Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Bryce Edwards: The Gamechanger PM and pollsLabels: Bryce Edwards, Latest poll
The poll results for 1News and Newshub were remarkably similar. But to comprehend their message it’s still best to average them out. Here’s the average party vote results:
Kate Hawkesby: Labour is still the same, even with Chris Hipkins in chargeLabels: Chris Hipkins, Kate Hawkesby, Labour Party
So that feels like a really long holiday, did I miss anything?
Jacinda Ardern quitting seems like a long time ago now given all the news we've had since. But I can tell you my first thought was not – oh dear, misogyny forced her out. The true reason of course was the polls, the research, the divisiveness, the polarisation, the fact Labour was on a hiding to nothing with her at the helm.
Ani O’Brien: Luxon can’t afford to continue ‘small target’ politicsLabels: Ani O'Brien, Chris Luxon
Jacinda Ardern’s abrupt departure from the 9th floor has the potential to derail what looked to be an easy trot into the Beehive for Christopher Luxon and his team. It will no longer be sufficient for Luxon to simply not be Ardern while offering nothing up as an alternative.
John Porter: A Coup by StealthLabels: co-governance, Coup, John Porter
Were you worried about a separate Maori health authority?
Were you worried about The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill?
Were you deeply worried about Co-Governance?
I have good news for you!
Mike's Minute: Polls show the Govt got the hit it wanted, but issues still remainLabels: Labour Party, Latest poll, Mike Hosking
Not just from the Labour Party, but in the two newsrooms who put the polls out.
It's rare two polls come out on the same day, and last time it happened they didn’t match, and therefore you had no idea who was accurate or not.
Net Zero Watch - Let's face it: Net Zero is dead in the waterLabels: Benny Peiser, Net Zero Watch
In this newsletter:
1) India to use emergency law to maximise coal power output
Reuters, 30 January 2023
2) Forget Net Zero: Oil and gas investment needed for another 30 years, BP warns
The Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
Garrick Tremain: First untruthLabels: Chris Hipkins, Garrick Tremain, Untruths
Point of Order: Mercury Energy’s hydro power generation has been boosted by a wet half-yearLabels: Hydro generation, Mercury Engergy, NOW broadband business, Point of Order, Trustpower
They called it an “atmospheric river”, the weather bombardment which hit NZ’s northern region at the weekend. It exacted a terrible toll on metropolitan Auckland and the rest of the region.
Few living there may have noted a statement from electricity generator Mercury Energy labelled “WET, WET, WET!” This was to emphasise the impact of what the company said had been “the wettest first half-year ever”. Mercury operates the chain of hydro-electricity stations on the Waikato river.
Stuart Smith: Ethical Trade vs Solar PanelsLabels: Solar panels, Stuart Smith
Last year New Zealand’s distributed solar generation capacity increased by 33.8 per cent, which is a record increase, so there are many others also enjoying the benefits of rooftop solar.
However, have you ever wondered where solar panels are manufactured and what goes into making them?
Cam Slater: Open and Transparent? Not So MuchLabels: Cam Slater, Jacinda Ardern, Labour Government, Lies
The latest example is the cover-up and lies over Three Waters’ entrenchment. Remember they claimed at the time it was all just a horrible mistake and they were fixing it?
Garrick Tremain: Robbie BurnsLabels: Lies, Robbie Burns
Tim Dower: Time for Hipkins to show us what he's made ofLabels: Chris Hipkins, co-governance, Democracy, Media merger, Three Waters, Tim Dower
He's done what was required of him and showed up in Auckland over the weekend, now his role is to butt out and leave the rest of the job to the people who know what they're doing.
What the Prime Minister has to get stuck into now is the more serious business of getting the country back on track.
Or as he'll see it, getting Labour back on track to give it a fighting chance at the election in October.
And how does he do that?
Damien Grant: Under Ardern's guidance, we became the nasty team of 5 millionLabels: Damien Grant, Jacinda Ardern's legacy
all we have left are the memories.
Well. We also have $60 billion of additional sovereign debt, an expanded social welfare roll, inflation, a generation locked out of homeownership, expanded restrictions on free speech, and a container-ship of social meddling, from a ban on plastic shopping bags to a law preventing the sale of cigarettes to anyone born during or after the reign of Sir John Key.
Ardern’s zenith was in the weeks after the Christchurch terror attacks.
Garrick Tremain: Clean-outLabels: Cleaning out, Garrick Tremain
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Denis Hall: The Treaty farceLabels: Denis Hall, Lies, Treaty
I have read it over and over - and the Treaty of Waitangi is a simple document - with simple and obvious and straight forward intentions. It emerged out of thirty years of appalling Maori on Maori bloodshed - and Maori on Maori violence with Muskets that touched every Tribe (See Musket Wars) when they slaughtered 20% of their own population - and the Chiefs who instigated the William Yate letter to set the treaty in motion - were the Maori Statesmen of the time to have done that. We should all know their names.
