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Manufacturing crisis deepens

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, November 7th, 2012 - 81 comments
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Yesterday, 60 highly paid jobs at Rakon where lost and we learned 5,700 manufacturing jobs had been lost in the past year. The reason, the high dollar made manufacturing here untenable. Steve Joyce shrugged his shoulders and said it was the company’s call to do what made it profitable. Of course, it’s his government’s failures that are making going overseas the most profitable decision for Kiwi manufacturers.

We now have the lowest number of manufacturing jobs since the current statistical series began in 1989.

The scary thing is that Rakon’s job losses aren’t actually that extraordinary. Since June 2008, an average of 40 manufacturing jobs a workday have been lost. 5 an hour, every workhour, for 51 months – 45,600 all up.

So, still no crisis in manufacturing?

(and don’t the facts nicely puncture the myth that manufacturing has been in long-term decline in New Zealand? – in fact, the number of manufacturing jobs was within 20,000 either side of 225,000 for two decades until four years ago when it began to collapse and the collapse is continuing still)

81 comments on “Manufacturing crisis deepens”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    I can’t see any political force in NZ ready to reverse this quarter-century trend against global pressures and FTAs.

    25 years ago China had the manufacturing capability of producing cheap plastic goods and transister radios. Today they produce iPad Minis and BMWs.

    Even manufacturing giants like Japan and South Korea have had to relocate factories to China.

    Joyce is right of course: 8-10 people on Rakon’s board decided the fate of those NZ workers; the company Directors will get bonuses for destroying NZ employment.

    • karol 1.1

      CV: I can’t see any political force in NZ ready to reverse this quarter-century trend against global pressures and FTAs.
       
      Well David Cunliffe reckons that Labour will try by working closely with the hi-tech sector to help businesses to flourish, and create more jobs in NZ.  He says:
       

      “Labour has the bold, innovative ideas needed for a new economy. Labour’s research and development tax credits would be a direct advantage to Rakon and other companies in the sector. We are also considering an accelerated depreciation allowance to support investment in new technology

       
      But of course, the proof will be in the actual policy; in the details.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        I think David will do well in his objectives – he’s a very smart capable guy who understands the pressures on the sector. But consider the size of the problem – halting the loss of 40 manufacturing jobs per work day. Then reversing the trend to gain say 40 manufacturing jobs per work day.

        – High tech manufacturers need far less workers than traditional process fabrication eg. a large NZ factory like Fisher and Paykel or Cadburys might have 500 jobs. A large NZ software firm might have 50 staff.

        – There is a significant lag time: hiring decisions take months to make, then months more to fill the vacancy approved.

        – New companies and start ups take many years to reach any kind of employment scale. For the first few years of operation they are unlikely to take on more than 5-10 people.

        – The development of human capital required to launch, build and grow high tech enterprises takes decades and billions in investment. Of course it can be done but it will not shift employment numbers for years. Our history is that we train young people up and then immediately bleed them overseas.

        For instance, DTB feels that NZ can become a leading light in advanced CPU manufacturing. I have said to him, sorry there’s no chance you can out design ARM or out manufacture Intel or IBM, at least within the short term (say 10 years). That kind of capability has to be developed over many years, and if you wanted to do it faster can only be brought forwards with investments of tens or hundreds of millions.

        The consequence of this is that the most appropriate strategy for NZ high tech manufacturing is to fill niches, but those niches are tiny, tend to be very expensive to get into and don’t require many workers. Consider Rakon, who developed a niche of frequency control/oscillation componentry over many years; yet still only have a small staff. The closure of traditional manufacturing like a paper mill destroys far more jobs.

        The bottom line is that Cunliffe can succeed at all his strategies and we get nothing more than a temporary halt in the erosion we have seen for the last 25 years – the same as we can see in that graph in 1994 and 2002.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1

          I have said to him, sorry there’s no chance you can out design ARM or out manufacture Intel or IBM, at least within the short term (say 10 years).

          And you’d be wrong. Takes a few years to build the actual factory which would put us on par with all other IC manufacturers. Over those years you take people who are interested in developing CPUs etc and you have them start to develop them (Remember, we already have electronics capability and training) by the time the factory is going we’ve started to develop a strong team and our present niche designers can now get the stuff made in NZ rather than sending it out to other manufacturers in other countries.

          On the side you have the universities doing R&D into improving the factories and training more people for working in the sector and doing research. Considering employment at other such facilities around the world I figure just one plant would hire between 10k and 15k people.

          That kind of capability has to be developed over many years, and if you wanted to do it faster can only be brought forwards with investments of tens or hundreds of millions.

          Try billions but if we go with a positive money supply the country can easily afford it. If there’s one thing that needs changing more than anything else is our monetary system. Without changing that then anyone’s plans for developing NZ’s economy/society is doomed to failure simply because the private banks will end up with all the benefit/wealth.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            You’re a smart guy DTB, and what you say looks so-so OK in theory, but, uh, no.

            Takes a few years to build the actual factory which would put us on par with all other IC manufacturers.

            Who you gonna get to do this for starters? Fletcher Building? And yes we could print money, but semicon fab equipment suppliers don’t accept NZD.

            EDIT – also having a building stuffed full of fab equipment doesnt put us on a par with anyone, just like having a fleet of stealth fighters sitting in sheds at Ohakea doesn’t put us on a par with the US Air Force.

            You need to think it through a little bit more.

            However, you could get a 90nm facility going for $200M-$300M if you were going for functional instead of bleeding edge.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Who you gonna get to do this for starters?

              Whoever can do it. Preferably NZ based. Best option, IMO, would be to directly hire a few people who have built these things before and then use their knowledge to train up NZ tradespeople.

              And yes we could print money, but semicon fab equipment suppliers don’t accept NZD.

              They may be willing to do so or we can print the money and buy US$ or whatever currency the sellers want. That’s what the ForEx is for.

              also having a building stuffed full of fab equipment doesnt put us on a par with anyone,

              And that’s why we ramp up training and start building up an institutional knowledge base.

              However, you could get a 90nm facility going for $200M-$300M if you were going for functional instead of bleeding edge.

              Better to do bleeding edge as there would be more demand for it and it would still be able to do 90nm anyway (although why anyone would want 90nm is beyond me as it uses more power).

          • Paul Campbell 1.1.1.1.2

            Sigh – wishful thinking if ever I heard it – I AM a CPU designer, who knows maybe the only person who’s made a living of it in NZ – spent a decade doing it in silicon valley, I don’t any more now that I’ve moved back to NZ – IMHO it’s a stupid business to get into without backing willing to throw away millions – most CPU building startups fail – not because they don’t produce cool innovative CPUs (we did) but because if you can’t find a market – thousands of programmers willing to give up the CPU architecture they know and love – you’ll probably fail. Even if you manage to avoid the patent mine fields it’s a crap shoot that you will probably lose.

            Remember IIT probably turns out 100 times more chip designers than all NZ’s universities – I’ve worked with them, they’re really good.

            Building fabs is a whole different business – expensive, environmentally risky and you’re in competition with people who have billions to spend and have already spent it ….. unless you have your own products to build you’ll have to tempt others to build their chips with you, that’s hard, probably you’ll have to do it by being the low cost leader, competing with new fabs in China – which means it’s going to be a robot fab, not many people working there.

            Every country, every town on the planet has a plan to become the next Silicon Valley – they can’t all do that – but just remember it’s not a new bright idea, it’s an idea that everyone has already had.

            That’s not to say we shouldn’t encourage our tech people to start companies in NZ, we should, we want to keep them rather than have them continue to hemorrhage overseas – but we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one tech basket – diversity is a real strength

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Cheers mate.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.2.2

              thousands of programmers willing to give up the CPU architecture they know and love

              There’s pretty much only one architecture to build to as far as CPUs go and that would be x86.

              Even if you manage to avoid the patent mine fields it’s a crap shoot that you will probably lose.

              Patents are an issue. I’d like to get rid of them as they’re getting in the way of innovation but that’s unlikely to happen before the complete collapse of the present system. That said, if you can get the instruction set going without hitting any patents and either as good as or better performance from the two main x86 producers it should be a go.

              Building fabs is a whole different business – expensive, environmentally risky and you’re in competition with people who have billions to spend and have already spent it ….. unless you have your own products to build you’ll have to tempt others to build their chips with you, that’s hard, probably you’ll have to do it by being the low cost leader, competing with new fabs in China – which means it’s going to be a robot fab, not many people working there.

              Agreed but I’ve been advocating as much automatics as possible all along and the country has billions to spend and won’t go bankrupt no matter what happens.

              As for own products, well, it’s a fab plant – use it to produce any and all IC’s that it can from any source. Anyone from small backyard designers to multi-national conglomerates.

              …but we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one tech basket – diversity is a real strength

              Which is what I’ve always been advocating.

              • Paul Campbell

                Actually one could argue at the moment that the x86 is on its way out and the ARM is in ascendancy – I wouldn’t start work on an x86 clone at this point – Intel and AMD have the patents in this area pretty sewn up – and they are known for having a lot of lawyers (to the point the bulk of my 20 patents have to do with ways to get around Intel’s x86 patents ….)

                You certainly need to find a way around Intel’s very basic patent on mixing segmentation and paging if you want to play in that space (though arguably that patent has prior art up the wazoo) besides the “simple instruction set” of the x86 is an order of magnitude more complex than the ARM or other riscs – making it go fast is not a simple matter.

