NEW ZEALAND POLITICS

New Zealands Capital City Wellington Sustained More Damage During Mag 7.8 Quake Than Expected

The city council was quick to open the CBD a day later. I was in there all day today and there were engineers in hard hats with clip boards all over the place and more and more buildings are being flagged as at risk of collapse.

I have to wonder how safe I am going to be in there tomorrow. It is looking grim and many more parts of the city are being cordoned off. There was a decent mag 5 aftershock this morning while myself and nearly 2000 others were attending a conference at the Michael Fowler Centre. Nobody panicked but it was a sizeable shake.

I believe we are in for a big aftershock around 6.9-7+ in the next few weeks. If it hits in the daytime it could be deadly for everyone in the city just like the second quake in Christchurch was years ago.

I hope it isn't any-time tomorrow.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders

The Senate’s soon-to-be top Democrat told labor leaders Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal at the center of President Obama’s “pivot” to strengthen ties with key Asian allies, will not be ratified by Congress.

That remark from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, came as good news to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which met Thursday in Washington. Schumer relayed statements that Republican congressional leaders had made to him, according to an aide who confirmed the remarks.
READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/11/10/the-trans-pa...

New Zealand Govt Thumbs Nose At Trump As It Pushes TPPA Through

Author Rt Hon Winston Peters:

Despite US president-elect Donald Trump forewarning he would not go ahead with the TPPA, the New Zealand government is pressing ahead to pass New Zealand’s related legislation, says New Zealand First.

“The government is thumbing its nose at Mr Trump and wasting New Zealand taxpayers’ money. Despite the TPPA being kaput the government, United Future and ACT refused to support a motion from New Zealand First to discharge the bill,” says New Zealand First Leader and MP for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This is despite the fact the Prime Minister admitted before the election that the TPPA’s chances of going through were ‘close to zero’. Today he agreed it was in a coma and said we are ‘not going to have it in the short term’.

“In the US the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the TPPA had no chance of going through under President Obama before Mr Trump takes office in January.

New Zealand Government Bans Protest Against US Ship Visit

Next month the US will be sending a non-nuclear-armed (but possibly cluster-bomb-armed) ship to New Zealand to participate in the New Zealand Navy's birthday party. As the representative of a military currently bombing children in at least seven countries, the USS Sampson is likely to attract protests on the water. So National has simply banned them...
READ MORE: http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2016/10/national-bans-protesting-again...

Ruling against 'Planet Key' ban upheld

The writer of the parody song 'Planet Key' feels vindicated by the Court of Appeal's decision finding the Electoral Commission was wrong to ban it.

READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/316128/ruling-against-'planet-key'-ban-upheld

Kim Dotcom no Longer a Media Darling Now He is Winning?

Haven't seen a breath of this in the media...

Corrupt Liar Prime Minister John "there is no issue, but if there is it is someone elses fault" Key Spins a Load of Shit About Overworked Doctors

Jack Tame to John Key: 'Would you want a junior doctor working on you after 12 days?' The PM is questioned ahead of a strike by 3000 doctors over working conditions.
WATCH: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/jack-tame-john-key-would-you...

It is That Time of the Election Cycle Where the National Party Adopts all of the Popular Policies From the Other Political Parties

A closer look reveals this is window dressing and goes nowhere near far enough. Fewer migrants to be granted residency over the next two years
READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11726742

Fluoride Free NZ Wins on Advertising Complaints


The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled in favour of Fluoride Free New Zealand (FFNZ) regarding their controversial TV ads screened this winter. All of the complaints against the FFNZ TV ads were rejected.

FFNZ produced two TV adverts that aired on TV3 in July and August this year. The Advertising Standards Authority received a number of complaints that claimed that the information presented was “untrue” or “played on fear.”

The ASA outright rejected the complaints about the first ad, which listed all the “Countries That Do Not Fluoridate Their Water”, saying there was no basis to proceed with the complaint. The advert stated that 98% of Europe did not fluoridate, and only 4% of the world had water fluoridation.

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