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“No evidence’ supporting rumour suicide rates have increased under lockdown — Your NZ

A press release from the Mental Health Foundation: There Is No Evidence New Zealand’s Suicide Rates Have Increased Over Lockdown The Mental Health Foundation is deeply disappointed to see a rumour circulating that there has been a dramatic increase in suicides in New Zealand over the lockdown period. “There is absolutely no truth to this […]

via “No evidence’ supporting rumour suicide rates have increased under lockdown — Your NZ

“Sane, safe proposals for legislation of cannabis” — Your NZ

From the New Zealand Medical Cannabis Council: Medicinal cannabis industry welcomes sane, safe proposals for legislation of cannabis The head of the New Zealand medicinal cannabis industry association is welcoming the release of the cannabis legalisation and control bill that will be voted on at the referendum as part of the general election this year. […]

via “Sane, safe proposals for legislation of cannabis” — Your NZ

Police Commissioner confident lockdown enforcement was legal — Your NZ

NZ Herald: Legality of police action during covid 19 coronavirus lockdown questioned in legal quarters Leaked emails from the police top brass show how legally exposed they felt when the country was ordered into lockdown in March. Emails from Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement to district commanders and to the now Commissioner Andy Coster show a […]

via Police Commissioner confident lockdown enforcement was legal — Your NZ

Crime down through lockdown, mental health, self harm, domestic harm at ‘usual levels’ — Your NZ

In a media conference today Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said that through the Level 4 lockdown has been a decrease in crime involving assaults, road policing and theft, From RNZ: ‘We need to continue to stick to the rules’ – Police Commissioner Police Commissioner Andrew Coster says police have dealt with 4452 breaches since the […]

via Crime down through lockdown, mental health, self harm, domestic harm at ‘usual levels’ — Your NZ

High public approval of NZ Government handling of Covid-19 pandemic — Your NZ

Colmar Brunton polling shows strong public support for the Government handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 87% of people saying the approve or strongly approve, with only 9% disapproving. A poll was done from 3-5 April after the Level 4 lockdown had started, and another has been done from 20-21 April, after the move to […]

via High public approval of NZ Government handling of Covid-19 pandemic — Your NZ

Trump was right about Covid, now, maybe — Your NZ

Donald Trump has said many things about the Covid-19 virus that some of them are bound to turn out to be right, at least at one point in time as data and statistics keep changing. The Federalist: Looks Like Trump Was Right About The Coronavirus Fatality Rate In early March, President Donald Trump was lambasted […]

via Trump was right about Covid, now, maybe — Your NZ

Emissions and Freshwater reports from the Beehive this week — Your NZ

One topic continues to dominate our lives, the news and Government at the moment, but what else has come out of the Beehive this week? Not much. Just two other media releases, one on carbon emissions which is a bit out of date (2017-2018), and another on a the Freshwater 2020 report just released. Emissions […]

via Emissions and Freshwater reports from the Beehive this week — Your NZ

Minister of Education on schools reopening after lockdown — Your NZ

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins talking on Q+A this morning. He said some schools may be able to re-open for some students on 29 April (the Wednesday after Anzac Day), depending on whether the Level 4 lockdown is relaxed or not, but some student working from home is likely for some time. While Level 3 […]

via Minister of Education on schools reopening after lockdown — Your NZ

Covid-19 provides Greenpeace with an unprecedented opportunity to promote wishlist — Your NZ

Greenpeace is promoting a petition that urges the Government to ” transform how we live, work and interact with our planet into the future” SUPPORT THE GREEN COVID RESPONSE We are at a turning point in history. In response to the Covid-19 Coronoavirus pandemic, Jacinda Ardern’s Government will inject billions into the economy to keep […]

via Covid-19 provides Greenpeace with an unprecedented opportunity to promote wishlist — Your NZ

The job of Opposition Leader and “the difference between responsible and political” — Your NZ

The job of Opposition in a democracy such as ours is important, it is a way of holding the Government to account (along with the media who generally do this). To do Opposition well a good balance needs to be found between criticising the Government and highlighting failings, but not being seen as petty politics […]

via The job of Opposition Leader and “the difference between responsible and political” — Your NZ

