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Anemic recovery

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, June 24th, 2013 - 113 comments
Categories: class war, economy, employment, national - Tags: , ,

Despite the heroic efforts of National’s spinsters (Hi Matthew!) the economic “recovery” remains anemic. Over the last few days we’ve had various reports. Let’s start here:

Economy grows just 0.3pc – half expected pace

The New Zealand economy grew at half the pace analysts were expecting in the first three months of the year as drought across the North Island sapped milk production and dragged the agriculture sector down. The kiwi dollar fell on the numbers.

Gross domestic product grew 0.3 per cent to $37.1 billion in the three months ended March 31, from a pace of 1.5 per cent in the December period, according to Statistics New Zealand. That’s half the 0.6 per cent rate predicted in a Reuters survey of economists and below the 0.5 per cent pace forecast by the Reserve Bank in its June monetary policy statement published last week.

The economy grew at annual 2.5 per cent, in line with expectations, and activity in the March quarter was 2.4 per cent higher than the same period a year earlier. …

“Today’s data confirmed the economy started 2013 on a mixed note, with recent quarterly volatility a reminder that the economy is navigating its way through various shocks. This volatility looks set to continue given the pending drought hit, with the required shift in resources to facilitate rising construction sector activity likely to create tensions,” said [ANZ economist] Smith.

“Moreover, the housing-induced uplift still looks difficult to sustain without a pronounced improvement in the labour market backdrop, and with pending fiscal tightening and a RBNZ prudential policy response.

We’re spending our houses again. Not good. And there’s cause for concern on jobs too:

Job ads not at economic recovery party

Job advertisements fell 1.7 per cent in May, reversing previous gains and indicating that the job market has yet to catch up with the economic recovery, ANZ says.

The latest ANZ New Zealand Job Advertisements report shows newspaper job ads fell 7.2 per cent in May, while internet job ads fell 0.7 per cent. This was despite strong gains in February and March.

Given that job advertising leads changes in unemployment data by six months, the new figures suggest a risk the unemployment rate will rise, the bank said.

When it comes to the big picture you simply can’t beat Bernard Hickey:

Reform tax to spread recovery fairly

…Stock markets around the globe slumped when US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke threatened to turn off the money-printing drip by mid-next year. Long-term interest rates rose sharply. Most importantly for New Zealand, even China’s new leadership got in on the act, forcing up interest rates to their highest point in a decade. The NZ dollar fell three US cents to its lowest point in a year. Banks started raising fixed mortgage rates. Now we’ll see just how sustainable the economic recoveries in the US, China and NZ are. Will we see yet another false start before a relapse to medicated remission? …

NZ shares a big problem with the US and Europe. Our household sectors are still heavily indebted and incomes in the middle and lower income groups are barely above where they were five or six years ago.

Figures this week show NZ’s real per capita GDP is still 1.3 per cent below 2007′s. Most of the gains in any economic recovery have gone to the top few per cent of the population. Property owners in Auckland and owners of stocks have been the major beneficiaries.

A study of the US recovery from 2009 to 2011 found the incomes of the top 1 per cent rose 11.2 per cent, while the real incomes of the bottom 99 per cent fell 0.4 per cent, which meant the top 1 per cent captured 121 per cent of the recovery’s gains.

True economic rehabilitation requires reform to more heavily tax the incomes and assets of the wealthiest 10 per cent then redistribute that as income to the bottom 90 per cent. [My emphasis]

What recovery there is has been captured by the few – see also:
Economic growth still benefiting only a few
Times tough but not for Nats’ friends

As I’ve been saying for a long time now – we’ll dig ourselves out of the economic doldrums eventually, not because of the Nats’ policies, but in spite of them. All National have managed is to hold us back for four years.

113 comments on “Anemic recovery”

  1. tc 1

    The top end of town is doing very nicely thanks and the farmers can do as they please with their land pretty much with juicy revenue generating assets on the block, job done in the NACT world.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Hmmmmm…any serious economic growth means more fossil fuel use and consumption of imported products. That’s the dilemma we find ourselves living in within the current system.

  3. The Auckland housing market is scary. Lemming like there are hordes of people wanting to buy houses signing more and more extreme contracts. It is pretty terrifying and people are going to get hurt.

    There is a political dynamic in play. People will not say it but as soon as the words “reduction in house prices” people do a quick calculation in their head and see how much they would lose. This makes fundamental change very difficult.

    The two ways of addressing it are on the table thought. Labour’s and Mana’s policies of mass new house construction will achieve a lot of good and a capital gains tax is way overdue.

    But watch as personal greed clashes with community good …

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1

      Won’t population growth (5M by 2026) offset a lot of the downward pressure on house prices?

      • ghostrider888 3.1.1

        this supply side issue could linger.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2

        Not if the government builds enough homes. IMO, the government should ensure that there’s a 1 to 2 percent over supply of housing.

    • King Kong 3.2

      I don’t think you can describe not wanting to have (what is most peoples) only major asset half in value, as greed.

      Vilifying hard working home owners like that is mental. I can see the John Ansell billboards now,
      National – Homeowner, Labour – C**t.

      • Colonial Viper 3.2.1

        Except home ownership is dropping like a rock right now, dickwad.

        PS a house is not a speculative investment asset, it’s just a roof over your head. Or at least, thats what it needs to go to.

        • King Kong 3.2.1.1

          Going after existing homeowners is sure to be electoral gold because they are so insignificant in number now. Now that is the plan of a dickwad.

          It is not necessarily speculative, but property is an investment…at least it is on this planet.

          • vto 3.2.1.1.1

            what’s your solution then ?

            to get housing to the internationally accepted affordable level.

            • King Kong 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Personally I don’t think there is a problem as there is a good ammount of affordable housing available throughout the country.

              This tends to be more about young, first time buyers wanting stables and a boating lake on their new property but only wanting to pay entry price levels.

              Secondly, if there is a problem and houses are overvalued, then the market will sort it out.

              • vto

                “Personally I don’t think there is a problem as there is a good ammount of affordable housing available throughout the country.”

                I was asking what your solution to the problem is, not if there is a problem. i.e. “If X is a problem, how would you resolve it?”

                “Secondly, if there is a problem and houses are overvalued, then the market will sort it out.”

                Seriously KK, the market has completely failed to do this. Do you not see that?

                • King Kong

                  No it hasn’t.

                  The market will correct an over valuation but what it is telling you right now is that people are lining up in droves to hit the bid, so it is not over valued.

                  • vto

                    Show us the money kk

                    Where is the supply of affordable housing to meet the demand for affordable housing?

                    • King Kong

                      I suggest you contact Bomber Bradbury if you need a real estate agent however I will give you a clue…its not quarter acre sections in central Auckland.

                    • vto

                      no answer

                    • Colonial Viper

                      KK’s answer is “trust in the free markets”

                      What a dickwad

                    • King Kong

                      Certainly better than your solution of “trust in me and my benevolent lefty mates to dictate this shit”.

                    • vto

                      What, you mean like the original state housing scheme? That government failure?

                      And you still haven’t provided any evidence to back up your own assertion. Waiting …..

              • ghostrider888

                you forgot the golf-course and petting zoo.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Secondly, if there is a problem and houses are overvalued, then the market will sort it out.

                Something that the market has failed to do for at least two centuries.

          • BM 3.2.1.1.2

            Yep
            According to the 2006 census, over 1.5 million people in NZ own or partly own their own house.
            That’s a hell of a lot of voters to piss off.

            • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1.2.1

              Well you’ve captured the problem in a nutshell right there. Both Labour and National Govts have it in their short and medium term electoral interests to keep blowing the house price bubble up and up and up. Until the ‘pop’ is loud enough to shatter everyone’s eardrums.

              • BM

                House prices can be brought down all you do is increase supply and you achieve that freeing up land cutting consent costs etc and then getting out of the way
                It has to be done without direct government intervention, let the market sought its self out and within a few years you’ll find prices starting to tail off.

                The aim should be getting as many spec builders as possible jumping into the market and flooding it with houses.
                Greed and stupidity will sink house prices not government intervention

                • Colonial Viper

                  Sadly, your method is designed to fail from the start, and to perpetuate unearned income gains by property and property development speculators.

                  1) Changes made to make it clear that housing is not an investment asset as there will be no real price growth in houses going forwards.

                  2) Private retail bank lending to be heavily constrained.

                  3) Population growth in Auckland to be discouraged and shifted out to secondary centres like Hamilton.

                  4) Speculative non occupier demand for houses to be crushed.

                  • BM

                    I disagree.
                    You seem to think we live in a dictatorship where no one gets to vote.
                    Any government that tried to put in place the policies you are proposing would be lucky to survive to the next election.
                    You’ve got to be realistic and try to work within the constraints of the current system because it’s not changing anytime soon.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      If it’s not changing any time soon, why do I hear denial and fear in your voice?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      You’ve got to be realistic

                      LOL

                      What you’re suggesting is against reality.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  House prices can be brought down all you do is increase supply and you achieve that freeing up land cutting consent costs etc and then getting out of the way

                  Doing that will push the cost of living up and won’t actually bring the price of houses down. Driving the cost of living up will, without doubt, increase the amount of poverty in NZ. What you suggest will only benefit the land-banksters.

                  It has to be done without direct government intervention, let the market sought its self out and within a few years you’ll find prices starting to tail off.

                  The market is a social construct the regulations that the government set actually define it. Also, the market doesn’t work as the GFC just proved – again.

                  • BM

                    Only because the US government stuck its oar in and fucked everything up.
                    Should have just let everything crash and burn and then let things recover naturally.

                    Bailing out businesses with tax payer money was dumb beyond belief.

                    • ghostrider888

                      that is an interesting concession of yours we must remember BM; “crash and burn”. Yep, the US and the troika have just insulated the straw house for a little while longer.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Bailing out businesses with tax payer money was dumb beyond belief.

                      The only thing dumber was being capitalist in the first place.

                    • ropata

                      BM: we tried the “no regulations” approach and got leaky and cold untreated timber homes stapled together by dodgy operators who conveniently went out of business and left councils and homeowners with a $6 billion mess.

                      Housing would have been more plentiful and cheaper if builders weren’t spending so much time fixing up crazy Art Deco flat roofed leakers up and down the country

                    • ropata

                      BM: we tried the “no regulations” approach and got leaky and cold untreated timber homes stapled together by dodgy operators who conveniently went out of business and left councils and homeowners with a $6 billion mess.

                      Housing would have been more plentiful and cheaper if builders weren’t spending so much time fixing up crazy Art Deco flat roofed leakers up and down the country

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.2.2

        Reality check: property will not halve in value; but it won’t treble, either, and that’s the point.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1

          In Auckland, nominal house prices have trebled in just 20 years.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.2.2.1.1

            So there should be plenty of room to reduce the rate of increase without devaluing existing property.

      • gsays 3.2.3

        an interesting question: what is greed?

        i would suggest it is having more than your fair share.

        in order to have more than you fair share then someone else must go without.

        this is at the root of all our problems.

        till we can learn to simply share ( not barter, not trade ), we are screwed.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.4

        The value hasn’t changed – just the price.

        Besides, the government could offer 0% interest loans so that the drop in price wouldn’t mean anything.

    • Colonial Viper 3.3

      MS – I’m going to run Bernard Hickey’s line – it’s not supply which is the main problem in Auckland, it is demand. Whether it’s locals looking for a 5th investment flat, or overseas Australians, Europeans or Chinese coming here with cheap money looking for asset price growth.

      • mikesh 3.3.1

        It seems to me that rationing of purchases in designated “shortage” areas would make a lot of sense.

    • vto 3.4

      This will melt down before the year’s out I reckon. It never melted down properly last time (post-GFC) and this will be a continuation of that previous meltdown.

      Politically, a bubble like this helps the incumbent government and vv a burst bubble harms them of course.

      Longer term, the ridiculous costs of building require a multi-faceted approach…

      Code and regs keep pushing requirments and costs up. Latest example – scaffold cf ladders = $4,000 per house.
      Government put GST up 2.5%
      Councils put up development contributions.
      Building supplies monopolies and duopolies such as cement. Total rort. Compare Aussie costs.
      Allowing foreigners to own our houses. Fucking dumb.
      Tax structures in NZ favaour making money via capital gains.
      Complete and utter failure of the ‘free market’ to supply a demand for affordable housing.
      Desire by every single government to get house prices rising due to its effect on voting patterns at general elections.
      Land supply limitations and controls (to a lesser extent than each of the above).
      ..

      on it goes.

      Muli-pronged. Some governments with big balls is needed to monster every single one of these issues all at once. But expect fight back from vested interests (banks and existing property owners).

