You dicks

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Anyway, Tane sees the article on Stuff that the election date is going to be announced. He puts up a post about it and bets it will be November 8th (which we have already been predicting for weeks, you can see my rationale for it here).

Next thing we know someone (we don’t know who yet) in the gallery is asking the PM about whether she’d leaked us the date and Matthew hollow man Hooton is harping on the old saw that we’re a Labour front (yeah right, and I’m Mike Williams). As Helen Clark’s tone suggested at the time, WTF?

While I’m pleased to know that The Standard is taken so seriously by our friends in the gallery I am more than a little disappointed that, on the day the election date was announced (remember the election? It’s that thing where the future of the country is decided by its citizens), one of the first questions put to her was about a blog.

So, press gallery, now that I know you’re reading, how about you pull your heads out of your beltway arses and start reporting on issues instead of gossip? I know you guys think its just a game but it’s about time you started to realise that this game has consequences for people in New Zealand, that your reportage is how they know what those consequences are and that when all you communicate to them is pointless gossip and beltway issues you are doing them and democracy a disservice. You dicks.

Update: Colin Espiner has claimed responsibility for the question and declared he considered it “important”. Usually Colin has a better nose for import than this. I am disappointed and can confirm that some in the gallery were also. My apologies for tarring you all with the same brush.

59 comments on “You dicks ”

  1. monkey-boy 1

    Yes I agree – let’s talk about the election, FFS. As Helen said: ‘This election is about trust’ – yeah – but did she mean the Spencer Trust?

  2. Pretty defensive there huh, Steve?

    It makes one wonder, I thought lefties were into a good conspiracy theroy?

    IrishBill says: I wrote this post. Your appalling fact-checking says it all.

  3. Rocket Boy 3

    You have to ask ‘What would Chuck Norris’ do?

  4. I understand the date was leaked to Russell Brown first, through the PM’s favoured messengers, a Devonport indie boy band: http://publicaddress.net/5314#post5314

    [Tane: Apologies for the delay, for some reason you got stuck in our spam trap.]

  5. Matthew Pilott 5

    Ah well, at least we also have solid evidence Brett doesn’t read before posting.

  6. the sprout 6

    nice one IB

  7. Mick Wrighton 7

    Just saw Colin Espiner’s post. What an idiot.

    This is a man who’s been a journalist for god knows how long. He’s a senior political editor, and he honestly believes Helen Clark would let some stupid blog (sorry guys) get wind of the election date.

    Not only is that retarded, it’s a waste of fucking breath.

  8. schrodigerscat 8

    I see scoop.co.nz has pressers out from many of the usual suspects (minor parties) about the election, and none from the Nats (who would know there was an election likely and be prepared? /sarcasm).

    But for added bonus we have one from Cameron Brewer, oops I mean the Newmarket Business Assoc.

  9. deemac 9

    anyone who can read a calendar has known for ages that 8 Nov was the preferred date – Labour Day, rugby matches etc ruled out the rest – yet these genius journos don’t know anything unless it’s leaked to them???

  10. BeShakey 10

    Given that the Aussie bookies closed their books on the electin date because the only date anyone was picking was Nov 8, it seems that the only people who couldn’t pick it were some in the media. Gives little comfort for the standard of commentary in the lead up to the election.

  11. Ari 11

    Wait, the press gallery actually thought that there was anybody outside of National who was expecting any other date?

  12. The whole transcript of Rt Hon Helen Clark’s fancy speech is here.

  13. Judging by the hateful rant, I thought it was Steve that wrote it. Heres a conspiracy theory for you, I wonder if that question was a plant?

  14. randal 14

    hello irish bill, for a moment there I thought someone had offered the rabid right a guest post (larfs) but no its only a well deserved poke at the meedia. of course the gallery reads it bill. they might get a scoop and they are all fat. none of them have done any legwork since the night they got a free feel in the house after everyone else had gone home. the only skinny one is espammer and he’s as anal as they come. keep up the good work.

  15. r0b 15

    Great post. Most bloggers would sell their grannies for that kind of publicity. IB correctly points out that blogs are a side show, this is about the next government, and what that means for the people of NZ.

    Something to think about innit.

  16. Sarah 16

    How about we call you the dick instead. What you said is highly offensive and rude. Control your language.

    [lprent: We don’t moderate much on language here, unless there is what the moderators consider is a personal attack going on without any actual information being argued about.

    Well, apart from a few common mis-spellings from kiwiblog and few phrases that tend to get over-used in out of context situations for shock effect and bore the crap out of me. I call it the kiwiblog re-education program and I’ve put them in the auto-moderation system. People can use them, but they’ll get a delay.

    Read the Policy.]

  17. Quoth the Raven 17

    Great line from Helen’s speech: “Labour is ambitious for New Zealand. National is ambiguous.”

  18. r0b 18

    Not that I’d necessarily agree with Randal mind. Gallery journos are like any other group of people, there are good ones and bad ones.

    It’s just that the job that this particular group of people does is pretty important for NZ, especially in the next few weeks.

    So please journos – policies, facts, and what it means for us all (not personalities and trivia and Winston bloody Peters)? Please?

  19. Sorry to take the wind out of all your sails but I was actually first to officially announce the date on the Political Animal Blog at 4.45 pm yesterday:

    http://darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/09/breaking-news-election-day-date.html

    After you guys at The Standard leaked the date out on a post:

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2995

    Thousands of people knew already from my blog before Clark “officially” announced it and hundreds of thousands more knew when I broke it on ZB at 12.15pm today.

    Pays to read the best to keep ahead.

    Cheers, Darren

    [Tane: Darren, your comment is baffling. Read IB’s post again – we didn’t know the date of the election, and we have never claimed to. We were only taking an educated guess. As it happened we guessed right.]

  20. Rex Widerstrom 20

    I’ve truly entered the Twilight Zone… I find myself in agreement with the bulk of one of randal’s comments 😀

    Sorry, guys, but the ninth floor have been leaking to the VRWC and apparently ignorning you! Kiwiblog readers knew it was November 8 way back on 3 September but I didn’t see Espiner rushing off to ask their President (Lord Ashcroft, I believe) whether he had a hotline to Helen Clark.

    Relax, IrishBill. I know you’re not Mike Williams. You’re a good blogger but the random gaps between posts suggests you’re a piss poor administrator, and well all know Mikey has self-proclaimed skills in that area 😉

  21. Darren, you sounded almost normal on the radio.
    The spencer trust election campaign is now underway.

  22. It begs the question if you are not affiliated with Labour then why did you announce the election date yesterday with the “Campaign Hub” post and advertising campaign that this blog launched?

    Seems the links strengthen as the election grows nearer.

    Cheers, Darren

    [Tane: Darren, this blog has done plenty of posts saying the election date is likely to be November 8. Pretty much anyone who knows anything has been picking November 8 for months. The campaign hub launch was a coincidence, nothing more. Give us some credit.]

  23. Tane, it seems a massive coincidence considering it was in the form of a statement rather than a guess:

    Have a gander, sign up, use the resources at the Campaign Hub, or just get into it. It’s only 58 days until the election, make it count.

    Releasing your campaign site “The Hub” at the same time.

    The Standard was VERY sure of the day.

    Nothing baffling about my post Tane, it was very straight forward and easy to comprehend.

    Cheers, Darren

    [lprent: “The Standard” is a program running on some hardware somewhere. It doesn’t have opinions. Talk to the person who did the post. Read the Policy.
    But I’m surprised, anyone could have guessed the approx date (and did). The PM doesn’t CALL many press conferences. It is obviously a little too much for you.
    ]

  24. Matthew Pilott 24

    Darren, are you miffed you’d officially announced it on your blog, and no one noticed? Nor, might I point out, mentioned it at the Official Announcement?

    Sarah, IB raises some very good points. Try and refute them! You might enjoy the mental exertion.

    P.S if you find the work ‘dick’ offensive why did you repeat the word (dick) in your post: “How about we call you the dick instead. For faux-offence, that’s pathetic.

    My cap is ‘located national’. Key AWOL at 12:30?

  25. Barnsley, that was my radio voice, I’m much less normal at home

    I hope your ticker is holding up…

  26. Tane 26

    Darren, you’re welcome to hold whatever conspiracy theory you like, but my tolerance for hosting your baseless theories on this blog is running out fast. To put it simply, put up or shut up.

  27. randal 27

    call me anything you like but not late for breakfast. p.s. I am never offended by reality. It is my job as an adult to not get offended by reality and put all the codependent infantilising behind me.

  28. Matthew I think YOU might be miffed that hundreds of thousands knew the date before Ms Clark announced it.

    I don’t have the readership of this blog, yet, but I do have hundreds of readers everyday and growing.

    Of course I haven’t been around long and don’t have the financial resources, number of writers and political connections that this blog clearly does.

    Give me time Matty Boy, I will catch up.

    Cheers, Darren

    [lprent:
    Goodbye Darren.

    So rather than let you inflict the self-ban on yourself, I’ll assist. I just permanently banned you for being a bloody nuisance. I don’t think you’ve read the Policy or indeed the About. I don’t think that there is much you can contribute here, because you never have. In fact I think you’re just link-whoring.

    BTW: I read the comment that hit moderation (they come through in my e-mail), and I wasn’t amused. ]

  29. Matthew Pilott 29

    Holy jeebers, I though Rickard was joking! He seriously thought that The Standard believe they’d got a scoop, and that he’d pre-empted it.

    Dazza – get a grip, man, it wasn’t serious. Tane had a bet up there – it was a joke. If that’s the level of your intelligence, stop blogging now before you bring all those other punters down to your level!

    And honestly, why would anyone believe you, you’re probably the 10th munter to call the election date on talkback.

    And just to illustrate how utterly stupid you are, you accuse this blog of being funded and politically connected – then how did you get the scoop mate? JK call you on the Bat Phone? Rodders text you when he put in his big mac order? Christ, what a tool.

    Sorry, but I needed that laugh. He honestly was being serious, I thought it was a piss-take…

  30. Concerned Kiwi 30

    Is Matthew Pilott a Maoist?

  31. Concerned Kiwi 31

    And is the moderator a fascist? Preventing poor Darren from expressing his democratic right!

    [lprent: It is private property paid for and run by me. Just like a bar, Darren is a guest who indulged in bad behavior, pissed off the manager and has just been served with a trespass notice.]

  32. Congrats Darren, on having hundreds of readers each day, I get about 20!

    [lprent: You don’t want to know what this place gets per day. Man they pushed the CPU hard here today (looking at graph). I think I need another core (or three).]

  33. Matthew Pilott 33

    Don’t be Concerned, Kiwi, I’m not as such. Why do you ask? (and who were you asking exactly?)

  34. Concerned Kiwi 34

    Does Matthew Pilott have links with the Shining Path movement in Peru?

    [lprent: Do you have a martyrdom complex?. I’m always happy to indulge people who haven’t read the Policy about personal attacks and have a zero information content. ]

  35. Scribe 35

    lprent,

    Thanks for getting rid of Darren. The mindless self-promotion was getting to me, but the suggestion that authors of this blog must have known the date to be saying it’s 58 days to the election was stupid. As many have said, it was blatantly obvious it was going to be Nov 8.

    One less clown to avoid reading.

  36. Matthew Pilott 36

    Does Concerned Kiwi indulge in the pharmaceuticals produced by FARC?

  37. lprent 37

    Scribe:

    The mindless self-promotion

    That was irritating me, but he did keep it partially in context (just bad posts on the other side of the link). However what got him was the amount of work going on in putting notes on his comments. We answer things addressed to the ‘site’ or that relate directly to the posters.

    However repeated requirements to do so constitute an attack on the site IMO. There are better things for the people running the site to be doing.

    Cheers
    Lynn

  38. Concerned Kiwi 38

    I’m simply a concerned Kiwi, asking the big questions. I’ve heard Matthew Pilott is a big-wig in the Tramways Union, and also likes to drink Jagerbombs at Firstbase.

    [lprent: I’m a concerned sysop asking BIG questions. More importantly questions that has a sharp edge hanging over your access to the site. Have you read the policy yet? In the meantime I’m adding you to moderation to encourage you learning skills.]

  39. Banning people and censorship, where would the left be without. I guess you must be related to Marion Hobbs.

  40. lprent 40

    Nope. I came to being a bastard sysop without the left’s assistance. Mainly from doing army and management, with a big long excursion into programming. From the left – all I got was endless voluntary work after I decided that the right were pretty useless at running the country. But that is the nature of voluntary work from PTA’s to politics.

    BTW: Brett – you seem to survive here reasonably well. Beats me how. You irritate me, but I can’t remember you walking over the edge out of ‘fair comment’. These days you’ve sort of earned enough mana that I don’t really look at you as a issue.

  41. randal 41

    sometimes it is necessary to squash bugs and eliminate vermin. we are civilised and tolerant here but some take tha to be licence for abominable behaviour so good riddance.

  42. garth mcvicor 42

    So those at the standard would confirm that they have never had a strategy meeting with the Labour party or anyone involved in the 2008 labour campaign?

    Just a question, not an accusation

  43. The PC Avenger 43

    Brett, do you believe that an individual has inalienable property rights, and is free to do what they wish with what they own?

  44. lprent 44

    Ummm I suspect identity fraud.

    Don’t be stupid. I have had strategy meetings on the 2008 campaign. I’m a labour party activist as has been stated repeatably. That means that I help at whatever level I can, whenever I can. The ‘can’ part is because I also have a job, girlfriend, leaky apartment being repaired, family, and this blogsite to attend to as well.

    Now assuming that you are GM – have you ever done those things with National or Act?

    I suggest you read the About and then the Policy.

  45. garth mcvicor 45

    to clarify, i am not ‘that’ garth mcvicor. My first name is gareth, but i prefer garth for some insane reason.

    Thank you for your reply.

    Having had meetings about the 2008 campaign, would you say that the Standard is viewed by labour party as an effective for use in the coming month?

  46. lprent 46

    I have no idea. Never discussed it with them.

    off for a beer

  47. Looks like “Spencer Trust” is the new “Swift Boat” as far as Labour’s critics are concerned.

  48. Anita 48

    (late to the party, but anyhow… 🙂

    The weird thing about the election date is that it’s been the 8th of November since a Labour led government was formed in 2005. Labour was always going to choose the last logistically feasible date because

    1) It is a marker of running a stable solid government to run full term something Clark uses as large part of her personal brand.

    2) They were always going to be down in the polls mid term and need as much time as possible for the gap to close.

    3) The left benefits from high voters turn out. Later in the year means warmer more settled weather and more daylight hours.

    So Labour would always choose the 8th of November. The only chance of an earlier election was one of the smaller parties taking out Labour’s confidence and supply. Jim Anderton would never do that. The Greens and UF can’t; it’d have far too high an electoral cost. WP/NZF was a possibility back in 2005, but it’s never made sense for them to do it. Plus, my counting on my fingers says, they haven’t actually been able to do it for a while – for ages Labour have been able to stitch confidence and supply back together if they lost NZF.

    So… it’s been the 8th of November since late 2005.

    Why has anyone ever thought differently?

  49. jimbob 49

    Irish Bill, I don’t normally post on other blogs but I just thought I’d check out your post. I’m disappointed, too – disappointed you’d resort to infantile language like calling the press gallery – and me in particular – “dicks” because I asked a question about whether the Standard had advance knowledge of the election date. For the record, I asked the question because radio were already reporting the rumour. I asked about 12 questions at the press conference. That was only one of them. All sorts of questions are flung around press conferences. If you want to play at being a journalist, why don’t you get parliamentary accreditation and come down and see for yourself? As a journalist of 20 years standing, I think I’ve been around long enough to earn the right to ask whatever I like at press conferences without this kind of juvenile rant. As I’ve pointed out at On the House, it does seem you people at the Standard are incredibly sensitive about your links to the Labour Party. But you are always welcome at my blog, even if you do make personally abusive comments that are completely without foundation.

    Regards

    Colin Espiner
    Political Editor
    Christchurch Press

  50. randal 50

    jimbob/espinnerer or whoeverer you arer there is very good reason for calling you dicks. the press in new zealand has been infantilised and is currently producing beltway arguments that have absolutely no obvious connection to the lives of ordinary new zealnders. furthermore the press is openly biased and all pretence of objectivity is submerged in a sea of unrepentant juvenile subjectivism. Nobody in the press corps has any other life credentials except j school. when the press shows some maturity then it may garner some respect (bad pun) but at the moment most of them can barely write a coherent sentence let alone produce any cogent analysis of what is going on. anywhere else in the world they would be laughed off the job.

  51. Bill 51

    Jimbob.

    One word. You guys seem to have forgotten it. So I’ll shout. INVESTIGATE! That’s what real journalism is about. Not you asking whatever asinine question you like.

  52. r0b 52

    Jimbob/Colin, I don’t speak for the authors here, but I do understand their desire to assert their independence from Labour (most of them seem to be Greenies for a start). How many times does a question have to be asked and answered? Seriously – how many times? After a while it is simply a witch hunt.

    Just in passing, I enjoy your pieces some times (here’s a personal fave), but I’d like to strongly second Bill above there with his call – investigate. Please help to bring us election coverage based on facts, policies and credibility, not personalities and promises.

  53. Paul Robeson 53

    Dear Colin,

    I would like to point out that the Standard’s authors would very much like to play at being journalists. They tried to get media accreditation for the Nats conference. However the National party allocates press passes to bloggers who are former staffers and contracted researchers only. (did I get that connection right?)

    In this case David Farrar of kiwiblog.

    Colin, however, your journalistic prowess has let you down!

    Having been first on the scene after Matthew Hooton asked the question, and pinging the standard, Ben Thomas (see above) formerly of Craccum(1) revealed that well known Labour Party stooge Russell Brown in fact had the date earlier.

    Why have you not investigated this further? The country demands answers.

    Sorry for being a dick, but you get my point.

    Paul

    (1)Does this count as journalism? Craccum’s former editors are responsible for the Listener annoyingly rating all the tv films out of 10.

  54. lprent 54

    Colin,

    Since this site was setup there have been continuous attempts to portray it as a NZLP or EPMU site. Read our About – we aren’t.

    It was setup, run, and paid for by me to allow opinions from people from the labour movement and generally around the ‘left’ to be expressed.

    I’m the only person who writes posts who has acknowledged that I’m a NZLP member, I don’t hold offices, don’t get involved in policies, and I sometimes attend conferences and meetings. In the same way that I support the NZLP and other activist organisations, I got involved in the initial discussions about this site because of my technical skills – not my political affliations. Most posters seem to have either green or union opinions. The origional group were short of technical abilities, my name came up, I got contacted, and I’ve been running the technical sides since.

    Of course we’re sensitive. We’ve had Bill English issuing press statements on us accusing us of being funded by the NZLP, and a host of MSM commentators doing the same. I notice them because my site load increases each time.

    This has then been repeated by a number of ‘journalists’ since. The presumption has never been checked by these ‘professionals’. They appear to prefer to ask Mike Williams and Helen Clark – who really have no idea what goes on in the blogosphere, let alone here.

    The obvious way for journalists to check would be to ask. My addresses and phones are easily accessible if you do a lookup on the site ownership – it is a requirement of the internet, and specifically InternetNZ. I’ve never been contacted in the year since the site has been running. Recently Clinton has had his email and phone listed in the contacts page. I don’t think he has been contacted on the subject either because there are parts of the setup that’d he’d have probably had to refer to me.

    Frankly, I’d have to say that the ‘professional journalists’ are pretty slack from this example. They seem to prefer reporting rumor and speculation rather than checking stories. They probably don’t know how to check a site’s ownership. To me that places them at the same level as Whale – technically incompetent both in IT and apparently journalism.

    I’d say that Irish called it colourfully, but correctly.

    Lynn Prentice.

  55. randal 55

    the press in this country seem to think that because the owners pay them large salaries for distorting and misrepresenting and meddling in the affairs of government then somehow they are somebodies. whereas infact they are just nobodies who think they deserve some recogniton for being high priced slugs. Most of them have never read a book. dont know how the westminster system works and dont even care for that matter as long as they get to express their own venal point of view. Not only are they infantilisd but they are activley involved in trying to infatilise everyone else so their own predicament is not obvious.

  56. randal 56

    How about this one from the front page of todays Sunday star times co-authored by Emma Page and Deirdre Rasmussen. “Peters is facing political oblivion after Glenns compelling testimony that Peters, despite his denials, had solicitited his donation”. two points here. first is that compelling testimony from a grumpy old man is not proof and second it is the voters who decide who is destined to political oblivion and not two big noters from the Sunday Star Times. who do they think they are. Why aren’t they writing about how the EB’s said they would take over the whole of Nationals election strategy for a payment to National of $1,000,000. thats a real story. Not the mish mash these upstarts are cobbling together from bleatway crap under orders from above.

  57. randal 57

    Now they are doing it on TV1 sports. hanner hodson accused Robbie Deans of a sharp retort when he gave an honest straightforward answer. She said, “Why didnt you win”. He said, “We didn’t score enough points”. In the intro she said it was a sharp retort. The media cant handle honesty. It exposes them so they have to denigrate it with a sharp retort of their own.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    2 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    2 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    3 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    3 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    3 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    4 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    5 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
    OPINION: Yesterday, 1News reported that the Government's "independent" advisory group had recommended Kiwirail offload its ferries to another entity.Except this wasn't entirely new news at all, besides that it came formally from Nicola Willis’s advisory team.TVNZ is under significant cost pressure, and earlier this year, after expressing strong discontent with ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers
    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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