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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, March 25th, 2008 - 32 comments
Categories: dpf, im/migration, national, spin - Tags: , , ,

David Farrar appears to be throwing his weight in behind National Party’s “New Zealand Sucks” campaign with another misleading post on migration to Australia.

Titled “The exodus grows”, DPF’s take on the most recent stats is that the rate at which people are “fleeing New Zealand” is accelerating.

It’s perhaps disguised as one of David’s curiously obsessive posts on numerical detail but don’t let that fool you – the clue is in the emotive language.

As is increasingly common over at Kiwiblog the post’s singular purpose is to reinforce a perception that National’s doing its best to fuel. Their pollsters have identified “emigration to Australia” as a hot-button issue and advised them not to let reality get in the way of perception.

new graphAs we’ve reported before, the country’s not emptying out at all – to Australia or anywhere else.

Last year not only did 99.33% of us choose to stay, but total net inflow exceeded outflow – more people are coming here than leaving.

The sky isn’t falling. This is the Nats playing politics. Their deafening silence in terms of a policy solution to the “problem” their pollsters have cooked up is telling.

32 comments on “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

  1. Steve Pierson 1

    He says “people left NZ forever”. in the stats, a permanent emigrant is a new zealander who leaves intending to be away longer than a year and a foreigner who leaves having been here longer than a year. Most of the kiwis, and some of the foreigners, come back.

    Farrar knows that, of course.

  2. infused 2

    You’ve already been rebutted on kiwiblog.

  3. Ruth 3

    I hate this rhetoric too. Contrast this to the American view. Those from the right, left, far right, far left ALL have a love of their country.

    Incidentally many US top execs who have been transferred here for a 12 month contract have stayed. They have eschewed salaries of millions because this is a great place to live and bring up kids.

  4. Tane 4

    Must have missed that one infused – do feel free to elaborate.

  5. infused 5

    I’m sure you can read.

  6. higherstandard 6

    Ruth

    I think you’d be wrong to assume that those from all side of the political spectrum don’t love NZ.

    They may be collectively a bunch of dickheads and you’ll certainly see more garbage written and professed during an election year but underneath it all I wouldn’t question the patriotism on the left or the right.

  7. Tane 7

    I’m sure you can type too, infused. Or are you incapable of making an argument without reference to Davey’s talking points?

  8. infused 8

    It’s already been debated before, same old shit over again. Debating it again isn’t going to change anything.

  9. the sprout 9

    this is all good though, National are innoculating the public against their own whinging by shouting wolf every time they think someone might be listening.

    it just makes their message boring and lacking credibility, which is great should they ever actually have something important to say.

    btw, the “NZ Sucks Campaign” is excellent framing and sums National’s position nicely.

  10. infused 10

    the sprout: I could swear that was thestandard to be honest. Only no one listens.

  11. Ruth 11

    Higher standard if they do love this country they have a funny way of showing it.They bash it at every oppportunity.

    With the John Key hate sites like this one most of the time, and the Helen Clark hate sites, it is easy to get tarred by the negativity if you stand too close. I’ve cut down on the political blogs I read because of it.

    You should blog, you say interesting things.

  12. When I talked to Davey about this issue face to face, he attributed this supposed “mass exodus’ to the centralization of capital resulting from economies of scale (melbourne, sydney) and free movement of capital (globalisation). Essentially his theory was that the labour was just following the capital, and it had little to do with the tax regimes, or the respective policies of the NZ and Aus governments (corporate tax in NZ compares fairly well to Aus).

    New Zealanders don’t fare too badly when it comes to personal income tax either.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Income_Taxes_By_Country.svg

    So not only is fiddling the figures to create the impression of a “mass exodus”, but he doesn’t really actually believe that this fake problem is government’s fault. Sometimes he really can be a very confusing man. I wonder if he confuses himself sometimes.

  13. oh and on the subject of confusion – I recently copped a one-week ban for being mischievous on kiwiblog. Only that was three weeks, and I’m unable to log in under my usual name. I even tried logging in under a different pseudonym, asking davey if I could contribute under my usual one. But each time I do this, I’m screened, and am no longer to log in under even the new pseudonym. I think davey’s had enough of my impudent questioning of his misleading spin!

  14. John 14

    Why oh why do the Nats think New Zealand is such a hole? It is hard to understand the National Party NZ Sucks Campaign, when New Zealand is a dream destination for many people in the US, UK, and Europe(especially true for those who have already visited at least once). The world loves us and John Key and David Farrar hate us. Go figure.

    If the grass is so green in Australia, why is David Farrar still here? Is he so bad at what he does that he can’t get a job in his dream country?

  15. higherstandard 15

    John

    I don’t think there is any evidence to suggest that The National Party, John Key or David Farrar hate NZ on the contrary their desire to make a difference, debate issues and in Key and the Nats case run for public office demonstrates just the opposite.

  16. I wonder what sort of person raises his conspiracy theory here about me secretly banning him, rather than e-mail me directly again.

    The Roger Nome user alias got restored two weeks ago (and I think I emailed you to say this) and as I said you just need to reset the password. Everyone else suspended has managed this pretty easily. If people have a problem doing it themselves I can set a password for them.

    I disabled your new alias because RodHide could be seen to impersonate Rodney Hide. I stated this twice on the blog before I did so.

    And returning to The Standard’s rather desperate reliance on PLT net migration, it is confusing two semi-separate issues.

    The level of inwards migration is effectively set by the Government. Yes there are factors such as NZers returning home (and that has also been dropping) but the Govt can and does adjust the requirements for migration with the points system, language requirements etc etc.

    If the Govt wanted to, it could have 150,000 or even 200,000 migrants a year coming here. As a non third world country there is almost no limit to how many people would move here if they could.

    So while the net migration figure is of some importance (if one does not have positive net migration then the population probably shrinks) it doesn’t mean the outwards migration figure is not also important, and of concern that it has been so dramatically increasing. You can deny there is a problem by arguing net migration, but frankly you look like people in denial.

    As an example there is a big difference between say losing 40,000 people a year, and having 44,000 people migrate here and between losing say 200,000 people a year and having 204,000 people a year move here. There are also economic costs to losing people who have embedded in the local economy as oppossed to having new workers from overseas. That is not an argument against immigration – I am a fan of it, but that simply replacing someone in NZ, with someone else is not the same as retaining them in the first place. A bit like an employer would rather keep staff longer than have 30% staff turnover annually.

    So while net PLT migration is a useful indicator for some things, it is one which can change dramatically by govt policy as there is near infinite demand from people to live here. And even if policy does not change, it is better to retain people than replace them.

    Now having said that I would not discourage people leaving to do their OE, but you want most of them to come back. And the stats again show that the number of NZers returning is actually dropping, despite the numbers leaving going up. That is a concern.

    So I think I am on much stronger ground in saying there is a problem, than the attempt to use the above graph to say “Hey it is all fine here”. You are out of touch with NZers if you think there is not widespread concern over how many people are leaving – the social dislocation for families is a big factor. People are talking about this *all* the time.

    As Roger Nome points out it is not my view that govt policy is the biggest factor involved. The view I expressed to him is that people tend to migrate from city to bigger city, not country to country, and this shows in internal and external migration. But this is not to say govt policy can not influence that overall trend, and also can not help persuade people to come back from overseas. I believe govt policy definitely can affect the rate.

    A bit like how water vapour affects global temperatures far more than carbon emissions, but that isn’t to say we shouldn’t have god policy on carbon emission!

  17. randal 17

    as has been shown by reputable economists it is impossible to encourage mass immigration here because for one reason the cost of paying for infrastructure to accomodate them would not be paid for over the working life of the persons unless new zealanders would put up with third world slums and therefore population increase must be achieved incrementally. for another reason where are the jobs that the pro business lobby would provide? there is no reason for most industry now so promoting more is like chasing chimeras which seems to be the nats favourite pastime besides whipping up emotions and confusing people with dubiuos arguments.

  18. Noddy (used to be Dr.No) 18

    David’s “curiously obsessive posts on numerical detail” still don’t quite match up to your curiously obsessive posts on David himself…

  19. John 19

    Hey Higher

    I take it your job in the National Party campaign is to raise questions about other people’s posts without providing evidence of your own. I like it. Good technique. Did they teach you that in Slippery John’s Office?

    Tell me, what statements do you have from John Key and David Farrar that are positive about New Zealand? Seems to me they only like to point out the negatives. Sometimes I wonder if the Aussies are paying them to advertise on behalf of Australian employers.

    Most people seem to be pretty happy living here – evidence 99.33% didn’t leave last year and more arrived from overseas than left.

    So, tell us with references and in their own words what do John Key and David Farrar love about New Zealand?

  20. higherstandard 20

    John

    No actually I’m a healthcare professional on the Nth Shore of Auckland.

    If you want to see positive comments from Farrar and Key I’d have a look at their respective histories, websites and press releases.

    I think you make the common mistake of mistaking politics and campaign speak with one’s love of their own country. While I frequently disagree with politicians on all side of the political spectrum I respect that they are all to some extent driven by making a positive difference to NZ despite being misguided at times.

    Your comment regarding most people being pretty happy living here is correct of course most people love living in NZ that should preclude them saying that wages are higher in Australia and that a proportion of the population are hurting with rising cost of living and mortgage rates.

    Perhaps rather than me finding soundbites about what Farrar and Key love about NZ you could email them directly I got ward rounds to do.

    Have a good day.

  21. randal 21

    dont let your political fulminations get in the way of providing a competent medical service service free of outside distractions…i.e. keep your mind on your job..and I see when david farrar takes a hit he runs off and starts whingeing on trade me opinions…what a flea!

  22. DPF:

    “The Roger Nome user alias got restored two weeks ago (and I think I emailed you to say this) and as I said you just need to reset the password. Everyone else suspended has managed this pretty easily.”

    As you know, I’ve already done that several times Mr Farrar. Each time I’ve done it “your comment is awaiting moderation” has appeared on my first posting – then it has disappeared. Following that, I’m unable to log in under that password. Now I’m unable to even log in under “Roger Nome” with a new password (Also – you never did email me about this).

    Apparently a similar fate has befallen young James Sleep at Kiwiblog. At “newzblog” – he posted saying that he had talked to a “young nat” who had claimed to be your employee. The young nat, then (as young people do) purportedly mouthed off, saying that you run your business out of National Party headquarters. Sleep then insists that he took this information to you, and since hasn’t been able to post on kiwiblog.

    http://newzblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/david-farrar-puts-silence-on-potential-unmasker/

    http://newzblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/truth-will-out/

    Now in my opinion you have every right to ban people from your blog. It is however sad for you, and the National Party that you have trouble being honest about it.

  23. The standard has also posted about the issue here ….

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=1061

  24. James has posted several times on my blog since then. But you know RN that defaming me on this blog is not the best way to put me in a good mood to spend some time helping you out.

    But regardless e-mail me what password you want and I will set it for you. If your first post is held (like everyone else’s) it will be cleared in time.

    Oh and if someone can translate what Randal is complaining about for me, that would be useful. I actually take the time to post a detailed reply here (which no one has responded too substantively) and he suggests I have run off. And what trade me has to do with anything I don’t know. The mug owner (someone who is very much of the left) emailed me and asked if I would promote his auction, and I did.

  25. Why hello DPF – any chance you’ll let me back on your blog anytime soon? I mean even after all these months your little coterie of freaks seem to be taking my name in vain on close to a daily basis and well, it just doesn’t seem fair to deny me right of reply now does it?

  26. Benodic 26

    David- while it would matter if 200,000 people were leaving a year to be replaced by 204,000 immigrants that’s not what’s happening.

    Only .67% of New Zealanders left last year and they were replaced, with no discernable economic impact and by people who were, overall, more skilled.

    There is no mass ‘exodus’ and New Zealand is not emptying out. You’re just scaremongering.

  27. DPF:

    “But you know RN that defaming me on this blog is not the best way to put me in a good mood to spend some time helping you out.”

    Defaming you? Do you know that it can be considered an act of defamation to insist that someone has been defaming you when they haven’t?

    “But regardless e-mail me what password you want and I will set it for you.”

    Well I’m a bit miffed as to why I can’t do this myself now. i.e. only a few days ago I was able to, but the last several times I’ve tried have been unsuccessful. I will however take you up on that. I look forward to rejoining the discordant chorus that is kiwiblog.

  28. Hi Sod-

    Hey, one little piece of advise, should you be allowed the distinguished privilege of posting on kiwi blog again – don’t bring up Curia Market Research. I reckon we’re closer to the truth on this than is comfortable for our beloved Davey.

  29. Do you mean I shouldn’t mention the fact he runs it out of National party HQ and it does mostly National party work (oh, and work for it’s third-party allies)? Or do you mean I shouldn’t discuss the possibility that this work is effectively a kickback for his blogging work?

  30. Yeah, all that stuff Sod. It really must be giving him a bit of stress. I reckon lots of people who read DPF’s blog visit blogs that point these things out anyhow.

  31. Sod – Actually I sometimes wonder if it’s worth hitting up a PI for the job? To clear it up once and for all. I wonder if Wayne Idour is still in business? i.e. every serious candidate in the 2008 primaries is in the authoritarian-right quadrant of the political compass.

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/usprimaries2008

  32. ..Can a moderator please delete that last post?

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    DimPostBy danylmc
    4 days ago
  • National Poetry Day
    I discussed this celebration with friends at lunch and somehow none of them had heard of 19th Century Scottish poet William Topaz McGongall, widely celebrated as the worst poet of all time: he seems roughly cognate to Tommy Wiseau. Here ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    4 days ago
  • Sailing to the Arctic with the people who call it home
    The courageous Inuit community of Clyde River is standing up to protect their Arctic home from devastating seismic blasting.The circumpolar Arctic is home to four million people representing a diversity of cultures. As northerners, they share many connections, but in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why fixing your phone is one of the most empowering things you can do
    Like most people, I don’t go anywhere without my phone. In the morning, its shrill alarm rouses me from sleep. During the day it bobs between my ear, my hand, and my pocket. At night, I hunt for Pokémon before ...
    4 days ago
  • Microbeads: How did companies respond?
    Remember THIS video?Back in July, Greenpeace East Asia ranked 30 global companies to see how they measured in terms of their commitment to phasing out microbeads – the tiny terrors that are often found in shower gels and facial scrubs, ...
    4 days ago
  • Does your cafeteria serve ocean destruction?
    Every time you eat in a restaurant, hospital, airport, a university cafeteria, or at even at a rock concert, it is likely that you are eating food provided by a large foodservice company. Sea of Distress, a brand new Greenpeace ...
    4 days ago
  • My Arctic Home
    I live in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) in the Canadian Arctic. Most people have never heard of my town. It's 450km north of the Arctic Circle with a population of roughly 1,000. We are isolated from much of the world, but ...
    4 days ago
  • Up Front: I Swear, It’s True
    There is a persistent myth among the kind of people I desperately try to avoid that swearing is a sign of low intelligence. Frequent swearing shows a lack of imagination and vocabulary.Fuck that noise.Research shows what people I would choose ...
    4 days ago
  • Up Front: I Swear, It’s True
    There is a persistent myth among the kind of people I desperately try to avoid that swearing is a sign of low intelligence. Frequent swearing shows a lack of imagination and vocabulary.Fuck that noise.Research shows what people I would choose ...
    4 days ago
  • One less objection to Skypath
    Some great news yesterday that the main objector to Skypath, the Northcote Residents Association (NRA), has withdrawn their appeal against the project. That leaves just the Northcote Point Historic Preservation Society (NPHPS) – made up of many of the same people ...
    4 days ago
  • A Political King.
    Birds Of A Feather: If Edward VIII had been a less enamoured sex-slave to Wallis Simpson and a more convinced fascist, it is entirely possible that he could have completely upended the British constitution. Royal words, and deeds, still matter ...
    4 days ago
  • Polity: Key peddles cynical “interest rate avenger” fantasy
    This week in Parliament, John Key repeated one of the lines that looks to be central to its election campaign in 2017. As we’ll see, that word “lines” probably has one too many n’s in it. Anyway, here it is:Rt ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs
    My friend Simon Grigg this week announced something I've known for a while – that he's stepping down from his role as creative director at Audioculture. It is, literally, to spend more time with his family: Simon and his wife ...
    4 days ago
  • Places to go, people to be
    Nothing from me today - I'm off to Christchurch for Phoenix, their annual larp convention. Normal bloggage will resume Monday, once I've caught up. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Is There Something Wrong With Aussie Sport?
    Is There Something Wrong with Aussie Sport? The news that Australian Olympians returning from Rio have been given a hard time by the Australian media and public for the alleged paucity of their medal haul will, sadly, have come as ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • The Pencilsword: I can’t draw horses
    ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand – we’re in the sh*t
    . . “…We should always measure a Government’s environmental rhetoric against its environmental record.” – John Key, 7 September 2008 . . ref . In September 2008, one month before the general election, National’s leader addressed the party’s “Bluegreen* Forum“, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Housing is popular
    I’ve written several blog posts talking about challenges facing local democracy and consultation processes. This is an important issue. Harvard economists Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson make a convincing argument that inclusive political institutions, such as broad electoral franchises and ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    4 days ago
  • Increasing cycling and walking in New Zealand cities
    This is a post from Caroline Shaw and Marie Russell who are researchers at the University of Otago Wellington Having high levels of walking and cycling for transport in our urban centres is a crucial component of having a sustainable, people-oriented, 21st century transport ...
    4 days ago
  • Movement or Moment.
    Barring some disaster, Hillary Clinton will win the US presidential election in November. That poses an interesting question for the US Left, because the defensive support for her offered by Sanders supporters and other progressives in the face of the ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Global warming is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, fast
    A new study measures the loss of ice from one of world’s largest ice sheets. They find an ice loss that has accelerated in the past few years, and their measurements confirm prior estimates. As humans emit heat-trapping gases, we ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Reading: White rappers, Gawker and the Uber killer
    Our weekly recap highlighting the best feature stories from around the internet.   G-Eazy. Photo: AFP White Rappers, Clear of a Black Planet – by Jon Caramanica, The NY Times “But now we have arrived in the ...
    5 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    frogblogBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • An improved design for the Tamaki/Ngapipi mess
    My post yesterday about the hot mess that is the proposed Tamaki-Ngapipi intersection resulted in a lot of discussion, especially around the design and the role consultants play. Reader George who is also an engineer decided he could come up ...
    5 days ago
  • Electrons!
    Earlier this year Key is said to have asked his Ministers to come up with some new policy ideas, to deflect the criticism that they were a tired, exhausted, intellectually bankrupt government spinning its wheels and going nowhere. Maggie Barry’s ‘Predator ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    5 days ago
  • Rally in the rain shows love for humanities
    Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 30 Hundreds of people who work and study at the University of Otago rallied under umbrellas yesterday to say they love humanities. The university is planning to cut staff from five humanities departments Local TEU ...
    5 days ago

  • Disability sector is in a ‘slow burning crisis’
    Disability advocates say the sector is in crisis and broken, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “A roundtable at Parliament organised by the Labour Party, heard today how National has left disability services chronically underfunded. ...
    15 hours ago
  • NZ fisheries depend on the environment – they should protect it
    The attitude of the fishing industry and the National Government to our oceans, and the life within it, still amazes me. Like many New Zealanders, I find it perplexing that an industry which depends entirely on the long-term health of ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    15 hours ago
  • Bigger is not always better with local government reform
    I have written previously about the overwhelming opposition expressed by local councils and community members to the latest Local Government reforms.  The Select Committee heard more submissions this week, specifically about some of the unintended consequences that may arise from ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    16 hours ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis. “There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis. “There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum ...
    2 days ago
  • Government must review state sector retirement investment
    The State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme has no business investing in companies which manufacture cluster bombs, anti-personnel mines and nuclear weapons, Labour MP and Parliamentarians for Global Action executive member Su’a William Sio says. “I endorse the call made by the ...
    3 days ago
  • Councils shouldn’t rush into Easter Trading
    City and district councils must ensure they don’t rush into trading on Easter Sunday ahead of local body elections next month, Labour’s Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. “This decision must be taken seriously and only after extensive ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister can’t wash hands of illegal KiwiSaver investments
    The Minister responsible for appointing default KiwiSaver providers should take responsibility for ensuring they act legally, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The National Government has now had confirmed what they were told more than a week ago – that ...
    3 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Government railroading Maori Land Bill through
    Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell seems determined to railroad his Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill through despite the large number of submitters in opposition to the bill, says MP Meka Whaitiri, whose Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate contains nearly 30 per cent ...
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “Anne Tolley is seriously ...
    4 days ago
  • Time has come for state apology on abuse
    Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson ...
    4 days ago
  • It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
    New Zealand still needs legislation to ensure adult New Zealanders are not exploited by being taken on as contractors for less than the equivalent of the minimum wage, says Labour list MP David Parker.  “My Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment ...
    4 days ago
  • Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
    Good morning, and thank you for attending today’s Future of Work Seminar here in Wellington. I want to particularly acknowledge Beth Houston who has spent many hours pulling together the programme for today’s event, and to Olivier and the staff ...
    4 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
    The latest National Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot is yet another waste of Parliament’s time and shows the Government’s contempt for the House and the public with much more important issues needing debate, says Labour’s Shadow Leader of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Gun laws creaking under the strain
     Questions have to be asked  after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The lack of resources is ...
    5 days ago
  • Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
    The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Social service agencies report many ...
    5 days ago
  • Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
    National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. “Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates ...
    5 days ago
  • Trade dumping bill could hurt NZ industries
    The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.   I am now reading submissions from NZ Steel, ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
    Just 16,000 – or 8 per cent – of the 209,000 work visas issued last year were for occupations for which there is an identified skills shortage, says Labour Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The overwhelming majority of the record number ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
    The Government should ignore talk across the Tasman about doing away with the labelling of GM free products, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Labelling of genetically modified products was a hard won agreement in 2001 by Australian and the ...
    6 days ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
     The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to free public education as we know it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There is no doubt that ...
    6 days ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
    The fact that more than 300 sections are shamelessly being advertised on Trade Me as land-banking opportunities during a housing crisis shows the need for a crackdown on property speculators, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Of the 328 ...
    6 days ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
    The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
    6 days ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
    The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
    7 days ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
    The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
    1 week ago
  • Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
    Parliament is currently considering the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which would bring New Zealand up to date with current international rules about maritime security. The debate around the Bill reflects two valid issues: legitimate counter-terrorism measures and the right to ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 weeks ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 weeks ago
  • Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
      Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
    A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government slippery about caption funding
      The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
    The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New ministry should look after all children
    The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Ratification okay but we need action
    Today’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on Climate Change by the end of the year is all well and good but where is the plan, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Government’s failure to plan is planning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    2 weeks ago

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