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1/3 of Kiwis in energy poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 pm, May 24th, 2013 - 89 comments
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A recent survey of two thousand Kiwis show that a third cannot afford to heat their homes properly.

That’s a third of the population who are vulnerable to illness, whose children are at risk, and who are being left behind as the electricity companies are allowed to continue their price gouging.

This is why we need NZ Power.

89 comments on “1/3 of Kiwis in energy poverty”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    It’s a start, but $300/year isn’t going to make a huge difference here.

    • Opium Eater 1.1

      Maybe not for you, but for people in poverty an extra $6 is a loaf of bread and a litre of milk that might just get them through the week. People have no idea how much difference such a small amount of money can make in the lives of those of us who are jobless, caring for large families or on the minimum wage

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Spot on Lanth. Where is the strategic follow up to NZPower to lower the daily cost of living? For instance organising public transport so that most people can give up their cars in the city as just one idea. That will save $300 in car costs per month.

    • that is a great idea…viper..

      ..free public transport works brilliantly as both an economic stimulus (that money saved by punters still churns thru the economy..)..

      ..and as perhaps one of the greenest things cities could do..

      ..free (green) public transport will bring the city to life..

      ..and will raise the quality of life for all..

      ..those desiring cars will have less traffic on the roads..(and won’t mind paying a cent a litre more for fuel..to help fund those eased roads..less congestion..business will also welcome the lessened costs/overheads from less congestion..

      ..and those wanting efficient public transport will be cheered by the increase in transport options/services such a change will necessitate..

      ..and everyone will be able to move around the city..easier..

      ..the only losers from such an enlightened policy..

      ..will be the oil companies..

      ..what is not to love about all that..?

      ..phillip ure..

    • karol 2.2

      I don’t know what budget others are on, but paying $300 less per year for electricity would make a significant difference for me – that’s about $25 less on the power bill each month.

      As I don’t spend that much on public or private transport per month, there’s no way cheaper transport would mean anything close to $300 less per month spent on a car.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        For people who don’t have a car or don’t use a car in Auckland that’s probably true.

        However, for the half million families/people in Auckland who use a car frequently, 2 tanks of petrol per month is already $240.

        • karol 2.2.1.1

          Agreed. My point on $300 per year for power is that, for those on the lowest incomes it isn’t likely to be a trivial amount.

        • alwyn 2.2.1.2

          You must have an amazingly small tank in your car. Perhaps you are talking about a motor-scooter.
          2 tanks/month is 24 tanks/year. $240/year is therefore $10/tank, or about 5 litres if we assume $2/litre.
          I think you are confusing the $300/YEAR savings them being monthly figures.
          Actually I see it is Karol in the comment you are replying to who manages to turn it into a monthly figure with her remark about $300/month.

  3. burt 3

    It is precisely this statistic that makes stealth tax collection via state owned electricity companies so obnoxious. It’s a highly regressive way to gather revenue.

    • Hey Burt

      What happened?

      You posted a comment and did not mention Labour’s pledge card …

      Growing soft in your old age?

    • freedom 3.2

      better to get your energy companies to borrow excessively and pay bigger dividends instead eh burt?

      • burt 3.2.1

        Well no, that’s not the answer. But sure you can deny reality and pretend that having a choice of suppliers isn’t creating price pressure. It’s even easier to pretend competition isn’t working if you ignore the reality that having the majority share of generation infrastructure the government isn’t already fixing the price via state mandated return on investment targets.

        It might be easy to shoot the messenger – slightly harder to debate the facts eh. See the average increases unde your caring soft warm fuzzy Labour Party and imagine them with a single device to control this revenue stream.
        http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/04/labour_on_power_prices-2.html

        • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1

          National don’t have the answer. In fact, what they do increases costs and prices.

          The answer is to go back to power generation and distribution being a state service with the books open so that it’s democratically accountable.

          • burt 3.2.1.1.1

            With the books open… A socialist government with the books open… That would be a fascinating thing… It might actually get voted out before it completely stagnates the economy and taxes everything to death… Nah… The socialists will hide the profits and spend them to stay popular like they always do…

            • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Ah, burt proving his ignorance and stupidity again.

              How much of the official report about the effects of the recent disabilities act was redacted to those in parliament making the decisions? I believe it was all of it. So much for the capitalists being open. Perhaps if we forced this government to open the books they’d be voted out before they fucked the economy completely.

              When I say open books I mean open all of them.

    • KJT 3.3

      Hey. Burt said something I agreed with. Am I going nuts.

  4. dumrse 4

    I’m unsure how 1/3 of two thousand becomes 1/3 of the population. Lets see some detail of the survey.

  5. xtasy 5

    I am one living in “energy poverty”, but being as frugal and “smart” as I can, I conserve and use only what I really need. I had the odd flatmate blow up the bill significantly, but without one, things seem to be a bit “cheaper”. Then again, electricity is not cheap in NZ. But I also know it is not cheap in the very countries in Europe that NZ’s Greens and Labour would like to follow in Europe, where for instance in Denmark and Germany, electricity costs more, because of the subsidies necessary to develope and use alternative energy sources, which they are doing heavily now.

    NZ is fortunate for having much hydro electric generation, and yes, for that reason, it should be more affordable. I understand though that Trans Power has spent a lot on improving grids and the likes, and they upped prices for generators and retailers.

    So the picture is complex. I still think NZ Power is worth a go, and a good idea, because what we tried so far has not worked for the consumer. The new switching options National so often mention are not a solution, as the consumer is choosing to switch between the plague and the cholera for suppliers.

    More is needed, also more investment in the future, but that again costs money. I see this power game a bit of an overrated side debate, as no party will gain much out of it. It will cost us all to change to even more alternative generation, and it will need to be paid for. Also the alternatives like fossil generation cost more, hence are no good solution.

    NZ needs to develope more on a whole not just in segments like power generation and retail, and while it is stupid and wrong for selling state assets up to 49 per cent, neither the present government, nor really Labour and Greens have a magic solution for us at hand, that is to be bloody honest. I see no agenda where investment is made by those that have better technology and know how here, and until Greens and Labour can come up with a reliable agenda, it will be like Kiwi Build on sections that do not exist (yet).

    Yeah, I dread election 2014, with the present personnel in place, it looks grim.

  6. TheContrarian 6

    I think a lot can be said for the fact that NZ homes (older homes that is) are extremely inefficient when it comes to heating. Drafty and cold without adequate insulation. So we rely on expensive forms of heating as a stop-gap when the real problem isn’t so much heating but retaining heat.

    • xtasy 6.1

      TC – You are onto it! Some are a bit blinkered.

      Yes, insulation, better construction from scratch, indeed energy neutral homes can be built, using virtually zilch in extra energy from the grid, and not costing all that much extra.

      The Warming NZ scheme is a bit of a joke anyway, as I saw, when visiting a Housing NZ mate, who showed me the crap job the “insulators” did.

      A bit of foil under the floor boards, a few pads on top of the ceiling, and he gained two degrees in “warmth” last winter, which is not warmth at all, it is “less chill”, I’d say.

      The walls were left untouched, same as the thinly, singularly paneled windows, and the gaps in the doors. So start “saving” energy like that, and Mickey Mouse will grow wings also, I suppose.

      It is a damned time that NZers wake up to what is needed, perhaps learn from what is done overseas, especially in Europe, where revolutionary improvements are made, and much quite affordable.

      Double glazed windows should become standard, same as padded walls and ceilings, and floorboards should be addressed better than so far. Smart construction is available, same as better cheese making, and I see too little or none it here. Thousands of apprentices doing cheapo jobs like the present insulation will not help much, more is needed.

      A revolution with a new set of options, for new apprenticeships, new jobs, new skills, new trades and new high standard training should be introduced, and I would expect a future government here to recruit expert trianers from leading European countries, how things can and should be done. Get some incentives for business, to not just trade, but come here, to build, develope, invest and put some real power into this country and society. I see none of this happen.

      Do you guys all want to deal cards in casinos for rich pricks from China, to have your daughters work as massage parlour girls and do the stuff needed, to serve more burgers and shit, or have you any damned plan for this country? This is what I ask serious Kiwis, left and right!

      • TheContrarian 6.1.1

        An extra $300 in savings doesn’t mean you are warmer, just your power bill is lower. Our housing is woefully inefficient when it comes to retaining warmth. You’re staying cold….but cold isn’t so pricey.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.1

          An extra $300 means you can spend the same amount of money, but get $300 more heating, or get the same amount of heating, but spend $300 less on it and use it for something else.

          Pretty obvious.

      • tc 6.1.2

        Agree that alot can be done by better heat retention and double glazing is standard on new builds for a few years now, but insulaon only on exterior walls so again our code is weak as surge protection isnt a requirement as one example of spend a few dollars up front and save many more down the line.

        However the Bradford reforms have created a ckusterf@$k of complexity between generator, grid, lines and retailer made worse by Herr Browncoal meddling. The overhead in compliance and auditing combined with the exhorbidant pay the all to many ‘senior’ folk and boards give themselves on top of regulators who just make crap up to be complied with.

        None of them actually create, maintain or support the actual generation and distribution of power which is by and large a very mature reliable system used and perfected for over 100 yesrs now all over the globe.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3

        A revolution with a new set of options, for new apprenticeships, new jobs, new skills, new trades and new high standard training should be introduced, and I would expect a future government here to recruit expert trianers from leading European countries, how things can and should be done. Get some incentives for business, to not just trade, but come here, to build, develope, invest and put some real power into this country and society.

        Why? We can, and should, develop the systems here. Produces more jobs and develops society rather than leaving us dependent upon other countries.

        • xtasy 6.1.3.1

          Draco – I know that you can train sparkies, brick layers and so reasonably well in present NZ, but there are new technologies applied and used in some advanced European countries, of which NZ tradespeople have little or no experience in. So my idea was to tap know how of expert instructors, to train workers or workers to be here, to do jobs that are presently not sufficiently qualified for, or that do in part not even exist here yet.

          This does not need to make NZ “dependent” at all, as the economic situation in much of Europe is not great, so you could tap into willing migrants, who will be happy to work and get paid here, to train and improve the local work force, to bring it up to top level. That is an investment, and the ones contracted have to abide by the terms of employment. So “dependence” is a non argument on that basis.

          Are we still only relying on the initial colonists, that settled here, to build cottages and huts for houses, or was there perhaps over time not also consultation and use of additional resources from migrants and others, who delivered ideas and improvements?

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3.1.1

            My point was that if we keep importing the needed knowledge rather than developing it here then we lose the capability of developing it here. Sure, purchase the knowledge but then give it over to our own people to develop it for NZ using NZ’s resources.

      • ghostrider888 6.1.4

        Yes xtasy, we have cold homes by many Western countries standards. Building codes.

        and, market-gardening can be good for the soul. :-D

  7. xtasy 7

    What all parties are not honest about, apart from perhaps the Greens, is that this power talk is not going to solve energy poverty as such. To use energy better and more efficiently and effectively is necessary. So that means to insulate all homes in the country, to use less power or fossil fuel energy, to heat and power homes. Also build better homes form the start, and do not fall for the shit that developers and architects and the likes tell you, that it will be sooo expensive.

    They just want to charge you all more, and that is the loyalty of the crap business Kiwi, and I meet them all the time, last time in droves outside Vector Arena after 11 am on 16 May, at the post budget protest some of us held there.

    NZ has a giant problem with those that have the money and investment capability, and those that sit in key roles, to always make heaps of money, to suck every cent out of you, so that once things start moving, prices go and hike more than in any other country I know.

    The biggest enemy for improvement in NZ sits within, it is the selfish, money and asset owning, profit greedy bastards, that hold you ordinary folk over the bloody barrel. Kiwi patriotism is a bit of a fizzer to me, as it is always used by those bastards, to get you guys to pay for their profits, more homes, more investments, more yachts and lifestyle at the high living places.

    Things could move and be done, but that damned lot, the blood sucking profiteers, are the biggest hurdle to progress. Get the bloody hell rid of them!

    • The biggest enemy for improvement in NZ sits within, it is the selfish, money and asset owning, profit greedy bastards, that hold you ordinary folk over the bloody barrel. Kiwi patriotism is a bit of a fizzer to me, as it is always used by those bastards, to get you guys to pay for their profits, more homes, more investments, more yachts and lifestyle at the high living places.

