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Crays and Aussie Carrots

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, November 22nd, 2012 - 51 comments
Categories: australian politics, cost of living, Economy, im/migration, International, jobs - Tags:

One of the best things about being a Kiwi living in Australia is the food.  But, not the carrots.  Not the milk either, or the lamb.  And if we’re being brutally honest, not the cheese, not the apples, and not the spuds.  Really, the best thing is the restaurant food.  Actually, it’s not so much the restaurant food, as the choice of restaurant.  In fact, the best thing about being a Kiwi living in Australia is not so much the choice of places to eat, rather than the ability to choose.

And that ability to choose directly comes down to the cold hard fact that you probably received $2000AUD wages in your hot little hand this week rather than $800NZ.  That your power bill for one month was $80AUD rather than $250NZ.  That your $400AUD rent was 25% of your weekly wage rather than 50%.

A fellow kiwi expat and I were talking about this issue the other day.  This is part of the conversation:

Roger:  “My missus and I never used to go out when we lived in Enzed – ever.”
Me:  “No, we didn’t either.”
Roger:  “We go out a lot, now.”
Me:  “It’s so great ay?”
Roger:  “Yeah and now we even choose which restaurant.  No stink smorgasbords for us.”
Me:  “It feels like we’re sort of part of society ay?”
Roger:  “Pity the seafood is crap.”

In 2011, Roger and I both dragged our families across the ditch from our beloved New Zealand for employment – and a better wage for our labour.  We’d never travelled on an OE, so this was also an adventure.

Some will argue that we could have made sacrifices to remain in NZ.  For example, by not being made redundant; by showing our ‘stuff’ and beating the other 1500 applicants to be offered our dream job; by saving money and enjoying ‘free’ entertainment e.g.. scrabble at home rather than the cinema; by walking 83km to the beach rather than taking the car; by eliminating luxuries (meat).

Most NZ families have forgotten they have the right to participate in modern life by expecting a decent weekly wage. A holiday.  A movie.  A trip to the beach.  A meal out.  They forget until they move somewhere like Australia – like we did.

Then they find out the best thing about being a Kiwi living and working in Australia is not just the ability to choose which restaurant you take your family to once a week; the best thing is simply being a part of life.

Still, Roger’s holding out hope that a job opens up in NZ with comparable wages, and that the crays and carrots are still waiting when he returns home.  Me too.

Shelley

51 comments on “Crays and Aussie Carrots”

  1. higherstandard 1

    Are you the same imaginary chap painting the roof that Shearer was on about ?

    • Kevin Welsh 1.1

      Ahhh, the politics of envy HS…

      • higherstandard 1.1.1

        I was more thinking the politics of bullshit. It’s a close thing between the blogs and parliament which is more full of it.

        • Kevin Welsh 1.1.1.1

          Then maybe you need to get out of the office more. A good friend of mine who moved over two years ago, and my bosses son who moved over there 1 year ago, all same the same as the post above.

          But I’m sure you have anecdotal evidence to the contrary…

          • Chris 1.1.1.1.1

            You can’t really call people out for anecdotal evidence when your post contains only that. It isn’t as if it is hard to find items which provide evidence better than a good friend of mine did this.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    I was in Melbourne on holiday two weeks ago and I could see why retail is in trouble – there is too much of it! Everywhere seems to feel the need to add a gigantic shopping mall as part of the development plan. Australian governments appear to know they must maintain high disposable incomes, with so much shopping available and so many working in retail retail spending/disposable income is critical to the domestic economy.

    But the sheer quantity of food outlets staggered me. You couldn’t turn around without falling over a cafe or restaurant or bistro or tapas bar – and they all always seemed to have at least some customers, unlike here in NZ where they can look like morgues outside busy times. I thought the food of very good quality.

    A friend of mine over there described it thus: If you are unskilled/low skilled and on a minimum/low wage you are still $50-$100 per week better off in real terms than in NZ.

    That means even the lowest paid can afford to eat out somewhere once a week.

    Skilled/professional workers can afford to eat out two or three times a week. Since Melbourne has 4 million people, that equals a thriving domestic economy.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Only problem being that the slow down is biting over there, even in the mining sector where several new projects are being cancelled. For all those Kiwis over in Oz – start putting away a bit more money week to week (which sadly contracts the wider economy but ah well) – I’ve already come across a couple of people who have been affected by unexpected redundancies.

      • karol 2.1.1

        Already Queensland agencies are paying for homeless kiwis to be flown back to NZ.

        • aerobubble 2.1.1.1

          Wait a while and you’ll have a rush if young fluent cultural Australia speakers, some with criminal records, holding only a kiwi passport and landing in Nz for the first time ever.
          Imagine that, we are going to be relying on them to carry a higher burden of taxation to
          fund pensions, yet our PM wont go into bat for them when they grow up in Australia.

  3. Clashman 3

    Don’t worry John and his mates promised to close the wage gap. It wont be long now…..

  4. Rob 4

    “by walking 83km to the beach rather than taking the car” – LOL, is this a Tui ad.

  5. Populuxe1 5

    I’ve never had a $250 power bill in my life, and I haven’t exactly noticed a lack of diversity in restaurants.
    Never mind, the gap will close soon, mainly because I suspect the Australian economy will be heading our way soon and not vice versa… 

    • infused 5.1

      Pretty much this. I have a mate of a mate of a mate who shits golden eggs. True story bro.

    • mike e 5.2

      Not likely popuganda I’ve just come back from OZ and if the federal govt isn’t stimulating their economy the states are stimulating their own so I don’t see Australia going down as much as NZ!
      But on the food front their Restaurants and cafe’s have gone down hill big time since last time I was their 5 years ago.
      Their food has turned to tasteless expensive crap !
      We have better food at less than half the price with nicer service so not all is good across the ditch!
      Our coffee is better but one area where they are better is tropical fruits.
      clothing is much dearer for quality .
      Housing is cheaper than Auckland or Queenstown!
      Jobs the more skill the better the chances of a job illegal immigrants are undercutting wages in the low skill areas.
      The scenery doesn’t exist travel times are long no respite from the noise!
      New Zealand is way better!

      • Populuxe1 5.2.1

        “Housing is cheaper than Auckland or Queenstown!”

        Um, no shit Sherlock. Housing is also cheaper in the rest of New Zealand, quite a few places in Europe and the US. Thankfully not all of us want to live in Auckland or Queenstown. 

  6. Rosie 6

    “Most NZ families have forgotten they have the right to participate in modern life by expecting a decent weekly wage. A holiday. A movie. A trip to the beach. A meal out”.

    Too right cobber. Except that I haven’t forgotten what those things feel like, I just know that they no longer exist for our household and don’t know when they will again. Last meal out to a restaurant: June 2011. Movies – don’t do, just download or hire dvd’s from the library where its only $4. Trip to the beach – luckily we’re not far from the sea. Holiday? We honestly can’t remember the last time we had a proper holiday. In the last 4 years we’ve had 2 weekend trips away from town, and only no more than 100 k’s away because of petrol costs.

    It’s great you can now live your life and enjoy those things. I can imagine that would be quite liberating. Is it sad you had to leave your country to do so?

    • Rob 6.1

      What do you do Rosie? Has your income dropped at all or remained static?

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Shadow inflation.

      • Rosie 6.1.2

        Thats a bit personal Rob. Not sure if trolling or genuinely interested………….So FYI, we are down to one income due to my being unemployed. I do voluntary work for an NGO, so I work but not for pay. I’ve not received an income since April 2011. Our one person income which is a good one has remained static since mid 08. In that time our accomodation costs have gone up by almost 30%. Then of course the suck arse increase in GST has impacted on our budgeting. So in short, we are downwardly mobile.

        • lprent 6.1.2.1

          I know what you mean. We were looking at the household budget when we moved back into my apartment. Essentially our income has only slightly increased since 2009, but our costs have gone up a *lot*.

          Especially in food, insurance and power which are all up like a rocket. The costs over the last few years in running cars have been been burdensome as well even though we don’t drive much. Rates have increased a bit. Body corporate fees have gone up a lot.

          There has been a minimal drop in interest on the mortgage, and a drop in the net/phone link by switching VOIP/naked broadband.

          Yep, we’re going backwards. The only nice thing about it is that by moving back into my old apartment after 4 years away is that our accommodation costs overall dropped a lot.

          • Rosie 6.1.2.1.1

            Hi Lprent. Costs going up. A’int that the truth! And yes cars too: grrrr! Car repairs and urgent dental surgery (wouldn’t have been urgent if there had the been the funds to cover preventative care in the first place) have put us into quite a bit of debt on top of the usual weekly money juggle.

            Can understand why folks go to Aussie IF they are guaranteed of a better opportunity but I like it here too much to leave and we’ve got a lot going for us despite the current political cloud of crap that hangs over us.

            • lprent 6.1.2.1.1.1

              The lumps of car repair money was something I noticed when I was pretty damn poor because I was coughing up money to deal with a leaky building. The usual repairs and maintenance like tyres suddenly became a *big* issue because I simply didn’t have a money buffer any more.

              After an idiot rear-ended me on the bridge one day and the car took 6 weeks to get repaired so I was using a hire vehicle to get to work in Albany, I rather decided that I’d start treating a car as being a luxury rather than a requirement for work. Any future work would be done where I could either use public transport or where I could work at home.

              Helped a lot with the budgets. These days with work I can walk to work if I desire, or take the link / walk. If needs be then car can stay in the garage. Of course the registration tax and insurance are a pain because they’re essentially fixed costs and do rather make the cost of having a occasional use vehicle rather high. I probably need to look at diesel road user charges as an alternative (they are a usage based tax?)

              • Lanthanide

                “I probably need to look at diesel road user charges as an alternative (they are a usage based tax?)”

                Yes, they’re usage based. They make up for the tax that would otherwise be paid on diesel though, nothing to do with registration etc.

                • lprent

                  Darn. For the last couple of years I did between 2k and 4k kms in the car. Much of that is in the few trips I take each year heading to my parents in Rotorua. I was just figuring it out.

                  That must mean that I actually expend just about as much on registration tax and WOF’s as I do on petrol. Currently I fill up every 6-8 weeks for about $100. Say 6 weeks.

                  52/6 = 8.67 * 100 = $867 pa.
                  cf WOF is ~$70 *2 and reg ~380pa =~$520pa

                  I’d have to look up the insurance.

                  Ummmm. Bloody hard to live in Auckland without a car though.

    • Shelley 6.2

      Thanks Rosie – the volunteer work you do in the heart of our communities is so important; thank you.

      Answers: Yes it is liberating and yes it is sad and disappointing that we had to leave NZ. What we discovered in Australia was the ability to participate in modern life. We discovered ‘disposable income’. We discovered what it feels like to have no financial worries – who would have known! We also discovered what true homesickness is and how no amount of money can replace family and home soil. And we found a little sadness in our hearts that no matter how hard we plot or plan every month to work our way back to NZ, we know right now there just aren’t the jobs or else the cost of living outweighs the wages offered. For lots of reasons, some can live in NZ atm. For lots of reasons, some can’t. But eventually we want to come home – I hope some day we can.

      • Rosie 6.2.1

        Hi Shelley. Thanks for your comments. Wow, thats a tough one. I only hope that one day you can return and enjoy the same standard of living that you are experiencing in Oz, here on your home turf.
        Kia Kaha.

  7. tc 7

    ‘That your power bill for one month was $80AUD rather than $250NZ. That your $400AUD rent was 25% of your weekly wage rather than 50%.’

    Power is already scamming us and will climb more with the generator flog off
    High rents reflect partly the demand placed by housing being a tax free investment option and also because our supply industry’s are full of monopoly practices (CHH, Fletchers etc) making them more expensive than they should be.

    CGT and a CommComm with teeth run by people who give a shit about a fair market is a start on housing, re-nationalising power fixes the other.

    Oz’s ACCC (their commcomm) has many scalps including oil companies and pratts Visy empire whereas over here rebshocker rubber stamped and stood by troughing….still is as a NACT appointee.

    SME’s are starting to topple, the mining bubble’s burst, the high Oz dollar combined with e-tailing is slamming a retail sector that’s been cruising for a bruising. Melb’s docklands district has already tanked and no-one’s buying houses as they either refuse to pay the price or can’t pay the price and take on the debt.

  8. cricklewood 8

    I listened to an interveiw this avo about kiwis in the goldcoast. Basically alot of kiwis are getting into strife as the construction drys up and are needing help to get home. Apperently alot of the kiwis are on casual contracts and are the first to go…. It aint all roses thats for sure. Interestingly she said that many prefered to stay and take their chances rather than take a free flight home….

    • karol 8.1

      The QLD state government has gone big on austerity – a lot of lay-offs in the public sector.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        THIS. Its not an accident that Kiwis were commonly on casual contracts and the first to go as well. How does it feel NZers to be treated like disposable second world labourers?

        This is the beginning in Oz.

        • Clashman 8.1.1.1

          Up to a point, I say good on the Aussies for that. The industry I’m involved, with, (in NZ) works the opposite way – the kiwis are the first to be sacked because the (often “illegal”) non kiwis will work for next to nothing.
          Second world labourers in their own country.

      • millsy 8.1.2

        This is what will happen countrywide when the Liberal Party comes to power in 2013.

        Mind you I struggle to find any differences between the Coalition and the ALP.

        Apart from a couple of modest taxes and a broadband network, the whole three party sings from the same neo-liberal songsheet.

        The reason why wages are high in Aus is because their unions never really got defanged to the same level that ours did in the ’90′s, not for lack of trying, looking at you over there Mr Howard.

        It also helps that Australian authorites never really outsourced/privatised their activities to the extent that we did.

        • mike e 8.1.2.1

          patrick stevedoring millsy serco they’ve busted the unions over their to just done it more slowly
          Qantas and jetstar its all happening the same way their.
          The big difference is that workers can just walk out the door and get another job more easily than here and ozzy employers know the value in keeping a good worker and your more likely to get promoted! .
          Ozzy employers aren’t like our Victorian style employers!
          Look at henry ford he new the value of keeping skilled workers by paying them more than the opposition! unfortunately he treated the unions badly!
          We need to improve wages to get our economy going again starting with the gouging banks they are taking record profits from NZ !

      • mike e 8.1.3

        Karol the liberal and country party have chased voters back to Gillard with this Austerity BS old budgie brained abbott is loosing popularity because Aussies aren’t as dumb as Kiwi’s and can see that right wing Govt’s aren’t good for the economy!

  9. happynz 9

    The thing that irked me about Aussie are some bizarre policies such as requiring an Australian ID to mail an overseas package. This happened to me twice at different post shops in Melbourne. Maybe I look sketchy, I don’t know. In my travels to many countries in the world, Australia is the only place that requested proof of identity to mail a package. I can see showing ID to pick up a package, but to send one…?

  10. Shona 10

    Lived there for 7 years. Never regretted it. Have often regretted returning to NZ but I know what you mean about homesickness and the food is better in NZ overall tho’ Melbourne /Victoria a close second. I am glad my kids are Kiwis and have had a Kiwi education. However our income is still derived from OZ and all our cash investments are there.( Far more stable return). As babyboomers we know we had it easy and made the most of opportunities there.The opportunities are greater and better no contest.2 of our offspring are now repeating this experience of ours one now commutes just like his dad. Yes we are second class citizens. The Aussie govt. needs to be taken to the world court or something similar over that.It is nigh on impossible to get permanent residency/citizenship even if you are married to an Aussie. Helen Clark fucked up big time on that her gross lack of life experience tripped her up there. Naive?no just plain stupid.Aussies are some of the sharpest people on the planet and we have a lot to learn from them Trust no one!Kia Ora.

    • Lanthanide 10.1

      “Helen Clark fucked up big time on that her gross lack of life experience tripped her up there. Naive?no just plain stupid.”

      I’m not sure why you’re blaming Helen Clark for law changes made by the sovereign Australian government. They don’t have to let NZers into their country at all, you know.

      • Shona 10.1.1

        Yeah? How about it’s reciprocal then. We don’t have to give Aussie’s full residency after a few months or let them access our welfare and health systemfor free. That’s how she fucked up. She could have objected, she didn’t . There was no justification for the stance Australia took. It is racist in it’s discrimi nation against NZer’s. We CANNOT get permanent residency with out a huge battle. They constantly shift the goalposts for NZer’s . It is RACIST. Clark never quibbled or negotiated. She bent over and took it. Utterly naive and totally gutless. No wonder Aussie’s think we’re a pushover we are. They rob us on a daily basis thru’ the banking system. Wakey Wakey Lanth.You clearly haven’t been paying attention.We are second class citizens ove there we do not have access to the education system or it’s loan system, we do not have a right to full insurance, or health and welfare. We have to pay.Yet we pay full taxes there. Geddit?

        • Lanthanide 10.1.1.1

          As far as I am aware, NZers getting residency in Oz must meet the same requirements as any other nationality.

          If you have some proof that says otherwise, please provide it.

          And, if you don’t like being treated as a second-class citizen in Oz, don’t go there? Or, get residency? As I said, Australia doesn’t have to let NZers in at all, if they feel like it. It’s a privilege that we get to go at all.

          As for reciprocity, quite clearly NZ has decided it needs Australians living here, more than Australia needs NZers. Such is life.

        • XooX 10.1.1.2

          NZ’ers are not second-class citizens because they are not citizens at all.

          NZ’ers do get access to tertiary education at the same cost as domestic students but no access to the loan system.

          If the price for accessing an economy where wages are 40%+ greater than NZ while paying lower taxes than in NZ while forgoing ability to go on the dole in Bondi then that’s an option I’ll take anyday.

          If NZ’ers want to bitch and moan then I’m pretty sure there are millions who would take your place in a heartbeat.

          Geddit?

  11. JonL 11

    ” we do not have a right to full insurance, or health and welfare” – no welfare unless you are a permanent resident I believe, but health? – I was here 4 months and got an eye cataract done on the health system — cost me nowt! I would have had to wait another 15 months in NZ! Had a heart attack (AMI) – no worries about treatment – medicare paid all the costs.
    $90 power bills – we live in the sticks and only get $90 power bills because we have a PV system feeding power back into the grid at 40c/unit and aren’t at home during the day!
    Would love to go back to NZ, but know there wouldn’t be any work available and we couldn’t replace what we have here.

  12. Brighter Future... in Aus 12

    I emigrated to Melbourne from Wellington earlier this year. I am paid roughly the same amount in Australian dollars as I was in NZ $ but due to the $18 000 tax-free bracket get much more in hand than I did back home. Cost of living is far cheaper than I expected, with things like rent being much better value than in New Zealand. I am doing similar work to what I did in New Zealand but being paid far better for the times where I have to work late or on weekends – so much so that I actually volunteer to work on weekends now.

    Between that, the weather and the amazing public transport, I don’t understand why anyone still lives in the Banana Republic across the Tasman.

  13. MQ 13

    The cheese in Australia is a mile better than anything NZ has ever offered. try the supermarket here. 4 different kind of hardcheese. try the supermarket in Australia and the choice doubles. try it in Europe and its 20+
    in regards to cheese and dairy Fonterra and the likes has made us a country that really just get the worst of the worst. Our wine industry should have been followed by a cheese industry. that never happened instead we end up having wine with tasteless Brie and Camembert. thats as modern as the 70ies show and to be honest the 70ies is probably the last time anyone outside NZ did Camembert and brie with wine…

    One of the first thing a new Labour needs to do is break the monopoly Fonterra has on cheese. Allow real cheese to be imported, allow real flavours in our food and let the creative kiwi entrepreneurs tackle the AustralAsian dairy market. As it is now we even allow Fonterra to call their goatcheese feta despite feta being branded a designated term and only allowed to be used for cheese mad eof goat and originating in Greece. A disgrace and something to keep in ind next time the EU blocks another one of our fake brands and pirated products.

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    As many NZ babies do, I developed eczema and asthma. My mother took me to various clinicians. I have vague impressions of kindly doctors with strange accents. In retrospect they were probably part of the Jewish diaspora - educated at...
    Public Address | 23-04
  • An FPP politician in an MMP world
    So, now that Shane Jones has gone, he's come clean about the reason: he didn't want to work alongside Russel Norman and the Greens. Which I think emphasises just how much of a throwback Jones was, and how unsuited he...
    No Right Turn | 23-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: News from talented women
    As I may have noted once or twice, Janine and the Mixtape's Dark Mind EP is one of last year's overlooked local gems. Or perhaps not-so-overlooked now, given that her new video for 'Hold Me' was premiered this week on...
    Public Address | 23-04
  • Focus on housing costs, raise wages not interest rates
    "The increase in the Reserve Bank's interest rate, while expected, shows little imagination and will raise mortgage costs for home owners," says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “The focus should be on getting housing costs down, and raising wages to make...
    CTU | 23-04
  • One year on: progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 24, 2014Body:  An official from one of the two global union bodies that negotiated the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, currently visiting New Zealand, says that the Accord continues to make big steps forward to ensure...
    First Union Media | 23-04
  • Update from Dr.Gevil
    We wanted to share with you a little fun....
    Gareth’s World | 23-04
  • Matauri Bay: There are certain stories that get under your skin
    There are certain stories that get under your skin, stories that no matter how many times you hear them somehow strike you in a way that you never forget, stories that become a very part of you. The story of...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-04
  • Anit-fluoridation advertising deceptive
     Looks like the scientific fight-back against the misinformation coming from anti-fluoridation groups is having some success. This press release from the on-line Making Sense of Fluoride group. Anti Fluoridation Advertisements Rejected by The Advertising Complaints Authority Over the past week,...
    Open Parachute | 23-04
  • The Art of Letting Go
    via Porcupine Farm   While the big news with regard to the rebuild has been the scaling back of the Arts Precinct, this is just one part of a wider narrative that sees the grand plan unravelling. Since I wrote...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 23-04
  • Joyce tells Otago to ship in more students
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 11 Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is using threatened changes to university councils to bully the University of Otago to take more international students, says TEU national secretary Sharn...
    TEU | 23-04
  • New money for Māori innovation won’t cover cuts to Māori research
    Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori centre of research excellence is welcoming the  government’s decision to invest up to $2.5 million a year over the next two years in Māori-led science and...
    TEU | 23-04
  • UCOL staff given holiday but not pay rise
    UCOL staff got two extra days’ holiday they did not bargain for this week between Easter and Anzac Day, but what they really want is a pay rise. The polytechnic’s chief executive Paul McIlroy said...
    TEU | 23-04
  • Workers Memorial Day 2014
    Please be advised that there are three events planned to commemorate Workers Memorial Day (28 April) in Wellington. The media are invited to attend all three events.What When Photo:  ...
    CTU | 23-04
  • Shane Jones speaks out
    On 3news last night, Shane Jones gave a staged interview where he got some things off his chest. Not exactly a graceful exit, but there you go. Two of the things he said were especially interesting to me. Shane said:...
    Polity | 23-04
  • No Economic Rationale for $760m Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fifth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz In this post we look at the economic...
    Transport Blog | 23-04
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #15
