Friday, December 2, 2022
Jonathan Ayling: Worlds of Journalism Study shows concerning trend, but without free speech there is no free pressLabels: Disinformation, Free speech, Freedom of the press, Jonathan Ayling, journalists, Misinformation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Friday December 2, 2022
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
.......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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
.....but a collaborative strategy (don’t forget) led to Five Waters
Governmental news for the farm and forestry sectors flowed too fast from the Beehive for your Point of Order team to quickly grasp all the implications.
At first blush, we are tempted to wonder if something that looks like good news for farmers has been deftly released to camouflage the not-so-good news buried in these announcements or in some yet to be released.
The group is led by Chris Bishop and it shows a couple of things:
To any objective outside observer, this government has been handing (potential) support for National and ACT to them on a plate: among other things:
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
....but a fog shrouds crime-fighting costs
Biggish lumps of money featured in each of four announcements posted on the Beehive website, since Point of Order last checked on what our hard-working and big-spending ministers are doing.
The government will spend
Specifically, the hosting selection was condemned, (rightly) re the bribes which secured it the Games. But that was ancient history and it was too late to undo.
Much more, we were constantly promised a fiasco because of an intolerable climate for both players and spectators, that no-one would come because of the Islamic requirement for good behaviour, modest attire and alcohol restraints, plus much more.
So how has it panned out? In my view it’s been the most joyous major sporting spectacle in history.
That’s your cabinet response to a death at a Sandringham dairy.
The suggestion from the Prime Minister was that Cabinet had been speaking for some weeks about the so-called business crime package.
It is an odd clam to make, given when Chris Hipkins, the architect of the package, was peppered about it in the house last week he never mentioned it was being discussed.
Point of Order: Despite Labour polling below 30%, party strategists believe it can win Hamilton West...Labels: 2023 Election, Act Party, Hamilton West by-election, Labour Party, National Party, Point of Order, TOP party
....and general election next year
Although recent opinion polls have shown Labour’s support dropping below 30%, suggesting it is now the underdog going into election year, party strategists still nourish the belief the Ardern government may emerge from the general election able with allied parties to hold on to office.
They are convinced the National Party has not won back the degree of support that would indicate it is a shoo-in at next year’s poll. This, they believe, will become clear after votes are counted in the Hamilton West by-election on December 10.
Monday, November 28, 2022
On Wednesday night last week, something very unusual happened while parliament was busy making law. MPs from the Green and Labour parties banded together to make it much more difficult for a part of the government’s controversial “three waters” policy to ever be changed, or even removed altogether. Should future MPs want to smooth the way towards privatising the government’s new bodies for managing our water resources, they’ll have to get 60% support in parliament to do so.
And that issue is the Government seeking to entrench a provision in the legislation that would make it difficult for any future government to overturn an aspect of these water reforms.
.....so the govt has put $2.25m into a trough for other regions to have a lick
It’s a toss-up to decide which is more unnecessary – the investment of $2.25 million of public money in an industry which has almost doubled its revenue over the past year or the drafting and legislating of a bill to have things done that could be done without a statute.
The investment is in the rapidly growing game development sector. The latest data from the New Zealand Game Developers Association shows the total revenue for the industry is $407 million, compared to $276 million a year ago.
We’re told that the fundamental problem is poverty. Well guess what? The only sure path out of poverty begins with education. Lotto isn’t going to do it, and nor is social welfare.
I understand that some of us ordinary folk might have difficulty with the extraordinarily complex idea (not!) of taking kids out of a toxic environment and giving them a chance to learn skills and develop attitudes that will change their lives for the better. The media, though, has no excuse.
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For example: the law requiring drivers to drive on the left discriminates against those who would prefer driving on the right. That’s not being silly. Doubtless numerous tourists and migrants would favour a shift to right-hand driving.
This is currently in evidence with the Labour Government’s push to lock in elements of their Three Waters reform programme by sneaking in a rule that says a future Parliament would need 60 per cent of MPs to vote to change the ownership of the new water services. Constitutional legal experts are outraged by a move they say is unparalleled and sets a dangerous new precedent for how governments make law.
The simple question is this - why are they discussing and changing it?
The answer is because a person is dead.
Sunday, November 27, 2022
One has to go back a long way to find a government so willing to press on with a policy so roundly rejected by the electorate. It is more than thirty years since Richard Prebble, confronted with the evidence that close to 90 percent of New Zealanders opposed the sale of Telecom, responded with the observation that Kiwis should be proud to have a government with the guts to face down such a powerful pressure-group!
The reserve bank hiked the cash rate by 0.75% this week, which is set to drive up mortgage rates and send many already beleaguered homeowners to their bank manager cap in hand. Default and repossession loom for many next year.
The reserve bank says it is anxious to bring inflation under control. So how does pandemic inflation work, and will high interest rates solve the problem?
I have concluded our new prime minister Jacinda Ardern is clever stupid.
She's quick, has good analytical skills and communicates well. There's no doubt she's clever.
But she's stupid on how the world works and lacks thought-through principles and values. She bobs along on feelings and sounding good and thereby perfectly in tune with a media that emotes rather than reports and analyses.
Although it is not surprising that the Queenmaker now says he regrets anointing the Empress who turned out to have no clothes, l must say it is somewhat unexpected from a politician who has made a very successful career out of picking which way the wind is blowing.
But that is Winston and because of that fact alone, we must prepare for the unexpected even though the odds are surely stacked against him in 2023.
I say that because, in my humble opinion, this latest decision will almost certainly mean the end of a career with more resurrections than Lazarus could conjure up.
“We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did.” Thomas Sowell
The toppling of statues of historical figures by Black Lives Matter has brought into focus the issue of slavery.
While nobody questions the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, slavery is presented in schools and media and as an extreme form of racism, with white people enslaving black people. This highly selective, distorted view of history has fostered a sense of guilt among European descendants of the enslavers, leading to calls for apologies and reparations.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
rushed off to the Chatham Islands on Air Horse One so that she could pander to Maori interests.
Normally she rushes headlong towards a photo opportunity in the aftermath of a tragedy. Strangely, this time she’s bolted for a remote island far, far away.
Saturday November 26, 2022
Māori academics compare notes on constitution change
The organiser of Constitutional Korero 2022 says constitutional change for Māori won’t happen overnight.
Auckland associate law professor Claire Charters says she’d like to see a formal constitution based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, but it may take some time to get the support of the rest of Aotearoa.
The majority decision did not quite put it that way. But perhaps the judges were blind to the implications of their views.
The perplexing case concerned arguments that 16-year-olds should have the right to vote.
The Court’s decision to hear the case was controversial enough.
But its finding that 16-year-olds suffer unjustified discrimination breaching the Bill of Rights has been met with widespread disbelief.
A century ago, Max Weber, the founder of modern sociology, made this distinction.
I thought of Weber as Newshub broke an outrageous story on Tuesday. There are still the same number of mental health beds as there were in 2019.
Despite numerous speeches and pledges. Despite billions of dollars spent. And despite years of government activism.
Mental health patients sleep on mattresses on the floors of our hospitals. Those in the greatest need and desperation have not even the dignity of a bed.