      I agree, look how Labour used the nuclear-free issue in an attempt to blind people to Rogernomics, or how National today uses Anzac day and the Christchurch Earthquake to spin that they care about ordinary NZ’ers, and are ‘one of us’.

      Since the era of privatizations, rogernomics and ruthanasia, and now key-ism; more and more wealth is being put into the hands of a small bunch of neo-liberals like occurred in Russia during the period of Yeltsin; when state owned assets were sold into the hands of friends of the government at the time. A few oligarchs run the New Zealand economy, and most of them are in bed with John Key and the National party.

      • xtasy 7.1.1

        Realisation is the basic requirement to take steps for action for improvement, after careful consideration, you are doing the steps as I just mentioned. Congratulation, welcome aboard of innovative, smart and critical thinking to prepare perhaps a plan, where an intelligent government can with the state they run, set an agenda to make things happen, that need to happen.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Things could move and be done, but that damned lot, the blood sucking profiteers, are the biggest hurdle to progress. Get the bloody hell rid of them!

      QFT

      The problem has always been the rich. Time to stop looking to them as saviours.

  8. Gosman 8

    Since the State is a major player in the electricity generation and distribution sectors why wouldn’t any hypothetical new left leaning government simply advise the companies they control to stop price gouging and act more competitively?

    • geoff 8.1

      The horse has bolted. The asset prices have already been written up. See Geoff Bertram:
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/8607601/Tighter-rein-urged-on-asset-revaluations

      He even kinda praises Margaret Thatcher, at least in comparison to the idiots here in NZ who failed to provide adequate regulation when they privatised electricity, so you should be right on board with his conclusions, Gosman.

    • burt 8.2

      Gosman

      No political capital in using the simple options. Arguably it would be politically negative as the party would need to risk the sheeple catching on that Labour could have done that in their last term when they were using that device as a stealth tax collection machine scooping billions in generation profits.

  9. Lefty 9

    The SOE structures are every bit as useless at delivering energy at an affordable prive to our low income population as the private sector .

    As long as a phoney market is in place and SOE’s are expected to provide dividends nothing will change.

    Playing around with pricing and forcing more competition is not the way forward.

    The NZ Power proposal is an attempt to avoid confronting the real issues of ownership, control, market failure, lack of planning and how to address the sometimes contradictory needs to provide affordable energy to all who need it while developing sustainable sources and avoiding waste.

    The good news is that a substantial amount of our electricity generation and distribution capacity is still in public hands and it could be used as a base to develop a good system.

    A great starting point for a good left policy would be for the government to have publicly owner generators and distributors provide energy at cost for a while. Before long the government could buy back privatised electricity companies for a dollar or so as they would have no value to private owners if they could not operate profitably.

    That would put us back on track to achieving a socially and environmentally sustainable electicity system and have the added bonus of teaching a few of these fucking mom and pop and corporate investors a good lesson on reaping what you sow.

    • Before long the government could buy back privatised electricity companies for a dollar or so as they would have no value to private owners if they could not operate profitably.

      Unfortunately by 2014-early 2015, energy capacity will be drastically reduced as there will be shutting down of power stations (and poor maintenance) in order to reduce supply – in order to create energy shortages, in order to keep high energy prices; while that is all going on they will also asset strip.

      Which is pretty much what occurred with Tranz Rail i.e. the rail network was run down, and the company was asset stripped until was a total wreck.

      • ghostrider888 9.1.1

        something to look forward to kc.

      • KJT 9.1.2

        Pretty much what happened in California with ENRON. Yet another convincing advertisement for part privatisation and de-regulation. Yeah right!

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      The SOE structures are every bit as useless at delivering energy at an affordable prive to our low income population as the private sector .

      As long as a phoney market is in place and SOE’s are expected to provide dividends nothing will change.

      Exactly.

      NZPower is just another attempt of Labour and the Greens to avoid the necessity of going back to running power and other essential services as a state service paid for through taxes.

      • burt 9.2.1

        So if its paid for with taxes is there any charges for the consumer ? IE; do we have power meters to measure how much we use and have a bill associated with that as well as paying for it with taxes.