                More importantly you don’t take a bunch of people who’ve never built a chip, put them in a room and expect them to turn out world class stuff – you certainly don’t bet a few million on them – you do hire a team of people who’ve done it before, you spend as much money on good people as you possibly can, and add a few new people to the mix – I’ve done enough Silicon valley startups to know what not to do :-) – and even then chances are you will fail – you’re taking a bet that 2-3 years from now people will want your bright idea, and that somewhere else in the world there aren’t 3 other teams doing the same thing

                These days fabs are targeted to particular processes – the process you use for dram is very different form what you use for a high end CPU (probably carefully tuned to get the mips) vs. a commodity standard cell part that’s designed for cheap. Taping out to say TSMC means that lots of different companies are sharing the same process and have to make compromises to fit while Intel will tune its CPU fab specially.

                I do see some muddied thinking in your argument here – you think a fab will employ a lot of people but you propose making a robot one to compete with China that doesn’t need any ….

                I’m being very negative here, mostly because I know how seductive this sort of thing is – NZ seems to suck up the “Think Big” meme every few years and never learn the lesson – just look at the stupid stadium they built here in Dunedin – a financial disaster that the rugby heads who created it refuse to do anything to help solve.

                I do think we should be designing chips in NZ, even with CPUs, I’d probably license a core though and build something more interesting around it there’s lots of opportunity to do neat stuff at the moment and building chips as a business is much more approachable than it was when I fell into it 20 years ago – but tape them out in Taiwan or Korea rather than building a fab here.

                But before you can do anything you need to do something about the NZ VC community who don’t really understand how to do this sort of thing – they expect you to provide a working thing, ready to ship – try and go out and ask for $3m for development of something big and adventurous and you just get blank faces – I know I’ve tried – bunch of wusses

                • Colonial Viper

                  Now its funny you say these things. I think you are spot on every single count.

                  You certainly cannot expect an Intel/Micron 22nm process designed for homogenous NAND chips to be able to fabricate CPUs or APUs taped out for a Global Foundaries process.

                  And yeah, NZ VC’s and Angels are gutless shite. Seriously people, if you’re going to wait for Apple or TATA or the DoD to become a confirmed buyer of our fully working and shipping product before you decide to invest your million dollars, WHY THE FUCK WOULD WE STILL NEED YOU

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    You certainly cannot expect an Intel/Micron 22nm process designed for homogenous NAND chips to be able to fabricate CPUs or APUs taped out for a Global Foundaries process.

                    Then we build better factories. It’ll take longer to get going but that’s how the cookie crumbles.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      you’re asking a fish & chip shop to make croissants. Doesn’t work. Its not that a pastry bakery is any better than a takeaways…they just do very different things.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  I’m being very negative here, mostly because I know how seductive this sort of thing is – NZ seems to suck up the “Think Big” meme every few years and never learn the lesson – just look at the stupid stadium they built here in Dunedin – a financial disaster that the rugby heads who created it refuse to do anything to help solve.

                  A rugby stadium isn’t a productive endeavour. That place should never have been built but the council bought the BS about how tourism would get a boost due to having international games there.

                  Despite me wanting to have NZ build a multi-billion dollar fab plant I’m not really in to Think Big meme.

                  But before you can do anything you need to do something about the NZ VC community who don’t really understand how to do this sort of thing – they expect you to provide a working thing, ready to ship – try and go out and ask for $3m for development of something big and adventurous and you just get blank faces – I know I’ve tried – bunch of wusses

                  Best thing that could be done about the VC community is to ignore them, make them realise exactly what they’re worth – nothing. Use government funding for R&D and build.

                  This whole process starts off with changing the financial system in NZ. Until that changes I wouldn’t even think of starting up an SME never mind building a multi-billion dollar IC fab unit capable of producing the latest and greatest CPUs as the private banks end up with all the benefit and the economy crashes again.

                  • Paul Campbell

                    But spending billions of govt money on a single very risky endeavour is “think big” at its worst – remember 7 out of 10 of funded tech startups fail (that’s 7 out of the 10 that pass with the VCs, people spending their own money decide that it’s a bet worth taking). 1 succeeds and you make your huge profit (covering the losses for the other 7) and the rest sort of muddle along.

                    So don’t do one think big billion dollar startup, do 1000 million dollar startups, and don;t just give them govt funds to fritter away, you’ll just create a giant rort. Instead have them find matching money in the private sector (the VCs) and make sure that that money is real – having the VCs with some skin in the game is going to give you the due diligence that the government may not have the internal experience to provide

                    Even if you do this you need to handle the political side – if the govt (doesn’t matter what party it is) starts making investments with public money and most of them fail, remember you see the loses from the failures early long before you see the returns from that one success, then the opposition (again doesn’t matter which party) is going to pounce and make a big fuss about the waste of public money – I think that it’s just too tempting a target whoever does it.

                    I think there is a place for the government in this sort of economic development, if only because the VCs really don’t do it here, but we need 1000 little companies rather than one big one.

                    More importantly though people just have to take their bright idea and get of their back sides and just do it – I’m sitting in Bangalore India working with a supplier right now – from here I can see 3 buildings going up (and a 6 story boring block surrounded by buses with the ANZ logo on it … guess who answers the phones) – exposed rebar seems to be a motif here – people are just doing it, we need to too

                    • Colonial Viper

                      :)

                      Reminds me of something I read on ibanker

                    • Paul Campbell

                      BTW just for the record – my politics are largely lefty – but I’ve lived in this world for the past 30 odd years, so I speak the language and know where a lot of the bodies are buried – I’m sorry if I sound a bit like a neo-con I’m not – but we have to live (and work) in this world

                • lprent

                  Anything that you can get a gcc compiler using the instruction set is all that is required. You can pretty much build the operating system and open source apps from there. As far as I’m concerned I just build the same code for x86 and ARM’s for everything Linux, Windows, Android or Mac – and looks like iOS eventually. The only point for a x86 architecture would be for windows. But the cost of any closed source system is prohibitive.

                  But I’d agree with Paul. You are better off doing hardware outside the fabs with a hell of a lot less expenditure. There is better value in designing and building specialized boards for vertical markets. When you can get the required fabricated chips for at most a few dollars each and build a vertical market board with a BOM of bugger all, then you find the mos of your costs as being writing code and PR.

                  And there are so many general purpose chips floating around this country already. And even if we had to grow our fuel, chips would be almost the perfect cargo. Mostly what we’re short of is good electronics and software engineers and investment capital to use them.

                  • Paul Campbell

                    Yup – if you’re rolling your own CPU one of the first thing you do is hire a compiler team – you ought to have linux et al booting on your architectural simulator (and eventually your verilog/etc sim, and even in gate sim if you’re adventurous) long before you see silicon – a good compiler is as important as fast silicon

                    Mind you the first CPU startup I worked for, I wrote the first compiler while I wrote gates before we had enough funding to hire a compiler team – it was a DSP, gcc wasn’t appropriate

                    One of the great things at the moment is that the open source hardware movement is flowering, back when I started in this biz people use to wire wrap boards in their garages and start their own hardware companies, about the time PCI came around everything changed, you had to make your own chip to play and the home brew scene went into eclipse … things are changing – I’m involved in the Dunedin makerspace, and I’ve been teaching people how to make their own PCB boards – it’s helped because we have easy access to fabbing cheap PCBs in China $10 for 10 boards 5x5cm double sided/through holes, means if you’re learning you can afford to screw up and try again – we’ve made dozens of boards this year (I’ve probably done 15 different ones myself).

                    So it’s easy to design hardware here – but expensive to manufacture – we really don’t have the infrastructure or the market, you really have to be thinking exports from the very start

                    • lprent

                      I’m highly unconcerned with hardware apart from assembling my own systems from boards and wiring the oddity cables. But if a hardware engineer gives me some working hardware and an instruction set then I’ll be able to extract the whatever grunt the device has in useful software. Currently ARM9, resistive touch, and colour frame buffers via a Debian kernel.

                      Haven’t done direct DSP’s for quite a while, just talked to them via drivers. Same with assemblers.

                      But it is all the same to me if it is close to hardware or insulated by intermediate libraries. c/c++ is flexible and highly portable and has a very long lifetime – and is my preferred tool because of it. I’d hate to think how many languages and libraries I’ve learnt and had to discard (or written for that matter)

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      So it’s easy to design hardware here – but expensive to manufacture – we really don’t have the infrastructure…

                      I think there is a place for the government in this sort of economic development, if only because the VCs really don’t do it here, but we need 1000 little companies rather than one big one.

                      Actually, the whole point of having the government build the fab plant (infrastructure) is so that we can have those thousand start ups. Building the fab plant isn’t risky as there will be demand for it one way or another.

                      BTW, our researchers in Canterbury Uni are world leaders in atomic level matter manipulation, i.e, the basis for atomic level 3d printing and Intel have proved that 3d transistors are better than the flat ones on the typical IC. But as things stand when our researchers develop that technology it’ll just get sold to some multi-national conglomerate and NZ will get to import the expensive chips rather than export them.

                    • Paul Campbell

                      I was think more that we don’t have the infrastructure for manufacturing that say China has now – suppose I’m a small company – I have a great idea and I can afford to build say a container full of my bright idea for the US market – that’s not enough to build a factory – what you do now in China is rent space in a complex where you build a small temporary factory for a few weeks, you rent the gear you need, it’s there on site, put it in a space with other companies on either side, you hire experienced people to run it, you have the efficiencies of having a full production line in one place producing a finished tested packaged product, and tear it down when the container is full. Eventually as you grow you reach the point where your building enough stuff that the factory becomes permanent and your costs go down some more.

                      This is what you are competing against – temporary bespoke factories that pop into existence for a month or so. It’s also what any startup hardware companies in NZ need to be able to leverage.

                      I have high hopes for 3D printing – I’ve built a bunch of repraps – but I think there are real issues about leaving the world of photo lithography – you can expose an entire wafer through a mask – every atom gets dealt with in parallel – doing things with an electron beam (or atomic force stuff) where something is wandering over the surface is essentially a sequential process – as a process it doesn’t scale and is likely to cost more, or at least to take a long time to reach cost competitiveness with traditional processes.

                      BTW – stepping ahead – I see a future that’s post peak oil – where shipping bulky stuff around the world becomes too expensive for stuff to be made in China – this is why we have to keep our manufacturing base – we’ll stop shipping our forests overseas and see them coming back as furniture – instead we’ll have something like an online Ikea – where you order what you want customise it to fit your room, make the book case with shelves that fit your books, choose what colour you want it, and press the “Pay” button, a few days later a flat-pack kit arrives at your door – somewhere locally there’s a robot factory that makes stuff to spec, maybe even 3d prints in chipboard, paints it, packages it up and ships it – there wont be the jobs we had back when we made all this stuff ourselves but there will be more jobs here in NZ making stiff than there is now – and there’s a great opportunity making those factories, for export – right now.

        • xtasy 1.1.1.2

          CV: It is a bit risky for NZ to get into high tech stuff like IT product development and production, and while there has been sound developments in the software sector, to cater for specific demands, I feel that NZ could and should start with developing food processing more.

          Look at Fonterra and others in the dairy sector. OK, there have been improvements, and they produce some good products now. I can now find some camemberts and brie cheeses here that are great, but others are total crap. There are niche market opportunities there.

          I see too little in development and production of high quality dairly products that cater for various Asian, Middle Eastern, the Russian and even European or Latin American markets.

          Maybe I do not see what goes on, but from my observation, there is too little happening. Much of what gets exported to China is baby formula and mere milk powder, out of which they make more there.

          There are hundreds of very interesting dairy products that are consumed in different cultures all over the world, but when I go to the supermarket, it is mainly the usual 4 types of blocks of cheese, two or three types of butter, yoghurt for Anglo Saxon tastes, but not much else.

          Different markets want their particular expectations met. So more can be done and produced, and if NZ would uphold environmental and other standards, not just produce quantities of the same of what we know, then there are quite a lot of opportunities for top quality products being made here, getting a NZ label and sticker on them, and selling well to many countries.

          Naturally some of that is done in viticulture, but there is also more that can be done with fruit, fish and logs. It must be quality of a higher types, not just bulk stuff, and that will pay incomes and justify jobs here too.

          But otherwise, more diversification in all directions is needed, and the home market can also be developed, so less imports and more locally made furniture and so forth are ideas too.

          • mike e 1.1.1.2.1

            our speciality cheeses taste so bland fonterra need to spend a lot more on product development even the smaller producers aren,t going to attract foreign consumers!

            • xtasy 1.1.1.2.1.1

              You sem to know what I am talking about. Good start, but much, much work to do, for Fonterra and all the others in the business. It would help to get some overseas experts hired, but they do not want to pay for it, do they? Dumb, really, dumb, dumb, dumb, sadly what I come across so much in NZ. This is a country condemned to blossom, if it were not for the ignorant, like most that presently run the show!

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2.2

            It is a bit risky for NZ to get into high tech stuff like IT product development and production, and while there has been sound developments in the software sector, to cater for specific demands, I feel that NZ could and should start with developing food processing more.

            It isn’t and do both.

            To be more precise, it’s not risky if the government funds the IT development through the printing of money. It becomes risky if we leave it to the private sector and allowing the private banks to continue printing the money.

            • xtasy 1.1.1.2.2.1

              INTERESTING, but must study more!

              • Draco T Bastard

                Chicago Plan Revisited
                That’s an IMF paper into the idea of the country printing the money and banks having to work on 100% reserve. The plan was first suggested in the 1930s but no government took it up which is one of the reasons why the global economy is presently scraping along rock bottom.

            • xtasy 1.1.1.2.2.2

              I tend to combine a ‘conservative” approach with a “revolutionary” mindset, which may sound bizarre, but I am always cautious, analytical, careful and take it from there. I come across a bit “shoot from the hip” at times, and on some topics that is intentional, to stir up and “wake up”.

              But otherwise, I am a carefully thinking, planning and thorough person, fond of what Scandinavians, Dutch and Germans do. Their cultures and societies speak for themselves. I also value highly the Chinese and Japanese and others. It is smartness, while staying open, fair and reasonable, that is the only way to progress.

              But our government wants more dumbness, ignorance and easy ruling.

              So they are an affront to me, I am sure to you also.

              Let us take it further from here, it can only “progress”. Einstein is one human being I will always hold in highest regards.

              Xtasy

              • Colonial Viper

                CV: It is a bit risky for NZ to get into high tech stuff like IT product development and production, and while there has been sound developments in the software sector, to cater for specific demands, I feel that NZ could and should start with developing food processing more.

                I agree that we are still stuck in a low value, commodity mindset re: our primary production. That needs to change.

                However, I also agree with DTB – we can do both. High tech innovators can start small and fail small, reducing the risk. However, $100,000 of seed funding can also be all that is needed to create what eventually becomes a $100M industry. Well worth taking a few risks and even if companies go under on the way you are learning a lot and developing a lot of new tech as you do it.

  2. AwakeWhileSleeping 2

    It’s really a question of how many more jobs THIS month? Only going to get worse with no end in sight.

  3. One Tāne Huna 3

    and don’t the facts nicely puncture the myth that manufacturing has been in long-term decline in New Zealand? – in fact, the number of manufacturing jobs was within 20,000 either side of 225,000 for two decades until four years ago when it began to collapse and the collapse is continuing still

    Sorry, that just looks like spin to me. My immediate reaction to the graph was that the underlying (23 year) trend is down. Each peak is lower than the last, and population increased in the meantime.

    Drawing long-term conclusions from such a short term data set (where economic cycles are around about the same order of magnitude as the time scale) is a mistake, as Climatology surely teaches us.

    It would be useful to see manufacturing jobs per capita, too :)

    • Lightly 3.1

      you can get the numbers yourself here – stats.govt.nz/infoshare. Run a model and you’ll see that the trend from 1989 to 2008 was flat. Yep, the peaks are slightly lower, but the troughs are higher.

      But, yes, obviously the share of the workforce in manufacturing has been declining – which isn’t the same thing as saying that manufacturing is inevitably dying.

  4. muzza 4

    With Rakon moving the jobs out, does that signal the end of NZ’s involvement in producing WMD components, nuclear detonators and so on?

    I think its safe to say that unless Cunliffe fancies a shortish existence, he will not be rocking too many boats with policy. Its not like he wasn’t part of the Clarke govt, thus sitting on a pile of crud which would most likely be used against him, which is of course why we see those we get, promoted to the positions they are!

  5. xtasy 5

    Who gives a damn about jobs in NZ? Not the government, and many NZers also just “adjust” and move on, even if that means leaving this place.

    There is not much of a future here anyway, that is the view of very, very many, increasing in numbers day by day.

    It is all perfectly geared and ideally designed for: The perfect, great EXIT STRATEGY.

    High real estate and house prices, a high value NZ dollar, at the same time comparatively low wages, remaining manufacturing increasingly moving off-shore, high living costs for basic goods and utility costs, and no end to this in sight.

    The winners are: Importers, housing speculators, landlords, banks continuing to lend to prospective home owners, much of “business” generally, as they will always find ways to “adjust” somehow.

    As a high dollar makes imports cheaper, Kiwis used to very high prices generally will be “happy” when prices are just a tiny fraction lower, this allowing nice margins and profits for the very importers and retailers working with them.

    A salesperson will not be affected too much, as she or he can sell anything, whether imported or made here. While Fonterra and other manufacturers focus on low value added products, the standard, limited, simple set of products they make otherwise for consumption here and in Australia, I also see a growing trend of special food imports to cater for the growing various Asian and other migrant communities.

    But well, all this described above is just ideal for the prospective external migrant as well. High house prices mean a good prospect to sell the family home, to get the cash needed to set up new in Australia or elsewhere. The high NZ dollar is ideal for taking overseas, so more purchasing power to set up across the ditch or elsewhere, I suppose. Unemployed and low paid workers that cannot afford to leave, will be facing stiff new welfare rules, will be forced to compete for low paid jobs (see new youth rates to be re-introduced), will be housed in cheap scate little boxes or to share over-crowded, too expensive existing housing, just to ensure the ones in the “middle ground” to continue affording their life-style.

    The break up of NZ society is taking pace, great prospects for more op shops, salvation army food banks, budget advisors, advocates having to help people unable to cope.

    What a wonderful place to come to: Godzone, was that not the name it was given?

    • mike e 5.1

      Now we have a new reserve bank governor who is a conservative operator!
      A National government with its head in the sand!
      173,000 Jobs where the fuck are they.
      Nationals solution bene bash wow!

  6. Wayne 6

    Actually, your graph does not show a crisis, but rather a gradual decline over a long period of time. There is a bit more of a reduction in the last 2 quarters, after an increase in the 2011Q4. The major decline in the last 15 years was the sharp decline from 2007Q4 to 2009Q1, which was the full storm of the global crisis.

    Even during the period 2004 to 2007 when the global economy was doing well and New Zealand Govt was racking up surpluses there was a decline in manufacturing jobs, but there was growth from 1999 to 2003 and the Govt boasted of low unemployment.

