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KiwiFund: nationalisation or competition?

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 pm, October 21st, 2013 - 61 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, election 2014, greens, john key, kiwisaver, labour, national, russel norman, slippery, superannuation - Tags:

It’s interesting that Russel Norman has been quick to give conditional support to Winston Peter’s proposed KiwiFund, considering that many see the Greens and NZ First as being too far apart to be part of the same governing alliance of parties.

Peters’ version appears to be a proposal for the full nationalisation of KiwiSaver:

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An outline plan of “KiwiFund” has been announced by Rt Hon Winston Peters in his keynote Leader’s address at the party’s annual convention in Christchurch today.

Mr Peters told delegates that private funds managers were sucking the lifeblood out of KiwiSaver, and in five short years had already taken $325 million in management and investment fees.

[...]

“Our plan is to change KiwiSaver so that it is a truly government-backed and managed retirement fund. Because of the economies of scale, and the elimination of hordes of ticket clipping fund managers, costs will be greatly reduced. People who pay into KiwiSaver will get their full return.”

Russel Norman’s preference

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is for a state run KiwiSaver provider, alongside privately run schemes:

The Green Party sees New Zealand First’s proposal for a public option for KiwiSaver as a move in the right direction, providing that it is about providing competition to the existing private KiwiSaver funds and not proposing to nationalise them.

[...]

“There is considerable common ground with our KiwiSaver policy launched in the run-up to the 2011 election,” Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said today.

“A public fund can achieve significant fee and cost reductions through greater economies of scale. Our fund would be an optional default KiwiSaver fund.

“Under our proposal, the investment function – the back-end – would be managed by the $23 billion New Zealand Superannuation Fund while Kiwibank or the Inland Revenue Department can provide the front-end management of individual KiwiSaver accounts.

[...]

The recommendation for a single default KiwiSaver provider was made by the Government appointed Savings Working Group in January 2011.

While Cunliffe is reticent about committing to any of these chanegs, he isn’t averse to negotiating with NZ First over their proposal.

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Hamish Rutherford writes:

Labour leader David Cunliffe said he would not make commitments about coalition agreements until after the 2014 election, but “of all he things I can imagine having to negotiate post election, this wouldn’t be the hardest”.

Labour also had concerns over fees charged on KiwiSaver funds, particularly on conservative funds, but the system wasn’t “broke”.

In contrast, John Key

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is dismissive of any of the above proposals:

Prime Minister John Key has dismissed NZ First’s policy to create a state-run, locally focused KiwiSaver fund.

[...]

“So instead of 20 managers having different strategies, different ways of doing things, different profiles, some more risky, some less risky, that you choose, so why on earth would we want to do that,” he said.

“I know that these guys are on this track at the moment of wanting to nationalise electricity, nationalise building, nationalise our management funds, they’ll be nationalising supermarkets and petrol stations and everything else soon.

“That worked really well for the Soviet Union when they were doing that,” Key said.

And Key seems to be suggesting NZ First would not stand by this policy in any post-election negotiations:

NZ First would not form a coalition, or even sign a confidence and supply agreement, with any party not willing to adopt it as government policy.

But Key said he found it highly unlikely the policy would be a deal-breaker for any potential coalition with NZ First.

“Winston Peters speaks in riddles. He has for his entire career from what I can see. He’ll find some way of saying this is sort of introduced, or being looked at, but mark my words it won’t be bottom line.”

So, Key appears to be saying that he would be up for forming a government with someone like Peters, who Key sees as being untrustworthy.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see that, on at least one possible policy area, Labour, the Green Party and NZ First seem to be closer than any of them are to National.

61 comments on “KiwiFund: nationalisation or competition?”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Was wondering if we’d get an article on this.

