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So who in New Zealand stood up to condemn intolerance and hate?

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Credit where credit is due. We do have in New Zealand groups willing to stand up and be counted and they deserve recognition. Below are the political parties and groups who responded to our article and video of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

The Human Rights Commission says an Auckland man’s speeches condemning Jewish people are appalling and have no place in New Zealand…

“This kind of intolerance is not welcome here in any form: Prejudice against Jewish people has no place in New Zealand.”

…We have asked for an urgent response from FIANZ.”

The Human Rights Commission


The Administration Council of the Islamic Women’s Council would like to respond to the video containing clips of speeches posted online by Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

Firstly, regarding the comments directed towards Jewish people, these are totally inappropriate and we unequivocally condemn any divisive comments of a similar nature.

… We regularly extend our hand in friendship to the Jewish community in New Zealand, and will continue to do so.

IWCNZ is particularly sensitive to the views represented by the comments towards women. The approach shown is a religious misinterpretation, in our opinion, and we are disappointed that certain religious leaders may encourage this damaging rhetoric.

-Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand


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National’s RMA reform is neutered and comatose

They really should just shelve it until next term.  

It’s a watered down waste of time and resources.  Oh the irony.

The government’s latest attempt to reform the Resource Management Act continues to run into trouble, with the chairman of the select committee conceding on Thursday that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will miss its third report back deadline of Nov. 7.

In part, the delay appears related to the fact that Environment Minister Nick Smith is still negotiating with the Maori Party over aspects of the bill, which is struggling to gain sufficient support from government support partners to pass into law.

Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he believed agreements had been reached with the two-MP Maori Party, but Smith confirmed in a text message on Wednesday that “discussions with the Maori Party are progressing and constructive but not yet concluded” and were “some time away”.

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Understand the left-wing positions on immigration

It is nigh on impossible to understand the left-wing’s stance that all immigration is good immigration, and opposing immigration is racist. That seems to be their default position. Nevermind issues about protecting our own lifestyle or finding immigrants who are compatible with our unique culture…the default position seems to be the more the merrier…except of course, it is a direct influencer of the problems we now have with housing.

But can we really understand their thinking?

It is probably best to ask a left-winger…fortunately Danyl has provided us with his insights.

A few months ago I was discussing politics with a chemist who supported National. He liked the fact that John Key changed his mind about things. ‘Half of what I learned about science as an undergraduate has been proved wrong,’ he said. ‘I’ve had to change my mind and keep changing my mind my whole career. That’s what intelligent people do.’

I think Key’s tendency to blow with the wind has more to do with political expediency than intellectual honesty, and I said so. But I agree that the ability to change your mind is an important trait, and since then I’ve been trying to think of recent instances in which I’ve changed my mind on political issues, and I couldn’t really think of any, which worried me a bit.   Read more »

As predicted, Winston gazumps Little’s Police committment

Andrew Little’s good headlines lasted just one day as Winston Peters gazumps his promise on Police numbers:

Labour has pledged an extra 1000 police if it wins the next election but NZ First’s Winston Peters has trumped that with a promise of 1800.

Mr Peters will disclose details when he speaks at the Police Association’s annual conference later on Friday morning.

Ahead of his speech, he’s told reporters “our policy is 1800, as soon as possible”   Read more »

Cunning, cunning Winston

Winston Peters knows that people dislike MMP. He also knows that they generally dislike MPs….except him of course.

That makes his latest suggestion to cut costs of parliament a very cunning move.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has come up with a cost-saving solution to Parliament’s looming space problem: cut the number of MPs to 100 instead of spending millions on a new office block.

Parliament’s Speaker David Carter has proposed building a new office block on Parliament’s grounds to house MPs and staff after the lease on Bowen House ends at the end of 2018.    Read more »

Hide on the new religion of the state

Rodney Hide discusses how the state is the new religion:

The state has become New Zealand’s de facto religion with its magical powers and beneficence accepted without question. The state can feed the poor, care for little children, make us rich, cool the earth and direct the oceans.

The state’s unlimited power is the subtext in all news reports, our state education system and daily discourse. It is implicit and unquestioned in editorials and opinion pieces. It’s the metaphysic of political debate.

The state does nothing well except take taxes. In all other respects they just hinder progress or prevent it all together.

The cleaner at my local mall thinks voting John Minto for mayor will boost his wages and make the rivers swimmable. “It needs a shake up,” he tells me. “The ones there don’t care.”

They clearly don’t. They have the state’s awesome power yet don’t use it to any good purpose. But for self-serving politicians and incompetent bureaucrats we would have heaven on earth.

The disillusionment is understandable. We keep voting but our problems don’t go away. We pray every morning and every night and attend church every Sunday but still poor children suffer terribly and die horrible deaths. It shakes belief.

But instead of becoming atheistic or even agnostic, voters shift their faith to the wild outsiders, the true charlatans.

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Hooton on election dates and campaign mode

Matthew Hooton wasn’t a fan of an early election but he has noticed that some parties are campaigning already.

The argument for a pre-Christmas election is that Mr Key’s government isn’t really doing anything anyway, Labour is in utter disarray and a quick win by National, even with Winston Peters’ NZ First, could make 2017 more a year of substantive governance than endless selfies in shopping malls.

On Monday, though, Mr Key ruled out not just a pre-Christmas election but the March one predicted over the weekend by Mr Peters.  The prime minister argued, probably accurately, that New Zealanders don’t want an early election but also, totally inaccurately, that it is not within his power to call one.  Instead, Mr Key indicated the country would not go to the polls until “the back half of next year”.

With him referencing All Black tests and the need not to get too close to the annual Apec leaders’ meeting in mid-November 2017 in Da Nang, a late September election seems most likely, as in 2014.  That’s a whole year away.

My favourite year in the political cycle.

[T]he whole political class is already in what amounts to election mode.

There has been talk of new but certainly hopeless political vehicles and a mini-scandal over a donation to NZ First.

The opposition has used the time-honoured tactic of a parliamentary filibuster to disrupt urgent housing legislation that a government with its eye on governing would have passed months ago.

A broke Labour Party stands accused of getting up to its old 2005 pledge-card tricks by using taxpayer funds for a campaign office in Auckland.

Mr Key has abandoned major and long-promised local government reforms on the grounds they are too controversial but is warm to Mr Peters’ idea of paying for elderly people to go into secondary schools to teach teenagers to drive.

Most excruciating, the year-long questioning of Mr Peters’ post-election intentions has begun, along with his inevitable refusal to answer.   

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Northland loss to Winston not a lesson for Whangarei’s Shane Reti it seems

Shane Reti isn’t quaking in his boots, or even his jandals over claims that NZ First will seriously contest Whangarei at the next election.

NZ First Leader and Northland MP Winston Peters is targeting Whangarei for his party next election, but incumbent Shane Reti isn’t too worried.

Speaking at the start of the party’s annual conference in Dunedin at the weekend Mr Peters said Whangarei was ripe for the taking because of National MP Dr Reti’s low profile.

“Shane can walk down the main street of Whangarei and eight out of 10 people don’t recognise him. Now that’s a fact,” Mr Peters said.

Mr Peters, who captured Northland from National in a by-election in 2015 and has since put more campaigning focus on the regions, also named Whanganui as a possible target.   Read more »

Does Winston realise older people need re-testing for driving

Winston Peters wants pensioners to teach school kids how to drive. Stupidly, John  Key has gone along with it.

Intriguingly, his proposal  to make getting a driver’s license a core subject at school has been endorsed by Mr Key.

It is a smart idea: many young people first run foul of the justice system when they are caught driving without a licence and the drivers’ licence process also does something the rest of the education system is supposed to have done – the written component, grounded as it is in the written word sharply identifies those whose basic literacy skills have not been improved.

All in all, it was a powerful message from the New Zealand First leader. And although there was the usual Peters’ drama and denigration of other parties (and of the media, of course) these are part of his whole act. The drivers’ license policy is a smart policy move – and the fact Mr Key says he can see it happening is a clear political signal National is prepared to work with Mr Peters.

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National no longer transparent and open

It’s the natural progression of government. When they first come to power they open up all the previous government’s dirty laundry and they are all talking about open government.

But, as they create their own mistakes and start hiding the corpses, “open” government becomes a liability.

Opposition parties have accused the government of flouting the Official Information Act.

“This government is increasingly secretive and devious,” NZ First leader Winston Peters told parliament on Thursday.

“We have 10 outstanding complaints still with the Ombudsman, one dating back to 2014, which are serial examples of how a casual corruption is creeping in.”

He said his party had a witness to Ministry of Social Development staffers openly belittling the OIA.   Read more »

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