Government , National both announce hot air on dealing with Covid-19 effects on the economy — Your NZ

Two economic announcements today, one from the Government, one from the National Party, are dripping with political campaigning. The Government has announced they will be making announcements this week, and are assuring media they have already done some things to help businesses adversely affected by the Covid-19 virus. Beehive: Next steps of Govt and business […]

via Government , National both announce hot air on dealing with Covid-19 effects on the economy — Your NZ

Now Biden versus Sanders — Your NZ

 

Joe Biden did unexpectedly well in Super Tuesday, in part due to competing moderate candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar pulling out last week and endorsing Biden. So Super Tuesday was largely Biden versus Bernie Sanders, with Michael Bloomberg trying to get a foothold. But Bloomberg didn’t fire and has now pulled out, also endorsing […]

via Now Biden versus Sanders — Your NZ

Abortion Legislation Bill passes Second Reading 81-39 — Your NZ

The Abortion Legislation Bill had it’s Second Reading debate last night and passed on a personal (conscience) vote easily, 81-39. The bill is a much better approach to abortion than the current law that is not followed in practice, making abortion health issue rather than a legal issue. Hon ANDREW LITTLE (Minister of Justice): (Edited) […]

via Abortion Legislation Bill passes Second Reading 81-39 — Your NZ

New threats directed at mosque being investigated — Your NZ

New threats have been made online against the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch that was the target of a mass shooting nearly a year ago. While online attacks on Muslims have continued since the massacre I think this latest threat is more likely to strengthen defence and support of Muslims in New Zealand. Stuff: Worshippers […]

via New threats directed at mosque being investigated — Your NZ

The means testing of National Super argument again — Your NZ

National Superannuation is ‘universal’ – everyone from age 65 is eligible to receive it. While you don’t have to apply for it, presumably most people do once they turn 65. The argument of whether it should be means tested keeps coming up, and it has recently. RNZ: NZ Super costs up as NZ retirees on […]

via The means testing of National Super argument again — Your NZ

Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters — Your NZ

Shane Jones is highly capable & is doing a good job on the regional development fund. But scapegoating the Indian community is dirty electioneering on immigration but targeting Indians to avoid being called ‘Islamaphobic’ re: ChCh massacre 2019. Very poorhttps://t.co/L3n0EZMJtW — Dr Rawiri Taonui (@RawiriTaonui) February 29, 2020 Foreign students have been a significant part […]

via Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters — Your NZ

Bridges botches tax plan accouncement — Your NZ

Simon Bridges launched an economic plan today that was high on rhetoric but low on specifics. The lack of detail left a vacuum that has been quickly filled with a focus on a sloppy (at best) statement on average earnings tax rates. In his speech: National’s economic plan for 2020 We will announce our full […]

via Bridges botches tax plan accouncement — Your NZ

SFO charges involve two $100k National donations — Your NZ

Newsroom: Not one, but two $100k donations to National in court Court charging documents released to the media by order of Auckland District Court Judge Edwin Paul today show that three of the four defendants – whose names are suppressed ahead of a hearing next week – each face two joint charges of deception over a […]

via SFO charges involve two $100k National donations — Your NZ

Edgeler on hate speech laws — Your NZ

There are calls for ‘hate speech’ laws in New Zealand, and also warnings against laws restricting speech that often includes extreme examples from another country. We already have general laws that can be applied to what is considered to be hate speech, so do we need more specific laws? And if we do get hate […]

via Edgeler on hate speech laws — Your NZ

Winston Peters “we took the photos” used in ‘dirty politics’ post at The BFD — Your NZ

It’s seemed obvious since before the last election that there were some sort of arrangements between NZ First and Whale Oil. The replacement The BFD has been increasingly being used as a shill and dirty politics attack medium for Peters and NZ First. Winston Peters now seems to have admitted “we took the photos” used […]

via Winston Peters “we took the photos” used in ‘dirty politics’ post at The BFD — Your NZ

Poll – replacement NZ First leader (plus more donations drip feeding) — Your NZ

At this stage there is no indication that Winston Peters will step down as Deputy Prime Minister pending the SFO investigation into how the NZ First Foundation has been dealing with donations. Peters has both distanced himself saying he has nothing to do with the foundation, but has also said he knows the foundation has […]

via Poll – replacement NZ First leader (plus more donations drip feeding) — Your NZ

NZ First referred to police/Serious Fraud Office — Your NZ

It is unclear who exactly is in the firing line (people-wise), but the the Electoral Commission has referred the party donation arrangements involving the NZ First Foundation to the police, who immediately passed the matter on to the Serious Fraud Office. Winston Peters has rfesponded saying the party would review it’s donation arrangements. Electoral Commission: […]

via NZ First referred to police/Serious Fraud Office — Your NZ

Newshub/Reid Research poll – February 2020 — Your NZ

The first political poll of election year is of interest but doesn’t change much. National 43.3% (down from 43.9) Labour 42.5% (up from 41.6) Greens 5.6% (down from 6.3) NZ First 3.6% (down from 4.0) ACT Party 1.8% (up from 1.4) No surprises there, all margin of error movements. On those numbers National/ACT are short […]

via Newshub/Reid Research poll – February 2020 — Your NZ

Improved Government-Māori relationship, Treaty is ‘a permanent and morally irrevocable relationship’ — Your NZ

Protests (and crowds) were down at Waitangi this year, but the relationship between Māori and the Government seems improved. Discussing things better is a positive, but doing things better has to get more impetus. Sam Sachdevaa (Newsroom): Patience, positivity on display for Ardern’s Waitangi visit Patience will eventually wear out unless posit9ve communications doesn’t lead […]

via Improved Government-Māori relationship, Treaty is ‘a permanent and morally irrevocable relationship’ — Your NZ

Labour’s election support by district under threat? — Your NZ

 

From Harry Jamieson@graveyjones5 The Labour party managed to form a coalition government after this election, making @jacindaardern the 2nd youngest PM in NZ history. They performed best in cities (Dunedin, Wellington, Nelson ect) as well as in rural areas with large Maori populations (East Coast). This excludes special votes but should be approximately the same. […]

via Labour’s election support by district under threat? — Your NZ

New District Court judges increase number and diversity — Your NZ

Twenty one new District Court judges have been appointed, which will increase the total from 155 to 172 (some are retiring but 10 positions are new). This sounds like a lot of judges, but the courts are under a lot of pressure, with delays in proceedings common. Increasing ethnic and gender diversity is a given […]

via New District Court judges increase number and diversity — Your NZ

USA: the “flood the zone with shit” media strategy — Your NZ

Sean Illing (Vox): “Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy No matter how President Trump’s impeachment trial plays out in the Senate, one thing is certain: Despite the incontrovertible facts at the center of the story, the process will change very few minds. Regardless of how clear a case Democrats make, it […]

via USA: the “flood the zone with shit” media strategy — Your NZ

Will we have an election year ‘culture war’? — Your NZ

Politics in Aotearoa is quite different to Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA, so it is difficult to know how much we will move towards the fractious and divisive politics of those countries in this election year. Bryce Edwards suggests New Zealand voters must prepare for an ugly culture war this election Trump, Morrison […]

via Will we have an election year ‘culture war’? — Your NZ

Nikki Kaye on climate ‘indoctrination’ in schools, Plunket petulant — Your NZ

Sean Plunket is back on talkback, playing to his audience that seems to like grumping about climate change. He asserted that the inclusion of guidelines on teaching about climate change in schools is ‘indoctrination’ as he tries to indoctrinate his listeners with his own views on thee topic. National spokesperson on education, Nikki Kaye: National […]

via Nikki Kaye on climate ‘indoctrination’ in schools, Plunket petulant — Your NZ

Russian PM and Cabinet resigns, Putin power push? — Your NZ

RNZ: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigns Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally put forward Mikhail Mishustin, the little-known head of Russia’s Federal Tax Service, to be Russia’s new prime minister, the Kremlin said. Putin gets to choose who Russia’s Prime Minister is? It came after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said his government was […]

via Russian PM and Cabinet resigns, Putin power push? — Your NZ