortunately close to where I work is a cafe and the cafe owner lets me know when there is leftovers for the homeless.

      When one lack empathy one may as well become a National Party politician or one of its supporters.

    • greywarshark 19.2

      Too much filth Observer Tokoroa.
      I feel it is up to my ankles. Send in the stepladders so I can get above it. Or better still cut down the flow to say half and you would still get your point over.
      We feel the pain too. And would you want all of the disaffected people in Awk moving to Tokoroa?

  20. Chris T 20

    The article is stupid, but having said that I have never been totally comfortable with the lack of details of how much his union new before the first explosion. (Yes I know Nationals downsizing inspectors was stupid, before I get annihilated)

    Again having said that. What is done is done. So good luck with the entering the drift.

  21. Ross 22

    I’m not sure what Kirk’s problem is. The former PM John Key said he would do absolutely everything he could to get the bodies out. I don’t recall Kirk criticising Key. All Little is doing is following through on Key’s promise, which to be fair was probably put in the too hard basket as soon as he made it.

    • Ed 22.1

      Kirk is a neoliberal shill.
      That is her problem.

    • Incognito 22.2

      Like it or not, Kirk is doing her job, which is to write pieces that get read and discussed by many, which directs traffic to the site she’s writing for. I’d say she’s pretty good at her job. What she’s not is an honest broker as so many seem to want her to be.

      • Tamati Tautuhi 22.2.1

        Why would you waste your time reading her shit.

        • Rae 22.2.1.1

          You do (ok maybe skim it) in order to get to the comments so you can TRY to put to bed the lies and half truths flung around by the angry antis that flock to that site.

  22. R.P Mcmurphy 23

    stacey kirk is a tory stooge and a bloodsucking flea. she typifies the product being turned out by j-schools these days. no life experience but yet willing to do whatever her masters tell her.

  23. Ed 24

    Little takes the offensive against the Kirks of this world.

    Government should apologise for failures at Pike River

    “The government’s independent adviser on the mine recovery operation, Rob Fyfe, has called for such an apology to the families of the 29 men who died in the mine explosions in 2010.

    Mr Little said there were a number of failures in the aftermath of the disaster, including by the Department of Labour which was responsible for overall health and safety.

    “It totally let down the families, the Pike River families, then in the aftermath of the tragedy, the failure to prosecute and the kind of dodgy buy-out that happened that the Supreme Court has now ruled that is unlawful.

    “The promise made to the families to do everything possible but then not fulfilling that promise.””

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/376213/government-should-apologise-for-failures-at-pike-river-little

  24. Muttonbird 25

    Dear old Marion Curtin. Everyone grieves in different ways and it must be awful to have lost a son down that mine, but she says, “it’s like grave-robbing”.

    What the hell?

    She’s becoming the go to for Nat supporters including Stacey Kirk who pay lip-service to worker safety but I think they are taking advantage of her pretty strange and politicised comments.

    • greywarshark 25.1

      Mrs Curtin is one of a number of families who have lost people, 29 in all. Why should she not consider the wishes of other families who do want to see if they can have the bodies or what is left returned to them. I find her very self-centred in pointing out her grief and disregarding what the other families are feeling.

      The families were willing to scope out the situation in the mine after the blast and were prevented. There must be a better protocol set up for these cases, where there is a collaborative meeting where plans would be drawn up and a rehearsal of what would be done and how. Everyone would enter at their own risk, and ACC would be available for any injured. Police could volunteer and have proper ongoing support by law if anything happened.

  25. Lettuce 26

    Anyone know why there was complete silence from Stacey Kirk during the Jami-Lee Ross saga? Asking for a friend.

    • Muttonbird 26.1

      It’s been a tough one for Nat journos for sure. They really have nothing positive to go on so they don’t say anything at all, hence the silence.

      I know what your friend is thinking. Kirk was overseas for much of it – I don’t know whether that was coincidental or deliberate though…you friend might like to mull on that.

  26. Ken 27

    Those Nat stooges are hoping and praying that someone gets hurt, or better yet, killed during the reentry.

    • Ed 27.1

      They are sick.

    • Chris T 27.2

      What an incredibly arsehole thing to say.

      • Muttonbird 27.2.1

        I don’t see this as different from Kirk’s statement that Andrew Little is doing this solely for self-aggrandisement. These are both evocative statements, the difference being that Ken is a member of the public commenting on a forum and Kirk is a handsomely paid senior political journalist.

        I mean the Nats and their journos and supporters actually believe the EPMU is responsible for this tragedy! More, by inference they are demanding stronger union representation in the work place.

        • Chris T 27.2.1.1

          Kirk is an idiot, known biased reporter.

          Ken is a poster on here who I can comment to directly.

          What’s his excuse for saying such stupid statements?

  27. Fireblade 28

    Duncan Garner

    Little a hero as Nats run for the hills and beyond

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/108668718/Little-a-hero-as-Nats-run-for-the-hills-and-beyond

    • opium 28.1

      Good article.Still can’t believe it is written by Duncan Garner.Did he get possessed by a good spirit or something?

  28. gsays 29

    I looked at the article link, 491 comments (now closed), and the anti ones are breath taking in the ignorance displayed.

    • Rae 29.1

      I call them the “Angry Antis” a play on what the Nats called Little when he led Labour. Very, very fitting, I think.

  29. Philj 30

    Kirk is a click bait, fear mongering non reporter. The MSM are becoming irrelevant if you want to be informed, that is.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    30 mins ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    56 mins ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    2 hours ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    3 hours ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 hours ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    17 hours ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    21 hours ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    23 hours ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    24 hours ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    1 day ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 day ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    1 day ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    2 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    3 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    4 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    4 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    6 days ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    6 days ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    1 week ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    1 week ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
    My wife and I, through a combination of good luck and good management, have managed to retire in comfortable circumstances. We celebrate our good fortune by making relatively small but regular donations to a range of good causes – to rescue services like the rescue helicopters, St John’s Ambulance and ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong
    Jacques Raubenheimer, University of Sydney If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More timid bullshit from Labour
    Over the weekend, Labour released its welfare policy: an increase in benefit abatement thresholds. And that's it. Faced with clear evidence of ongoing hardship among beneficiaries and a call from its on Welfare Expert Advisory Group to raise core benefits by between 12 percent and 47 percent, Labour's response is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Police Kill as Part of their Social Function
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (Bogota; 09/11/2020) The murder of Javier Ordoñez in the neighbourhood of Villa Luz in Bogotá, Colombia at the hands of two policemen brings to the fore the issue of police violence and its function in society. First of all we should be clear that we are ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37
    Story of the Week... La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS...  Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... Humans exploiting and destroying nature on unprecedented scale – report Animal populations have plunged an average of 68% ...
    1 week ago
  • The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa
    Gabrielle Po-Ching In November 1918, the cargo and passenger ship Talune travelled to Apia, Samoa from Auckland, carrying a number of passengers who had pneumonic influenza. From these passengers stemmed the biggest pandemic Samoa had ever seen. With around 8,500 deaths, over 20% of the country’s population at the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Shifting all Isolation/Quarantine Facilities to a Single Air Force Base: The Need for a Critical Ana...
    Prof Nick Wilson*, Prof Michael Baker In this blog the arguments for and against shifting all COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base at Ōhakea are considered. The main advantage would be a reduction in the risk of border control failures, which can potentially involve outbreaks ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • The difference between Green and Labour: a tale of two Finance Ministers
    So the Greens co-leader James Shaw recently made a mistake. In his role as Associate Finance Minister approving funding for “shovel-ready” projects, he fought hard for a private “Green school” to get funding to expand their buildings and, therefore, their student capacity. There are many problems with what he did: ...
    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – The missing election policy on free dental visits
    Over the last three years there have been growing calls for the government to provide dental services under the health system – universal free dental care. This is because at the moment there’s an anomaly in which teeth are regarded as different from the rest of the body which means ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 6, 2020 through Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Editor's Choice With California ablaze, Newsom blasts Trump administration for failing to fight climate change Trinity River Conservation Camp crew members drown ...
    1 week ago
  • Letter to the Editor