    NZFirst’s policy isn’t to completely nationalise Kiwisaver at all. It’s simply to create a new scheme run by the government with a government guarantee on deposits (but not returns). Presumably it would somehow be lumped in and controlled by the group managing the existing Superannuation fund. Private providers would still exist in this landscape, however Peter’s doubts many NZers would stay in them since they wouldn’t be guaranteed and he says the “returns will be better” in KiwiFund due to much lower / no fees being charged.

  2. binders full of women 2

    Farrar was spot on. If Winston wants state control of kiwisaver- then he should set up a kiwifund and anyone can switch to it or start with it. As long as we are FREE to leave our funds in whichever fund they are currently sitting in. Win-win, freedom to choose Winston & Russel’s setup or existing. Mine is going okay so I probably wouldn’t initially switch to WinfirstRusGreenScheme.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      The “freedom to choose” is what’s causing the present Kiwisaver from being optimal.

      EDIT:
      Actually, thinking about that, what choice do you truly have? You don’t have any choice in where the funds are invested just some vague choice about risks.

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        You don’t have to invest in Kiwisaver at all. You can invest your own money where-ever you choose, and you aren’t locked into those investments until you’re 65 either.

        Also there is one Kiwisaver provider that lets you customize your own investments, although they present you with a list of choices that you choose from, rather than being able to pick anything at all yourself.

        • Tat Loo 2.1.1.1

          A well managed zero fee fund like the Government can run is always going to work better for the majority of people who aren’t investment specialists themselves.

          • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1.1

            I don’t think Winston’s plan is actually feasible.

            The superannuation fund is simply not the same as a Kiwisaver fund. Here are some differences off the top of my head:
            1. Superannuation fund has a long-term target of 2030 before funds start to be withdrawn. Kiwisaver funds are withdrawn whenever the owner turns 65, and there are several provisions to allow them to be withdrawn earlier, such as home buyer subsidies, financial need and terminal illnesses, moving overseas permanently. All of these mean the financial settings are simply not the same.

            2. All of the above require paperwork, which is simply not free. Which means either Kiwifund will have to charge fees, or the government is going to completely subsidise them. Kiwisaver originally started with a $40/year fee subsidy which National scrapped – there’s no reason we can’t have it back.

            3. Again because people have different savings requirements, funds at the moment provide different options like Growth, Balanced and Conservative, as well as cash funds. Again all of these things take overhead: either Kiwifund will have to charge a fee, or the government will be subsidising it.

            4. Winston is saying people can transfer their existing savings over to Kiwifund, which will be government guaranteed for the deposits + inflation, but not the returns. How do you differentiate returns vs capital from transferred funds? There are probably cases that exist, likely from people moving between several funds, where it is no longer clear what proportion of the money they have now saved is “capital” and what is “returns”.

            • Tat Loo 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Hi Lanth, I believe all these factors are reasonably manageable due to the size and flexibility of the resulting govt fund eg. You can’t predict entirely what one person will do with their retirement savings, but you can average out over half a million people reasonably well. Also, the govt fund will have many different components and sector interests that it invests in, as well as both short term and long term cash equivalents.

              • Lanthanide

                Well, no, having to provide different risk profiles is entirely new behaviour that the current superannuation fund does not currently do.

                Having to manage the paperwork of the different risk profiles, and people moving in an out of the scheme, is all entirely new stuff the superannuation fund does not currently do.

                If Peters thinks these things are “free”, then he has no clue what he’s talking about. The work must be done, and generally people don’t work for free, so the money to pay for it comes from somewhere. Either it comes from the savers in the fund, as is currently the case for Kiwisaver funds, or it comes from the government, which is what Winston is saying the new fund will be.

                My problem comes with Winston trumpeting how good it will be for savers not to have to pay fees, without seeming to realise that this is new work that must be paid for: he’s only selling the pros to the voting public, not the cons (where the money will come from to pay for his promises).

                • Tat Loo

                  Let’s see, I think a $25B investment fund can be easily managed with just $25M worth of staff and overhead costs a year, especially leveraging off existing public sector infrastructure.

                  Can you work out for me how much annual fees as a % that works out to be? Oh shit, that’s a whole 0.10% annual fee structure.

                  And based on that, (and understanding that most Kiwisaver providers charge fees at around the 1.5% to 2.0% level) can you work out how much current providers must be extracting in excess over that, not in the work required to run the funds, but in outright ticket clipping profit?

                  If Peters thinks these things are “free”, then he has no clue what he’s talking about. The work must be done, and generally people don’t work for free, so the money to pay for it comes from somewhere.

                  Seriously, to make a statement like this you must think that Peters and all NZ First supporters are idiots or something. Do you?

                  Perhaps you would be satisfied if Peters had said that the funds could be operated “at cost”. Is that sufficiently pedantic and accurate for you?

                  My problem comes with Winston trumpeting how good it will be for savers not to have to pay fees, without seeming to realise that this is new work that must be paid for: he’s only selling the pros to the voting public, not the cons (where the money will come from to pay for his promises).

                  Peter’s plan is going to protect savers to the tune of hundreds of millions (and more, as Kiwisaver funds accumulate) at the cost of a few million a year.

                  Why don’t you wake up and smell a good deal when you see it.

  3. Tat Loo 3

    Here’s the thing – over and over again, it appears that most NZers think that the Government could and should be a legitimate player in markets in order to keep the private sector honest.

    I suspect the reason for this is pretty simple: a lot of people are realising that mega-corporations are screwing them over, and that only Government can help keep them honest.

    This meta-trend is going to become an increasing problem for National.

    • Zorr 3.1

      There is another thing to be keeping in mind here – that is a single Kiwisaver fund run by the government would provide larger returns in a safer manner than having multiple private providers queuing up for their turn at the teat.

      Same principle as any insurance/investment scheme – the more you have to invest and spread around a range of options, the safer your overall investment is from any collapse in prices and, ultimately, is only at risk from a global collapse. At which point, hate to say it, we’re all fucked anyway.

      Why should private providers be getting to charge fees on *our* superannuation savings? Along with a form of UBI, this needs to be taken away from them so that it can go to *our* future. Not Australia’s or USA’s.

    • Chooky 3.2

      +1 Tat CV

      ….re- exposure to mega-corporations and banks…….imo it is also particularly important that the Government provides a guarantee for Kiwi Bank in the event of an international financial banking collapse….and legislates that Australian Banks in New Zealand must provide a guarantee for NZ customers( same as they do Australian customers.)…

      What is the Labour Party policy on this….. compared with the Greens and NZF?

      • Phil 3.2.1

        Chooky,

        Kiwibank is mostly funded by domestic deposits. It has very little wholesale funding from offshore markets, virtually no lending offshore, and a substantial pool of liquidity available for crisis management. You can see all of this in its Disclosure Statements.

        There is no transmission mechanism for an ‘international financial banking collapse’ to directly affect Kiwibank. Yes, they’ve made some shitty choices and subsequently had bad lending decisions at times, but if they’re going to fail as a bank it’s going to be because of their own poor mismanagement rather than global contagion.

        A government gaurantee on Kiwibank specifically would effectively be a vote of no confidence in the ability of its executives and directors.

        • Tat Loo 3.2.1.1

          A government gaurantee on Kiwibank specifically would effectively be a vote of no confidence in the ability of its executives and directors.

          Nonsense. That’s like saying Kiwibank Ltd insuring their offices is a vote of no confidence in the ability of its executives and directors to care for their property.

          In seriousness, Kiwis will love that their bank is formally backed by the NZ Government. It will cost the NZ Government nothing, and give Kiwibank a substantial edge in the marketplace.

          • Phil 3.2.1.1.1

            No, Tat, it’s not like that at all. Property insurance (insurance generally) protects you from the effects of events outside of your control, like earthquakes or getting hit by a bus.

            A guarantee does not do that. Take, for example, the deposit guarantee scheme that was in place here post-GFC. The initial scheme included pretty much all banks and deposit taking finance companies. At the time, the global environment was pretty much as uncertain as it has ever been. However, once the first phase ended and the extended scheme kicked off in October 2010, only seven finance companies took part. Total guaranteed deposits in the scheme fell from $133b to $2b.

            Why? Because the public, and specifically retail investors, could smell the wet dogs a mile off. All the banks had successfully positioned their businesses such that they didn’t need the guarantee and were operating with comfortable liquidity margins. Only the finance companies that were up the creek without a paddle had any incentive to participate in the extended scheme and take the extra time to get their businesses in shape, or fail.

            Kiwibank doesn’t need a guarantee. It is reasonably profitable. It operates just fine in competition with the big-4 and other domestic banks. If there was a need for a guarantee to be in place, for Kiwibank specifically, it would be BECAUSE of it’s failure to perform and poor internal decision making, not because of some mythic offshore crisis fears.

  4. Tamati 4

    A Kiwibank style state competitor would keep the private sector honest. But doesn’t Kiwibank already have a Kiwisaver option? Isn’t this already a state sector Kiwisaver provider?

  5. dv 5

    Kiwibank sold to Mercer a few years ago.

    • Tamati 5.1

      Didn’t they later buy Gareth Morgans kiwisaver?

      • Chooky 5.1.1

        Yes Kiwibank has bought Gareth Morgan’s kiwisaver…but he still runs it

        ….all the more reason for Government guaranteeing Kiwibank…in fact I think it is a scandal it isnt govt guaranteed

        …….in a international bank meltdown what would happen to it.?….. sold for a song to Goldman Sachs?

        • Tamati 5.1.1.1

          Your Kiwibank deposits are implicitly guaranteed by the state. No need to lose sleep. It’s such a small player it’s unlikely massively affected by overseas crises.

          • Chooky 5.1.1.1.1

            @ Tamati….”implicitly guaranteed” is for fools…..even if Kiwibank is “such a small player” it is exposure to international bank crises which will be the deciding factor ….as to whether NZ public is affected or not and loses their a savings and assets or not …only Israel and New Zealand do not have a deposit guarantee ( see below post by greywarbler)

            greywarbler 11
            20 October 2013 at 12:06 pm
            Interesting stuff we should all know about.
            Deposit guarantee scheme, depositor insurance, capped bank scheme – only Israel and New Zealand don’t have these in the OECD.
            http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday
            Audio will follow soon.

            11.40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
            Five years ago this month the global financial decline kicked in deeply. Wayne looks at the implications of the next meltdown that some punters are predicting, and the potential for serious social unrest. Chris follows up with Dr Bill Rosenberg, economist at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.

            The British were apparently freaked out by bankers like Goldman Sachs into with scary scenarios
            of rioting and looting if banks collapsed.

            Bill Rosenberg says that NZ’s bank accounts can be as low at times half of NZs with bank a/cs have less than $580 in their account. How would we manage if there was a collapse of our banks?

            Most of our banks are owned by Australians – except Kiwibank thanks Mr Anderton, and some ex building society ones still not sold off to furriners. Australian banks have a deposit guarantee scheme but it doesn’t apply to us though we banks with those Oz banks in NZ! The usual way of treating NZ by that country. The funds of Australian banks would be drawn on to meet their obligations in Oz. It could be that funds from their branches in NZ would be utilised to meet the extra demand, with no legal responsibility to provide for us here. Great, Ansett all over again. Getting NZ to pay for what would be otherwise an Oz obligation. We bought Ansett, like naive idiots, and we naively have allowed Oz to get their beefy hands on our banks too in line with our friendly relationship under CER.

          • thatguynz 5.1.1.1.2

            Might also be worth doing some reading on the “Open Bank Resolution” Tamati. Unless of course you are happy with your bank accounts taking a bit of a haircut in times of trouble?

  6. millsy 6

    about 30-odd years ago, we had heaps of things that were nationalised. No one really saw it as an issue back then. Even National did its fair share of nationalisation. The Maui pipeline (NGC/Petrocorp), Mt Cook’s Hermitage Hotel (THC), Kaingaroa Forest (NZ Forest Service).

    And really, kinda over the USSR comparisons. The Soviet Union was the elimation of all private property, and state ownership of everything. In the USA federal, state and local governments exetensively own power stations, railway services, canals, telecomms networks, irrigation systems, and and all sorts of wierd and wonderful things. Is he going to ring Obama and compare his country with the USSR?

    As for state owned KS, bring it on. KiwiFund sounds good to me. Though I would leave the option of private providers, as they can fill certain niches that a KiwiFund entity cannot fill.

    • Tat Loo 6.1

      The Soviet Union was NOT an elimination of private property. In the first months of the Soviet Union, land which formerly belonged to the Tzarish aristocracy was divided up and given to ordinary farmers and workers.

      Therefore the rise of the Soviet Union was characterised by the creation of private property. Now what happened later on driven by Stalin, well, that wasn’t socialism or communism, just authoritarian tyranny.

      Now, Dmitry Orlov (who has originated a great theory of ‘Superpower Collapse’) makes this point about the state owned apartments that almost all USSR citizens lived in, at the time of the USSR disintegration: that ownership structure meant that most Soviet citizens did not suffer bank repossession of their houses, and were not turfed out on the street: unlike the US example. And were then gifted with valuable private property holdings of those apartments, that they hadn’t needed to pay for.

      One last point – although the USSR went away Russia definitely did not.

      • red rattler 6.1.1

        Tat most industries, banks, transport etc were socialised in the Soviet Union.

        Agricultural land was already privatised before the revolution so this involved the redistribution not the creation of private property. The policy of the Bolsheviks was to introduce land collectivisation only when the revolutions in Europe would allow the introduction of advanced technology. This it was expected would then encourage small peasants to collectivise voluntarily.

        When this didn’t happen as a stop gap measure the peasants were encouraged to become capitalist producers (employ agricultural workers) and sell at market prices as an incentive to feed the workers in industry. The hope was that socialised heavy industry would then develop and mechanise agricultural so that socialisation of industry and agriculture could proceed together. At this point virtually no private property would have remained.

        Because of the Soviet Union’s economic backwardness and its invasion and isolation by world capitalism this policy failed and Stalinist totalitarianism was the result. You are correct to say that the forced collectivisation of the peasantry was neither socialism nor communism.

        • Tat Loo 6.1.1.1

          Cheers rr.

        • Bill 6.1.1.2

          Hmm. And there was me thinking that all agricultural produce and whatever else had to be sold to the state at set prices so that the state would use it’s (cough) wonderfully efficient bureaucratic ‘machine’ to distribute whatever was produced.

          And the inefficiencies, farce and accompanying oppression of that led (or so I believed) to the Kronstadt uprising in 1921 that Trotsky and Lenin crushed by use of arms.

          Then after containment had been achieved (read: death and exile) , Lenin decreed a certain ‘loosening up’ of internal trading arrangements.

          And 100 years on, the official state propaganda of the time is still peddled by tattered cult remnants within the left to underpin some notion that Lenin was benign and the Bolshevic’s fine and if only Trotsky had assumed the mantle of leader instead of that narsty Stalin…..

        • Rogue Trooper 6.1.1.3

          good summaries rr, and Bill

  7. Tamati 7

    A pet hate of mine with my ASB Kiwisaver is how they hide their fees when you check your balance online. They have a single row “Investment Returns and Fees” , i.e. only show me my net return, not the investment return and the amount they charged me for the privilege.

  8. tc 8

    Winnie is coming for you johnny, he may not be in the next govt but hes going to do his best to ensure your number is up.

    Shonkey comparing it to the soviet union rather than constructing a reasonable narrative gives winnie a stick to beat him with.

    A plausible policy which Key just flips the bird at, keep it up johnny.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    A public fund can achieve significant fee and cost reductions through greater economies of scale. Our fund would be an optional default KiwiSaver fund.

    It can do that but only if it’s a monopoly. If they try to maintain the competition then the costs would still be higher than optimum just as Peters has said.

    So instead of 20 managers having different strategies, different ways of doing things, different profiles, some more risky, some less risky, that you choose, so why on earth would we want to do that,” he said.

    Yeah, because a state monopoly would only have one person running it and not lots :roll:

  10. bad12 10

    Yep, if you sit and examine what NZFirst and the Green Party says on a pile of issues a lot of time it simply looks like the generation gap in effect, both are saying much the same thing which they see as being a lot of the time arrived at by different routes, the same none-the-less,

    Not only is KiwiSaver, as Peter’s suggests,a ticket clipping frenzy for the free market my view is that as we reach deep into the retirement bubble we are going to find that many of the funds run by the ‘market’ are going to turn up empty handed leaving many who will have invested their life savings with an empty nest egg,

    Kiwi-saver funds in many cases being run by what is loosely described as ‘the non-banking financial industry’ and as we have just seen it will be amidst a ‘crisis’ in the future that what will have been a ‘ponzi-scheme’ for many years will all unravel,

    Peters also alluded to insurance as another area that He sees the Government having a direct role of provision in, and i cannot disagree with Him either, obviously this is also highly topical as an industry at present considering the treatment, or should i say mistreatment by the insurance industry of the people of Christchurch during their hour of need,

    What is obvious, and glaringly so when when we take an intense look at especially the service industries which a majority rely upon is that there is no real competition, such is just a myth, what we have is crony capitalism of the worst kind where ‘Cartel Capital’ provides the illusion of ‘competition’ while driving the costs of the product or service ever higher,

    We can hope for such Cartel Capitalism to be defeated via regulation and the regulators, however, in the final analysis my opinion is that to ensure true competition in the markets Government has far more to gain by the provision of that competition rather than have it’s regulators forced to spend monies essentially gained by both sides ‘taxing’ us to try and force upon those who would involve themselves in Cartel Capitalism that competition through the courts…

    • Tat Loo 10.1

      Kiwi-saver funds are all being run by what is loosely described as ‘the non-banking financial industry’

      which is an integral part of the so-called “shadow banking system”.

  11. Tim 11

    And there’s one thing that’s a bit different this time (as far as Winnie ‘keeping his word’). It’s that this next time round will be his swan song, and as his bro once said to me – he’d love to have something positive and enduring to be remembered by.
    When he eventually karks it, it’s going to be bloody hard to ensure his ego hops into the coffin with him.

    …. so the “And Key seems to be suggesting NZ First would not stand by this policy in any post-election negotiations” might be another money trader’s gamble that isn’t worth shit.
    Winnie will be thinking “mmmmm …. take the baubles, or take the latter” I think it’ll be the latter.

    What would I know though!

  12. Richard29 12

    Interesting – Winston not to be outdone by Labour has decided to start ripping off Green party policy himself.. It’s all good, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    The really interesting bit to me is seeing how John Key’s tone has changed in two years:

    Commenting on Green Public Option for Kiwisaver in 2011:
    John Key says he’s not sure about that move, but says the fee issue needs to be looked at.”If you outsource that to the Government, it might lead to an implied Government guarantee that we’re actually guaranteeing the funds, and in KiwiSaver there is no guarantee that your funds are safe so that might be the risk there.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10764330

    Commenting on NZ First KiwiFund proposal in 2013:
    “I know that these guys are on this track at the moment of wanting to nationalise electricity, nationalise building, nationalise our management funds, they’ll be nationalising supermarkets and petrol stations and everything else soon.
    “That worked really well for the Soviet Union when they were doing that,” Key said.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/9305797/Peters-names-price-for-any-coalition-talks

    For the Greens he acknowledges the importance of discussing how to reduce fees and makes one or two light criticisms of potential drawbacks in the policy. For NZ First he just goes into full “Red Peril” campaign mode…

    I think part of that is probably panic – in 2011 he was coasting to victory and feeling perhaps a bit magnanimous, now he’s staring at almost certain electoral oblivion in 2014…

    The other part may be the different audiences (or perceptions of them) for the two parties. NZ First voters are perceived as simple, less educated and prone to populism so they get the knee jerk hyperbolic response. Green voters are perceived as mostly educated urban liberals, the kind of swing voter that Key cannot afford to be dismissive of, so they get the more measured and reasoned response actually engaging with the subject matter…

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    “I know that these guys are on this track at the moment of wanting to nationalise electricity, nationalise building, nationalise our management funds, they’ll be nationalising supermarkets and petrol stations and everything else soon.

    What;s the difference between capitalists owning a farm/supermarket/petrol station through shareholding and hiring a manager to run it and the state doing the same thing?

    Answer: Nothing except that state ownership won’t have the dead-weight loss of profit on it.

    The only argument that I can see against state ownership is that a few people won’t get rich at everyone else’s expense.

    • Tat Loo 13.1

      Already happening. Pretty sure the Chinese are using Landcorp to manage the former Crafar Farms.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1

        Yeah, I know. The point being that there’s no difference in the management and so it can’t possibly be any worse just because it’s government owned.

  14. Tim 14

    NRT sums it all up concisely (as he usually does):
    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/for-kiwifund.html

    Where’s King Kong and Chris70something-or-other and various others by the way?
    Is there some Nat crisis meeting in a War room somehwere going on?

  15. geoff 15

    I seem to recall that in the MSM (tv 1news i think) Winston’s idea was called a ‘radical plan’. Who’s feeding them these lines?

  16. Tracey 16

    Is a comparison with the cullen fund wrong because the money available to that fund at inception gave it better options than a govt backed kiwisaver

    • geoff 16.1

      Tracey, I think the relevant comparison being made with kiwisaver is that money is being wasted going to line fund manager’s pockets which wouldn’t have occurred if that money had been invested in government-run fund such as the Cullen fund.

      • Tat Loo 16.1.1

        Exactly. And the financial services industry trying to defend itself by saying, well, at least our fees are marginally less than in Australia, is pretty disingenuous. As has been pointed out, they are taking hundreds of millions of dollars from kiwi workers, while still achieving far lower gross returns than the government has been able to.

        So much for the right wing mantra of private sector is always better. No it’s not; unless you are talking about better for the 1%.

        • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1

          Better for the 1% is really all the right really worry about. Their changes to welfare and attacks on workers rights certainly show that they don’t care about everybody else.

          • thatguynz 16.1.1.1.1

            And that is only because the vast majority of the right wing voting muppets haven’t yet figured out that they themselves aren’t actually the 1%. Aspirational myopia perhaps? ;)

  17. Sable 17

    Peters is dead right. Its the same problem Australia has. Funds are devalued because rip off fees are levied by private trust management companies. Worse sill people are locked dealing with these firms and are effectively held to ransom by them.

    Norman an Australian himself has no doubt seen this first hand, as have I. Indeed I have money in super in Australia which is being slowly leeched away by fees.

    I do not see why this is a bad idea or why the Greens and Labour would not endorse it.

    Peters platform is the elderly and retirees so he is looking after his constituents which is what he is paid to do. His loyalty is the people who vote for him not other political parties and good on him for it.
    I’d like to see Labour acknowledge and take up policies that support working class Kiwi’s but fat chance of that.

    • tc 17.1

      Yes Oz has been reworking it’s portability rules and fee structures with a new lower fee regime coming into effect recently. It was incredible lucrative for fund managers before that came in.

      If your fund isn’t performing, shop around and move it Sable. Asgard comes highly recommended.

  18. Crunchtime 18

    A very sensible idea from Winston.

    (don)Key’s reading and comprehension have gone out the window – he seems to think that Peters’ plan is to replace all other fund providers with a govt one, which it is not.

    • Lanthanide 18.1

      I’m sure Key, or at least the people that write what he says, know exactly what Winston is saying.

      But Key has a very strong track record of deliberately mis-stating or mis-interpreting things that other politicians have said. Because Key always gets media coverage, this mis-representation of reality is what 80% of the voting public hear, and believe.

      What Winston has proposed is fairly moderate, but what Key is re-stating it as is pretty extreme. The voting public don’t like extreme, so this is a way for Key to discolour the whole debate with these non-factual claims, but do it in such a way that he’ll never be called up on it – and if he is, he can just say “mea culpa, but it’s because Winston is so hard to understand that I made that mistake” – and the media poodles will give him yet another free pass.

  19. phil 19

    I see two apologists for the finance sector re. Winstons proposal for Kiwisaver, promptly out of the starting blocks on Radio NZ (Nine to Noon) defending their pot of gold. I notice no counter opinion. No surprise, but will RNZ seek an independent view, rather than the usual vested interests.

  20. dave 20

    the americans have 401ks and wall street has plundered those accounts and used them to hide losses sell crap derrivatives personally i would back nz first and greens plan lets get some economy of scale in the system .

    • Tat Loo 20.1

      Spot on. That system was designed to give big fund managers huge amounts of workers funds to gamble with on the Wall St and shadow banking casinos. Half the reason so many US pension funds will not be able to meet their commitments is because the financial sector has walked away with the money.

    • Phil 20.2

      401k’s had, and have, very little derivative exposure, and are largely comparable to the mix of funds that Kiwisaver has. They’re invested mainly in equities. Only 19% of the funds are in bonds and fixed-interest securities (a portion of which would be RMBS).

      They also bounced back quickly after the GFC, so the idea that wall street has ‘plundered’ their money is false.
      http://www.ici.org/policy/retirement/plan/401k/faqs_401k

      • Tat Loo 20.2.1

        A highly partial financial industry lobbyist website? Surely you can do better than that.

        Here let’s try this:

        http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/25/how-401ks-rewarded-the-rich-and-turned-the-rest-of-us-into-big-losers/

        The report reveals that median retirement savings today stand at a paltry $44,000. But if you start looking at affluent America, the picture changes dramatically. A household at the 90 percentile of the retirement savings distribution had nearly 100 times more socked away for retirement than the median household. And the top 1 percent? Households at that lofty level had stashed more than $1.3 million in retirement account savings.

        In a nutshell, the 401(k) revolution created a few big winners and turned most of us into losers.

        • Phil 20.2.1.1

          Dave’s post was factually incorrect. That the data to prove it comes from the fund management industry is because they’re the ones collating the data into useable information in the first place. I make no comment on the quality of the 401k scheme generally, but do note that it looks a LOT like Kiwisaver.

          By the way, trying to critique a post you call ‘highly partial’ by linking to a partisan political pundit… not your best work.

          • Tat Loo 20.2.1.1.1

            Bill Moyers is one of the most respected long standing names in US journalism. He’s not a “political pundit”. That his reports don’t suit you is rather beside point.

            • Phil 20.2.1.1.1.1

              That his reports don’t suit you is rather beside point

              Pots and kettles, my friend, pots and kettles…

  21. KJT 21

    We already have a fund which should be being used to build the capability of New Zealand, including educating and training our children, and building infrastructure and sustainable energy and industry for the future. Taxation! And a cheap and cost effective super scheme. National super.
    Diverting even more money to the financial industry to gamble with is going to end in tears, as it already has in the USA. As pension funds and ordinary peoples savings are stolen to prop up the losses already made.
    Government is already planning laws, like Crete, so they can grab savings to prop up bank profits.

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    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • 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
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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