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Bill English on helping those most in need — Kiwiblog

An excellent article in The Australian: Bill English has been banging on about the deficiencies of the welfare state and its role in the “pathology of deprivation” for years but his moment might just have come.The former New Zealand prime minister does not necessarily want cuts in welfare spending – in fact he says sometimes…

Bill English on helping those most in need — Kiwiblog

Who funds Extinction Rebellion? — Kiwiblog

Paul Homewood writes: Extinction Rebellion is no local grassroots NGO. Instead, it receives major financial support from American and UK millionaires. …That would be referring to Rory Kennedy (daughter of former U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy) and Aileen Getty (a granddaughter of former U.S. oil businessman Jean Paul Getty), who started the Climate Emergency Fund…

Who funds Extinction Rebellion? — Kiwiblog

So how many gang members are staffing the checkpoints? — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Harawira said, however, “we’ve had to stand down about half of our people” from helping to provide that protection following the vetting process.“That’s really killed us,” he told Morning Report on Wednesday. This suggests that half the members of the self-appointed border patrol failed Police vetting. Isn’t that rather concerning? “Our people, over the last…

So how many gang members are staffing the checkpoints? — Kiwiblog

The Spectator asks why the Royal Society of NZ punishes scientists for defending science? — Kiwiblog

The international media have picked up the story of how the Royal Society of NZ has launched a modern version of the Spanish Inquisition. Toby Young writes in The Spectator: But the moment this letter was published all hell broke loose. The views of the authors, who were all professors at Auckland, were denounced by…

The Spectator asks why the Royal Society of NZ punishes scientists for defending science? — Kiwiblog

74 offences each and Labour’s giving them early release for their next ones — Kiwiblog

Labour will today announce it’s repealing ACT’s 3 Strikes law.It’s giving the worst criminals an early Christmas present: Early release.Criminals convicted under 3S have committed an average of *74 offences*.This is who Labour is sticking up for.https://t.co/de9Plsvqr7— David Seymour (@dbseymour) November 10, 2021The vast vast majority of those who get second or third strikes are…

74 offences each and Labour’s giving them early release for their next ones — Kiwiblog

Soper on the Government’s terrible week — Kiwiblog

Barry Soper writes: But like everything with this Government, transparency is like mud in your eye. Asked about her decision to can the European jaunt, the Beehive spin-doctors simply said: “Options have been looked into but nothing has been confirmed.” Perhaps they were waiting for an American diplomat to tweet her impending trip to Europe, as one…

Soper on the Government’s terrible week — Kiwiblog

Has the Government lost its effing mind? — Kiwiblog

I’m not sure if the Government wants 50,000 people to turn up to the next protest rally in Auckland, but they seem to be doing everything possible to create a horrific wave of resentment. First of all you have the PM saying the Aucklanders who refuse to get vaccinated may be banned from leaving Auckland…

Has the Government lost its effing mind? — Kiwiblog

Spot the odd ones out? — Kiwiblog

So since 2000 US emissions are down around one billion tonnes. The EU is down almost one billion tonnes. Russia and Japan are constant. India is up around one billion tonnes and oh yeah China has tripled to 12 billion tonnes. What do we think it will look like in 2025 or 2030? Anyone want…

Spot the odd ones out? — Kiwiblog

Propaganda campaign not working — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: Complaints about the Government’s Three Waters Reform TV adverts include describing them as misinformation, untrue and a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign. …The $3.5 million advertising campaign, which began in June 2021, depicts unhappy cartoon people and animals with poor quality water. …The Advertising Standards Authority ruled in the context of advocacy advertising, it…

Propaganda campaign not working — Kiwiblog

Letter from Sir Ray Avery to the PM — Kiwiblog

A reader sent me a copy of this: Dear Prime Minister, Forgive me for not writing a formal letter but given the urgency of our Hospitals lack of readiness to deal with a significant Covid community outbreak I thought E mail correspondence would be more prudent.In Singapore eighty-one per cent of the entire population is…

Letter from Sir Ray Avery to the PM — Kiwiblog

Why were opposition MPs banned from the vaxathon? — Kiwiblog

Jason Walls writes: But there was something the vaxathon did lack – the presence of Opposition MPs.The event organisers were able to get US-based former pro-wrestler Chavo Guerrero to deliver a “get vaccinated” message to the people of New Zealand, but not a single National or Act MP made an appearance.This is despite Green MP…

Why were opposition MPs banned from the vaxathon? — Kiwiblog

Murupara’s decisions should affect them, not NZ — Kiwiblog

Maori TV reports: A Murupara kaumātua says he and other local Māori don’t want the Pfizer vaccine and are waiting for other vaccines they think will be more effective.The central North Island town has the lowest vaccination rate in the country despite the push to increase Māori vaccination rates. More than 90 per cent of…

Murupara’s decisions should affect them, not NZ — Kiwiblog

Is LGNZ in trouble? — Kiwiblog

Mike Yardley writes: The overwhelming rejection of the Three Waters reform model, by councils across the country, has dealt a major blow to the Government’s grand designs.The radical proposal for all council water assets and services to be hoovered up by four mega-regional entities, with a multi-layered co-governance and operational board structure, has demonstrably failed…

Is LGNZ in trouble? — Kiwiblog

Guest Post: Supreme Court once again overrides parliament — Kiwiblog

A guest post by David Garrett: On Thursday 7 October, the Supreme Court issued the latest judicial assault on the Three Strikes (3S) law. In 117 pages of convoluted linguistic and legal gymnastics, it said what I could have in less than ten pages: that indecent assault being a strike offence was problematic, it had…

Guest Post: Supreme Court once again overrides parliament — Kiwiblog

Please can this be Peak Failure and Stupidity in Education? — Kiwiblog

As I have observed before the Ministry of Education has gone full irony (retard) on their Mission Statement: We shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. Some examples of their in-joke: 10% of decile 1 leavers transition to degree courses – 60% of decile 10.30% of decile 1 students have left at…

Please can this be Peak Failure and Stupidity in Education? — Kiwiblog

Progress for Maori — Kiwiblog

An interesting paper that looks at how key economic and social indicators for Mapori have changed over the decades. The points the paper stresses is that there has been huge gains, even though outcomes are still generally less favourable than Europeans. Some key data points: Life expectancy increased from mid 50s in 1951 to 73…

Progress for Maori — Kiwiblog

Winston vs Harry — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: A Mongrel Mob leader accused of helping a Covid-positive sex worker obtain documentation to travel to Northland has lashed out at the allegations and threatened legal action.In an interview with Te Ao Māori News this afternoon, Hawke’s Bay Mongrel Mob leader Harry Tam says the claims levelled by former Deputy Prime Minister…

Winston vs Harry — Kiwiblog

Roy Morgan poll September 2021 — Kiwiblog

The September 2021 Roy Morgan is out. Party Vote Labour 45.5% (+6.0% from August)National 23.0% (-2.0%)Greens 9.5% (-2.5%)ACT 16.0% (+3.0%)Maori 2.0% (-0.5%)NZ First 1.5% (-1.0%)Seats Labour 57 (-8 from election)National 29 (-4)Greens 12 (+2)ACT 20 (+10)Maori 2 (nc)Governments Labour/Green 69/120National/ACT 41/120Direction Right 57.0% (+4.5%)Wrong 32.0% (-5.5%)The Roy Morgan poll is conducted over the entire month, so it…

Roy Morgan poll September 2021 — Kiwiblog

If you’re a gang member, you get to self-isolate at home! — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Newshub can reveal a COVID-positive man, believed to have gang links, was allowed to isolate at home in South Auckland – but nearby residents say people in the household were seen walking around the neighbourhood. A green portaloo was the only remaining sign of the at-home isolation arrangement. It was there for a security…

If you’re a gang member, you get to self-isolate at home! — Kiwiblog

No the vaccine should not be mandatory — Kiwiblog

One News reports: The 1News Colmar Brunton poll asked whether vaccines should be made mandatory, except for those with a medical exemption. The results are as follows:It should be made mandatory for all New Zealanders aged 12 and over: 44%It should only be made mandatory for New Zealanders aged 18 and over: 17%It should not be made…

No the vaccine should not be mandatory — Kiwiblog

One News Colmar Brunton poll September 2021 — Kiwiblog

TVNZ have released the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll. Key details are: Party Vote Labour 43% (-3% from last poll)National 26% (-3%)Greens 8% (nc)ACT 14% (+5%)Maori 2%NZ First 3% (+2%)Seats Labour 55 (-10 from election)National 34 (+1)Greens 10 (nc)ACT 18 (+8)Maori 2 (nc)Preferred PM Jacinda Ardern 44% (-4%)Judith Collins 5% (-4%)David Seymour 11% (+5%)Christopher…

One News Colmar Brunton poll September 2021 — Kiwiblog

The difference between Islam Islamism — Kiwiblog

A very good op ed in Stuff from Muhammad Umar. Similarly, I am not shy to say that there will be some extremist people present in the Muslim community, and also, there are several conservative people.But there are many who want to be integrated, who are just like normal day-to-day Kiwis.Why there are several conservative people…

The difference between Islam Islamism — Kiwiblog

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…

via Another do as I say, not doer — Kiwiblog

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…

via Winston goes to Auditor-General on saliva testing — Kiwiblog

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…

via Why have deportations dropped off? — Kiwiblog

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…

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

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…

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

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…

via Whoops I ran out of electricity — Kiwiblog

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…

via Rutherford says blackouts no surprise — Kiwiblog

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