Friday, December 2, 2022

Jonathan Ayling: Worlds of Journalism Study shows concerning trend, but without free speech there is no free press

The third survey of journalists undertaken by the Worlds of Journalism Study was recently released, providing valuable insights into journalists’ perspectives in our country. Free speech is the foundation of freedom of the press. Along with the right to information, it is crucial in ensuring a transparent democratic society.

The data tells an interesting story regarding journalists' motivation in New Zealand. When asked how important different roles of journalists are in their work, after listing educate the audience at 3.99 (on a scale of 1, unimportant, to 5, extremely important), the second highest rated role of journalists was to counteract disinformation at 3.95. This role, which did not feature at all in the 2015 survey, has quickly become a central part of the perceived purpose of journalism to Kiwi journalists.

Chris Trotter: Parliament’s Collective Failure To Defend The Constitution.

While we may be reasonably confident that the attack on New Zealand’s constitution will be repelled, it should never have happened. That it was legal scholars who sounded the alarm over the entrenchment of a section of the Three Waters legislation, should cause all 120 of our parliamentarians to hang their heads in shame. Their collective failure to grasp what Green MP Eugenie Sage was doing points to a woeful lack of political and constitutional awareness among those whose first and most important duty is to protect the integrity of our democratic system.

Dick Reaney: It's madness, madness, madness, there is no climate emergency

Climate Change is normal and natural and has gone on for millions of years without any help from the human race.  The scaremongering now going on by the media, politicians and climate alarmists, is so utterly misguided to be nothing but tragic. That we have an End of the World scenario is even more ridiculous. It is a regress back to the past and has the stamp of Dark Age soothsayers and witchcraft on it.

Bryce Edwards: Clawing back $7bn of corporate welfare

The taxpayer is short of billions of dollars that were overpaid to businesses during Covid according to Christchurch philanthropists Grant and Marilyn Nelson. They are taking legal action against state agencies to push them to recoup up to $7bn that was wrongly paid out to wealthy employers who didn’t need it or use it for its intended purpose.

A Judicial Review is being sought in the Wellington High Court against the Auditor General, who has decided not to force businesses to repay the billions of dollars.

Mike Hosking: Evidence that those in power, shouldn't be

The Reserve Bank's Governor of Australia Philip Lowe reminded me of Eugenie Sage this week.

Or maybe it was the other way round? Either way, it’s about power and influence.

The Sage defence of the cluster that has been this astonishing attempt to upend democracy in this country with the entrenchment debacle is all the evidence you need to know that not all people in power, should be.

Garrick Tremain: Too hard basket

 Here is Garrick Tremain's cartoon commentary on empathising with victims priority! 

Gerry Eckhoff: Boot Camps

It would seem that concept of boot camps –  no doubt modified from past attempts to change the behaviour and attitude way of a small percentage of wayward youth, has not found  favour with society's professional apologists.  

Apparently past experience has shown that around 15% of attendees benefit from boot camps which is good if you were to be one of their victims.  

Editorials attacked the National party’s resurrection of military style “boot camps” as one way of combatting ram raids and some youths’ contemptuous attitude to all norms of societal behaviour. 

Currently neither the media nor the Labour Government have published any meaningful response to the out-of-control behaviour of youth who have unlikely ever experienced any kind of sanction for their –“we don’t give a dam” behaviour. Rather perversely the Government is saying that the ram raids are diminishing as police catch the offenders - so we mustn’t overreact.  That’s a bit like saying the road toll dropped this week so we don’t really have a problem with road fatalities.   

Bruce Moon: Reflections - a Memoir

Step out of your comfort zone and the world may surprise you!

Margaret, my dear late wife, had been working with patients that afternoon at the Tibetan Delek Hospital at Gangkyi and had accepted a lift up the hill to our residence from some workmen in a utility van.  

I had been halfway down the hill to collect our laundry from the devoted little Indian who did it for us and I had set off up the hill with my load when a van drove up with a Tibetan driver and Margaret in the passenger seat.  Of course it stopped so I clambered into the back with a couple of Tibetan workmen and their shovels.

Alwyn Poole: Forced Absenteeism in our Schools and the Impact on Learning and Families

The attendance data that Associate Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti, stated was the most important in terms of policy impact was the Term 2 data this year.

Regular attendance measures the percentage of students who have attended more than 90 percent of the term.

Results for regular attendance in term two were:

Kate Hawkesby: It's not right that we have to stop and think about what healthcare is available to us


I think one of the great travesties of this Government, when we eventually look back on their long line of failures, will be what happened to mental health.

Don’t get me wrong, no government from what I can see, has ever got mental health right, it’s forever been a sector in dire straits, under resourced and woefully misunderstood.

