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Economic genius

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 22nd, 2012 - 41 comments
Categories: economy, humour, john key - Tags: , , ,

Behold the economic genius of John Key. On the profits of capitalism being fair reward for risk:

“…you can’t expect their shareholders to invest for six years without certainty of their investment.”

On being creative and ambitious for New Zealand:

We’re not building the locomotives there [Hillside] because we’ve never built locomotives in New Zealand…

The Brighter Future. Any minute now…

41 comments on “Economic genius”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Didnt build locomotives in NZ ?

    The tight curves and steep gradients meant most standard locos were unsuitable for NZ.

    New Zealand Manufacture
    A proud period of steam locomotive manufacture in New Zealand began in 1887 when Scott Brothers in Christchurch built 10 for use on the Christchurch-Lyttelton service. Two years later the first of the nearly 400 locomotives to be built by New Zealand Railways in the period up until 1956 was manufactured at Addington. Other NZR workshops were at Petone, Hutt, Newmarket and Hillside. A further 123 locomotives were built by A & G Price Ltd in Thames, and others were built overseas to New Zealand designs.
    http://www.techhistory.co.nz/19thcentury/Steam.htm

    Funny how Key had to go overseas to become a major player in the financial-currency trading business but thought the same business would be the next big thing for NZ.
    Someone must have had a quiet word since he changed his tune, so that cycleways were the next big thing

    In fact a major type of locomotive , the Pacific class was ‘invented’ by NZers , initially built by Baldwin and then built in NZ.

    As for the Chinese trains, the RMTU says they are too heavy for the NZ network.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4466711/New-trains-may-be-too-heavy-RMTU

    Kiwirail says they are lighter than the electric locos running between Hamiton and Palmy but of course thats not where they will be used .

    I have noticed some major bridge rebuilding on the Auckland Hamilton line where the locos will be used. This is only after they have been bought.
    Duuuuh

    Maybe bridge rebuilds should have been included in the cost ?

    “He said the union had tried to get KiwiRail to run them over the weigh bridge but it had not done so and was relying on the maker’s specifications”

    • RedLogix 1.1

      A regular acquaintance of mine is a senior engineer with KiwiRail. I’ve discussed this with him several times. He is unequivocal.

      The new DL locos, flatbed wagons and units for Auckland could have ALL been quite readily been built here in New Zealand.

      There is nothing terribly complicated about it. The engines and traction motors come from either Germany or the US; the traction control system is a standard piece of off the shelf kit, all their wheels are actually made in Australia anyway…. the rest is standard steel fabrication and welding that is totally routine.

      Key flat-out misrepresents when he implies we could not have made them here. A lie in ordinary person’s language.

      Oh … and the DL’s from China are crap. Shoddy welding, substandard fuel piping, wrong cab layout, rusting already, burnt out all their spare traction motors and the scuttlebutt I hear is that the engineer who was unfortunate enough to have gotten tangled up in Sammy Wong’s corrupt little deal has been sacked…. err moved sideways.

      • freedom 1.1.1

        Sounds like fair grounds for an Inquiry. I hope your friend blows the whistle with gusto.
        Ask him if he can call someone to throw the Matangi debacle into the mix.

        • RedLogix 1.1.1.1

          The Matangi decision was made before Dr Cullen brought back KiwiRail. Using local engineering was not an option at the time.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1.2

          Whats wrong with the Matangis ?
          But remember even new cars have recalls and new planes have ‘issues’.

          With the CNR DL locos, I first smelt a rat when I found out the diesel engines were from Germany

          “The double-cab DLs came with a German-built 2700kW engine with similar pulling power to the electric locomotives that are used on the main trunk line between Hamilton and Palmerston North”
          http://www.odt.co.nz/news/business/169995/kiwirail-orders-another-20-chinese-locomotive

          My guess is that they will all be on the scrap heap in 15 years, but the engines should still be OK.

          • freedom 1.1.1.2.1

            yeah fair call, the expectation that a delivered product would met the specs paid for is a fantasy in this day and age :)

          • RedLogix 1.1.1.2.2

            Nothing very wrong with the Matangis. There has been several commisioning problems that were the result of the Koreans and the local ABB people not fully talking through the implications of the system running on only 1500vDC. (Most modern rail systems run on much higher voltages these days.). This meant the new trains draw more current under acceleration than Rotem/Mitsui and ABB anticipated… which in turn meant that the essential upgrade of all the substations supplying the network initially didn’t perform as well as hoped. Basically it took some tuning and software mods; plus a lot of re-testing to be sure they got it right.

            Some airconditioning motors failed for related reasons; but have all been upgraded to a correct specification. And there remains a bit of an issue with radio frequency interference, but again much improved from the first units delivered. All these were typical and routine sorts of engineering issues that pretty much always occur on any new project. Overall the standard of workmanship and engineering on the Matangis is very good; in contrast with the CNBR DL’s.

            It’s useful to remember that there is a fundamental difference between building a one-off or boutique item like a train set for the specific and in some cases unique requirements of a our rail system… and a mass production item like a car.

            I should say that I don’t know all this first hand; just surmised from the various details that have filtered my way. However Rotem/Mitsui have stood by their train and resolved the issues.. it just took a bit of time. The last of the new units will be in Wgtn and in service within six months.

            • freedom 1.1.1.2.2.1

              pretty much what i heard but when it was explained to me there were a lot more expletives used in describing the delivery, the quality and the implementation of these trains.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1.2.2.2

              The 1500V DC is still fairly common for suburban systems which were built before the war. I understand Sydney and melbourne use it along with dozens of other places. It still is a major system in Japan.
              Mitsui and Hyundai- Rotem should have been able to sort out the current issues well before the first train ran. After all upgrading the infrastructure is part of the ‘delivery cost’ when it is necessary.
              Or does no one in GWRC ( the buyer) know anything about electric trains…then

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.2.2.3

              As I mentioned at the start, the biggest delay came about because Rotem/Mistsui and ABB didn’t properly communicate their design expectations to each other at the outset. GWRC have done a reasonable job of getting this upgrade done considering the limited funding. Bear in mind that the largest part of the project was upgrading infrastructure which had been neglected for decades; the Matangi’s were only a fraction of the total cost.

              Put simply if the govt or ratepayers were willing to stump up, several more substations could have been built and the problem would have gone away.

              With most things in the engineering world there is a three-way trade-off between price, quality and delivery. We got a good price and reasonable quality but with delivery delays and frustrations. I can live with that.

              With the DL’s we got a cheap price, fast delivery… but crap quality. And in the long-run that’s always the worst outcome.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                I understand that for the ‘low’ voltage 1500v DC system the substations have to be fairly close together.

                Sounds like they ‘knew that’ but like Pike River cut some corners

    • DH 1.2

      Another facet of the rolling stock debacle is that if they’d been built in NZ it would have opened up export opportunities for Hillside…. build a quality product & others around the world would have noticed. Lowest price isn’t the be all to end all in engineering circles.

    • mike e 1.3

      Athony Robbins Can we have a picture of Shonkey pulling the lever on a poker machine jackpoting on the brighter future. Because thats about the only policy national has.
      ConMankey!

    • mike e 1.4

      ConMankeys economic genius more pokies is the answer ,They will be made in China one can only hope there as badly made as the trains they are dumping on us.

  2. freedom 2

    ignoring the ludicrous sense of entitlement expressed by his shareholder comment, here’s one of the Locomotives we never built
    http://www.kingstonflyer.co.nz/gallery.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Flyer

    I wish i had seen this story last year. How does he get away with saying lies that blatantly stupid? This guy is meant to be the Minister of Tourism?

    • lcmortensen 2.1

      For his information,the Kingston Flyer locos were built in New Zealand – AB 778 was built at Addington (Chch) in 1925, and AB 795 was built at Hillside in 1927. Even the loco that got wrecked in the Tangiwai disaster, KA 949, was built at Hutt!

  3. bbfloyd 3

    let’s be fair now….. they wouldn’t have been able to sell the hillside workshops(or, more likely, the land it sits on) if they had been busy making carriages…..

    where’s the profit for nationals supporters in that?

  4. bad12 4

    The empty suitcase of intellectual and moral rigour possessed by our current Prime Minister is once more blatantly exposed by this post and the following comments,

    The only questions here would seem to be (1) of is the Prime Ministers ‘mistake’ in claiming that trains have never been built in New Zealand when it is patently obvious that this country has a proud history of such manufacture and design, a mistake of a genuine nature or a ‘mistake’ as in just another lie from the Slippery lips of the one who gave us ”National wont be raising GST”,

    Or (2) is there an upcoming Television event in the nature of ”which country on the Planet is being run by the VILLAGE IDIOT” that we all have not as yet heard about but which our Prime Minister is intent upon securing the starring role in and His ‘stupid’ comments vis a vis the manufacture of trains in this country is but the opening gambit???…

  5. captain hook 5

    John Key is not a genius.
    He is just a smarmy accountant who got lucky.
    and his personal attributes are those of any thug who can use whatever means to standover people and take what belongs to them.

    • happynz 5.1

      +1

    • fustercluck 5.2

      John Key is not lucky.

      He is an extraordinarily well-connected post-capitalist thug with a background deep in the belly of the beast (City of London) working as a minion of the very worst of the worst. He was not a good ‘trader’ he was a croupier well-trained to work at a rigged casino.

      He has always served a set of masters who live far from our shores and is doing an able job of looting the country and its workers on their behalf.

  6. burt 6

    Right, so tendering this work offshore was OK when Cullen did it ?

    [Ah… you’re plainly baiting here. Put up an argument or you’ll get the troll treatment…RL]

  7. As Max Kaiser says “In the 30’s there was Gangsters – now we have Banksters” and they are doing the same thing, and he is right.

    Max Kaiser is on Russia Today channel 96, well worth watching also Thom Hartman “The Big Picture” a current affairs programme about internal America.

    You can see John Key is going down the same path that led America to it’s downfall but not to worry just think of all the money to be made out of NZ on it’s way down.

