‘Facebook’s parent company Meta has launched a program to “support” journalism in New Zealand and has made a new commitment to managing “defamation.”
The aim of the program is presented as a way to help media organizations in New Zealand create sustainable business models.
The program includes a Grant Fund, Audience Development Accelerator, the creation of a News Innovation Advisory Group, and the provision of digital training focused on engagement for news organizations.
According to Facebook’s head of public policy for Australia and New Zealand Mia Garlick, the program will involve 12 media organizations with regionally, culturally, and digitally diverse publications. The idea is that these organizations will “come together and try to innovate and learn from experts and really collaborate on new strategies to drive business growth both on and off Facebook.”
Garlick said that the International Center for Journalists would help establish the advisory group.
“What we’re really trying to do now is trying to recognize that the goal in New Zealand is to support a sustainable and diverse and robust ecosystem, and so we want to make sure that we’re offering different solutions for publishers, no matter where they are in their digital transformation journey,” Garlick said.
Garlick denied that the New Zealand journalism program is not a way to keep media organizations from demanding deals such as those afforded to Australian media houses and she also made a commitment to helping news outlets censor “potentially litigious” comments.
There were several strategies to prevent “false comments” being posted, Garlick said, according to RNZ.
The other aspect mentioned by the announcement was that Facebook was committed to help all page administrators to “better moderate” their comments.
“So what we did in March this year is that we released a tool that allows page owners, including publishers to be able to [turn] off comments on a post on a per post basis,” Garlick said.
“Facebook removed harmful health information relating to Covid-19 and vaccine issues, plus page administrators had the ability to set their own custom filters,” the report states, adding that “Facebook had been working with health experts around the world and in New Zealand to find out what were the claims that were harmful and should be removed in relation to Covid-19”
“We invest significant resources in making sure that we’re removing those and then we invest in fact checkers and we have fact checkers working across New Zealand as well, and when they rank content as false, including Covid and vaccine misinformation, then that will reduce in its distribution and people are notified that they’ve shared misinformation,” Garlick said.’https://reclaimthenet.org/facebook-partners-with-new-zealand-media-for-funding-censorship/
New Zealanders should be worried. Their ‘leaders’ are leading them down a path of destruction but there are those who still believe in freedom and true liberty.
‘It’s been a long day, and I reflect drowsily as I lay back in my seat on the Bluebridge Cook Strait ferry. I think about the last 18 months of COVID19 madness and what lies ahead for us all. I have 4 hours to think as I head back to the North Island. This was the first day of level 2 after enduring another lock down which encompassed both the South and North Island even though there was no COVID in the South Island.
I had managed to quickly score a booking on the Interislander ferry having spent a month locked down in Nelson.
We had been in Christchurch meeting with party members and other various groups and had raced back to Nelson as lockdown was announced. Christchurch was wonderful, a vibrant new city since the earthquake, full of evening functions, restaurants and even the New Brighton hotpools where we enjoyed a soak with hundreds of others. Life had returned to normal for most. Even businesses were beginning to feel confident they could rise to the challenges of the future. But the government changed all that in one announcement, all that hope and longing for a normal life as enjoyed in the past was erased in a few minutes. Overnight they effectively used the police to stomp out any opposition, resulting the next day in a number of activists being jailed, an absolutely draconian reaction and not the ‘appropriate’ action promised in the legislation.
You couldn’t wish for a better place to be locked down than Nelson, but what you can do during lockdown is pretty limited. I did go fishing during level 4 because I read the law and it said you could, so long as it was from the shore. Scrutinized and scorned by passers by who seem to have a different understanding of the law brought about by their blind belief that everything printed in the paper is correct. Just like the police telling people they must only recreate locally and by walking only, even though it clearly says in the hurriedly passed regulations that you can drive to your recreation.