        If so how is that made accountable ?

        • KJT 9.2.1.1

          Worked fine with the old MED.

          Capital works from taxes and charges for supply.

          And the option of using power prices to both help local business become more competitive internationally and cut prices to consumers.

          And, cut the costs of fake competition and the waste inherent in “running them like a business”.

        • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.2

          If so how is that made accountable ?

          First 1000 kwH a month for $50. Then $1 per kWh after that.

          • Lanthanide 9.2.1.2.1

            I don’t even use 1000 kwH a month (maybe get close in winter), so this would be a great scheme for me, despite me being in the top 5% of income earners.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.2.1.1

              Yes, that’s the whole point. So that people don’t need to have a power bill unless they use huge amounts of power. As we build more efficient houses the amount could be brought down although I don’t see any reason to do so.

              And we still have a progressive tax regime :P

          • alwyn 9.2.1.2.2

            That would be wonderful for a household of dinks. Out at work during the day and then they can heat the whole place all evening without reaching the 1000/unit threshold.
            Bit tough of course on an elderly couple who are home all day, every day. A single 2 bar heater on 15 hrs/day would use 900 units/month and there goes their allowance. I suppose they could go to bed at 7pm to save enough power to heat their hot water at a price they can afford.
            Still they don’t matter do they?

        • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.3

          Of course there would be power meters – need the information to plan after all. My idea would be a free block for every residence and business of say 1000 kWh per month and then rather steep charges. $1 per kWh seems reasonable.

          If so how is that made accountable ?

          That’s what opening the books is for.

          • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.3.1

            Hmmm taking a look at some stats maybe 500 kWh/month is a better cap, averaged lower over the summer months with a higher cap in the winter months.

            • Lanthanide 9.2.1.3.1.1

              Yes, that would be better.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.3.1.2

              Yeah, was thinking about that at the time. What I was most concerned with was having it too low and thus putting people in worse condition with the high cost of the kWh after the initial free block.

              Perhaps make it a yearly amount of 10,000 kWh. With their full power history available to them people could easily make plans.

              • KJT

                How about a power discount for businesses that, actually, pay their full due of taxes, in New Zealand!

                Instead of for price transferring, aluminum smelters.

            • burt 9.2.1.3.1.3

              It’s great to see you guys designing power billing policy on the hoof. Comedy gold… One of modern livings most essential commodities and you guys think some magic household one size fits all pricing regime is the answer. Brilliant socialist thinking… How many Kw did my last power bill show I used in a month… How much do I think I should pay for that … Right now lock and load that via monopoly implementation for everyone as a base line….

              • Draco T Bastard

                The goals of my ideas are twofold. One is to encourage savings in electricity use. The second is to ensure that everyone can heat their house as needed.

                So we set a block of power that would cover most peoples use and then we charge gargantuan amounts for any use above that. This will encourage people to use less by getting insulation installed, turning TV and radios off at the wall etc. while actually ensuring that everyone has enough to heat their home no matter their income.

                BTW, the plans brought in at the boardroom are also “on the hoof”. It’s just a group of over paid bureaucrats doing exactly what we’re doing here – tossing ideas around.

                Doesn’t have to be one size. We could look at different size blocks on a base charge.

                • burt

                  So people living alone get the same base allocation as a family of 10 ? Is the utility allocation per person or per household? Is there a department of power allocation to assess how much each house should get to compensate for factors beyond the control of the individual, the location of the house ?

                  Seems that an elderly couple in Invercargill should probably get a bigger base allocation than a young couple in Northland… Would the newly formed “Popularity via promises of lower power prices Ltd.” manage all this stuff ? What do you reckon, “promise any old shit to win an election ltd.” would just employ thousands of base allocation inspectors to asses individual needs or would you just queue while waiting for state bread to bake you a loaf and state toilet paper to restock the state controlled super markets ?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Hey, did you know that you can go to you’re ISP and buy package deals with different amounts of data available?

                    What we’re suggesting is nothing new – it just hasn’t been applied to electricity. Does what we’re suggesting need the rough edges taken off? Yep. Still, it will work which is something that the present system doesn’t do.