    Dear Sir, As we head into the run up to the upcoming election I feel it is my duty to draw your attention to the lack of fun we are currently forced to ensure by the Adern regime. In their efforts to keep the nation’s essential workers, health compromised people, ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
  • Participating in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
    It finally happened: about 13 years after first watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT) in 2007 when it became available in Germany, I recently completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training! Participating in this particular training had been on my to-do list for quite some time but it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Dysfunctional Design
    Windows 95 is famous for requiring the shutting down the system by clicking ‘start, like stopping your car by turning the ignition key on. Why are so many interfaces so user-unfriendly? The Covid app to register your entering premises can be so clumsy. Sometimes I have signed in, sat down ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Can we trust the polls?
    Is the 2020 election result really the foregone conclusion that the polls and commentators are suggesting? Josh Van Veen suggests otherwise, pointing to some of the shortcomings of opinion polling, which could ready some politicians to say “bugger the pollsters” on election night.   In November 1993, opinion polls foretold ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 weeks ago
  • The UK wants climate action
    Back in 2019, six select committees of the UK Parliament established a Citizen's Assembly to investigate how to respond to climate change. The Assembly's deliberations were forced online by the pandemic, but it has finally reported back, and overwhelmingly supports strong action: Taxes that increase as people fly further ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • In the US, the End of Days.
    I am feeling a bit impish today and so for no particular reason I thought I would share this thought, which I first posted over on twitter: “Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, heatwaves, street protests, armed vigilante militias, a lethal pandemic and a corrupt authoritarian using the federal government for partisan and ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Government too slow in deploying military to assist with Covid-19 response, former defence minister ...
    Wayne Mapp (Photo: Tsmith.nz via Wikimedia) A former Minister of Defence says the government was too slow to involve the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. But Wayne Mapp, a National MP from 1996-2011 who served as Minister of Defence for three ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • Underwhelming
    Transport is our second biggest polluter after agriculture, making up 17% of our national emissions. Cars and trucks emit 15 million tons of CO2 every year. So, if we're serious about tackling climate change, we need to eliminate this entirely. Public transport and better urban design will be a key ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Five things we know about COVID-19, and five we don’t
    Five things we’ve learnt 1. We know where the virus ultimately came from We know that the virus originally came from bats, and most probably a species of horseshoe bat in South East Asia. However, the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to attach to cells and infect ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Stewardship land is conservation land
    The Greens' greatest disappointment while in government this term has been the failure to implement a ban on mining on conservation land. Promised by Jacinda Ardern immediately after gaining power, it had long been assumed that the problem was NZ First (who have a long history of environmental vandalism). But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The price of Green co-operation just went up
    If they get into Parliament, everyone expects the Greens to form a coalition with Labour. But James Shaw has said that that might not be the case, and that they might instead choose to sit on the cross-benches: The Greens are prepared to forego a coalition or confidence and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
    Chantal Denise Pagel, Auckland University of Technology; Mark Orams, Auckland University of Technology, and Michael Lueck, Auckland University of Technology Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast. The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Driving Out The Money-Changers Of Reactionary Christianity.
    Den Of Thieves: They describe themselves, and the money-making rackets they dignify with the name of church, “Christian”, but these ravening wolves are no such thing. The essence of the Christian faith is the giving of love – not the taking of money. It is about opening oneself to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Could academic streaming in New Zealand schools be on the way out? The evidence suggests it should b...
    David Pomeroy, University of Canterbury; Kay-Lee Jones, University of Canterbury; Mahdis Azarmandi, University of Canterbury, and Sara Tolbert, University of Canterbury Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
    PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast Unemployment to peak at 7.8%, down from 9.8% forecast in the Budget Year-to-June accounts show tax revenue, debt and OBEGAL better than forecast Global forecast downgraded as COVID-19 second waves and uncertainty grows Balanced plan to support critical public services, manage debt and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
    The Kāpiti Coast town of Ōtaki will receive $1.4 million in Government funding for two projects providing scores of jobs for locals while improving community facilities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Māoriland Charitable Trust will receive a $900,000 Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) grant to upgrade the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
    The Provincial Growth Fund will provide $11.88 million to fund fencing and waterway projects nationwide that will improve the environment and create jobs in their communities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “These projects will create more than 100 jobs nationwide with work starting within the next couple ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