But mental health itself has only become bigger and worse as the years has gone by, and arguably peaking as a real crisis now, post the pandemic.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 27.11.22

Friday December 2, 2022 

Te Whakatōhea is leading the way in mussel aquaculture
The mussel factory finally opened in 2021, offering 107 jobs in that year alone The factory a is top-of-the-line building, with a skywalk throughout the factory which allows whānau to view the processing of the plant.

Now Whakatohea is producing top-quality mussels, not just on the national market but internationally.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Point of Order: Govt moves to modernise control of our meds......

.......but wait: Māori healers can bring the Treaty (signed in 1840) into the mix

Conflicts between Treaty of Waitangi demands to protect Māori healing methods and the influence of medical science on health regulators have been anticipated, as the Government introduces the Therapeutic Products Bill in Parliament.

The Bill, aimed at modernising the way medicines, medical devices and natural health products are regulated, replaces the Medicines Act 1981 and Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 with a comprehensive regulatory regime “that is fit for the future”.

But the Treaty-twitchy government is eager to avoid the conflict that seems inevitable when modernising the regulatory regime – to provide all New Zealanders with health products and services that are safe, high-quality, and effective – rubs up against obligations to preserve the Maori way of doing things.

Lindsay Mitchell: New Zealand - No longer a secular state

An ODT opinion piece recently parodied the rapid adoption of Māori names for government departments. It drew attention to the renaming of the Earthquake Commission as Toka Tū Ake EQC which apparently "reflects the whakapapa of our nation." The name-change decision was made by the Minister and cabinet.

The Commission site contains a section about their new Māori name.

John Porter: Co-governance Is a Con Job

Today I’m advocating that Co-governance is nothing but a huge confidence trick being played on New Zealand by Maori activists and skillfully validated by Ardern’s treacherous Government.

Co-governance is most definitely not Maori activists’ goal: Maori sovereignty is the objective!

Co-governance is merely a stepping stone. The previous stepping stone was Co-management.

Bryce Edwards: Nicky Hager strikes a win for media freedom and democracy

Do New Zealand state spies unlawfully surveil the government’s political critics? Do they spy on critical journalists? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. And yesterday the government domestic security agency was forced to apologise for one instance when they were caught spying on investigative journalist Nicky Hager.

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) has paid Hager $66,400 in compensation and legal fees for breaching his privacy, and made an extraordinary apology to him. In return, Hager has agreed not to take the Government to court.

Mike Hosking: Michael Wood is the biggest danger to our economy

With the news that the Government are yet again messing with immigration settings and partners are now no longer allowed an open visa unless you are on the famed, but hopelessly inadequate, green list - let me ask you this question.

Who is doing the most damage to the economy?

Is it Grant Robertson with the printing, spending, cost of living crisis and upcoming recession?

Or is it Michael Wood with his refusal to supply the country with an amount of labour to actually meet demand?

Peter Dunne: Labour's entrenchment tangle

Last week, as Parliament sat under Extended Hours to pass the Committee of the Whole stage of the controversial Water Services Entities Bill, the Greens moved an amendment requiring that the support of a minimum of 60% of a future Parliament would be required for any proposal to privatise water entities or assets to succeed. With the support of Labour, the amendment was passed.

No-one seemed too excited at the time, with Leader of the House Hipkins admitting later that he had not even read the amendment fully before committing Labour’s support to it. As no political party is currently proposing or has previously proposed the privatisation of water assets, the Greens’ amendment seemed arcane and not worth worrying about.

Things changed over the next couple of days, however, with the country’s constitutional lawyers and academics quickly shouting “constitutional outrage” in the loudest terms. The outrage was directed not so much at the issue of water privatisation but at the fact that the long-standing principle, arising from the supremacy of Parliament, that in general one Parliament cannot bind its successor was being breached.

Cam Slater: They’ve Got Nothing to Campaign On

Richard Prebble explains why it is that Labour has reverted to their Nasty Party schtick and have started attacking Christopher Luxon personally, aided and abetted by the Media Party in their roles as a paid propaganda press for the regime.

Garrick Tremain: New age kids

 Here is Garrick Tremain's cartoon commentary on new age kids! 

Chris Trotter: Has Labour Become A Co-Governed Party?

The more the voters discover about Labour’s Three Waters, the less they like it. No matter, this Government has clearly decided that, if it is to be destroyed, then Three Waters is the hill upon which it will die. That being the case – and the still-unfolding Entrenchment Crisis leaves little room for doubt – then the only real question to be answered is: Why? What is it about the Three Waters project that renders it impervious to rational reconsideration?

When a group of people refuse to accept they have made a poor choice – even as it threatens to destroy them – then it is a reasonably safe bet that they are in the grip of dangerously delusional thinking. Cult-like thinking, some might even suggest. But is it credible to suggest that a mainstream political party could fall victim to delusional thinking on such a scale? Is Labour really crazy enough to put its long-term survival at risk?