      • phillip ure 9.2.2

        i agree with power etc being regarded as basic rights..

        ..(and with the green/lab proposal being reform-lite..90 cents a wk per household..?..woo-hoo..!..eh..?..and a halfway house to nowhere..

        ..but instead of loading the cost on all taxpayers..

        ..i think an easier sell of the idea is that it should be charged to business/consumers at cost + need for infrastructure etc..

        ..(and with economic-incentives to go green/use less….)

        ..once again that money saved by all will churn back into the economy in different ways..(so govt will get tax/gst etc on those monies..)

        ..and with business and consumers welcoming such reforms..

        ..the only losers in that one/case..are the profiteering shareholders..

        ..(cry us a (mighty) river..eh..?..)

        phillip ure..

  10. ghostrider888 10

    just pop this here, there, and everywhere-

    “Why are the rivers so polluted?
    Ask Steven Joyce!”
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Campaign-blames-Joyce-for-river-pollution/tabid/1160/articleID/299039/Default.aspx

  11. I couldn’t afford to heat the places I lived in back in the early 80s. This was because I had no money. I wasn’t unusual. Electricity prices were set by the government. 30+ years later, there are still people who can’t afford to heat the places they live in, it’s still because they’ve got no money, and it’s still not unusual. Electricity prices are not set by the government. I wouldn’t build up great hopes for change based on how much control the government has over electricity prices.

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      ” 30+ years later, there are still people who can’t afford to heat the places they live in, it’s still because they’ve got no money, and it’s still not unusual. ”

      The whole ideal of economic growth is that everyone’s living standards are supposed to improve over time as the economy grows. Instead, as we’ve seen, over the last 20-30 years most of the growth has been stolen by the top 1-2% that run the economy as a whole.

      Rolling over and saying “it’s always been that way, so it should always be that way” is not the appropriate response.

      • Psycho Milt 11.1.1

        Er, living standards have improved over that time. Back then, we didn’t have a car or a phone, and the times we had a TV it was at least 15 years old and the screen was in black-and-white. Obviously there was nothing in the place that included a microprocessor. That’s no longer typical for beneficiaries.

        Thing is, “living standard” isn’t unitary, the components vary in the level of improvement – the housing is just as shitty now, hunger is as hard to avoid and heating is just as hard to pay for. An “appropriate response” to that from governments ought to concentrate more on jobs, wages and conditions than on fiddling with how electricity is priced.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          How do you charge a cell phone or watch your TV without electricity?

          Is there any use having a flash new computer and no electricity to power it off?

          Surprising you would list all these new gadgety things as evidence of improved living standards and not consider power and internet basic necessities.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.1.1

            I think you’ll find the power requirement differential between charging devices and heating a house is quite large. The computing power available in a bottom-income house has skyrocketed from a starting point of 0 over the last 30 years, but the heating costs have remained about the same, assuming the current housing is as shitty for insulation and double-glazing as the ones we were living in back then.

        • Lanthanide 11.1.1.2

          Cars, phones, colour TV and computers aren’t necessities of life. Home heating (and therefore a primary energy source, electricity) is. Without adequate heating, people literally die and have much worse health issues, which ripples through the entire economy as people take time off work and devote money to medications instead of things that would improve their lives / the economy.

          All that stuff is window-dressing. Holding it up as if it is some great advance in living standards is a sham when the basics aren’t met.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.2.1

            It is of course possible to game the definition of standard of living such that it shows no improvement, but I lack interest in such games. My point is essentially the same as yours in comment number 1: govt control of power prices isn’t likely to make that much difference to whether people at the bottom can afford to heat their homes or not. I’ve merely elaborated on it to make clear that the essential factor in whether you can afford to heat your home is whether you’re short of cash, not who controls electricity pricing.

      • dumrse 11.1.2

        “The whole ideal of economic growth is that everyone’s living standards are supposed to improve over time as the economy grows”. Perhaps many of them fail to take the opportunities presented over the 3+decades like, giving up smoking, drink less, quit the dope, get a job, excel to the next level. These are not hard to achieve and whilst I may agree not every one will keep up, we see far too many choosing to remain on their arses not even trying to do better. They get left behind and in a short space of time the gap widens to the extent they may never catch up. To a greater or lessor degree, their destiny was in their own hands.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          But at the same time too large a share of GDP has been deliberately and systematically shifted into company profits, and taken away from workers’ income and wages as a share of the economy.