Many people these days don’t dare speak out, for alternative beliefs or truths are disregarded and discredited, and the present government is working away at that with their new hate speech laws. From what I read of that proposed bill, just feeling aggrieved or insulted is enough to trigger the new law. Many people just keep their head down and I don’t blame them. They have mortgages and families to worry about, I appreciate it is a lot easier when you are retired or independent.
This whole COVID19 thing and the over reaction to it has destroyed our wonderful country and I contemplate what we need to do now to allow us to move forward. I don’t believe it could ever be as it was again. My age has allowed me to live 72 years in peace and prosperity but what does the future hold for the next generation and for our country. As the leader of a small, largely ignored, political party my whole being is turned towards answering the question. What next??
Who would have ever thought a Labour Government would lead our country into a wasteland of hopelessness, destroying our very way of life. They have locked us into a succession of rules and orders that are increasingly unpopular such as mask wearing, tracking our movements, narking on your fellow countrymen, water reforms, confiscation of land under Significant Natural Area legislation, even stopping us from collecting rainwater without a permit, confiscating regional water supplies paid for by local rates, confiscating our firearms. I could go on with many other issues seen as invasive and divisive to do with youth and families or such dramatic chances as the He Puapua proposals.
This government has become extremely unpopular as they move further away from government for the people and towards their own agenda of authoritarian rule. While we run around in a pickle like headless chooks trying to react to a barrage of legislative proposals that keep coming one after another, our society is failing on many fronts. People are homeless and hungry, people feel helpless as jobs disappear and small businesses fail, and it becomes harder to pay the mortgage on the house or the farm. All of this because of a ‘novel infectious agent’ causing the government to panic and forcing us into lock downs and MIQs.
They refused to listen to other views or opinions and there were plenty of experts who did not agree with the Government’s direction. Opposing advice to the government narrative was not just ignored, it was attacked. The Labour Government’s arrogance and attitude to anyone with an opposing view is appalling and never seen in this country before.
How on earth do we move on and how can the NZ Outdoors Party contribute to restoring our caring egalitarian society? What can a small party do? Well, at least we can put forward another plan, laying out our vision. At least we can be constructive and open about what we want to do.
Firstly we need a prime minister who is a leader, who brings the people along on the journey with them to rebuild and reunite the country. We need a leader who looks after NZ and its people first and resigns globalism to the history books. We would still want to be good world citizens, but we need to concentrate on us for a change as we can’t be good global citizens if we are “unwell” as a country.
The first thing I personally would do is make our co leader Sue Grey, Prime Minster. She is extremely popular and has the skills and ability to bring people together for the common good. She has no global ambitions of grandeur or fame, just loves her country and way of life.
We also need a team of everyday people who understand people and their responsibility to the people they represent and we have that team coming forward every day offering help and expertise. We have innovative policies and initiatives to bring the process of re-creating a country that we all are proud of and can live in without poverty.
We, in the NZ Outdoors Party, see localism as part of the solution, as communities take back the local initiative from central Government and begin to look after themselves. Responding to local issues from within the community where we have the brains and practical experience of life to solve local problems. At present we have a top down authoritarian rule which has characterized this current Labour government. We need less central government of the sort we have now, full of career politicians who have never experienced the realities of life outside of parliament and are protected by its cocoon of income, security, perks and fame.
So, how do we achieve this when we have large political parties who rort the system to ensure their own survival? They suck huge sums of money from the public purse while small parties like ours get nothing. They use the privilege of parliament to send out newsletters to all their constituents, they use parliamentary money to buy Facebook and Google ads, they use that same money to broadcast radio ads and, in the case of Labour, just pump tens of millions of dollars into the Press on the proviso they will not rock the party line.
We, and many others, see the Labour Party as finished at the next election. We hear the voice of the people because we are not surrounded by a cocoon of political advisers, all telling the government what it wants to hear. I believe we hear the voice of the people. It is angry and tired and desperately in need of change. I am reminded of the words of that great song from Les Miserables ” Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men? It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart Echoes the beating of the drums. There is a life about to start. When tomorrow comes!”
So when tomorrow comes, what do we do? Does the opposition have the solution? The word emanating from the noise of the crowd is that they are just one and the same and will not provide the essential changes needed to put this country on a calm, safe course. I believe the only people with a solution is the NZ Outdoors Party. Not because we have all the answers, because we don’t, but we have a wealth of ordinary people with a passion to do right by their fellow countrymen. That’s a pretty good start.
We need to peel back so much of government’s intrusion into our daily lives. Unity and freedom; we must combine both to enrich our lives.
Even though we present on the ballot papers each election most voters have never heard of us. Our only source of publicity is strangled. The media ignore us, the polls ignore us and even social media ban our advertising. Our only hope is for people to spread the word for us as the media will not do it. If every person who believes our message, tells another ten people, then we can start to make an impact.
We can all make an effort and be determined not to be swayed by the lies and deceit that is born of the election process, the promises and bribes. That cartoon could never be truer where the young girl asks “do all fairy tales begin with ‘once upon a time’?” and her brother answers, “No, every three years they begin with “If elected I promise…..””
Let’s not be swayed by the startups that come along at the last minute having done no yards on the track. They are sent out like attack dogs by the incumbent parties to disrupt and scupper any small party that is gaining traction. It is all about self-preservation and nothing to do with what is right for the people or the country.’https://www.outdoorsparty.co.nz/our-country-is-in-a-pickle/
The best way to know what the Leftist Looneys are thinking is to read what they write as hard as that may be. This climate scam is bound and determined to tax you and me for fossil fuels and BREATHING!
‘Reports that Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson is considering calling for carbon border levies at the G7 summit to be held in London in June have produced a predictable reaction from the Australian government.
The levies would impose tariffs on carbon-intensive goods from countries such as Australia that haven’t adopted a carbon price or a 2050 net-zero emissions target.
Appearing to be shocked by the news, Energy Minister Angus Taylor declared that Australia is “dead against” carbon tariffs.
They were a “new form of protectionism designed to shield local industries from free trade”.
In fact they are already the policy of the European Union and the US, where President Joe Biden calls them a “carbon adjustment fee against countries that are failing to meet their climate and environmental obligations”. Canada, which has an economy-wide price on carbon, isn’t worried.
Saying you’re dead against something doesn’t stop it, and nor does asserting that it is anti free trade, when it is just as arguable that it is pro fair trade because it denies exporters from countries that aren’t taking action against climate change an unfair advantage.’https://theconversation.com/no-point-complaining-about-it-australia-will-face-carbon-levies-unless-it-changes-course-155200
Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
‘For most commentators in Australia’s mainstream media, the prime minister of New Zealand should always be referred to as Saint Jacinda. She is the embodiment of progressive wokeness, including looking appropriately sorrowful when required.
Her positions on social and climate policy make her a standout leader and are in stark contrast to our pitiful prime minister whose commitment to Christianity makes him immediately suspect.
The fact that Ardern only first became prime minister after doing a pact with the devil in the form of Winston Peters – that dodgy, nationalistic political manipulator – is a fact overlooked by her many media admirers.
To be sure, she now governs in her own right after winning a Covid election in 2020. And while New Zealand, a small island nation, has controlled the virus well, it has done so at massive economic and fiscal cost.
She has also faced the ignominy of completely failing to achieve anything in terms of boosting affordable housing, a key pledge of her first term in government. There was a fanciful plan to build 100,000 additional homes under the KiwiBuild program. When the actual number came in at 258, she decided to scrap the whole program.
Super embarrassing, you might think. Actually, unremarked is more accurate.
The recent decision by the Ardern government to allow the city council of the People’s Republic of Auckland to continue to impose a hard border on any new housing developments means that house prices in New Zealand’s largest city will continue to rise from their stratospheric levels.
But if you are a saint, none of this stuff matters. She has committed New Zealand to net zero emissions by 2050. She has declared a climate emergency. She is listening to the science. She is a leader we should admire. Why can’t we have one like her?
Indeed, Laura Tingle recently wrote in the Quarterly Essay that New Zealand has taken the ‘high road’ and we should learn from it. New Zealand ‘has repeatedly jumped out of its comfort zone and changed direction harder, faster and for longer than Australia has done in the past half-century’.
Er, the fact that there is no upper house in the New Zealand parliament in combination with its crazy voting system might just explain the vast oscillations in policies that have occurred from time to time.
But here’s the key fact: per capita income in New Zealand is a mere three-quarters of the level in Australia. And over a very long time, there has been no significant narrowing of this gap.
Judged by the number of New Zealanders who live in Australia – there are close to 600,000 or 12 per cent of New Zealand’s population – the ‘high road’ is not a description that would ring true to these émigrés.
Let’s get back to New Zealand’s outstanding approach to climate change. The country makes up less than 0.2 per cent of world emissions. We could easily just denote this as an asterix and be done.
But as all progressives know, it’s the vibe that really matters. And just think how many countries around the world are trying to emulate New Zealand’s example. (Yep, none, but it’s a good try.)
Talking about asterixes, one should also be used in relation to the Ardern’s pledge to net zero emissions by 2050 because methane is excluded. That’s right: all those emissions from burping and farting cows and sheep are not counted.
It is was one reason why Saint Jacinda was denied a speaking part at the international climate talkfest organised by wallowing UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, the French and the UN last year.
Mind you, a number of media commentators in Australia moaned loudly about our exclusion from the same event while forgetting to mention New Zealand also failed to make the team.
In an act of seeming political misjudgment by the Ardern government, a Climate Change Commission has been appointed to provide advice on appropriate measures that should be adopted by the government. (We had a similar arrangement once – the one chaired by mammologist Tim Flannery – but Tony Abbott had the good sense to get rid of it.)
Now the zealots who make up this commission are not of a mind to give those belching animals a free pass. Indeed, the commission’s chair likened farmers to whalers and we all know what happened to whalers, even the good one. That’s right: New Zealand agriculture is the past, not the future.
And giving Saint Jacinda a further touch of heartburn, the other recommendations of the commission include: a massive increase in walking, cycling and public transport; cities that are smaller in terms of their footprint than now (anyone for living in a high-rise dog box?); and 50 per cent of all vehicles being electric by 2027, just 6 years away. (Two per cent of vehicles in New Zealand are currently electric.)
And this one will be popular: a complete ban on the importation of petrol/diesel powered vehicles from 2032. Did I also mention that coal and gas consumption must drop by three-quarters by 2035 with herd sizes for all farm animals to be reduced as well?
Of course, these are only recommendations to the government, but given the Ardern government’s missteps in other policy areas, it’s unclear which ones from this climate lucky dip she won’t implement.
In the past, New Zealand governments have had very bad records in terms of meeting any climate change targets made, including its pledge under the Kyoto treaty.
Were it not for its overinvestment in forests, which are now encroaching on valuable arable land, the Ardern government would be a very long way from meeting its commitments under the Paris agreement. It’s also trying to fudge the figures by using an absolute figure for 2005 and a net figure for 2030, hoping no one notices.
But let’s face it, four-fifths of two-thirds of nothing is nothing. And that’s the level of interest the world is generally taking in New Zealand’s self-destructive climate actions.
But Saint Jacinda can be guaranteed extravagant and unalloyed adulation from the green-left media in Australia, with unfavourable comparisons made with our knuckle-dragging, close-to-climate denying prime minister thrown in for good measure. I’m pretty sure Scott Morrison isn’t too worried.’https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/02/saint-jacindas-climate-change-lucky-dip/
Democracy is a great thing, isn’t it? We vote in people who then control EVERY facet of life! Ronald Reagan was so right when he said the scariest words are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you’. Well, the New Zealand government’s announcement for mandatory disclosures of climate-related risks for financial institutions and companies has made the ‘…announcement of of climate-related risks for companies and financial institutions is arguably the New Zealand government’s most significant climate policy — even more so than the Zero Carbon Act itself.
The new policy will come into effect in 2023. It requires all banks, asset managers and insurance companies with more than NZ$1 billion in assets to disclose their climate risks, in line with the emerging global standard from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This is a smart move, as it ties risk disclosure to international best practice, which is likely to evolve in the coming years.
There will be a collective gulp in bank boards and company risk management departments of the roughly 200 affected entities, but initiatives such as the Aotearoa Circle Sustainable Finance Forum show a growing proportion of the financial sector understands climate risk disclosures are necessary.’https://theconversation.com/new-zealand-will-make-big-banks-insurers-and-firms-disclose-their-climate-risk-its-time-other-countries-did-too-146392?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2018%202020%20-%201734816775&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2018%202020%20-%201734816775+CID_c9dc693f625461c59b2990e0c47ab6cb&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=New%20Zealand%20will%20make%20big%20banks%20insurers%20and%20firms%20disclose%20their%20climate%20risk%20Its%20time%20other%20countries%20did%20too
This is total Lunacy by one of the Wests most Left leaning, Looney, Lovies elected democracies.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/police-investigating-after-anti-islam-leaflets-dropped-in-auckland Beware, this is coming to where you live!
The future is in the hands of the God of Heaven and earth but we are still responsible for making proper and correct choices. Our governments here in the West do not seem to be making the right choices.
When 9/11 occurred Islam began its walk toward domination. Western Governments have capitulated in so many areas to Islam that it is impossible to state them all here. This video is just one example of how near an Islamic Caliphate may be here in Australia.
After the New Zealand mosque shootings, the New Zealand Government seems to have submitted itself to Islam so a New Zealand Caliphate is just a matter of time. It can, therefore, be assumed that perhaps the New Zealand experience is just a precursor to what is going to occur soon right here in Australia.
Has New Zealand submitted to Islam? ‘It’s been nearly a week since the news of terrorism and death swept through the country. The nation has mourned and our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, stepped up as a symbol of national unity and healing. She received praise from across the political spectrum, including from me, and rightly so. As to the contempt with which she has treated licensed firearms owners since, the Orwellian suppression of websites, and the reports that some have been arrested for their speech or sharing disturbing material related to the shooting (facing worse jail time than most murderers), I must condemn the way she has decided to move forward since.
There have been two announcements for remembrance on Friday, one of which I support and the other which I strongly denounce.
Two minutes of silence will be held for victims of the shooting and I am glad to hear it. I am unsure why two minutes was selected over one, as “a minute’s silence” or “moment of silence” is universally used to mourn victims killed in a tragedy. In the Commonwealth a “two minutes silence” is only used on Remembrance Day to honour those who died in combat, while in Israel it is used on Holocaust Remembrance Day. I am not sure if the selection of one over the other is supposed to have any significance.
The second announcement is to play the Islamic call to prayer via state broadcasters over the airwaves during the two-minute’s silence.
Allah is great.
I bear witness that there is no god but Allah.
I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
Rise up for prayer.
Rise up for salvation.
Allah is great.
There is no god but Allah.
The state broadcasters are TVNZ and Radio NZ.
This same government removed the name of Jesus Christ from the Parliamentary Prayer to ensure “that the prayer would no longer be specifically Christian in nature.” Parliament opened with an Islamic prayer in Arabic when it sat this week for the first time since the massacre.
Many public institutions have also issued guidelines for behaviour and dress at events tomorrow. Many private organisation are encouraging their female staff to wear hijab (headscarves), a sign of religious submission. The following was sent out by the University of Auckland:
On Friday, for at least a moment, New Zealand will become an Islamic nation as “there is no god but Allah” and “rise up for prayer” will be broadcast by prime-ministerial decree.’ https://www.rightminds.nz/articles/government-broadcast-there-no-god-allah-airwaves