Dr David Lillis: New Zealand Must Fight the New CurriculumLabels: Curriculum, Dr David Lillis, Education, Ministry of Education, New Zealand curriculum, te reo
New Zealand Must Fight the New Curriculum
This article is rather long but then we are talking about the education of future New Zealanders and there is much to be said. The refreshed national curriculum concerns the education of millions of students over future decades and will impose costs of several billion dollars to New Zealand taxpayers. Readers for whom this piece is excessively lengthy can use the headings to go directly to sections of particular interest.
Clive Bibby: Leadership under a National government - what we do and don’t needLabels: 2023 Election, Clive Bibby, National Party
It would seem that the election in October is there for the taking for a National party expecting to be fighting a government that has betrayed the trust of the people.While many within the opposition party will be heaving a huge sigh of relief that the PM has abandoned the sinking ship and, by doing so, presumably made things that much easier, they would be advised to reflect on the real reasons why Labour are in this position facing an inglorious defeat.
Matthew Birchall: The seduction of grandeurLabels: History, Matthew Birchall, Rob Muldoon, Think big projects
This historical amnesia has a cost, even if it is difficult to quantify.
Over the last several months, I have been exploring the history of our critical infrastructure. It has been a more enjoyable experience than it sounds! From Julius Vogel’s national rail network in the 1870s to the rollout of broadband in the new millennium, New Zealand’s past is littered with fascinating success stories.
James Kierstead: This one takes the cakeLabels: Cakes, James Kierstead
Susan Jebb, the head of the UK’s Food Standards Agency, has spoken out against that gravest of office dangers: colleagues who bring cake in to share. ‘If nobody brought cakes into the office, I would not eat cakes in the day,’ Jebb said, ‘but because people do bring cakes in, I eat them.’
Guy Hatchard: The Official Covid Narrative Unravels at a Staggering PaceLabels: Covid, Guy Hatchard
Project Veritas managed to record a senior Pfizer executive admitting they were conducting experiments aimed at mutating even more virulent strains of Covid. The video accumulated more than 20 million views over 48 hours, but among MSM only Tucker Carlson and briefly the Daily Mail ran with this astounding story. Nothing here in New Zealand, as if the most prolific serial killer in history had been caught in the act, but it was judged unnewsworthy.
Answering a question in the House of Commons this week about record levels of excess deaths, the UK Minister for the Environment Therese Coffey replied briefly that it didn’t matter because it was happening all over Europe. Then abruptly sat down. She said this despite the crisis necessitating the construction of temporary morgues across the UK. It is comments like this, along with the Project Veritas sting, which reveals a striking failure of commonsense behind the official pandemic response. So how could this have happened?
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Brian Easton: Christmas Briefing PapersLabels: Brian Easton:Co-goverence, economy, Emissions regime, Health redisorganisation, Housing, Labour Market, Polytechnic redisorganisation, Reductions in child poverty, RNZ-TVNZ merger, Three Waters
It’s the summer break. Everyone settles down with family, books, the sun and some fishing. But the Prime Minister has a pile of briefing papers prepared just before Christmas, which have to be worked through. I haven’t seen them. Here is my guess at some of the headline items – in alphabetical order. (The identified ministers are those who were responsible at Christmas.)
Cam Slater: The Reverse Ferrets Have StartedLabels: Cam Slater, Chris Hipkins, Peter Gluckman, RNZ/TVNZ Merger, Willie Jackson
reverse ferret is a sudden reversal of an organisation’s editorial or political line on a certain issue. Generally, this will involve no acknowledgement of the previous position. We are about to see the political equivalent of the reverse ferret on policy. The first one to go will be the Radio NZ/TVNZ merger. Sir Peter Gluckman has produced a report on it that says it’s a dog:
Tova O'Brien: Google data reveals how our politicians have left us dazed and confusedLabels: co-governance, Google data, Three Waters, Tova O’Brien
In the new New Zealand lexicon of the last few years, co-governance has made its home alongside other buzzwords like lockdown, self-iso, WFHunmute, bubble and unmute.
In Google parlance the query “what is co-governance?” is what’s described as a breakout search. A search term which had a tremendous increase, in some cases because these queries are new or had few, if any, prior searches.
Roger Partridge: Labour's problematic new blasphemy lawsLabels: Hate Speech Laws, Roger Partridge
New Zealand’s existing hate speech laws apply only to inviolable characteristics. The protected traits are skin colour, race, ethnicity and national origin.
Allan’s predecessor, Kris Faafoi, proposed adding to these protected characteristics a raft of others, including religious and ethical beliefs, employment and family status, age, sex and gender - and even political opinion.
