Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Geoff Parker: Josie Pagani's Maori Ward & General Propaganda

In her disjointed article Josie Pagani promotes the dark forces that strive to undermine New Zealand’s precious democracy.

In my view Pagani pins her argument for Maori wards or ‘power-sharing’ on the Treaty of Waitangi, but the fact is that there is nothing in the Treaty (any version or translation) that speaks of separate racial representation in governing bodies.

The Treaty was a simple 3 clause document which simply said:

Point of Order: Buzz from the Beehive - 17/4/24

What’s the outfit you can hear going down the gurgler? Probably it’s David Parker’s Oceans Secretariat

Point of Order first heard of the Oceans Secretariat in June 2021, when David Parker (remember him?) announced a multi-agency approach to protecting New Zealand’s marine ecosystems and fisheries.

Parker (holding the Environment, and Oceans and Fisheries portfolios) broke the news at the annual Forest & Bird NZ conference that year:

Professor Robert MacCulloch: Labour turned NZ into the Worst Performing Economy in Asia-Pacific

It's Official: Labour turned NZ into the Worst Performing Economy in Asia-Pacific. Does that mean the Covid Royal Commission will investigate itself?

Our former Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, was hired by Otago University to help sort out its finances. Good luck to them. Let's see how he did sorting out NZ's finances. The IMF released its April 2024 World Economic Update yesterday. Our Main Stream Media - Stuff, NZ Herald, and the bankrupting Newshub - won't dare blare the headline:

Dr Oliver Hartwich: Swiss climate ruling full of holes

Once upon a time, it was the role of parliaments to make laws, governments to execute them, and the role of courts to uphold them. Civil Law jurisdictions, such as those in Europe, do not share the Anglosphere’s tradition of judge-made law (known as the ‘Common Law’). In these jurisdictions the role of courts has been circumscribed even more clearly.

But the democratic climate is changing. The change is driven by the issue of our time: climate change.

Mike's Minute: Questions around the TV3/Stuff deal

You can ask a lot of questions about the TV3 deal with Stuff.

Do Stuff know how to make television? How many people will they actually hire as opposed to re-purposing the staff they already have? Does the programme draw an audience? Will it look anything like what we are used to?

Most importantly, does it solve a problem for TV, the media, and Warner Bros. Discovery?

Heather du Plessis-Allan: TV3's 6pm bulletin is saved - for now

So, the 6pm bulletin on TV3 is saved after all.

It's been announced this afternoon that that Stuff is going to make the bulletin for the owners of TV3, Warner Brothers Discovery.

If you’re a fan of Newshub and this news gives you hope, I would very much urge you to temper that expectation. Because this is not going to be what you are used to.

Cam Slater: Stuff to Rescue Newshub?

Apparently, Stuff has come riding to the rescue of Newshub, inking a deal to produce news for the failing network. Presumably, Sinead Boucher came riding in on a dead horse:

Ele Ludemann: Horse back in front

The government is making it less difficult to undertake coal mining:

Resources Minister Shane Jones has announced changes to coal mine consenting he says will reduce barriers to extraction and bring it into line with other types of mining.

The government’s first Resource Management Amendment Bill, to be introduced next month, will make changes to the Resource Management Act, freshwater environmental standards, and the National Policy Statements for Freshwater Management and Biodiversity.

Caleb Anderson: Breakdown of our schools - a generation in freefall

Recent research indicating that New Zealand school students are among the most disrespectful, violent and poorly behaved students in the OECD will have come as no surprise to many.  

While there is never a single cause of anything, I am going to suggest two causative factors that I believe are the primary contributors to this shocking situation  ...  the absence of the teaching of a coherent set of values is the first, and the willingness (in fact keenness) of the state to fill the void is the second.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 14.4.24

Wednesday April 17, 2024 

Waitangi Tribunal accused of star chamber tactic

New Zealand First Minister Shane Jones is accusing the Waitangi Tribunal of over-stepping its mandate by subpoenaing a minister for its urgent hearing on the Oranga Tamariki claim.