    As part of the COVID-19 recovery, the Government has strengthened its procurement rules to ensure its annual $42 billion spend creates more jobs, uses more sustainable construction practices and results in better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, Government Ministers announced today.   Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says the $42 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • District Court judge appointed
    Chrissy Montague (formerly Armstrong), barrister of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Wellington, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Montague commenced practice in Auckland in 1987 and went into general practice dealing with Wills, Estates, Trusts, Conveyancing, Relationship Property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Approval given to Commercial Film and Video Production Proposal
      A Proposal to provide for the development and operation of commercial film and video production facilities in areas of Christchurch has been given the go ahead. Hon Poto Williams, Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, has approved the Proposal, which was prepared and submitted by Regenerate Christchurch. Minister Williams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting a thriving wānanga sector to benefit Māori learners
    As part of the Government’s focus on building closer partnerships with Māori and enhancing the quality of, and access to, Māori medium education, a payment of $8 million will be made to Te Wānanga o Raukawa in partial recognition of its Waitangi Tribunal claim (WAI 2698), Associate Education Minister Kelvin ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature boosts efforts to restore Kaimai-Mamaku
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced a $19 million investment over four years in an important forest restoration project involving a partnership between the Department of Conservation, iwi/hapū, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regional Councils, community conservation groups and organisations such as Forest and Bird across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting
    New Zealand will be the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The changes build on the huge progress this Government has made to tackle the climate crisis. “Today is another step on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Economic data highlights impact of Auckland moving out of Level 3
    Economic activity across the Auckland region and the country bounced back to levels experienced under Alert Level 1 following Auckland’s move out of Alert Level 3, analysis in the Treasury’s latest Weekly Economic Update shows. The analysis of economic data since Auckland’s move out of Level 3 shows: Auckland card ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM statement on Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level review
    Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin.  This week is the Māori Language week and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More mental wellbeing services for young people in regions
    More mental health and addiction services are available for young New Zealanders in Rotorua and Taupō, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Dunedin and Southland from next month, Health Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter say. “The Government is serious about making sure New Zealanders struggling with mental health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government joins forces with Central Otago communities to clean up waterways
    The Manuherekia catchment in Central Otago is the third exemplar catchment to be targeted as part of the Government’s plan to clean up waterways by supporting community-led programmes.   Environment Minister David Parker said the Manuherekia catchment is vitally important to the people of Central Otago.  “The Manuherekia rises in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government confirms new Dunedin Hospital design
    The Government has agreed on a preferred design for the new Dunedin Hospital featuring two separate buildings, and has provided funding for the next stages of work.   Minister of Health Chris Hipkins says Cabinet has approved in principle the detailed business case for the new hospital, giving people in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Join the one in a million reo Māori moment
    New Zealanders across the country are set to mark history as part of the Māori Language Week commemorations led by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori this year.  Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta says the initiative will mark history for all the right reasons including making te reo Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Education initiatives add to momentum of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020
    More than 1000 teachers, support staff and school leaders have graduated from a programme designed to grow their capability to use te reo Māori in their teaching practice, as part of the Government’s plan to integrate te reo Māori into education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Being trialled ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • The Toloa Tertiary Scholarships for 2021 aims to increase Pacific participation in STEM
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships which aims to encourage more Pacific student numbers participating and pursuing STEM-related studies in 2021, are now open. “These tertiary scholarships are administrated by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP), and are part of MPP’s overall Toloa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Financial support for timber industry
    Four Bay of Plenty timber businesses will receive investments totalling nearly $22 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to boost the local economy and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Rotorua-based sawmill Red Stag Wood Solutions will receive a $15 million loan to develop an engineered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand seeks answers to the Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is exploring the viability of working with partners to conduct a search for the black box on the Gulf Livestock 1. “We know how much it would mean to the families of those on the ship to understand more about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago