Will English speak up on Trump’s ban?

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Good to hear that – World leaders decry Trump’s refugee ban

World leaders, human rights groups and activists around the globe have criticised Donald Trump’s order halting all refugee admissions to the US and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

What does the PM of our country have to say on the matter? Will Bill English speak up?

This is only the beginning – White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contacts

Trump administration officials are discussing the possibility of asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit, and to share the contacts in their cell phones. If the foreign visitor declines to share such information, he or she could be denied entry.

133 comments on “Will English speak up on Trump’s ban?”

  1. joe90 1

    Will Bill English speak up?

    Nah.
    /

    The new US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has pledged to overhaul the world body and warned US allies that she will be “taking names” of countries that do not support Washington.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/27/nikki-haley-united-nations-ambassador-taking-names

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Will English speak up… and if not, which of his colleagues will show him what personal responsibility looks like?

    Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said that Trump should be disinvited from addressing the Houses of Parliament when he visits the UK later this year.

  3. North 3

    Well done Metiria Turei ! Delightful to hear her giving Wee Guyon a lesson in common sense on Morning Report around 8.20 this morning re the question posed in this post. This notwithstanding increasingly ‘miffed head prefect’ carry on from him. Link not available but will put it up if/when it is.

    • Carolyn_nth 3.1

      In this interview?:

      The Green Party’s Metiria Turei says the ban by Donald Trump is “grossly unjust” for those people who have been detained, also a “grossly irresponsible” move with no thought at all for the consequnces.

    • Macro 3.2

      This notwithstanding increasingly ‘miffed head prefect’ carry on from him

      Yes! I thought a very poor interview by him – he seemed incapable of waiting for an answer and was speaking over her constantly – even as she was giving the answer to him! I think he thought he “had” her wrt to the Greens working with NZF, and not agreeing with Winston on the support of Trump’s policy. Such simplistic thinking is the ruination of Political thought in NZ. We have a country where the Parliament is formed by a MMP vote. So Parties have to work together to find policies where they can agree, and progress those, and agree to disagree on other matters. Those other matters are then returned to voters to determine where the support lies.
      There are a number of Policies upon which NZF, the Greens, and Labour all agree. The other matters, where disagreement between Parties exist, can be worked through over time and the relative support for them tested, through the ballot box, or public submissions to Select Committees, or other forms of public consultation.
      When will radio interviewers realise that not all questions can be answered with a simple “Yes” or “No” or in one sentence?
      Metiria handled it very well. IMHO.

  4. Cinny 4

    I cant see English speaking up about much, he’s no leader and our country needs a strong principled leader to stand up to Agent Orange, among others, when necessary.

    English is gutless, that’s a given.

    “So we will work with whatever the Trump administration produces. That’s what you have to do when you’re a small country.”
    No Bill, that’s what you would do, not what you ‘have to do’. The outgoing PM seems to prefer doing whatever is easy rather than what is right.

    I can think of a leader, an Alpha that would stand up to Agent Orange if needed.
    Alpha Andy the future PM of NZ, can’t happen soon enough.

    We need a PM who is a leader not a lacky.

  5. Glenn 5

    Teresa May finally said she “disagreed with Trumps travel ban” after being prodded by a few Conservative MPs. Not really condemnation though.
    Which Nat MP will be the first to prod English if he makes no statement . Any?

    Biggest ever demonstration planned to coincide with Trumps visit to UK.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/donald-trump-london-protest-demonstration-us-president-theresa-may-a7550591.html

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Which Nat MP will be the first to prod English if he makes no statement . Any?

      They’re waiting for the focus groups. After all, they probably see nothing wrong with what Trump and his administration are doing.

      • Incognito 5.2.1

        Snap!

      • TheExtremist 5.2.2

        “After all, they probably see nothing wrong with what Trump and his administration are doing.”

        Na, I don’t think there is any politician in New Zealand who would agree with what Trump is doing. Maybe you’re more pessimistic than me but I can’t see anyone standing for what Trump stands for… though I do remember one former Labour Party candidate who was quite keen on him…

        • Draco T Bastard 5.2.2.1

          I think that there are politicians in NZ who agree with Trump and what he’s done – they’re just not telling anyone about it.

    • Siobhan 5.3

      Well I wouldn’t hold your breath….who could forget Keys powerful condemnation of the deportation of NZ born Australians..

      “For a start off, seeing will be believing, but if you look at the plight of New Zealanders in Australia, the sense we’ve been getting from the Australian Government is there’s some movement happening on that issue.

      “He thought Turnbull was a “reasonable, sensitive guy” who would consider all issues.”

      Or maybe Nationals stand on Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers…

  6. Carolyn_nth 6

    Susan Devoy speaks:

    The Prime Minister should make it clear Muslim New Zealanders will not face similar actions to US President Trump’s travel ban on Muslim countries, the Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says.

    • Morrissey 6.1

      Ha! English never lifted a finger to help New Zealanders being persecuted and imprisoned illegally by Australia. Do you think he’ll suddenly develop a backbone now?

      • Johan 6.1.1

        Bill who??? At least the Canadian leadership have some balls, despite living next door and being very much in the firing line, with impending re-negotiations of NAFTA.

      • Richard McGrath 6.1.2

        You mean those Kiwi-born non-citizens of Australia who broke the law over there and now find their residence status being revoked and deportation imminent, pending appeals (which many of them win and then resettle in Australia)?

  7. Anne 7

    Good for Angela Merkel:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/29/merkel-explains-geneva-refugee-convention-to-trump-in-phone-call

    And from the Aussie political trollop:

    Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said the government would continue to work closely with the Trump administration to implement “strong border policies”. She said: “We share a common view on many issues so we will continue to work very closely with the Trump administration,” adding: “The very best days of the Australia-US relationship lie ahead.”

    • Macro 7.1

      hmmm – conveniently overlooking the nice little arrangement she and Peter had managed to put together for the US to take the Manus Island folk off their dirty little hands.

      • Richard McGrath 7.1.1

        So you think the thousand or so detainees on Manus shouldn’t have been allowed to settle in the USA?

        • Macro 7.1.1.1

          Under the UNHCR to which Australia – as well as the USA are signatories – it is Australia’s responsibility to grant them the asylum they seek.

          Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution in other countries. Human rights are universal. They are basic freedoms and protections that everyone is entitled to.

          It is not illegal for people to flee persecution in their homeland or to cross borders without documents or passports in order to seek asylum. It is not a crime under Australian law to arrive here by boat without a valid visa and ask for protection.

          People have been fleeing persecution in their homelands for centuries, such as during the fall of the Roman Empire, during World War I and II and during the Vietnam War.

          More recently, religious, ethnic and political conflicts in Asia, Africa and the Middle East have left people with no choice but to flee persecution.

          The fact that almost all of these asylum seekers have now been classified refugees means that they were genuine asylum seekers in the first place.
          The banning order by Trump was contrary to the agreement from Obama to take these few people and settle them. However, it now seems that anything is possible under the chump and what he signed doesn’t really mean anything because apparently despite banning the entry of all refugees the 1000 or so from Australia are ok!
          https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/29/donald-trump-malcolm-turnbull-phone-call-immigration-ban-muslim
          I think for the poor unfortunate people who fled from one horror to the next they may now be thinking of fleeing again. And I see one already has.

          • Richard McGrath 7.1.1.1.1

            Why did these asylum seekers not claim refuge in Indonesia, from where almost all of them set off in boats?

            • Macro 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Maybe because …

              The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) remains concerned by the lack of legal frameworks in South East Asian countries for the protection of asylum seekers. Although Indonesia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it has not signed the Refugees Convention.

              As the fourth most populous country in the world, with a population of 240 million, Indonesia is focused on managing its diverse ethnic and cultural groups. Asylum seekers do not figure prominently in the national discourse.

              Yet Indonesia is a porous archipelago and important transit country (p 57) for those applying for protection. Asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Burma move through Indonesia by air, land and sea seeking protection.

              It is not possible to be granted asylum or refugee status under Indonesia law, nor has the government established a system for providing protection to refugees.

              http://www.asyluminsight.com/indonesia/#.WI8BcfNZ87A

    • Steve Wrathall 7.2

      So we should emulate Germany-where muslim migrants commit mass rape attacks on women, and then the govt & press try to hush it up?

      • KJT 7.2.1

        I have several Muslim migrants working with me.

        They are about as dangerous as your average Presbyterian.

        Like most people they just want to fit in, contribute to New Zealand,and have a decent life for themselves and their kids.

        It is shameful that we allow wealthy economic refugees from the USA, UK and China to escape from the mess, of their own making, while we refuse asylum to, a reasonable number,of victims of the middle Eastern wars we help to wage.

      • The Fairy Godmother 7.2.2

        How many Muslims do you know personally? I suspect none. Totally agree with KJT and Carolyn _nth. I have met and worked with many Muslim people and have found them to be good decent people as indeed most New Zealanders are. I would be more afraid of extremist Christians out to stop women having access to birth control and abortion – sending us back to the bad old days bare foot and pregnant. Looking at what is happening in the US this is not an impossibility.

        • Steve Wrathall 7.2.2.1

          Of course muslims can be adorable, hardworking etc when they are a small minority living in an overwhelmingly non-muslim country. But when they are the majority on a country of part thereof then you get the ghettoisation, sharia patrols, sharia courts, FGM, honour killings, pedophile grooming gangs, de-facto sharia blasphemy restrictions by the MSM, and the moderates are irrelevant.
          Current US muslims will be the greatest beneficiaries of Trumps’s policy. It allows them the freedom to be as liberal as they like, unlike in the hellholes they came from, and increasingly the islamised dish cities of Europe.

          • Morrissey 7.2.2.1.1

            I doubt that hardly anyone other than I bothered to look at this loon’s Paul Holmes-style rant….

            …ghettoisation, sharia patrols, sharia courts, FGM, honour killings…

            [SNIP]

            Eighty years ago people like Steve Wrathall wrote fevered letters to the editor denouncing Jewish refugees in similar unhinged fashion.

            • Steve Wrathall 7.2.2.1.1.1

              So you are denying that islamic immigration to Europe has produced all of these? London Mayor Sadiq Khan say that terror attacks are now “part and parcel of living in a city”. This is horrifying that islam is trying to get us to accept indemic violence as normal.

          • McFlock 7.2.2.1.2

            Whereas you’re in the minority, and you’re not adorable at all.

      • Macro 7.2.3

        In fact, Germany’s rape culture is deeply rooted in our collective psyche.

        Sexual assaults and even rape happen every year at big events like Oktoberfest. “The way to the toilet alone is like running the gauntlet: within 50 feet, you can be sure to tally three hugs from drunken strangers, two pats on the ass, someone looking up your dirndl, and some beer purposely splashed right down your cleavage,” wrote Karoline Beisel and Beate Wild in 2011, in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. An average of ten reported rapes take place each year at Oktoberfest. The estimated number of unreported cases is 200.

        https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/rape-culture-germany-cologne-new-years-2016-876
        I think you will find the same culture exists here.

        • Psycho Milt 7.2.3.1

          Yep, rape culture in Germany and NZ is pretty similar (actually, I suspect NZ is worse, but maybe that’s just because I know it better). Both pale in comparison with rape culture in Muslim countries, though. There’s a reason why Sheikh Hilali gave that “uncovered meat” sermon – where he comes from, that’s the norm.

          • Macro 7.2.3.1.1

            Yep, rape culture in Germany and NZ is pretty similar (actually, I suspect NZ is worse,

            My youngest daughter is working in High Schools right now on a programme trying to address this issue.

            Agreed the domination of women world wide is an issue across almost all cultures, if not all. I just don’t think it should be a reason to reject one ethnicity or cultural group from travel, or seeking refuge.

            • Psycho Milt 7.2.3.1.1.1

              Yes. Steve’s argument “Muslim migrants in Germany molested some women, therefore we need to prevent Muslims entering the country” is a non sequitur, unless he accidentally left out some additional premises that would make it coherent. I suspect he didn’t though.

      • North 7.2.4

        We could try you saving us from your reflections of ‘lovey-dovey’ for a US president with unmistakeably psychotic tendencies, Wrathall. Always the barely considered, angry, high-pitched scream from you !

      • lprent 7.2.5

        I work with several immigrants of the muslim faith (and damn near every other faith including jewish). The most obnoxious and probably the most dangerous one around is me – a much older kiwi of no discernible faith.

        However, Steve, I tend to think the ignorant shithead bigots like you are mostly a danger to yourselves. So eaten up by hate and envy that your personality appears to be hollowed out. A mere shadow of a person. A wraith without any apparent social responsibility….

        • In Vino 7.2.5.1

          I sometimes think you deliberately over-severe, but this time I find you a deeply, humane, understanding person.

  8. Sutton's li'l helper 8

    He’ll be waiting for the polling/focus group results to come in on the subject.

  9. michelle 9

    English needs to get some guts but he won’t even the person that said these words his mate John had none himself

  10. Steve Wrathall 10

    Where is the Labour/Green outrage at the banning of Israelis from 16 countries-incl 6/7 on Trump’s list? Can I visit Mecca?

    • Morrissey 10.1

      Moron, go away. You’re out of your depth.

      • HDCAFriendlyTroll 10.1.1

        You poor boy. Sit down. Here, have a cuppa.

      • Steve Wrathall 10.1.2

        Right, so when it is pointed out, the long-standing muslim discrimination against those who don’t follow the ROP, then you are all silent. But when a nation finally pushes back and decides to protect its citizens-outrage.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.2.1

          A simple Google search is all it takes to shatter your lie about silence. Kim Kardashian got the stats right. What’s your excuse?

          Are all your arguments this crap?

          • HDCAFriendlyTroll 10.1.2.1.1

            I tried googling “Kim Kardashian stats” but all I got was
            “Kim Kardashian Height Weight Body Statistics / Measurements. Kim Kardashian Height -159 cm, Weight -65 kg, Measurements -38-26.5-41, Bra Size -34D, “

              • HDCAFriendlyTroll

                Wow, I never would have taken you for a Kardashian fan, OAB.

                Anyway, her stats may be correct but her argument is wrong.

                When a terrorist commits a terrorist act on American soil it has far more ramifications than some hillbilly shooting someone in a bar. The two just can’t be compared. It’s the same false argument put forth by those who go on about the number of people killed in Iraq.

                Or, short version – it’s not a numbers game.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  When a US drone commits a terrorist act on Yemeni soil it has far more ramifications than some hillbilly shooting someone in a bar too.

                  Short version, violence begets violence, and still not a single one of the terrorist attacks on US soil would have been prevented by this right wing clusterfuck.

                  And you have the face to bring up false comparisons. Pfft.

    • North 10.2

      So Wrathall it’s not the ongoing illegal settlement construction, the continued blockade of Gaza, and the biennial kill-fest of Palestinian children which has Zionist Israel unwelcome all around the world ? You’re a troublingly troubled thing Wrathall. Grab some clippers and take it out on your hedge.

  11. Incognito 11

    National-ACT are vulnerable; one the one hand they’ve allowed immigration levels to skyrocket and on the other hand they only allow entry to 750 international refugees each year.

    A strong clear signal from our political leadership is desired to reaffirm our values to ourselves, to our nation, rather than to some plonker in DC. Given that Bill English will be a no-show at Waitangi I don’t think he’ll have the guts to stand up and speak up & out.

  12. Skeptic 12

    Looking at this question objectively, Bill is damned if he does speak out against Trump and damned if he doesn’t. Historically National has been fairly progressive on human rights issues – not always but overall – and fairly sympathetic on immigration policy – so English may follow tradition. On the other hand, he may have recognized that Trump is a vindictive bastard and won’t want to jeopardize any future trade deals, so will probably keep quiet and swallow home grown outrage. Interesting what?

    • Carolyn_nth 12.1

      Good luck with the: any (positive for NZ) trade deals that would be done whether Bling presents himself as a doormat or stands up for what’s right!

    • Draco T Bastard 12.2

      Historically National has been fairly progressive on human rights issues – not always but overall

      No they haven’t.

      and fairly sympathetic on immigration policy

      They love immigration. It brings in more people so that more people can be taxed allowing them to lower taxes on the rich thus boosting profits.

  13. Infused 13

    Why does he need to? Trump was elected on doing this and he’s doing it. No onexception in us govt will give two shits what bill thinks.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      Do you care what he thinks? I pick you as more follow the leader and open and close the camp gate sort of fellow.

      • Infused 13.1.1

        I dont really care about the us at all. It’s not my country.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1

          So, you’d have no problem if NZ cut all ties with them because of their atrocious behaviour?

          • Infused 13.1.1.1.1

            America can do what it wants with its border. Stop being so entitled

            • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1.1.1

              True but I tend to think that nations should have a valid reason for doing so and the US doesn’t for the ban that they’ve just enacted.

              And, of course, this is just the latest in a centuries long list of atrocities by the US.

  14. Steve Wrathall 14

    And when Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller were banned from the UK for speaking out against jihad terror-where was the outrage? Islam and its dhimmi tools have no problem with travel bans for those who they disapprove of.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      Were they banned because of where they were born? Um, no.

      Blow harder.

    • Muttonbird 14.2

      Googling it they were stopped from speaking to the EDL, presumably under the new laws clamping down on hate speech. Most western counties introduced these types of laws, didn’t they?

      • Steve Wrathall 14.2.1

        “Hate speech” being a euphemism for criticism of jihadist terror. Right throughout Europe rights of free speech are being stripped away as their “leaders” kowtow to sharia blasphemy laws. Is it any wonder that America is charting a different course?

        • Muttonbird 14.2.1.1

          No, extremist speech from both your friends in the EDL and from jihadist muslim clerics are treated the same (you are in fact the same just from different sides of the battle). Rantings from you, and jihadists, are not in the public good so the are stopped.

          • Steve Wrathall 14.2.1.1.1

            When have the EDL or any other so-called “far right” group ever said “slay the muslims wherever you find them”

            • In Vino 14.2.1.1.1.1

              By supporting dumb discrimination against all Muslims you yourself are coming pretty close to the ‘Slay them all’ meme. You think the world would be a better place if all Muslims were slain, don’t you? Or will you now back-peddle? (I am sure it is all their fault…)

  15. Sacha 15

    So, our PM kind of dislikes the policy but he won’t be telling Chump that any time soon.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323357/english-on-trump-order-'we-don't-agree-with-it

  16. Whispering Kate 16

    I heard something hilarious today about the wall separating the US from Mexico which Trump has sanctioned. The comment went like this, why he is at it why doesn’t he continue and build a wall to surround the US including a separation from Canada to protect the rest of us all from the danger within their country which is threatening us all by having this lunatic President in control.

    The irony of it all for me is that the citizens of the US have a bigger chance of home grown terrorists on a daily basis, mass murdering on university /school/church locations of its own citizens. With so many mentally unwell citizens carrying weapons and all the veterans from 3 or more tours of duty in the Middle East suffering PST running amok with weapons – hey I don’t think the Muslim community are going to be much of a threat. They need to look within their country and stop being so paranoid.

    I think old Trumpy may have a sudden heart attack some time this first term, even the Republicans deep state won’t put up with this behaviour for much longer.

  17. joe90 17

    Governor of Washington declares Trump to be an enemy of the United States.

    • Richard McGrath 17.1

      What a surprise, lefty governor upset by result of democratic election spits the dummy.

  18. Richard McGrath 19

    Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim nations is discriminatory. It should have been more inclusive and included applicants from all the remaining Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1

      How the Libertarian mask slips to reveal fascist bigotry. Are you looking forward to the shiny buttons on your uniform?

      • Richard McGrath 19.1.1

        Another knee-jerk accusation of “fascism” – reminds me of Rick from The Young Ones years ago. The Saudis and Qataris should certainly be on Trump’s shit list, as sponsors of terrorism, and Pakistanis as cradle of the Taliban.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1.1.1

          There it is again.

          Pays lip service to the individual. Drools at the first racial stereotype he meets.

          • Richard McGrath 19.1.1.1.1

            What race?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1.1.1.1.1

              Several are affected by your racial profiling . Polish the shiny buttons on your uniform then get ready to open and close the gates for the trucks.

    • lprent 19.2

      I saw an article in a US website that pointed out that he’d appeared to have missed out the muslim countries that Trump’s business has business links to.

  19. Daveosaurus 20

    And the massacres have begun: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/88902102/shots-fired-in-canadian-mosque I wonder how many of the local anti-Semites – or Islamophobes, as the disease presents itself these days – are getting all excited at the thought of all of those dead bodies.

    • HDCAFriendlyTroll 20.1

      None. Unlike the Palestinians who celebrated the murder of 3000 civilians on 9/11.

      Barbarianism is barbarianism, no matter what the justification.

      • Sacha 20.1.1

        “Unlike the Palestinians who celebrated”

        You’re seriously trotting out that lie? Get back to the sewerblogs.

        • Muttonbird 20.1.1.1

          Not sure HDPATroll realises he as a right wing extremist is closer to muslim extremism than he is to civilised society.

          • HDCAFriendlyTroll 20.1.1.1.1

            Congratulations. You win nutbar comment of the day.

            • Muttonbird 20.1.1.1.1.1

              Don’t think so. You lot like to promote division and intolerance just like islamic extremists do.

