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Another do as I say, not doer — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Green Party co-leader James Shaw is defending against accusations of hypocrisy for travelling to a climate conference in Glasgow after criticising Parliament’s sitting at alert level 4.The Green Party refused to attend Parliament while Wellington was still at alert level 4 on Tuesday last week. Glasgow currently has 1,800 new Covid-19 infections a…

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Winston goes to Auditor-General on saliva testing — Kiwiblog

Winston announced: I have today sent a letter to the Auditor General requesting an investigation into the government’s $60 million procurement contract with Asia Pacific Health Group (APHG).On 4 August 2020 the NZ Super Fund and a Canadian pension fund acquired APHG for a reported $550M.On 12 March 2021 the Government put out a $60M…

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Why have deportations dropped off? — Kiwiblog

Radio NZ reports: The number of people deported from New Zealand has fallen by 40 percent.There were about 1700 in the last financial year compared to almost 3000 the year before.The decrease includes voluntary departures managed by Immigration New Zealand, which fell by a 1000 last year, to their lowest level in at least four…

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Guest Post: Weaponising the criminal justice system against men — Kiwiblog

A guest post by Bettina Arndt: New Zealanders are witnessing, right now, a major achievement – the latest success of the feminist juggernaut in tilting justice in favour of women. The Sexual Violence Bill currently before the New Zealand Parliament is claimed to provide much needed justice for rape victims let down by the criminal…

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Every Wellington City Councilor should be ashamed of these results — Kiwiblog

The headline on the WCC website is: Wellington performs well in survey and safe city index This headline is so far from reality that it is delusional. Here’s some of the data from their annual survey of residents: Wellington being a great place to live, work and play has dropped from 91% to 76%A sense…

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Whoops I ran out of electricity — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Cities and towns across the North Island were plunged into darkness on one of the coldest nights of the year, after nationwide demand for electricity reached an all-time high.Power generation failed to meet demand across New Zealand on Monday evening. Tens of thousands of households were affected by mass power cuts as a…

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Rutherford says blackouts no surprise — Kiwiblog

Hamish Rutherford writes: Monday night’s rolling blackouts were far from the first sign that New Zealand’s electricity system is struggling to cope, but it does take the issue to a whole new level.With the Government squarely blaming the problems on commercial decisions of the electricity generators, the sector faces increasing risk of a shake-up.“If we are…

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The case of the MIA Minister of Education and the rogue officials. — Kiwiblog

As detailed a few days ago the Villa Education Trust is in a huge battle with the Ministry of Education to be allowed to provide specialised education for up to 480 neuro-diverse learners through a non-zoned, Designated Character School, near an Auckland transport hub. There is massive demand for this. We received new information today.…

via The case of the MIA Minister of Education and the rogue officials. — Kiwiblog

$6.1 million to The Spinoff from taxpayers — Kiwiblog

We’ve tallied up all the taxpayer money given to @TheSpinoffTV (an online magazine for millennial lefties) by @NZonAir.The total: $6.1 million.$2.4 million of that was from the last 12 months. pic.twitter.com/rKRC9D4GEP— Taxpayers’ Union (@TaxpayersUnion) July 23, 2021I was stunned by this amount. The Spinoff is a very left leaning website that seems to have the…

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ACT’s Law and Order policy — Kiwiblog

ACT have released their draft law and order policy. Safe to assume that unlike Labour, funding the Mongrel Mob is not part of their policy. Their key points are: Introduce Gang Injunction Orders based on the UK ones introduce in 2009Ban gang members on welfare benefits from spending the benefit money on alcohol, gambling or…

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Academics warn against proposed hate speech laws — Kiwiblog

VUW academics Michael Johnston and James Kierstead write: If the ability to say things that may offend is legally hindered, then the contest of ideas necessary to keep a democracy healthy is hindered as well, write Dr Michael Johnston and Dr James Kierstead …A society that leaves it to politicians, the courts or – worse still – the…

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Govt funded Mob leader on suspended sentence for weapon charge — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: A Mongrel Mob leader of a drug rehabilitation programme which got $2.75 million from the Government is subject to a six-month suspended sentence for a stun gun found after a police search at his home.A stun gun constructed to look like a torch was found in the bedside drawer of Central Hawke’s…

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Over 4,000 kids living in motels — Kiwiblog

RNZ reports: The number of children living in motels has reached a record high, despite the Government’s pledge to combat child poverty.As at March 31, there were 4368 children living in motels across the country – up by 480 in three months. At the end of December there were 3888 children in motels. Call me…

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An electoral consequence is not a threat — Kiwiblog