Eric Crampton: PrioritiesLabels: Eric Crampton, Living costs
The government was attempting complex reform of the resource management system, council water infrastructure, and the entire health system. It was also setting up an income insurance scheme while shifting the labour market towards an Australian-style wage awards system. And dozens of smaller but still tricky initiatives.
Doing a limited number of things well might just be better than failing at many things simultaneously.
Breaking Views Update: Week of 22.01.23Labels: Breaking Views Update: monitoring race relations in the media
Saturday January 28, 2023
Call to prioritise Pacific and Māori health as hospital waiting times increase
In discussing ways to clear hospital beds before winter, Lowe suggested starting with Māori and Pacific patients who have been waiting for more than 12 months, but this was met with hesitation from some of those at the meeing.
“There’s people who are going to die, you can’t just say ‘Well, you're not Māori or Pacific and you’re not top of the list’”, says Adams.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Happy Australia Day!Labels: Australia Day, Dr Barend Vlaardingerbroek, Indigenous rights
Australia Day is held on January 26, the date on which the first British settlers arrived to colonize the country in 1788. It's a painful anniversary for hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Australians, marking the start of years of killings and dispossession, and many refer to it instead as Invasion Day. – Google (original emphasis)
Historical revisionism, while often associated with the ultra-right, is actually one of the few things the ultra-left excels at. They constantly tell us that there was an ‘invasion’ of indigenous nations, that the European powers engaged in systematic genocide against the indigenous people, and that 21st-century inhabitants of European descent of a once colonised land have something to ‘apologise’ for and be ‘forgiven’ for.
I reject these claims out of hand.
Don Brash: What does Hipkin's use of "New Zealand" imply?Labels: co-governance, Don Brash, name change, Treaty issues
If that was his intention, I regret to advise him that merely shifting some of the names is not going to solve the Government’s problem around what might loosely be called Treaty issues.
Bryce Edwards: Time for a sober discussion about toxicity and personality in politicsLabels: Bryce Edwards, Politicians and abuse
Yet there have been dozens of columns and articles, both domestically and internationally, blaming toxic public criticism for Ardern choosing to step down.
Cam Slater: Nice Words Chris, but What Are You Going to Do about It?Labels: Cam Slater, Chris Luxon, co-governance
At Ratana, he said that he opposed co-governance – for public services. Words matter. He should have said he opposed co-governance – full stop. But he didn’t, he added weasel words.
Brendan O'Neill: The Caesars of the Information AgeLabels: Brendan O'Neill, Censorship, Freedom of Speech
Donald Trump back on their platforms. Yet now that it’s happened, now that Meta has decreed that Trump has served his time in the virtual wilderness and may once again post on Facebook and Instagram, I just feel unnerved. Unnerved by the extraordinary power these people wield over who may and who may not engage with the billions of souls who gather online. Unnerved by their supranational authority to grant or rescind a licence to speak in the global town square. Unnerved by the historically unprecedented dominion this small clique of the woke rich enjoys over the liberty to utter.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Cam Slater: Polls Show Why Ardern Had to GoLabels: Cam Slater, Polls
Roy Morgan has delivered another reference point that shows how precarious their position is:
Peter Dunne: New Zealand Prime MinistersLabels: NZ Prime Ministers, Peter Dunne
Brendan O'Neill: The WEF is a menace to democracyLabels: Brendan O'Neill, Davos, Democracy, Labour politicians, WEF, Westminister
Keir Starmer. But I did last week when he gave the game away about Davos. Where would he rather be, a journalist asked him: Davos or Westminster? ‘Davos’, Starmer said, without missing a beat. Westminster’s too ‘constrained’, he moaned. It’s ‘just a tribal, shouting place’. Davos, on the other hand, the luxury Alpine resort where the world’s tycoons gather every year to quaff booze and put the world to rights, is a place where you can ‘engage with people’; people ‘you can see [yourself] working with in the future’. Ouch. If I were a British MP, I’d be feeling pretty bruised right now. Starmer wants nothing to do with you noisy tribalists – it’s the world’s woke rich he wants to mingle with.
Point of Order: Inflation is not slowing down yet....Labels: Chris Hipkins, inflation, interest rates, Point of Order, Richard Prebble
......so can Hipkins take a tip from Prebble and risk a snap election?
Inflation is showing little sign of slowing down, posing a problem for freshly minted PM Chris Hipkins.
According to that old campaigner Richard Prebble, Hipkins should call a snap election. If he waits till October, he risks being swept away.
The dilemma for the new leader is that fighting an election while inflation is raging is no fun at all. It underlines the extent of Labour’s failure to implement successful economic policies.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Rodney Hide: My Single Issue this ElectionLabels: Covid 19 vaccines, Rodney Hide
It’s not much. It’s just one vote. But that's all I have. I want to use it to the best effect.
I have never had a high regard for single-issue voters. I figured they were too fixated and not sufficiently aware of the vast array of policies affecting our lives and our country.
And yet here I am.
Thomas Cranmer: Luxon talks co-governance at Rātana PāLabels: Chris Luxon, co-governance, Thomas Cranmer
On a beautiful summer’s day yesterday, National’s Christopher Luxon joined other politicians on the annual pilgrimage to Rātana Pā to celebrate the birthday of T. W. Rātana, the founder of the Rātana Church.
Notably, Luxon used his speech to address “the big topic of the day and of the last few years - which has been that word co-governance”. And despite some criticism from Carmel Sepuloni and Marama Davidson for raising the issue yesterday, it was undoubtedly the right time and the right forum to broach the topic.
Garrick Tremain: PsychiatryLabels: Chris Hipkins, Garrick Tremain
Net Zero Watch: US states tout Biden's green subsidies to lure clean tech from EuropeLabels: Benny Peiser, Net Zero Watch
In this newsletter:
1) US states tout Biden's green subsidies to lure clean tech from Europe
Financial Times, 24 January 2023
2) Greedy wind lobby is asking Biden for more subsidies
Washington Examiner, 23 January 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
NZCPR Newsletter: The Ardern LegacyLabels: Jacinda Ardern resignation, NZCPR Newsletter
Appointed as New Zealand’s Prime Minister in 2017, Jacinda Ardern has been described as an iron fist in a velvet glove. She wooed the world with talk of kindness and compassion, while at home ruling like a dictator. No friend of free speech, she had little regard for public opinion and no respect for those with a contrary view.
Using her unmandated ‘Captain’s Calls’, she has destroyed lives, undermined our democracy, and deeply divided our society.
Point of Order: Our politicians have swarmed to Ratana...Labels: Chris Hipkins, co-governance, Jacinda Ardern, Point of Order, Ratana Church
......where Hipkins may cause some buzz when he explains his co-governance thinking
Perhaps the ministers are all engaged in the bemusing annual excursion by politicians of many stripes and a pack of political journalists to Rātana, a small pā between Whanganui and Bulls.
Point of Order: Framing an election-winning budget a priority for Hipkins-led team....Labels: Cameron Bagrie, Chris Hipkins, Grant Robertson, GST, Point of Order, Tax system
.... but will inflation erode any benefit before it arrives?
Incoming Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has already indicated he intends making the tax system “fairer”. That points to the route a government facing an election could take to tilt the odds towards winning in its favour, given Labour’s support in the last months of the Ardern era had been drifting downwards.
Appearing on AM on Monday, Hipkins said he will focus on bread-and-butter issues, like the cost of living, in his new role.
He also hinted that tax changes could be on the cards, saying “we should always look at how we can make the tax system fairer”.
Don Brash: Does democracy have a future?Labels: Democracy, Don Brash
Over the last couple of decades, the world has watched the Middle East as country after country has tried to establish a democratic regime and country after country has failed. The United States and its allies toppled Saddam Hussein and announced that they wanted to see a democratic regime take root in Iraq. The western powers helped to topple Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, and welcomed moves towards democracy in Tunisia, Egypt and the Yemen. Today, democracy looks like a very frail flower or has completely disappeared in all those countries. Perhaps that can be blamed on the very long history of autocratic rule which preceded the tentative steps towards democracy. Or perhaps it can be blamed on Islam, some strains of which are deeply and explicitly antagonistic to rule by the people.
Cam Slater: Burn, Baby, Burn: Labour’s Great Policy BonfireLabels: 2023 Election, Cam Slater, Chris Hipkins
Kerre Woodham: A road map for success prioritises fixing our roadsLabels: Kerre Woodham, Potholes, Roading
But perhaps over Christmas, if you managed to get away, you got the dubious pleasure of experiencing our roads for yourselves. And driving to the conditions on occasion, the appalling conditions, means you may well have a greater appreciation for the concerns of the National Road Carriers Association, who say the biggest issue for the road transport industry is the shocking state of New Zealand roads.
Garrick Tremain: DrowningsLabels: Cultural instruction, Drowning, Garrick Tremain, te reo
Monday, January 23, 2023
Bryce Edwards: Labour shifts focus from Grey Lynn to West AucklandLabels: Bryce Edwards, Carmel Sepuloni, Chris Hipkins, co-governance, economy, Labour Government
Hipkins and Sepuloni were elected yesterday and immediately started repositioning their Government away from what might be called the affluent “woking class” towards the “working class”. Gone is an emphasis on cultural politics, and in its place is a laser-like focus on the economy and delivery of better public services to ordinary citizens.
Lindsay Mitchell: SepuloniLabels: Carmel Sepuloni, Lindsay Mitchell
In the NZ Herald Thomas Coughlan writes: