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General Debate 13 August 2015

August 13th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

Two Lange anniversaries

August 12th, 2015 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Tomorrow is the 10th 11th anniversary of the death of David Lange who died on 13 August 2005.

And four days ago was the 26th anniversary of his resignation as Prime Minister on 8 August 1989.

I was a student when Lange resigned. I remember it vividly though, when I heard about it on the radio. Despite the infighting in Labour, no one really thought the incumbent Prime Minister would just throw it in and resign.

I recall thinking that this was probably the day that the 1990 election was decided, as Labour winning without Lange seemed impossible.

His death at age 63 was very sad.  I recall his valedictory speech to Parliament in 1996.  It remains I think the best valedictory speech I have heard – very funny yet also poignant.



General Debate 12 August 2015

August 12th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 11 August 2015

August 11th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 10 August 2015

August 10th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 9 August 2015

August 9th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

Blame stupidity not Red Bull

August 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am by David Farrar reports:

A BRITISH mum of three says she is going blind due to drinking too much Red Bull

So how much is she drinking? Four can a day?

Lena Lupari, 26, says she put on weight and her brain started to swell due to sonsuming 28 cans of Red Bull a day, or more than seven litres.

Good God. And this is Red Bull’s fault?

She believes that Britain’s National Health Service should provide her with a gastric band for free.

“I’ve done this to myself but I deserve surgery on the NHS,” she told The Sun.

No, you don’t.


General Debate 8 August 2015

August 8th, 2015 at 8:00 am by David Farrar

Another Green dilemma

August 7th, 2015 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Proactive Investors report:

What UniBio does is take natural gas and convert it into animal feed using a naturally occurring bacterial process.

It sounds simple enough, but the implications are profound.

Currently, it takes one hectare of land to produce 700 kilogrammes of soy, but the equivalent per hectare figure for UniBio is 25,000 tonnes.

That’s several orders of magnitude higher and represents a significant easing of pressure on scarce environmental resources.

But that natural gas comes from fracking!

Do the Greens think that natural gas should be left in the ground, rather than convert it into animal feed?

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General Debate 7 August 2015

August 7th, 2015 at 8:00 am by David Farrar

It’s MH370

August 6th, 2015 at 9:00 am by David Farrar


Graphic from Bloomberg.

The confirmation the wreckage is MH370 will be bitter and sweet news for families. It will be good to have confirmation of what happened to it, but bitter to know the crew and passengers are definitely dead.

Looking at the area the plane flew to, I think there is little doubt this was pilot suicide/homicide. There’s nothing out there.

If correct, that makes two cases in just one year. Very sad that airline safety used to be about protecting pilots from terrorists, but now will have to be equally about protecting passengers from (some) pilots.

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General Debate 6 August 2015

August 6th, 2015 at 8:00 am by David Farrar

General Debate 5 August 2015

August 5th, 2015 at 11:13 am by David Farrar

My bad. KP is away, and I forgot!


General Debate 4 August 2015

August 4th, 2015 at 8:09 am by David Farrar

General Debate 3 August 2015

August 3rd, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 2 August 2015

August 2nd, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 1 August 2015

August 1st, 2015 at 9:30 am by David Farrar

Let’s see it in a controlled environment

July 31st, 2015 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A girl who claims to be able to read while blindfolded has given a demonstration in Rotorua – part of an effort to spread awareness of the benefits of having your ‘third eye’ awakened.

The third eye, also known as the inner eye, is described as an invisible eye which believers claim provides perception beyond ordinary sight and is a gateway to higher consciousness.

It is believed through the awakening of the third eye, a person can see while blindfolded, sense ‘diseased organs’ in a body and read minds, among other superhuman powers.

The demonstration was hosted by the Rotorua Life Bliss Foundation group at Waiariki Institute of Technology yesterday, and was attended by about 30 people.

Ma Nithya Maheshwarananda, 12, from Dallas, USA, was was blindfolded .

Members of the audience gave her various reading material, including a business card, a flyer and a Rotorua Daily Post article – all of which she read aloud word-for-word.

At least two people, including a Rotorua Daily Post photographer, tested the blindfold and said they could not see through it in any direction.

Here’s an idea. Let’s see if she can do it in a controlled environment. Where one can check for video cameras, ear pieces, no one else in the room bar neutral scientists.

If under those conditions, she can do it, then she’s going to the most famous person on the planet.

She said she had attended the three-week programme.

“I can read while blindfolded but if I am put on the spot or feel too much pressure, I can’t do it, I need to practise more to be able to block out those insecurities and baggage.”

ie can only do it when you have arranged the circumstances.



General Debate 31 July 2015

July 31st, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

One American now getting global ridicule

July 30th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Janis Powers blogged at the Huffington Post:

Less than a week after July 4, a day when Americans celebrate our freedom and liberty, Sandra Bland was pulled over for a traffic violation. The lawful traffic stop that escalated into an arrest and culminated in Ms. Bland’s untimely death in a jail cell on July 13 has everyone talking about civil rights in America.

As we debate the boundaries of law enforcement’s authority, I am reminded of my own recent run-in with a traffic cop. While I currently live in the state if Texas, where Ms. Bland was pulled over, my incident occurred on the other side of the world in a place widely considered friendly and accommodating: New Zealand. As a visitor in any foreign country, I never expect my rights as an American to supersede those of the nation where I am traveling. But things just didn’t seem right when I was given a mandatory road-side breathalyzer test, just because I was speeding.

Yeah being killed in custody is so comparable to having to do a breath test because you were speeding.

It was dusk, and we were only two kilometers from our hotel. I just wanted the officer to give me my traffic citation so I could head to the hotel and enjoy a glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. How ironic.

Your sav was delayed by two minutes. How terrible.

New Zealand law enforcement may have collected my DNA through a breathalyzer test, but they failed to collect my money for the traffic citation before I left the country. Since I can’t find the ticket here at home, am I the one who’s bending the rules?

And boasting she didn’t pay her ticket.

Her post has been picked up by most NZ media. No surpise feedback at both Huff Post and on her facebook post is very negative.



General Debate 30 July 2015

July 30th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

The Cosby 35

July 29th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

A very powerful feature in NY Magazine, with interviews and photos of 35 women with very similiar stories about Bill Cosby drugging and raping them. The photos, all in black and white on the same chair, are stark.

Cosby has admitted in sworn statements that he routinely drugged women to make them more compliant. He argues that this doesn’t make it rape. It does.


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General Debate 29 July 2015

July 29th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

Parliament 28 July 2015

July 28th, 2015 at 11:48 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I don’t want to ban foreigners from buying residential property”?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy and what do these reports show?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he or his office first briefed on the contents of the draft New Zealand Health Strategy?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “New Zealand is never going to sign up to the TPP unless we believe it is in New Zealand’s best interests”?
  6. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Housing: What work is being done to ensure social housing is available for those most in need?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that the slowdown in growth this year had come at the right time in the electoral cycle?
  8. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: How many Final Warning Notices, in accordance with SERCO’s contract with the Crown, have been issued since SERCO took over management of the Mt Eden Corrections Facility?
  9. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the statement made by the Department of Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith that “not everything is broken” in relation to SERCO’s management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility?
  10. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Immigration: What measures has the Government announced to help spread the benefits of migration across New Zealand?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Is the effect of Article 139 of the New Zealand–China Free Trade Agreement that it allows restrictions to be introduced on foreign buyers of New Zealand homes, including Chinese buyers, so long as subsequent agreements with other countries are no more generous?
  12. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: He ahaērāmahiāwhinakiakahakēatu ai teako o tehungarangatahi i Te Reo Māori?
    • Translation: What is being done to help more young people learn Te Reo Māori?

National: Four questions on the economy, social housing, immigration and Te Reo Māori

Labour: Five questions on housing x 2, DHBs, Mt Eden Prison and economic growth

Greens: Two questions on TPP and Med Eden Prison

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

New Zealand Flag Referendum Bill – second reading

The Bill establishes a process for the holding of 2 postal referendums, firstly to determine which alternative flag design is preferred by voters, and secondly to determine whether that alternative flag or the current flag is to be the New Zealand flag.”

  • Introduced: March 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2015, passed 76 to 43 with Labour and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: June 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, Labour dissenting

The second reading consists of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each for a maximum of two hours.

Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill – committee stage

This Bill authorises the individual appropriations contained in The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2016.

  • Introduced May 2015
  • 1st reading: May 2015, passed without dissent
  • 2nd reading: June 2015, passed 63-58 with Labour, Greens, NZ First against

The debate is an 11 hour debate divided into ten sector debates. The sectors are:

  • Economic Development and Infrastructure Sector – done
  • Education Sector – done
  • Environment Sector – current
  • External Sector
  • Finance and Government Administration Sector
  • Health Sector
  • Justice Sector
  • Māori, Other Populations and Cultural Sector
  • Primary Sector
  • Social Development and Housing Sector

Each debate is a minimum of eight speeches of up to five minutes each, led off by the relevant select committee chairperson.


General Debate 28 July 2015

July 28th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel