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Farmers unhappy about lower power prices?

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, April 28th, 2013 - 39 comments
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Former banker Bruce Wills and current head of Federated Farmers has joined the chorus attacking NZPower. He invokes how horrible  life was before 1984, as thought this had something to do with NZPower. You can read the full list of his horrors here. Among them was this gem:

Prior to the 1980’s economic reforms, the entire New Zealand tax system was a dog’s breakfast. The largest tax burden fell upon wage and salary earners who, in 1983/84, carried 64 percent of the burden. Today, it is less than 40 percent.

As one commenter noted, there was no GST in 1983/84. Duh!

Willis goes on:

Personal income taxes were eye-wateringly high with 66 percent as the top rate and that started at $38,000 ($106,817 in today’s dollars). Tax avoidance and evasion were rife due to copious tax shelters, dodges and “cash jobs”.

And he thinks that’s not happening today? Farmers don’t use tax shelters, dodges and “cash jobs?” Puhleeease…

It would be interesting to know if real farmers would rather have lower power prices, or banker Bruce as their spokesman. I’m not so sure that this latest addition to the NZPower naysayers chorus has much in the way of real arguments. His reaction seems more based on specious history and knee-jerk ideology.

 

39 comments on “Farmers unhappy about lower power prices?”

  1. Jimmie 1

    I’m a farmer and let me think:

    If the Lab/Greens get in well lets see what the net benefit of their combined policies would be in relation to power bills:

    – NZ Power = -$300 p/a (maybe)

    ETS increase = + how much??
    Petrol tax increase = + how much??
    Income tax increase = + how much??
    Interest rate increase = + how much??
    RMA red tape cost increase = + how much??
    Capital Value lost through CGT = + how much??
    Land Use restrictions = + how much??

    Hmmmm I wonder which option I would rather go with the status quo or the watermelon nightmare?

    • karol 1.1

      Oh, so increases for the better off people, but ignoring that a lot of your list will have little impact on those who are, right now, struggling to pay their power bills. The latter people will be better off with lower power prices.

      Such things as NZ power, and any other changes to taxes, will be a correction after the tax cuts for the wealthy in recent years, which have been at the expense of the less well off.

      • Jimmie 1.1.1

        Well then maybe the Lab/Greens should have been honest then.

        Instead of bleating on at a press conference about reducing everyone’s power bill by an average of $300 they should have said rich pricks are gona pay more and poor folks will pay less.

        (Though why you think that poor folks don’t buy petrol or that the ETS increase will somehow be aimed only at rich pricks beats me)

        NZ Power was a ill-thought out and dishonest attempt to interfere with the MRP float – it may have given a vague short term boost to the far left morale but how will it be read by the general public – many of whom are in the process of buying the MRP shares.

        NZ Power might end up being Shearer’s ‘show us the money’ moment and also the moment when the MSM decide that the Green’s economic policies require a fair bit more scrutiny.

        • geoff 1.1.1.1

          “rich pricks”
          At least you’re honest.

        • karol 1.1.1.2

          Well then maybe the Lab/Greens should have been honest then.

          Don’t confuse my comments with the policies of Labour-Green.

          NZ Power will mean less money for the powerco bosses, and lower power bills for consumers.

          the tax issues are a different matter, and I hope Lab-Greens, when next in power reverse NAct’s tax switches, that benefited the few at the expense of the many.

          Sheesh, you sure get angry when politicians say they’ll stop the greedy already-haves from profiteering from the hardship of those struggling on peanuts. I guess that’s what greed does to profiteers – have more, want still more.

        • RJLC 1.1.1.3

          Farmers paying their fair share of ETS = good.and fair.
          Current situation where farmers and select industries are being subsidised by the commons turns Jimmie into a welfare bludger.

        • Foreign Waka 1.1.1.4

          Jimmie, do you really want to live in a country where the wages drop in relation to expenses every year and at the same time power prices are being hiked amongst other expenses to Joe Blog, to give a tax brake to those on high incomes? Older people in particular and those on fixed incomes cannot “save” in the conventional way and those hikes just mean no heat, more illness = higher health service costs. Of cause if you cut these too, just wondering about the general pronunciation of “a decent country” – this may need a bit of a revision.

    • Murray Olsen 1.2

      It’ll all be too much for you Jimmie. We’ll nationalise your farm so you don’t have to worry.
      Peace of mind – priceless.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.3

      5 years years of national havent led to increases in the above ?- even the GST increase when they promised to to raise it.

      And since when did capital value be lost through CGT ? , ask Australians about how the tax has pushed prices down

    • Tom Gould 1.4

      Funny how so-called ‘spokespeople’ for farmers overlook the obvious benefits of a ‘collective’ approach? Let’s see Bruce Wills put his money where his mouth is and turn up to the current round of Meat and Wool meetings and tell them their plans for a Fonterra-like collective is socialist lunacy that will turn farming into a polish shipyard. Or is he just a hypocritical Tory crony?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.5

      Well, Jimmie, you just proved why we have those regulations and why they need to be strengthened. It’s because arseholes like you will pollute without regard to the damage and costs that you put upon society if we don’t have them.

  2. GP 2

    What jimmie said.

    • felix 2.1

      What jimmie said was a bit vague.

      I couldn’t tell whether he was worried about a Lab/Green govt or another National one with all the talk about increases in fuel levies and more “red tape”.

      Otherwise I’d hazard a guess that he hasn’t bought any fuel, registered a vehicle or renewed a passport lately (damn near doubled).

      And I guess he forgot to complain about them raising GST (after promising not to).

      All highly regressive taxes too I might add.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        What jimmie said was a bit vague.

        No, what Jimmie said was quite clear – he wants to pollute freely and not have to pay the costs. He wants society in general to do that instead so that he can be richer.

  3. joe90 3

    Not a sausage about the rural supply network upgrade scam of 1992-1995. Urban consumer investments surreptitiously slipped into his members hands.

  4. ak 4

    Ah well, progress I guess on the scaremongering front. From North Korea and the USSR of NZ to the unspeakable terror of no shopping on Sundays and waiting for a phone connection.

    Pathetic, Brucie; you’re a flaccid Massey’s Cossack in Key’s slippery clothing, but without the bicep.

    Your promulgation of the worship of Greed has ripped the guts out of your own members’ communities up and down the country and now they count their shekels alone as they watch their kids depart and turn to suicide in record numbers.

    So take a bow, laddie: you’ve massacred communities and a once-proud heritage for a wine on Sundays. And there’ll always be a wee Jimmie clapping while his hands are greased.

  5. georgecom 5

    Ummm, so Wills is going on about how bad things were before 1984.

    But what the hecks that got to do with a single buyer of bulk electricity. His first couple of lines talk about the Labour-Green plan but he then goes off topic for almost the entire remainder of the article.

    The 1400s probably were not such good times to live in either, but what has that to do with power issues as well.

    Can someone please tell some of the media commentators to take a deep breath, breathe through their noses and concentrate. Maybe then they’d stop writing such unrelated loads of rubbish.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Can someone ask Wills how much mortgage debt bankers had in the 1970’s, as compared to now?

      Maybe he needs to turn on his brain for a sec, in order to represent the interests of his members.

  6. Dv 6

    Pre 1984
    SMPs.
    Muldoons welfare for farmers.

  7. Descendant Of Sssmith 7

    And of course he also conveniently forgets to mention the massive farm subsidies that existed during that period of high tax rates when some farmers got up to 40% of their income from the taxpayer.

  8. irascible 8

    As I recall pre 1980 there was the great Muldoon- National Party scheme that gave Family Benefit to the Ewes while increasing the tax burden on you & me.

  9. fambo 9

    Time for Labour and the Greens to start splitting the farming sector into two – the wealthy right wing elite, and farm workers who have nothing to gain from Federated Farmers. A long term goal but one worth putting the thin edge of the wedge into

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Remember: most farmers are not members of the Feds. Many have chosen to leave the Feds over the years because they did not feel that their views were being fairly heard or represented, as members.

      • dw 9.1.1

        Too right. I’m a farmer and hate the Feds with a passion. They’re essentially a soft political arm of the Act party and are so out of touch with progressive farming it’s laughable.

        So as a farmer, yes, I’d like lower power prices, even though it won’t affect me as most of my farm is on Solar power.

        • Red Rosa 9.1.1.1

          +1. Feds had those wingnuts Pederson and Nicholson as presidents, which turned a lot of people off.

    • Paul 9.2

      And split business as a whole into two sections. The finance and banking industry which has swollen into a mammoth since deregulation in the 80s and the rest of business.
      Just as an example. Most businesses would benefit from reduced electricity costs. But investment bankers won’t as they will gain from the sale. It was them that were jumping up and down hysterically about the NZ power proposal.
      There are many economists who are calling for the control of the finance industry. We just don’t hear their voices.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        We also need a distinction for SMEs versus big business and corporates.

        Weighting the playing field in favour of SMEs keeps big corporates on their toes as well as encouraging the next generation of enterprising NZers.

  10. Red Rosa 10

    Most irrigated dairy farms have big power bills – $50k per year not uncommon, and up to $100k for a few. Even 1% off is serious money. Do Feds really want higher power bills?

    They should get stuck in with an issue closer to home – local body subsidies. Dead against these. ‘Core business’, that’s the word. But hang on….

    http://blog.greens.org.nz/2013/04/28/hawkes-bay-irrigation-saga-gets-murkier/

    Right on Brucie’s back doorstep. Go get ’em, boy!

  11. Jimmie 11

    I think what Bruce Wills was saying (and the point I was making) is that you can’t look at the Lab/Green Policy on NZ Power in isolation.

    And when you take into account the total sum of all their policies you would have to be a moron not to conclude that all farmers (and business owners) will be paying a whole lot more in taxes and levies under a red/green government.

    And which leaves me wondering why Mike Smith would put up a post saying that farmers should welcome NZ Power as a way of reducing their energy costs??

    Disengenuous much

    • DH 11.1

      “I think what Bruce Wills was saying (and the point I was making) is that you can’t look at the Lab/Green Policy on NZ Power in isolation.”

      If that was what he was saying then he’d have said it. What he was obviously trying to do there was create an equivalence between the ’70s and NZ Power. He failed.

      I find these people who hark back to the ’70s rather tiresome with their selective memories. The entire western world was like that back then, it’s not as if NZ was doing anything others weren’t. Muldoon was even president of the World Bank for a while.

  12. Adrian 12

    I’m a farmer too Jimmie, and collectivly we pay fuck all tax. As a percentage of income nessecary to live on we probably pay 10% of what your service industry workers ( drivers, shearers, reps etc ) pay. So STFU or you’ll put them on to us.

  13. Foreign Waka 13

    Has anyone considered that the Fed Farmers might get a discount deal like the Alu smelter or other corporates? Why else would they complain? They maybe the disguised ma and dad punters for the shares. Any serious journo would dig a bit deeper – just to make sure that we have all the facts.

  14. felix 14

    Who gives a fuck what Bruce Willis thinks anyway? Cool in Pulp Fiction but has he even done anything since Sin City?

  15. xtasy 15

    This post seems a bit stupid to me. I am sorry, but Mike Smith, is this all you can deliver on the power discussion? What about doing some studies and research, to back up what you have recommended David the Shearer to agree to, while it was according to Chris Trotter Grant Robertson, who really urged Labour to join the Greens on NZ Power.

    I am starting to bloody despair with you people down there in the Wellington political arena. We get a bit of policy here and there, ok NZ Power was a real stirrer, but having your Leader go off to Europe and so, and also having Norman from the Greens leaving it to a “green behind the ears” Hughes to defend policy, with “Clint chat” on camera, this is NOT going to deliver.

    You guys better bloody get your acts together, as this will fail, if not something else comes very, very soon.

    Luckily I am NOT a Labour supporter anymore, so I have little hope and reliance in you guys anymore anyway, but what about your members, supporters and prospective voters? Do they not deserve something more convincing and better?

    So I am just wondering, what all this is about, it seems that some in this wider forum are also running out of hope, wits and suggestions. At least some ideas are needed, but hey, where are they?

    Leaving NZ and their voters to this bunch of idiot nohopers, that run the show, and then not delivering more than I see and we get, that is close to treason. Thank you for bothering to reading this, if you even do. Good night.

  16. millsy 16

    It was actually farmers who drove the setting up of the old power boards to get electricity reticulated into rural areas.

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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley
    Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
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  • Submission to Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Rege...
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Draft Transition Recovery Plan on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party.  It is important that the citizens of Canterbury have a voice in the governance of the next step of… ...
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  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
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  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
    In 2010, National rammed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill through Parliament. Paul Quinn’s Member’s Bill existed because Paul Quinn thought anyone who’d been imprisoned was a serious offender, and serious offenders had ‘forfeited’ their right to vote.… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
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  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
    The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The company has told shareholders it… ...
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    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    3 days ago
  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
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  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    3 days ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
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    3 days ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    4 days ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    4 days ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    4 days ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    4 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    5 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    5 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    5 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    5 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    1 week ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    1 week ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    1 week ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    1 week ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    1 week ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
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  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    1 week ago
  • Charter school experiment turns into shambles
    The National Government’s charter school experiment has descended into chaos and it’s time for Hekia Parata to stop trying to cover up the full extent of the problems, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Education Minister must release all… ...
    1 week ago

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