The Stuff headline: A Dunedin City councillor received a threatening email from a community board member before the council voted to include Māori representation on two key committees. A threatening e-mail? Did she go to the Police? Was it violence that was threatened? Arson? Theft? Cr Carmen Houlihan said she received a ‘’threatening’’ email from…

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Drug and alcohol programmes in prison down 75% — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: The Government has promised to improve mental health but the number of prisoners attending drug and alcohol programmes has plummeted by 75 percent in five years. …And despite health being one of prison’s biggest issues, the number of prisoners in drug and alcohol programmes is plummeting. Five years ago, about 6300 programmes were…

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Confusion and lies on hate speech law — Kiwiblog

First have a look at the Minister of Justice. Watch the Justice Minister try to explain what speech will be targeted by Labour’s new hate speech laws. pic.twitter.com/oDIjj3kscI— David Seymour (@dbseymour) June 26, 2021Faafoi doesn’t rule out millennials could be convicted of hate speech if they say they hate boomers for keeping house prices high.…

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Napier living in fear — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Gang activity in Napier has led to locals being far more fearful about their safety than they used to be.A survey of 597 local people, undertaken in February, has revealed that 44 per cent of locals felt the city was not a safe place to live. That compares to just 17 per cent…

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Ideological Necrophilia — Kiwiblog

Moises Naim writes: We all know someone like this: a friend who over and over again falls for the wrong man, or a talented colleague who bounces from job to job because he seemingly cannot tolerate any kind of authority. Sigmund Freud called this the “repetition compulsion”—a psychological pattern where people repeat the same bad…

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Hey Jacinda is this a legitimate ute user? — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: But Ardern confirmed she’s ruling out exemptions for utes. “We did discuss that because we recognised that there is a lag in the technology right now. But after discussing it, debating it and working it through, it was going to be very difficult to operationalise,” she said. “A large number of those buyers of those…

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Google Diversity Chief is anti-semitic — Kiwiblog

Free Beacon reports: Google’s global diversity leader apologized privately on Tuesday night to the company’s Jewish employees for a blog post in which he argued that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war,” but the tech company remains mum on the controversy. The guy in charge of diversity at Google said that Jews have an insatiable appetite for war. I should be shocked, but I’m…

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So mental health system is working well — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: An Invercargill father called mental health services 40 times in the weeks before his son killed his stepson.Today, Joseph Kevin Boyle was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of his stepbrother, 19-year-old James Clark, at a High Court hearing in Invercargill. …In October 2019, Boyle’s father contacted his…

via So mental health system is working well — Kiwiblog

Long-term dole recipients at record high — Kiwiblog

This data (from MSD) shows the number of people on the jobseeker (dole) benefit, who have been on a benefit for over 12 months. So this excludes people who have lost their job, gone on the dole for a few months, and then got another job. This is only people who have been there for…

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Electricity Prices up up up — Kiwiblog

This graph shows the average monthly wholesale electricity price for the last five years. In 2016 and 2017 the average whole sale price was around 5c per KWh (the retail price is around 25c). Since mid 2020 it has not been under 10c but even worse has been over 25c for the last three months.…

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Govt asked to hand entire conservation estate to Maori — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: National leader Judith Collins says she has been leaked documents that recommend the Government undertakes a major shake-up to Department of Conservation (DoC) land.The document, which National passed on to media this morning, outlines a number of draft recommendations from the Options Development Group – a body tasted with reviewing conservation policies.The…

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Oops we broke the law again — Kiwiblog

The Auditor-General has ruled: In our view, the intent of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and the intent of Ministers, was to establish a new appropriation that would provide authority for the purchase of the land at Ihumātao. However, because the Ministry did not seek the correct approvals, the expenditure was incurred without appropriation…

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The wellbeing budget that sank — Kiwiblog

Tess McClure writes in The Guardian: Next month will mark two years since Arden’s Labour government introduced its first “wellbeing budget”, which, rather than bowing to economic metrics such as GDP, used a much broader range of outcomes, including human health, safety and flourishing, to assess the success of policies. The move was greeted with…

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WCC refuses to give the public any say on voting rights — Kiwiblog

Stuff reported: Wellington Mayor Andy Foster has been accused of “delay tactics” and seeking “political cover” after he suggested a proposal to give iwi voting rights on council committees should be taken to the public.A representative from each of Wellington’s two iwi will be given voting rights on all but one city council committee from…

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The anti open data Government — Kiwiblog

Chris McDowall writes: Following months of planning, the first Covid vaccinations were administered on February 20.More than six weeks later there are still no vaccination progress numbers on the Ministry of Health’s website.The only regular updates on the rollout come during Wednesday media updates fronted by Minister Chris Hipkins and director general of health Dr Ashley…

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