The tribunal is looking into the proposal to scrap Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act, which requires the chief executive to demonstrate a practical commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Bruce Cotterill: A matter of trust - this government promised us tax cuts so they must deliver them

There is plenty of noise coming from commentators and observers alike, suggesting that the Government should abandon their tax reduction programme.

They make a fair point. The Government has given us some dark financial and economic news over the last six months as they have sought to get to the bottom of the financial woes they inherited. We have been living well and truly outside our means and since they were sworn in in November, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, Finance Minister Nicola Willis and co have tried to be upfront about the state of the books in an effort to have Kiwis understand that we’ve run out of financial lifelines.

Dr Eric Crampton: Clarifying the absurdity

A couple days ago I pointed to NZIER's figures on the case for strengthening the Christchurch cathedral.

I think it's better to view this whole exercise as making clear what we'd need to believe if we wanted to believe that the regulatory apparatus surrounding the cathedral since 2011 is other than massively value destroying.

Andrew Dickens: The media model is broken because of fear

Since we were last together, the collapse of television news and current affairs has continued.

And with it, we have been subjected to a lot of highfalutin thinking about the metaphysical and cultural reasons why linear TV is dying.

You know - go woke go broke. Or- this is because nobody trusts you, because you're all raving lefties.

Bryce Edwards: Will politicians let democracy die in the darkness?

Politicians across the political spectrum are implicated in the New Zealand media’s failing health. Either through neglect or incompetent interventions, successive governments have failed to regulate, foster, and allow a healthy Fourth Estate that can adequately hold politicians and the powerful to account. Our political system is suffering from the actions and inactions of governments, which means that citizens have less information about public life. Therefore, to draw on the famous Washington Post tagline, New Zealand politicians are guilty of allowing democracy to die in the darkness.

Kerre Woodham: ACC needs accountability

When I broke my arm just before the end of the year, I was very grateful to our health system for picking up the pieces, quite literally. They found a bit that was missing at the top of my arm that they weren't expecting, and put me back together again, and it's pretty much back to normal.

Sir Bob Jones: The death of democracy

Unmitigated tosh was talked by diverse commentators, mostly with a personal employment interest in the matter, with advice that TV3 is to close its spasmodic news service, plus the ending of some TVNZ shows such as “Fair Go”. The death of democracy was the ridiculous common theme.

The cold hard fact is these closures originated from a single cause, namely the commercially inadequate, steadily decreasing audience they were attracting. For example, I’m a life-long news hog to a degree unmatched by anyone I’m aware of and I never watched these shows.

Tuesday April 16, 2024 


NZCPR Newsletter: Coalition Promises


The Coalition Government says it is moving with speed to deliver campaign promises and reverse the damage done by Labour.

One of their key commitments is to “defend the principle that New Zealanders are equal before the law.” To achieve this, they have pledged they “will not advance policies that seek to ascribe different rights and responsibilities to New Zealanders on the basis of their race or ancestry.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Dr Peter Winsley: New Zealand’s democracy, Te Tiriti and the Marine and Coastal Area Act

New Zealand is a democracy that is being challenged by race and tribal-based activism. A democracy implies universal suffrage, one person/one vote, votes being of equal value, the rule of law, and an open and educated society with freedom of speech.

New Zealand is still a well-functioning democracy compared, for example, with the United States. However, voters are not all treated equally. The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Act 2022 empowers Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to appoint up to two members of the Environment Canterbury Council with full decision-making powers. These members are unelected appointees. This sets an undemocratic precedent for the future.

Mike Yardley: Time to review ECan’s Ngāi Tahu-appointed councillors

Consultation has just closed on Environment Canterbury’s (ECan’s) draft long-term plan, which has copped considerable public flak for proposing an eye-watering 24% annual rates rise.

Much of the explosion in spending is entirely discretionary, with the consultation document freely trumpeting, “we have made the bold decision to do more for our environment and do it faster”.