          Put another way – anyone who wants full time employment should be given that employment so that they can prove and improve themselves.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.2.1.1

            …too large a share of GDP has been deliberately and systematically shifted into company profits, and taken away from workers’ income and wages as a share of the economy.

            On this at least we’re in complete agreement. Wages and conditions are one of the few areas in which it makes a difference whether you vote Labour or National. Labour might not do much to help, but at least they won’t be actively trying to make things worse.

  12. ahem..!..make that 90 cents per day per household..

    phillip ure..

  13. infused 13

    But there’s a lot of other factors isn’t there. It’s not just about turning your heaters on. The main issue is insulation. New houses barely need heat pumps/heaters running. That’s the issue, not the cost of power.

    Properly insulated house doesn’t need heaters running, which fucks your whole argument for NZ Power.

    The govt should be pumping that up. It’s the Labour way though, ambulance and the end of the cliff.

    Fix the actual problem.
    Fix the actual problem.
    Fix the actual problem.

    • Clockie 13.1

      We have a brand new house in Chch with full spec insulation and double glazing and a top of the line 6K heat pump. I assure you that during the winter months that heat pump has to be used quite heavily from May-Aug.

      You may have forgotten about this.

      http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/home-insulation-scheme-green-success-story

      It certainly wasn’t a NATional initiative. That lot don’t even do ambulances..

    • Draco T Bastard 13.2

      Well, my own suggestion is to make new build houses to conform to the Passive House specifications. What I’d expect from National on that is whinging about making houses cost more despite the fact that, over their lifetime, such houses cost far less. It is, after all, the same whinge we hear from them when it’s suggested we need to intensify housing.

      • Lanthanide 13.2.1

        I have no idea why Passive Houses haven’t taken off globally. But the fact is, those houses are actually significantly different to design and build than regular ones, and do also require specialised components to really live up to the name. Since the houses are effectively hermetically sealed to reduce heat loss through drafts, you *need* to get a special system that brings fresh air into the house while also retaining the existing heat in the air, which isn’t cheap. Similarly the triple-glazing used in the windows is expensive.

        Economies of scale will bring all those prices down, but we can’t go from 0% passive houses to 100% passive houses the next day, the economy simply can’t move that fast.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.2.1.1

          But the fact is, those houses are actually significantly different to design and build than regular ones, and do also require specialised components to really live up to the name.

          Yep, realised that ages ago. More R&D needed – what a pity.

          Since the houses are effectively hermetically sealed to reduce heat loss through drafts, you *need* to get a special system that brings fresh air into the house while also retaining the existing heat in the air, which isn’t cheap.

          Actually, it is. All it requires is a small heat pump. It takes the heat from the exhaust and pumps it to the inlets so that the heat isn’t lost.

          Similarly the triple-glazing used in the windows is expensive.

          ATM but, as you say, economies of scale would bring that down. One effective way to get those economies of scale is to make it mandatory on new build houses.

          but we can’t go from 0% passive houses to 100% passive houses the next day, the economy simply can’t move that fast.

          True, which is why I suggested it only for new build houses/residences.

    • KJT 13.3

      We would like to fix the actual problem.

      The actual problem being privatisation of essential infrastructure, which should have never happened, and one of the reasons why I will never vote Labour, ever again!

      1. The problem should never have occurred in the first case. But some stupid “useful idiot” idealogs in Labour, did it.
      2. The next best option would be re-nationalisation, but National are doing their best to make that impossible. If you think Muldoon left the cupboard bare, wait until this lot leave.
      3. Which leaves us with our least preferred option, but at least we know we can do it. Regulation. NZ Power. To take back some control so that power supplies are run for the benefit of New Zealanders, not a few hundred shareholders.

  14. Swan 14

    When the policy came out a number of lefties tried to argue against the effect of subsidies on the demand/supply balance. They argued that demand for power is inelastic. This survey shows otherwise.

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    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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