    However, unemployment is not getting worse – in fact total employment is increasing. So there must be a realingment of jobs, presumably to the service sector, non manufacturing tech and Christchurch reconstruction. For instance all the tech work done in the data, film and video sector would not count as manufacturing in the traditional sense.

    • Tracey 6.1

      Thanks Wayne, that’s a relief.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Not too much of a relief. Comparable stats in the US show that yes employment is increasing there again – but $20/hr part time full time manufacturing jobs are effectively being replaced by casual $8/hr fast food service jobs.

        So even when it looks like job creation is going on…not all jobs are created equal, far from it.

    • Lightly 6.2

      again, run the numbers yourself.

      the trend from 1989 to 2008 is flat the trendline at -2 jobs per quarter. Since the middle of 2008, the trend has been -1814 jobs per quarter. The past year, it’s been -780 jobs per quarter.

    • mike e 6.3

      Wayne if you look at the value of the New Zealand dollar against the US dollar over those years you will find a direct correlation albeit a 6 month delay!
      The Reserve bank Act needs to be changed along with a wide ranging capital gains tax including the family home off set by income tax reductions for the productive sector!
      As well as a small FTT on currency trades which woulds discourage speculation on our currency!

  7. Tracey 7

    dismantled democratic boards to ensure water to farmers who chose to run dairy herds on arid lands but nothing to support hi-tech companies. Didn’t they abloish the R & D tax deduction as one of the first things they changed in 2008/2009.

    Maybe we need another job summit. To “do” not “talk” again?

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      No jobs submit, we know what the problems are, just get to it. And be willing to spend $5B-$6B per year on it over the next 10 years.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    The big problem is that we have no chance of competing against low cost labour in the likes of China. China is perfectly set up for mass production, and we can’t compete against that. A cursory look on the labels of appliances in most homes that indicate “made in China” would prove my point.

    Where we can compete is in shorter run, specialised products, and in products where the cost of freighting them here would be prohibitive.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      I agree with TS here. :shock:

      Creative product design, software, firmware and prototyping we can also do. We’d have to focus on niche, customisable, very high quality products. There is no reason why we cant pull off an Apple – have thousands of locally based well paid R&D, design and creative jobs, but have a manufacturing centre like China do the bulk of the production.

      • Jim Nald 8.1.1

        Quite frankly, it is difficult to see the current lot in government pull off real changes. It would be easier to see another one of their press releases denying there is a crisis and to see them trying to pull off another accommodation allowance claim (and changing the family trust deed).

        • Tracey 8.1.1.1

          Unless labour decides to become something more than a Nat government in different clothes their election to government gives me no comfort at all

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1

            Unless labour decides to become something much more than a Nat government in different clothes

            ;)

    • mike e 8.2

      China is playing a smarter game than us we are giving in to easily we are not shifting fast enough to creative jobs because National have undermined funding for research and development where funding needs to be consistent over a log period of time to succeed.
      Looking after existing jobs is a start this keeps tax revenue up as well as allowing those companies a longer transformation period.
      The Chinese know this and run their currency and their companies to maximise their countries future by sacrificing profit in manufacturing as well as cheap govt loans and lower exchange rates something we could learn from but this govt wants to play by the rules when no one else does!

    • Draco T Bastard 8.3

      The big problem is that we have no chance of competing against low cost labour in the likes of China.

      Then we don’t. We develop and build factories that don’t require as many people. I was surprised a month or two back with a video of electronics manufacture in China where the production line was a conveyor belt with people sitting to either side manually putting in place the components. One component per person. The type of work perfectly suited to robots who would be able to do it faster and better.

      • Colonial Viper 8.3.1

        Robots dont scale in production capacity like people do. Put 2x more on Aug-Jan no breaks no holidays, then fire most of them after the Christmas/back to school rush.

        Keep the assembly steps menial and simple so staff training is negligible, hire and fire as you wish. The Chinese have no concept of humane working conditions.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.3.1.1

          Robots dont scale in production capacity like people do.

          Which is why factories are generally built over-spec. They already have the necessary slack capable of covering the occasional spike in demand.

          • Colonial Viper 8.3.1.1.1

            You do realise that it is a Communist Party objective to maximise employment in China for social and political stability right? The Chinese are actually sensible about this shit.

            • Draco T Bastard 8.3.1.1.1.1

              Yeah but it’s not something we need to do.

              • Colonial Viper

                Well, full employment (paid and unpaid) is something we definitely need to do.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  We’re running pretty close that already thus having low tech factories that use lots of people at low wages isn’t what we need. We need the opposite, high tech factories that employ very few at reasonable wages. This will bring about the diversification that will make for a strong and resilient economy and society.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    We’re running pretty close to full employment currently? Uh, that’s not what the figures say.