    Column – iPredict iPredicts 7000 registered traders continue to believe Winston Peters NZ First party will hold the balance of power after the election and allow National to govern. There has been a small gain to Act and the Conservatives...
    Its our future | 23-04
  • Photo of the day – Vulcan Lane
    Vulcan Lane alive with people Photo is credited to oh.yes.melbourne...
    Transport Blog | 23-04
  • Have your say on what Internet rights should look like
    Today I launched my Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill – NZ’s first ever bill crowdsourced by a political party. The launch happened live on Reddit, and I was joined in my office Joy Liddicoat (former Human Rights Commissioner and present...
    frogblog | 23-04
  • Michael Porter on Social Progress
    via CNN, Fareed Zakaria has a fascinating interview with Harvard's Michael Porter, architect of the Social Progress Index that was launched to great fanfare a little while back. New Zealand won the top rank in that index, and Porter's main...
    Polity | 23-04
  • Time running out to save uni councils
    There’s only a week left to have your say on the Government’s changes to university and wānanga councils. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has put forward dramatic changes to the way uni and wānanga councils are made up – removing...
    frogblog | 23-04
  • Another reason why we need an enforceable BORA
    Back in 2003, the then-Labour government, faced with the "threat" of an unpopular child-sex offender being released from prison at the end of their sentance, enacted the Parole (Extended Supervision) and Sentencing Amendment Act, allowing them to be detained for...
    No Right Turn | 23-04
  • Govt response to alcohol report simplistic
    The Government's response to a Ministry of Justice report on minimum alcohol pricing is simplistic and turns its back on those who are most susceptible to alcohol marketing promoting greater consumption, Labour's Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. "The Ministry's report...
    Labour | 25-04
  • Govt fails Southern Cross Forest workers
    The Government's failure to deal with problems in the wood processing industry has resulted in more needless job losses, Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today.Southern Cross Forest Products announcement of another sawmill closure brings the tally of closures...
    Greens | 24-04
  • Humiliation for Government in Chinese dictat
    New Zealand’s food safety systems should be respected by our trading partners, but instead the Government has been humiliated with the Chinese dictating the terms of our infant formula production, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.   “The Government...
    Labour | 24-04
  • Honouring our Pacific soldiers
    Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson and MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, will pay a special tribute to the many Pacific Islanders who fought in the New Zealand Armed Forces during the First World War in a speech he is giving...
    Labour | 24-04
  • Government inaction on power and housing to blame for latest rate rise
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says today's interest rate rise, that will hit home owners and businesses, is a consequence of the government's failure to get a grip on electricity prices and the property market, particularly in Auckland."The Green Party...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Rate rise not needed if Government was doing its job
    Today’s interest rate rise wouldn’t have been necessary if the Government had been doing its job properly and targeting the sources of inflation, Labour says. “New Zealand interest rates are among the highest in the world, putting more and more...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Real independence needed in food safety
    The Green Party are calling for a truly independent body to regulate our food safety.Food safety Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the establishment of a Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council as part of the Government's response to last year's...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Another report won’t help the East Coast
    The Government has a critical role to play in regional development on the East Coast says Gisborne-based Labour MP Moana Mackey “The release of the East Coast Regional Economic Potential Study highlights a number of areas of strength and weakness...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Another interest rate hike will punish mortgage holders
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says another interest rate hike on Thursday will cost home owners an extra $25 a month on a $250,000 mortgage, on top of the $25 dollars a month from the previous rates rise, and she...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Green Party launches Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill
    The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand's first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party.Members of the public will be invited to shape the proposed law, which will protect ten basic rights and...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow
    The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad. “Kumar, a plumber and sheet metal worker, was on a work visa...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Time to do the right thing for our veterans
    A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Veterans are only eligible for the pension if they are considered ‘significantly’ disabled, or more...
    Labour | 22-04