        • HDCAFriendlyTroll 20.1.1.2

          http://www.snopes.com/rumors/cnn.asp

          Origins: No, CNN did not air decade-old footage of Palestinians dancing in the streets. Eason Jordan, CNN’s Chief News Executive, confirmed that the video used on CNN was in fact shot on Tuesday, 11 September 2001, in East Jerusalem by a Reuters TV crew, not during the Persian Gulf conflict of 1990-91 — a fact proved by its inclusion of comments from a Palestinian praising Osama Bin Laden (whose name was unlikely to have come up ten years earlier in connection with the invasion and liberation of Kuwait) as well as the appearance in the video of post-1991 automobiles. The person who made the claim quoted above has since recanted.

  20. Sabine 21

    considering that the double dipper from Dipton has neither convictions nor a moral compass i would suggest that he will be missing in action and as Kellyanne Conway requested, he will keep his mouth shut. 🙂 Cause only Trump praise is acceptable.
    Cause he will make America Great Again! one deported person after another. So Great.
    Can ya’ll feel the Greatness? I mean this greatness is tremendous. So tremendous that our PM would never ever say anything other then nothing.

  21. Richard McGrath 22

    Oh look, another shooting at a mosque, this time in Quebec, with the shooters apparently telling the victims that Allah is great…

  22. McFlock 23

    Maybe we could all wait for actual facts to come out before leaping to conclusions about the latest piece of shittiness killing innocent people in the world?

    • joe90 24.1

      Had green card holders, people with valid visas and refugees who had already gone through the vetting process been detained at airports, you’d have a point.

      They weren’t so you don’t.
      /

    • Morrissey 24.2

      True enough, old Hopey-Changey was responsible, either directly or by turning a blind eye, for massive violations of human rights in Yemen, Iraq, Gaza, the Occupied West Bank, Syria, Honduras, Venezuela and many other places. He carried on, in other words, a long U.S. presidential tradition.

      But Trump is something else again. He is the closest thing we’ve seen to a North American fascist dictator.

  23. NZJester 25

    All the countries he has not banned in the middle east are ones he has financial links to. The thing is they are also all the ones that the majority of the terrorists came from that committed the 9/11 attacks etc. The countries on his ban list are ones he has no financial links to and are not the country of origin of most of the known terrorists.
    So his assertion that it will make the US safer by keeping terrorists out is shown for the hollow lie it is.

  24. Sacha 26

    Andrew Little easily goes beyond timid Billy: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/01/andrew-little-nz-must-say-no-to-donald-trump-s-poisonous-prejudice.html

    “New Zealand must say no to this poisonous prejudice by doing two things. First, we can demonstrate our humanity and rejection of Trump’s policy by increasing the number of refugees we embrace each year to 1500.

    Second, our Prime Minister Bill English can honour our tradition of standing up to bullies by publicly condemning Trump’s Muslim ban. He wouldn’t be sticking his neck out. Plenty of world leaders have already spoken up.”

    Yet Blinglish is not really much of a leader, is he ..

  25. Pat 27

    “If a relatively tame event like the election of an unpopular president can send people into this kind of tailspin, what are they going to do the day their paychecks suddenly turn out to be worth only half as much in terms of goods and services as before—a kind of event that’s already become tolerably common elsewhere, and could quite easily happen in this country as the dollar loses its reserve currency status?”

    perspective….its a bitch

    http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.nz/2017/01/how-great-fall-can-be.html

  26. Cinny 28

    English is weak, Jack Tame interviewed him this morning, all he could do was say he would not do such a thing here. Bloody embarrassing not having a strong leader.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/why-youre-not-prepared-take-stronger-stance-jack-tame-puts-bill-english-spot-over-trumps-travel-ban?auto=5303064130001

    • Fisiani 28.1

      That was not a weak interview at all. That was a very reasonable and calm response to a histrionic Tane. Bill did not take the bait. He was being the leader. Angry just mouthed off again. Take off the blinkers. Bill’s job was to reassure NZ and I note that you agree that he was successful. That’s called leadership.

    • Richard McGrath 28.2

      Not sure about you, but I don’t need a “strong leader” to tell me what to do and think.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    17 hours ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    21 hours ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    1 day ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    2 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    2 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    4 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    4 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    7 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    7 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    5 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    7 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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