    • bad12 7.1

      To paint a little piece of detail into the ‘gangster’/ ‘bankster’ comparison one only need examine the currency dealings of our current Prime Minister’s former employers,

      As merchant bankers with vast amounts of cash at their disposal these people ‘speculated’ in the cost of the New Zealand dollar and other nations currency’s on a regular basis, in a lot of these speculations being of amounts that could force the international price of the currency’s targeted up or down at their whim,

      While such ‘speculations’ were at times extremely profitable to those engaged in the practice the end game of such speculation was not those initial high profits,

      By driving the price of the NZ dollar up or down such speculation had dramatic effects upon the returns to New Zealand exporters,negatively effecting upon the profits of all sectors of the New Zealand economy,(and by definition the internal economy as well as the spending of the export sector reflects in local employment and business profitability),

      The ‘end-game’ of such speculation was then to offer the exporters of New Zealand ‘insurance’ against the speculative effect of their actions which would best be described as an ongoing ‘protection racket’ paid to those speculating in the currency to protect against the effects of that speculation,

      No different really than some cheap Mafia type hoods demanding ‘protection money’ from the corner dairy to save the store from being burned down or vandalized…

  8. Rob 8

    Yes he has a history!
    But he is keen on getting more jobs, at casinos, but not so keen to get jobs that create wealth and skills in manufacturing unless they are in another country.

  9. seeker 9

    Quoting John Key from the “economic genius” link article that Anthony R. has posted:

    “In this particular case, we do want SkyCity to invest NZ$350 million. It’s going to create 1,000 jobs while that construction is underway, and 800 permanent jobs, and bring about 100,000 high-value visitor nights a year,” he said.

    What does “100,000 high value visitor nights a year” actually mean? I only have 365 nights in my year and 366 every leap year. Is it something like the 1001 nights?

    • McFlock 9.1

      He thinks that every day of the year 300 people will travel to auckland to lose money to the casino/conference centre, most of which will go overseas, thus providing gainful employment for about the same number of people.
             
      In other words, if you piss money away overseas it’s good, because some mould around the plughole will feed off the nutrient flow

  10. Georgecom 10

    But the Hillside workshops are up for sale because there isn’t enough work for them.

    Hold on, maybe they could have built some wagons, or trains.

    We are not going to give the workshop any more work.
    Look, the workshop is running out of work, better sell it.

    Is this THE finacially dumbest government we have had in NZ, or just ONE of the financially dumbest?

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      It’s a mistake to think that they’re being dumb.

      They’re being deliberate. Undermining the unions and undermining the economy in Labour held South Dunedin.

      • Half Crown Millionare 10.1.1

        How true, Thatcher did the same to the North of England, she also managed to get rid of the GLC. A great Labour thorn in her side The same GLC that maintained the good water and sewerage systems, which are now falling apart with massive loss of water every day through the lack of care and maintenance (Can’t have care and maintenance and large bonuses and dividends to overseas shareholders) and London Transport with all its R&D and design centre to make buses that were suitable for Londons narrow streets and low bridges. Buses that were a British ikon

        Absolutely disgusting the way the right has sacked and pillage every good bit of infrastructure to make sure their spiv mates get nice handouts.

      • Georgecom 10.1.2

        I guess we have to differentiate between being financially dumb, because you are just thick, and being deliberately dumb, doing it on purpose. I doubt that the government is being dumb just because they are thick. That then leaves being deliberately dumb. That is, thinking that their current mode of operation will deliver the ‘brighter future’ National promised but cannot deliver. The only change necessary, in light of the 2008 financial collapse and ongoing stagnation, is to screw down government spending. Otherwise, it’s neo-liberal business as usual folks.

        That is dumb, but deliberately so.

      • SpaceMonkey 10.1.3

        Yep… we are witnessing a purposeful takedown of the NZ economy to foreign interests. It is happening at speed now as John Key’s Wall St and City of London masters know they’re on borrowed time, so they are attempting to secure as much wealth as they can before global economic collapse. Because it is only a matter of time now – when, not if.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      Par for the course for a NACT government. They’re all financially and economically illiterate. That said, this one may be the worst if what they were trying to do was benefit NZ – which I don’t believe they are.

  11. Maui 11

    Interesting UK Conservative take ..

    “Prospect of President Hollande and collapse of Dutch government raise new questions about €urozone’s future”

    http://conservativehome.blogs.com/international/2012/04/prospect-of-president-hollande-and-collapse-of-dutch-government-raise-new-questions-about-urozones-f.html

  12. Jenny 12

    I felt that this Herald cartoon captured the essence of John Key. The always sunny disposition, the joi de vivre.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10800727

  13. Geoff 13

    KiwiRail announced in July 2011 that they had ordered a second batch of DL’s from China. Then absolute silence from them ever since. Rumour is, they are attempting to cancel the order, and the legal beagles are trying to get them out of the contract. Behind the scenes, the Chinese government is no doubt reminding our government of their free-trade obligations.

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  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago

  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    9 hours ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    9 hours ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    10 hours ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    10 hours ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    12 hours ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    13 hours ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    15 hours ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    1 day ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    1 day ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    3 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    3 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    4 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    4 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    4 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    5 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    1 week ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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