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Dairy prices keep dropping

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, July 2nd, 2014 - 90 comments
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Last night the GlobalDairyTrade auction gave more prices drops. Stuff reports

Dairy prices have resumed their slide, falling 4.9 per cent at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.

The drop, the second-biggest of the year after an 8.9 per cent plunge at the April 1 auction, was the ninth fall out of the last 10 auctions, the only increase being at the previous auction two weeks ago when prices edged up by 0.9 per cent.

The average winning price at the latest auction was US$3595 per metric tonne, down 28.7 per cent from the recent peak of US$5042 on February 4.  The auction platform’s trade-weighted price index was down by an almost identical percentage.

Prices were put under pressure by a big increase in supply, with a maximum supply of 43,249 tonnes, up almost 33 per cent from the previous auction, with 41,513 tonnes sold.

Whole milk powder, the biggest category by volume, drove much of the overall decline with a 5.4 per cent drop in price.

The problem for NZ was that the rise in production probably largely wasn’t from NZ. If we go back to the comments on the 19th of last month

ASB rural economist Nathan Penny said markets were starting to take note of the more modest milk production outlook for next season.

“At the end of last month, Fonterra forecast 2014/15 season milk production growth of 2 per cent compared to the season just gone,” he said.

“In comparison, Fonterra reported that milk solids production for the completed season was up 8.3 per cent on the season prior.”

Global Dairy Price Index

As can be seen from the price index. We get quite a lot of variation in the overall pricing for dairy products. NZ are essentially filling in for whatever requirements exist over countries domestic or regional dairy production. We are literally filling in the few percent that are not covered by local or regional production. To give you an idea about how dominant we are in the international trade, see this pie chart from the Dutch Dairy Board in 2011. Then we were exporting as much as the whole of the European Union.

Key players in world dairy trade in 2011

Since 2008, NZ has massively increased its production of whole milk powder. The new production has largely gone to the massive new opening market of China.

NZ Whole milk powder production

However China is a country that is incrementally improving both quality and production for its domestic economy

China Whole milk powder production1

And of course we are not the only possible supplier. Other countries have been gearing up to take part of that trade as well. This has been leading to an overall increase in the amount of whole milk powder available for export.

Despite the blithe words of National and some rather silly bank economists. I’d say that the dairy boom is slowing and possibly over.  Expect steadily falling export prices for a number of years.

In the meantime, under National in its usual short term boom mode, much of the rest of our export tech and manufacturing economy has been stagnating. Once you strip the processing of dairy from our manufacturing sector, what you see is the continued decline of capacity. This feeds into the capacity of other areas like IT exports, which in NZ are often exporting hardware with software.

90 comments on “Dairy prices keep dropping”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    It appears that China has used us as a stop gap while getting their industry up to speed (and learning all our best farming and milk processing techniques).

    This price drop is going to push over leveraged parts of the industry to try and overstock further in order to meet debt repayments. That’s a bad spin to get stuck in.

    • Molly 1.1

      Yes, that was apparent years ago.

      When dairy consultants went to China to set up farms and advise on dairy farming – did none of them consider the long-term result? The failure of big business to be business thinkers continues to intrigue me.

      • Chooky 1.1.1

        +100 Molly ….they are all so short sighted and short term…and why would they( NACT) be selling off precious NZ dairy and viticulture land to foreigners as well as tourist land and sites and amenities /potentials…when WE could be selling the fruits/wines and milk/milk products and reaping in the tourist dollar ourselves?….NACT business is short sighted fuckwit business

        What is needed is money poured into R@D research/ideas/encouragement for NZ agricultural diversification/new markets away from China…maybe Arab nations and USSR

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        Even if they hadn’t done so China would still have upped their milk production – it would just have taken them a bit longer.

        • Molly 1.1.2.1

          Yes. But during that extra time, they should have been thinking about how to make farming in NZ sustainable, and what niche markets to corner. Instead they continued to “milk the cow dry” in terms of just continuing on without change.

    • Saarbo 1.2

      Yes, maybe CV. I think this will bring the payout down to approx. $6.50 which is close to the long run average. With the exception of the really highly leveraged most should still breakeven.

      The upside is that this pay out will be good for the environment because the marginal benefit of producing each extra KG MS is near zero for most farmers so we will see a drop in the use of supplement and a drop off in production as farmers go back to grass, which is where we should stay.

    • Saarbo 1.3

      It was always going to head back to $6.50kg ms, as the attached article shows, large US dairy farms are breaking even at this so it was only a matter of time. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/10037881/Kiwis-warned-off-mega-dairy-farming-model

    • Draco T Bastard 1.4

      It appears that China has used us as a stop gap while getting their industry up to speed (and learning all our best farming and milk processing techniques).

      Yep. China is doing what all countries should be doing – diversifying their economy so that they’re not dependent upon imports while also being able to export a hell of a lot. The end result will be that China will be able to buy up other countries.

      • Chooky 1.4.1

        they already are…and the NACT fools let them

      • mikesh 1.4.2

        “Yep. China is doing what all countries should be doing – diversifying their economy so that they’re not dependent upon imports while also being able to export a hell of a lot. The end result will be that China will be able to buy up other countries.”

        Agreed. International trade should only exist where countries have needs which they can’t meet from their own resources. Countries should not be relying on exports to provide their people with jobs and income, but simply to pay for the imports they need, with exchange rates adjusting to equalize imports and exports.

  2. DH 2

    Been far too much white man’s arrogance in our dealings with China. All those pompous blowhards claiming we can export our knowhow, that we were somehow smarter than everyone else, were just blowing smoke out their arses.

    I read this article a while back…

    Chinese milk producer wins global top prize

    http://english.cntv.cn/2014/06/04/VIDE1401853920635559.shtml

    Pretty much affirms what CV says above. I can’t even blame China either, they’re doing for China what we expect our Government to do for us… look out for our interests.

  3. KJT 4

    I hate having to say I told you so, but I could see this coming. It has happened so many times.

    NZ has always had this boom/bust with the next big thing as long as I can remember.

    Mutton, deer, goats, The share market, timber, beef, dairying.

    Everyone piles in and borrows lots of money to invest in the latest “craze”.

    The we all get left sorting out the shit, as prices drop when other countries get in on it.
    The inevitable bust happens as the over-high prices paid for “investments” in the latest “craze”, excess borrowing and the lack of investment and support of alternative industry begins to bite.

    Didn’t take long for those who were talking up dairying to forget about the EU’s “butter mountains and milk lakes” that depressed dairy prices for years, or Mount St Helens and South American plantation forests that took the shine off forestry investments.

    Meanwhile the focus on export markets and the sacrifice of other industries and community to support, “the thing that is going to make us all rich” leave us with no alternatives but to try the same again, as we have sacrificed the rest of our economy for the chance of, almost wholly imaginary “free trade” access overseas for the “commodity de jour” Forgetting that by the time we get that access, everywhere else would have ramped up their production also.

    Why does anyone think that China can, or will, allow us to keep a trade surplus for any length of time. Only NZ is that stupid.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      +1111

      Societies don’t specialise and that will always win out over the rather stupid assertion by economists and politicians that they do. Then there’s the fact that a locally produced item is always cheaper than an imported item simply because it uses less resources to get to market. And now that we’ve reached the point where resources are running out that use of resources will become paramount in the decision to export. In other words, exports will start to decrease as countries start to decide to keep their resources for themselves. We’ve already seen this happen when China decided to cut the amount of Rare Earths that it was exporting.

  4. Ad 5

    The New Zealand diary industry has seen this threat of the rise of South American and Chinese production for a decade now. In 2004 the Chairs and CE’s of Fonterra, DCANZ, AgResearch, and many others met with the Heads of TReasury, MED, MoRST, and their respective Ministers of Finance, Research, tertiary education, Crown Research Agencies, and economic development.

    The scenario was played out before them of New Zealand being able to extend its boom perhaps for 8 years or 10, and then they would face a hard wind.

    Eventually, the Fast Forward Fund was the strategic response, which National killed.

    To me, only Labour has understood and engaged with the comprehensive strategic risk to New Zealand that the diary industry represents.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      the comprehensive strategic risk to New Zealand that the diary industry represents.

      That’s about the best description of farming in NZ that I’ve ever seen.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” said the Queen.

      • Poission 6.1.1

        Yes it is a cross effect of arbitrage(collateral damage).

        The questions is do we blame wheeler or Parliament?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.1.1

          Parliament sets Wheeler’s agenda.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.1

            Parliament sets the Reserve Bank’s agenda? BS. The other way around. And has been for 30 years.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. Heard of it?

              • Colonial Viper

                lol are you serious.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Obviously you are right, and Parliament is unable to alter the RB Act. Obviously.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Jeezus. Parliament can alter the Act as it wants within the very tight conventional limits which are permitted. So why do the Left keep thinking that they can somehow control the institutions of the Deep State with fucking bits of paper, and that somehow, Parliament has both the first and final say in how our economy is run. Just look around you at the evidence.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      So, this morning the RB set Parliament’s agenda, now it’s the “Deep State” running everything. Just one question: since Parliament is so powerless why are you so ambitious to win a seat in it?

    • lprent 6.2

      Exports are booming.

      The trick with an export based economy is not to just look at what is happening right now (which is what you appear to be doing). It is to look at what is happening next and over the coming decade.

      Our exports have been booming, but almost entirely in one area – whole milk powder going to a single market to China. It is the same with other commodity products but at a much smaller rate.They will probably keep booming in terms of volume, but at a reducing price. Other countries have been ramping up their export production to help fill the production void from demand and so has China.

      The falling prices are a symptom of that happening.

      It could be that we get another set of markets opening there or elsewhere. But it gets steadily harder for any one product. That is the nature of international commodity markets.

  5. Rob 7

    So what is your point of this post Lprent

    1.) commodity prices should just keep increasing and if they fall we should quickly give up… and / or

    2.) NZ’ers should not engage in any infant growth industries just in case they turn into a boom , ..and / or

    3.) international competition should not exist in anything NZ industry competes in, if someone else enters or develops their own capability then again we must exit… and / or

    4.) NZ’s involvement in any industry and endeavor can only be allowed under some central committee criteria …and / or

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      …or

      5) Right wing lackwit frames stupid options while ignoring the point of the post which is that strong economies rely on more than primary commodities.

      There’s a big clue in the sentence “…much of the rest of our export tech and manufacturing economy has been stagnating”, so perhaps the problem is English comprehension as well as economic illiteracy.

      • Rob 7.1.1

        You have some serious issues OAB , just because someone has a different view point than you, does not give you the right to aimlessly throw abuse.

        Where have I stated that we must be solely reliant on commodities. What I have stated is that we are in this industry (amongst other)s and that commodity pricing just does not keep increasing and that local competition will not stay away. Fairly basic business activities that most NZ businesses are aware of. It does not mean we just give up.

        So whilst you rubbish these industries, don’t forget that they actually employ people and earn export value for this economy

        You have a large time investment commenting on posts on this site , I wonder whether you are actually engaged in any productive outcomes or just exist to belt the keyboard keys in anger. You must live in a dream world where you think everything can be improved instantly with the signing of a Govt document / Act/ cheque by some some vacuous committee.

        So just because you froth at the key board about what is wrong with it all and how its all Nationals fault , the fact is you cannot instantly change an economy to largely be one of highly specialized unique industries built on home grown R&D protected by large levels of IP and collecting large rents off shore.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1

          Who “rubbished” what industry? Not me.

          Who claimed you can “instantly” change an economy? Not me.

          Perhaps if you spent less time twisting other people’s words you wouldn’t attract so much derision and contempt. Go on, give it a try.

          • srylands 7.1.1.1.1

            “You have some serious issues OAB , just because someone has a different view point than you, does not give you the right to aimlessly throw abuse.”

            Yes well good luck with that. He has serious anger management problems.

        • Lanthanide 7.1.1.2

          OAB is not “aimlessly throw[ing] abuse”. He’s throwing it at you. Deservedly so.

          • Nakiman 7.1.1.2.1

            OAB throws abuse at everyone with a different point of view. He is just an angry abusive tosser.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.2.1.1

              “OAB, what is the best thing in life?”

              “Driving wingnuts before me and hearing the lamentations of their parrots.”

          • Rob 7.1.1.2.2

            Good one Lanthanide , well you can be both satisfied that the “targeted” abuse was well thrown.

            So let me know how you would re-invigorate our “stagnating tech and manufacturing industries” and supposedly reduce the risk of an over reliance on dairy?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.2.2.1

              I think Labour & The Greens have detailed and costed plans knocking around somewhere. Where could they be? I’ve looked everywhere* and I just can’t find them. Perhaps you’ll have better luck than me, Rob.

              *except on their respective websites

            • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.2.2.2

              The same way that the US does – massive government investment in blue sky R&D across multiple industries. I’d probably start with building the ability to process our resources to be used in high-tech manufacture and building the manufacturing capability. Said manufacturing capability to then be leased out to entrepreneurial types who dream up the devices to be manufactured.

              • Colonial Viper

                The same way that the US does – massive government investment in blue sky R&D across multiple industries.

                Some major strategic infrastructure investments (on the scale of tens of billions of dollars) should certainly be done – and delivered through a renewed Ministry of Works with only minor private sector involvement.

                Re: blue sky R&D – given approx 20 years until we are out of cheap fuel I don’t think that we can afford true blue sky R&D. I think we need to turn the knowledge and science we have now into truly useful, robust and inexpensive applications.

                I would ramp up a technical/technology ecosystem in NZ using lots of medium, small and start up companies, and 1,000 $100K investments. (money exchanged for publicly held equity).

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Blue sky R&D could be used to look for alternatives to cheap fuel. Electric transport options are probably the go so R&D into renewable forms of generation such as wind, solar and wave. We’d also want to look at better means of distribution such as this bus.

          • Tracey 7.1.1.2.3

            so much more honest than the passive aggressive pseudo superiority exhibited in 7.1.1 and 7.1.1.1.1

        • Mainlander 7.1.1.3

          Thats all he really offers on here Rob, and it just creates drama and off topic rants and abuse especially for those of us that mostly just read the threads, his constant disruptions to this site are more than annoying they usually detract from the purpose of this site especially with the election so close

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.3.1

            And yet somehow, I’m here discussing the post, trying to draw Rob’s attention to the point after reading through his four multiple-choice intentionally provocative deliberate misunderstandings, and here you are, off topic, just like your last three or four offerings.

            Since you’ve chosen (with your personal responsibility) to be so rude and irritable, I see no reason not to carry on irritating you.

            • Mainlander 7.1.1.3.1.1

              Do as you wish, its not like most of your idiotic rants cant be scrolled past except for the fact you take up so much room on the threads inbetween the intelligent comments and rational (non abusive) debates

    • Ad 7.2

      LPrent is pointing out New Zealand’s growing narrow exporting reliance and vulnerability to the dairy industry – and clearly you don’t disagree with that. The botulism crisis required our Prime Minister to do a major apology tour to China – that’s the scale of risk he sees it representing.

      The dairy industry will in a few short years be more important than the whole of the public sector economy- and well beyond the influence of direct democracy. Every future government needs to develop a broad and enduring relationship with the dairy industry to manage the collective risk to New Zealand – across many policy fields – that it now represents.

      • srylands 7.2.1

        What on earth do you want the Government to do? What New Zealand companies produce and export is a function of markets.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1

          Are you back on that tiresome dribble-fest again?

          If it’s all about the market why does Oravida need it’s own anonymous border official and why did the lying Prime Minister go to China to allay fears about botulism?

          • Rob 7.2.1.1.1

            So you want more of that OAB, is that a good thing?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Did you get the point Rob: that there are certain things that governments do that markets can’t (naturally the reverse is also true)?

              S Rylands knows this, we had the discussion last week, and yet it comes up with monotonous regularity, almost as though right wingers were suffering from an echo-chamber mentality where they mindlessly repeat received dogma rather than think for themselves or perform perfunctory reality checks from time to time.

          • Nakiman 7.2.1.1.2

            You are the one who is dribbling One Abusive Bloke. Are you really that thick

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.2.1

              Did it sail right over your head Parrotman? Government behaviour has a profound effect upon ‘the market.’ If you don’t accept that I can recommend a detailed study of conditions in Somalia. Note in particular the positive changes that have occurred since the reestablishment of something approaching a government.

        • framu 7.2.1.2

          so its nothing to do with policy settings and signals coming from govt?

        • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1.3

          Due to your willing blindness you may not have noticed that markets don’t work to provide what a country needs.

        • Ad 7.2.1.4

          The dairy industry is to New Zealand what banks are to New York or London:
          too big to fail.
          And there I have described the limits of markets for you in a phrase you may understand.

          Let me tell you want I want the government to do. I want our government to engage with the dairy industry as if most of our export economy and international reputaiton is at stake – because it is. I am pretty confident the author of the post would as well.

          Imagine if this government was as prepared to intervene in the dairy industry or indeed the i.t. development sector with as much “market interference” as they have been into the gambling industry, film industry, housing industry, electricity industry, competitive yacht racing industry, and irrigation industry.

          Apart from the absurd hobby-horses listed above, National’s MBIE and Joyce in particular are utterly directionless.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      The main point of the post, even if Lynn doesn’t realise it, is that international trade is dying and that we won’t be able to export ourselves to wealth and that we’ll have to fall back upon our own resources. Of course, that was always going to happen.

      • Rob 7.3.1

        Draco, I don’t want top comment on what is happening on international trade , however there is return to local fabrication and more discussions and opportunities are occuring in regards to why dont we do it here as opposed to just purchasing off shore.

        This is actually enhanced by having a high dollar. We still require a large level of base raw materials to be imported (ranges of steels, alloys, textiles and many others) but now conversations are about local fabrication than just bringing the whole finished item on shore.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.3.1.1

          We make some of the best steels in the world. I’m not sure but I suspect that the unique makeup of our iron sands means we have an excellent supply of titanium. Unfortunately, it’s presently being used to make what white paint. We also have many other metals available including at least one 20 million tonne deposit of bauxite in Northland.

          Textiles are interesting. We can obviously produce excellent wool and I understand that hemp fibres can be used to produce a finer and more durable thread than cotton. I believe that hemp grows well pretty much everywhere and is very easy to grow getting multiple harvests each year.

          Once you start looking at what resources NZ has available you start to realise that NZ doesn’t need to import at all and thus we don’t need to export either. We should have a general policy to import only until such time as we can produce the product here. And that should apply to all nations.

          [lprent: Corrected a glaring typo. I presume you meant Titanium dioxide, a main ingredient in many white paints. ]

    • lprent 7.4

      So what is your point of this post Lprent

      We as a country shouldn’t get too excited and pile all of our internal investments into a single commodity product that is based on mining a scarce resource (and farming fertility is a scarce resource) for a short-term international shortage. In the case of dairy milk powder that is land and water. What we get out of that is a lot of investment pushing up the resource prices (eg rural land prices), or damaging the resource like water (which then damages other industries) in a tragedy of the commons, and relatively few jobs.

      That is pretty easy to see in such basics as the continuing shortfall in tax estimates. Growing a capital intensive commodity industry like dairy makes a few people rich, but doesn’t translate well into making the economy grow in a profitable way. Most of the value goes directly offshore in the form of interest payments and dividends.

      The governments almost sole focus on dairy over the last few years has meant that they haven’t been concentrating on things that are in our long term interests. Like being able to upskill our other export industries and provide taxable jobs.

      • Colonial Viper 7.4.1

        We’re basically exporting the real wealth of nitrogen and phosphorus from our soils in exchange for digitally created electronic currency. And in many places, the nitrogen and phosphorus which was in our soils is already all gone, so we’re having to import it from Asia, in order to send it back to Asia. Nuts.

      • lprent 7.4.2

        Looks like Phil Goff gave a excellent speech on much the same issues. Have a read of that. I posted it

      • Draco T Bastard 7.4.3

        in a tragedy of the commons,

        Goddamn it, it’s not a Tragedy of the Commons but a Tragedy of Privatisation. Privatisation and enclosure removed the rules that the commons would normally be operated under allowing the new land owners to do whatever they liked because the government has been too scared and/or ideological to put in place rules telling the farmers what standards that they need to maintain which has resulted in the poisoning of our waterways.

  6. Enough is Enough 8

    Bring on the crash.

    This could be the game changer the left needs. Fingers crossed for the next auction.

  7. Once was Tim 9

    Given that there’s a very obvious trend in prices downward (and I’m just now listening to RNZ’s sage – Jenny Ruth), and given that we’re told we’re subject to ‘intaneshnool proicizz in the global virunmint), just when can we expect that will be reflected in the price of milk in the hypermarket?
    Not anytime soon I bet! No no no – instead, the NZ consumer (economic unit) will be used as much as ‘the market’ can withstand, to prop things up.
    As you were …. buzzniss ez USE u all

  8. dave 10

    All nationals cards were put in one industry one market
    There signs China’s property bubble has popped as well the log prices have plummeted slippery will dismiss of course nats will carry on the denialism all is well with the world blame the poor for being poor

  9. Kevin Welsh 11

    How long before we get dairy based products imported from China? Cheaper butter, cheese, milk etc.

    • srylands 11.1

      Which is why it is stupid to impose a Carbon Tax on our dairy industry. It simply pushes production to a country with higher emissions.

      • KMB 11.1.1

        You mean which is why it’s stupid to put all our eggs in one basket.

        • Nakiman 11.1.1.1

          “You mean which is why it’s stupid to put all our eggs in one basket.”
          It sounds like you are blaming the government for Fonterra being the back bone of New Zealand. The Lefty extremists dont want growth or new industry.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1.1

            You see: a classic example of the mindless repetition of rote-learned slogans.

            Never mind that per capita GDP is always higher when the left is in power, just make up some slur and repeat ad nauseam.

            It makes you appear profoundly stupid and what does it say about the Left? Nothing.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1.2

            When the PR guy from Federated Farmers agrees that the time has come to consider capping the dairy herd, is he a Lefty extremist too?

          • framu 11.1.1.1.3

            wrong again – its not about what fonterra does or doesnt do per se – its about the way the govt views fonterra in relation to its economic agenda and vision

            The govt treating fonterra as their one and only economic angle isnt fonterras fault is it

            • Nakiman 11.1.1.1.3.1

              “The govt treating fonterra as their one and only economic angle isnt fonterras fault is it”
              The government don’t treat Fonterra as their one and only economic angle. They promote other lucrative industry like oil , mining and even recovering millions$ worth of dead native timber but the lefty extremist economic vandals would prefer to let it rot and import this hard wood.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                “Promote” – you mean subsidise at everyone else’s expense.

                Measuring the (ephemeral as it turned out) benefits and ignoring the costs is not good business, but I don’t expect you to grasp that, blinded as you are by dogma.

              • McFlock

                lol

                fascinating how your list only includes extractive and polluting processes. Nothing sustainable in that list, nothing that involves NZers adding brain value.

                And everything in your list added together is a tiny fraction of fonterra’s revenue.

          • KMB 11.1.1.1.4

            Don’t be a ning nong nakiman. I’m blaming the government for concentrating on one industry and ignoring others which are (or could be) productive e.g. funding expensive irrigation schemes for dairy farmers but not wanting to spend a relatively paltry amount to restore the railway line to Gisborne for the benefit of the growers in that area. Or giving away lucrative contracts to China instead of supporting local engineering businesses (Hillside railway workshop). There are probably heaps of other examples of the obsessively narrow focus and short term thinking of this government.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.2

        Bollocks. Companies adapt to the regulatory environment they’re presented with. If you can’t conceive of a profitable dairy operation with a reduced carbon footprint that’s your problem, so please, leave the country, we have enough dead wood as it is.

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      If they can do it for Watties tomato sauce why not.

  10. Seti 12

    Yes, but China still faces hurdles in large scale dairy, particularly with disease, water and arable land –

    …For a sector, which is still plagued by biosecurity threats including foot and mouth disease, that is a definite need.

    There was a major outbreak in 2005 as the disease spread through eastern China, including to Beijing and Hebei where Fonterra’s first farming hub has recently been completed.

    Dairy herd numbers collapsed last year, as the population dropped from a high of 8-10 million in 2012, down to 6-8 million in 2013.

    The plunge in livestock numbers has been attributed to high feed prices and further outbreaks of foot and mouth and has caused a 20 per cent drop in domestic milk production.

    The need for cattle feed as industrial scale farming ramps up will continue to escalate. The Chinese Government is aiming for 95 per cent self-sufficiency in overall grain production but output is struggling to catch up and China continues to look overseas to meet the shortfall.

    In 2012, more than 460,000 tonnes of alfalfa was imported to China – 95 per cent from the United States at a cost of $200 billion.

    For a sense of scale, China’s largest dairy feed company Wellhope Ruminant produces 96,000 tonnes per year. There is a shortage of arable land suitable for growing crops and a looming water crisis further compounds matters.

    Four hundred cities in China face water shortages, 100 of which are facing serious scarcity. Rampant economic growth has driven water requirements, with agriculture accounting for 62 per cent of demand for water resources.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11238070

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      Are you implying it is a huge risk to put so many of our eggs in this unstable and poisonous basket?

      • Seti 12.1.1

        Not necessarily.

        Water scarcity in big food-producing nations like China is worsening, and many farmers are increasingly tempted to shift production from food to bioenergy, a popular option to cut emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.

        Climate change is worsening the situation, as more frequent extreme weather events devastate crops.

        In the past three years, Australia, Canada, China, Russia and the United States have all suffered big harvest losses from floods and droughts.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/9811953/Food-shortage-a-risk-to-world-security-UN

        Perhaps we need to diversify within the industry to maximise opportunities when climate change presents them.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.1.1

          We also need to be aware that the political instability that is one of the expected consequences of AGW will potentially destroy our export markets altogether. Not that the demand will cease, more that the social and physical infrastructure will fail.

          As you say, we can plan to make hay while the sun shines, but there has to be a plan b, and c, d, and e for that matter; the diversification planning you mentioned must include negative as well as positive scenarios.

  11. Graham 13

    So now all that’s left is to pray for an economic downturn to give l

    • lprent 13.1

      Always nice to see someone with such myopic vision. Perhaps you should read Phil Goff’s speech which goes into more detail about the strategic economic risks

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  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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