      • Tim 3.4.1

        “Building supplies monopolies and duopolies such as cement. Total rort. Compare Aussie costs.”
        Agree absolutely.
        I’m amazed there hasn’t been an inquiry into the costs of building supplies. I mean FFS! We grow radiata pine here in abundance.
        I recently had to do some essential repairs and based my estimate on costs from a previous project some years ago + a margin for inflation (or so I thought).
        I was out by a mile!
        Rort is exactly what it is

    • AmaKiwi 3.5

      @ MickeySavage

      A mania is emotional, not rational.

      You’re absolutely right. When this real estate bubble bursts there will be widespread pain and blame.

      I have tried to convince friends to be cautious but it’s hopeless. Fear and greed are immune to reason.

      • Colonial Viper 3.5.1

        Yep, good friend has just leveraged to the hilt on his first home in Ellerslie this year. A real estate agent has said to him if he wanted to sell now he could walk away with $100K extra clean in capital gains. Except by the time he found another house he would likely be behind again…it’s madness.

        • vto 3.5.1.1

          Ha, yep you see that aint a gain at all is it. Unless your friend is going to step our of the housing market. This is the fallacy.

          Mind you its all good for the banks ……

          • Colonial Viper 3.5.1.1.1

            Well, you could step out of the Auckland housing market and move into the Bulls housing market…

  4. geoff 4

    If Japan is anything to go by then it won’t be long until the money printing fires up again.

    http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/japan-as-the-new-normal-living-in-a-constrained-economy/

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Money printing is not going to help Japan now. They aren’t illiquid, they are insolvent. The Japanese Govt now owes 1 quadrillion yen. Currently 25% of their tax revenues are spent on paying the interest on government debt.

      Take a look at this – Kyle Bass has Japan nailed.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY6IEpKRA7Y

      • geoff 4.1.1

        Some great sound bites from that vid (so far):
        (Speaking about the Japanese government) “They’re spending more than twice what they make for 5 years in a row”

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          Japan has had 10 Finance Ministers in 5 years. That’s a bit of a clue there I reckon.

          • geoff 4.1.1.1.1

            So this Kyle Bass guy made his millions by shorting the sub-prime crisis. And now he runs a hedge fund and seems have a reputation as the guy who can pick when things are about to go belly up.

            What I find interesting about these kinds of guys, ie Bass, Max Keiser, etc who make lots of public statements about how such and such is going to go belly up, or gold is about to go through the roof etc, is that they seem to continually get it wrong.

            How many months did Keiser go on about the ‘paper apocalypse’ which, so far, hasn’t occurred? This Kyle Bass guy has been going on about Japan disintegrating since 2010 and yet still it hasn’t quite happened.

            I’m not saying I disagree with all of their analysis but you can’t help but roll your eyes a little when hear about the latest financial thing that is supposedly on the verge of imploding.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Bass is a fiduciary and he successfully looked after the interests of his investors.

              Yes, Max Keiser has underestimated how long the powers that be can keep kicking the can down the road for.

              But you need to bear in mind a few things: for tens of millions of Americans who can no longer retire in the comfort they thought because their pension funds have been wiped out, financial armageddon has already come. For the tens of millions of Americans who have already suffered a home foreclosure, financial armageddon has already come. For the hundreds of thousands of Greek and Spanish small business owners who have closed down in the last few years, financial armageddon has already come.

              And for the rest of us, we’ve been saddled with massive debts directly and indirectly to pay for the rescue of insolvent financial institutions and banks.

              What I’m saying is this: shit hasn’t collapsed for most people in NZ yet, but let’s not ignore the fact that it’s definitely already happened to many and it is rolling around the world.

              Michael Burry on how he hated making millions from the subprime crisis:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CLhqjOzoyE

              as for Japan – Bass says you can’t argue with the numbers. Japan is insolvent. The only variable now is the psychology of the market participants, and how long they will go along with kicking the can down the road. 10 finance ministers in 5 years. That says something.

              • geoff

                No argument from me on lots of those points. You’ve said it well with your ‘kicking the can down the road’ line in reference to Keiser but I can’t help but lump all the other predictions that are shorting the system, such as Bass’s, in with that analogy.

                Let’s assume that the main beneficiaries of the global economy have strong common interests and that if something as large as the Japanese economy collapses then they will all suffer (c.f the GFC). If that were the case then I think they would all work very hard together to stop that from happening.

                Remember it’s just a made up system, it isn’t like the laws of physics, so if the powers that be feel the need to change the rules for their own survival then they will simply change the rules.

                • Colonial Viper

                  if something as large as the Japanese economy collapses then they will all suffer (c.f the GFC). If that were the case then I think they would all work very hard together to stop that from happening.

                  Normally, yes. If all the other members of the G20 or the OECD were in rude financial health, with surpluses and reserves to spare.

                  But now, that is not the reality. I think we will find that national self interest, not systemic interest, is suddenly going to become more prominent.

                  • geoff

                    Nah, national self interest doesn’t exist, CV. Multinational corps rule and they’ll do as they please.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Mostly true, although in reality it’s a few thousand corporate board members and institutional fund leaders (I suggest fewer than 10,000 people in total) who are in charge

    • ghostrider888 4.2

      “Reluctant to spend that money at home” in Japan
      http://www.ibtimes.com/japanese-foreign-direct-investment-fdi-japan-inc-seeking-growth-abroad-1318357
      promoting foreign direct-investment, hollowing out the domestic economy.

  5. ghostrider888 5

    and, moving Right along to the asset sales programme;
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10892418
    “Prospects Gloomy” (otherwise fine in the bay)
    -”MRP won’t pass $2.50 in next 12 months suggest 3 / 5 broker analysts”
    -”difficulties facing the float of Meridian and Genesis now even greater” even.

    Yeaup yeaup yeaup

  6. Jimmie 6

    Right so we can add ‘drought causer’ to the list of John Key’s sins.

    It could probably slot right in between ‘child eater’ and ‘rich prick’.

    Never mind that when Key has a policy of promoting the building of water storage dams to negate the effect of droughts he is dammed as a rich prick and out to help his rich farmer mates.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      John Key has a policy of building dams? He’s keeping damned quiet about it.

      New Zealand history shows that all Labour led governments have managed the economy better than your pack of clowns. Get over it.

      PS: now I get it; Key wants to sell the dams, not build them, you goose.

      • Jimmie 6.1.1

        Um Knucklenhead you dodo take off your one eyed blinker for a second and read the following link.

        http://www.national.org.nz/PDF_General/Primary_Sector_policy_.pdf

        I said water storage dams – helps promote irrigation use during dry summers – negates the effect of extended summer dry periods. Hard for Key to sell them when they are built yet.

        In regards to your comment about Labour led governments I assume that you fully support Roger Douglas’s reforms in the 1980′s then?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1.1.1

          Really? Well I suggest you stop making an ass of yourself then.

          Anyway, regarding the National Party’s water policy plan to give handouts to farmers, do you know how much they charged their clients in the farming sector for it?

        • Te Reo Putake 6.1.1.2

          Tired old link, Jimmie. If only they were committed to doing something about it in a timely manner. Last I heard, they’d put a few million aside to do the investigation work, hire a few of their cronies, etc. but no actual earthworks. I guess they just aspirational.

        • Kevin Welsh 6.1.1.3

          Considering we are told that there is a dearth of great investment opportunities in NZ, here is the perfect vehicle for the well-heeled Jimmie. Time for farmers and the wealthy to put their money where their mouths are and invest in the likes of the Ruataniwha dam scheme… but we know they won’t when there is the perennial sucker called the tax payer waiting to front the cash and take the risk.

          • ghostrider888 6.1.1.3.1

            Yep, running around looking for other investors, including the ratepayer, kinda like flying choppers in to free snow-bound stock at a $1000+ an hour while pleading for volunteer assistance to save their wooly assets.

      • Melb 6.1.2

        Including in the run up to that 1990 election where they lied about the state of the government books?

  7. Winston Smith 7

    This is not good for Labour…

    The best the left can come up with is the economy not growing as quickly as expected (so its growing) even though NZs doing a lot better than most

    So your secret weapon is Bernard Hickey…better than Shearer I suppose

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.1

      Yes, that’s the best. Unless you count NZ Power. And Kiwibuild. And closing charter schools. And abolishing National Standards, and returning some balance to employment law.

      There’s probably a few other things besides, so yes, I expect we can safely say that pointing out how shit the National Party is is about the tenth best thing or so. But you were close.

    • ghostrider888 7.2

      …and Brian Fallow, Brian Easton, Shamubeel Eaqub, Colin James, Kim Hill, Bryce Edwards…

  8. Richard Down South 8

    A free market doesn’t supply what’s needed, it supplies whats PROFITABLE

    • vto 8.1

      And therein lies one of many of its flaws.

      Lordy knows why people think the free market can solve everything. Whatever happenned to roger dougal, richard puddle, don crash, rodney don’t hide amd david farrart……….. why don’t they come out and explain where their theories have gone all awry?

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Well the simple fact is that there’s too much regulation and taxes are still too high, so if we were to get rid of just a bit more, we’d reach FMU (Free Market Utopia)

  9. Matthew Hooton 9

    Very disappointing GDP data, you are absolutely right. Only a bit over 1.8% for the six months to 31 March.

    May tourism stats look good though: http://m.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_MRMay13.aspx. The minister must be doing a good job. Hopefully Q2 2013 GDP will be much better than Q1 2013 partly as a result.

    • Arfamo 9.1

      May tourism stats look good though: The minister must be doing a good job.

      How does that follow?

      • Matthew Hooton 9.1.1

        I was being ironic and baiting you. I don’t think ministers of particular industries do all that much to drive extra demand. But if anyone here wants to blame ministers for negative developments in their portfolio sectors, then obviously you must acknowledge the minister’s “success” in this case. Here’s to Mr Key, surely contributors here should be saying.

        • ghostrider888 9.1.1.1

          thats some chum!

        • Te Reo Putake 9.1.1.2

          “But if anyone here wants to blame ministers for negative developments in their portfolio sectors, then obviously you must acknowledge the minister’s “success” in this case.”

          Only where the success/failure can be directly linked to the Minister concerned.

          And don’t call me surely.

        • Arfamo 9.1.1.3

          I was being ironic and baiting you.

          Fair enough. You may be baiting someone, but not me. I’m just following the debate.

    • ghostrider888 9.2

      looking to change paymasters Matthew?

      • Matthew Hooton 9.2.1

        Strangely, I have this policy of saying, when GDP growth is strong, that that is good for the govt and, when GDP growth is weak or negative, that that is bad for the govt. There are no “paymasters”.

        • ghostrider888 9.2.1.1

          Bet, you’ve heard this song reflected upon in many a bar, from student beer-palace, to broad sports-bar to boutique cock-tail club;

          “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em
          Know when to walk away and know when to run.
          You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
          There’ll be time enough for countin’, when the dealin’s done.

          Now Ev’ry gambler knows, that the secret to survivin’
          Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep.”

          Kind Recards.

        • KJT 9.2.1.2

          Good spin Hoots (With laughter).

          Spin all you like, but the fact is in NZ history the more right wing the Government the lower the economic growth. 30% less GDP growth under right wing governments, on average.

          They cannot even do well by their own favourite measurements.

          Of course by almost any other measure, National, is, a national disaster!

          And. Without the “hospital pass”, for National, of Christchurch reconstruction, migration, Auckland housing booms and artificially high interest rates attracting offshore loan money. GDP growth would be well into the negative.

    • felix 9.3

      Bahahaha Hooton you’re such a retard.

      Do you seriously think anyone is going to fall for you suddenly measuring in 6 month increments?

      Quarters, dick.

  10. Adrian 10

    My understanding is that the CHCH rebuild growth contribution was greater than the .03% which would make negative growth for the last however long. Mike King today in an analysis of Chch byelection reckoned 12000 at one stage had left there for Auckland, as some are now getting their payout it would be nice to see some research to see how much this influx is having on demand.

    • vto 10.1

      Exactly Adrian.

      Strip away the Christchurch rebuild (which is a bloody broken-window situation anyway) and the economy will surely have shrunk.

      • Winston Smith 10.1.1

        That maybe but the point is it hasn’t shrunk…

        You lefties like to make excuses rather than face up to your failings:

        “Nationals only popular because: A John Key B MSM C Money from business owners D people are sheple”

        Way not face up to the major issues in your own parties, fix them and give NZ a credible opposition and stop making excuses

        • ghostrider888 10.1.1.1

          you be preaching to the converted.

        • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.2

          How was vto ‘making excuses’?

          Excuses for what?

          The problem with you righties is that you make no damn sense at all.

          The fact is that rebuilding chch is adding a few points to the gdp figures, unless we have a city destroying earthquake every few years then it’s not really a sustainable f=growth plan. English said he was going to rebalance the economy. When he going to do that/ The tax changes were supposed to do the trick. But they didn’t.

          English also used to talk about the fact that the property boom under labour created a ‘fake economy’ and that the jobs weren’t ‘real’. He’s not saying that now that property is ranking up again is he? But at least under Labour there were jobs.

          • Rosetinted 10.1.1.2.1

            Apparently a unit in the middle of a block, valued at about $350,000, went for near $700,000 in Auckland not long ago. This is total hearsay. Apparently also people are just about crying when they go to auctions of places that they expect to be within their reach.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.2

        Remember: along with debt levels, GDP per capita is the important measure

  11. ghostrider888 11

    “Chinese economy in free-fall” (relative)
    http://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-economy-free-fall-manufacturing-contracts-again-shibor-climbs-higher-1315953
    while the SHIBOR climbs. hmmm. How those trade-winds turn.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      thank goodness we haven’t been relying on shit tonnes of coal and iron ore exports to China to support our economy. This slow down might cause us real trouble otherwise. Oh wait…

  12. ghostrider888 12

    “Developed economies ‘steady’, emerging markets disappoint”
    http://www.ibtimes.com/global-economic-growth-modest-emerging-markets-disappoint-developed-economies-hold-steady-barclays
    Get thee to Malaysia, or Mexico and the Phillipines.

  13. Poission 13

    now lets see since the GFC the loan servicing ( interest) of household debt has decreased by around 4.5 billion a year, and still GDP is in the 3 sigma error range,It is time for either the RB or treasury to provide some simplistic reasons.
    [Bunji: fixed typo in name]

  14. Mark 14

    The cost of building a house in Nz is so far over the top that there has to be price fixing somewhere in the chain. I am in Perth at the moment on business and for $175,000 numerous home building companies will build you a new house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, landscaped and fully furnished on your section. Real eye opener compared to Nz. Land and house packages start at $280,000 and they are really nice. Something is rotten in the Nz housing market.

  15. Mark 15

    The cost of building a house in Nz is so far over the top that there has to be price fixing somewhere in the chain. I am in Perth at the moment on business and for $175,000 numerous home building companies will build you a new house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, landscaped and fully furnished on your section. Real eye opener compared to Nz. Land and house packages start at $280,000 and they are really nice. Something is rotten in the Nz housing market.

  16. Mark 16

    The cost of building a house in Nz is so far over the top that there has to be price fixing somewhere in the chain. I am in Perth at the moment on business and for $175,000 numerous home building companies will build you a new house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, landscaped and fully furnished on your section. Real eye opener compared to Nz. Land and house packages start at $280,000 and they are really nice. Something is rotten in the Nz housing market.

  17. vto 17

    The cost of building a house in Nz is so far over the top that there has to be price fixing somewhere in the chain. I am in Perth at the moment on business and for $175,000 numerous home building companies will build you a new house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, landscaped and fully furnished on your section. Real eye opener compared to Nz. Land and house packages start at $280,000 and they are really nice. Something is rotten in the Nz housing market.

  18. vto 18

    The cost of building a house in Nz is so far over the top that there has to be price fixing somewhere in the chain. I am in Perth at the moment on business and for $175,000 numerous home building companies will build you a new house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, landscaped and fully furnished on your section. Real eye opener compared to Nz. Land and house packages start at $280,000 and they are really nice. Something is rotten in the Nz housing market..

  19. vto 19

    The cost of building a house in Nz is so far over the top that there has to be price fixing somewhere in the chain. I am in Perth at the moment on business and for $175,000 numerous home building companies will build you a new house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, landscaped and fully furnished on your section. Real eye opener compared to Nz. Land and house packages start at $280,000 and they are really nice. Something is rotten in the Nz housing market…

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      I believe the classical term for it is “rape and pillage”

      However do take into account that NZ workers are paid much more than their Aussie construction counterparts. Oh wait…

      • vto 19.1.1

        hmmmpphh… we will only know after it’s been raped and pillaged

        one must take ones own comfort ….

  20. Whatever next 20

    Yep, ” cooking the books” and a ” shiter future”

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    Labour | 22-08
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    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
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