    • Tracey 8.4

      Please stop making sense.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    My company is heavily involved in the area of automation. Automating processes is a way to be more competitive with the likes of China. However, that necessarilly means less jobs. These days, even in factories, there aren’t that many “unskilled” jobs. Most machines are highly technical and require quite a lot of skill and nouse to operate them. So, automation means far fewer unskilled workers, and less, but more skilled people to operate the machines.

    In China, there probably isn’t the same drive towards automation because the cost of labour is so low.

    The other thing that is affecting manufacturing at the moment is the slow-down in China. They seem to have had enough of building ghost cities, so their need for commodities is reducing. Hence, the slow down of mining in Australia, and issues in NZ such as the Bluff smelter and the Spring Creek mine.

    At least in New Zealand we have a strong emphasis on producing food. With an increasing world population, and the basic need for people to eat, we are unlikely to be so affected by a drop in prices in hard commodities.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      My company is heavily involved in the area of automation. Automating processes is a way to be more competitive with the likes of China. However, that necessarilly means less jobs. These days, even in factories, there aren’t that many “unskilled” jobs. Most machines are highly technical and require quite a lot of skill and nouse to operate them. So, automation means far fewer unskilled workers, and less, but more skilled people to operate the machines.

      Yep. Which is one of the reasons why I think penal rates are needed and a plan to start driving the working week down from the 40+ hours that it is today to around about 20. The extra time can be taken up however the people want but with encouragement to arts, crafts and R&D.

      The other thing that is affecting manufacturing at the moment is the slow-down in China. They seem to have had enough of building ghost cities, so their need for commodities is reducing.

      /facepalm

      China’s slow-down is due to the fact that they’re not exporting as much to wealthy nations as they were due to the GFC and the fact that the average Chinese person can’t actually afford to buy what China makes.

      At least in New Zealand we have a strong emphasis on producing food.

      And thus remaining poor and uncultured.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        DTB food is the new gold of the 21st century, and productive farmland the new gold mines of the 21st century.

        This will become very clear in the next 20 years.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.1

          Most places have enough such productive farmland and once the population starts falling (as it will do once Peak Oil hits) they’ll be able to feed themselves.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1.1

            Population crash won’t happen for 40-50 years. The golden time for NZ primary produce (and yes we do need to add maximum value to it as premium products) is going to lie just after that point – during the crisis.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.1.1.1

              IMO, once oil production goes into terminal decline in the next few years and produced food starts getting very hard to deliver halfway around the world is when we’ll see the population start to decline. It won’t be a crash at that point but I don’t think it will reach the 9 billion forecast. I think the actual crash will start to happen in about 20 to 40 years – about 10 to 20 years after the start of the decline.

              Of course, this is all speculation anyway.

    • mike e 9.2

      So Tsm we need to add value to our commodities!
      We have known this since time immemorial but we still haven’t learn’t when this govt lets our best researchers go to a third world country like South Africa just to balance the books is why we are always playing catch up all that knowledge can’t be bought back after its been gouged by a short sighted bean counting Govt.
      Change can be good but it must be done very carefully in research these days as their is no low hanging fruit left any more ,most developed countries are spending far more on research and development than us and for this govt to chop and our focus on research and development has been and will be a disaster for some time to come!
      Thank you Stephen Joyce and John Carter for being so short sighted for political expediency.

  10. PlanetOrphan 10

    Idea …..

    We designate every blade of grass in Aoteoroa an “Asset” and a nominal value of 10 cents.

    Float our new commodity and print a “Trillion” dollars Underwritten by grass.

    Invest the trillion in State Housing, State Factories (High end tech of course) by employing people to build them.

    In the event of another GFC we just mow our lawns and post grass to the Bankers M8’s, don’t worry it’ll grow back M8!

    We could also buy back F&P and any other company we desire.

    Go on …. call me PlanetCrazy People!

    The Government does still own some land doesn’t it?

    If everyone demands that money be commodity backed …..

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      The Government owns about 40% of NZ’s land area.

      • PlanetOrphan 10.1.1

        Freakin rich M8! :twisted:

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          Ahhhh yes…and simple wealth and corporate oriented taxes will raise a further $5B a year… :twisted:

          • PlanetOrphan 10.1.1.1.1

            No point waistin it M8!
            Keep it NZ green M8!

            They’d have too make it illegal too sell though , aye M8! :twisted:

            Internationaly enforced no doubt, bloody “grassers” M8!

            Finally something “Mum and Dad” investors can invest in.

            Gauranteed Results M8!

            • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Keep it NZ green M8!

              I hear that Colorado and Washington State have just legalised marijuana.

              It is quite possible that their state governments are going to reap a financial windfall from selling marijuana through official publicly owned dispensaries or licence outlets.

    • mike e 10.2

      Sounds like planet key Golf courses no toilets plenty of batshit red tea shirts

      • PlanetOrphan 10.2.1

        Got something against a commodity rich Aoteoroa M8?

        I like red and Batshit’s good for the skin M8!

        Like I’ve said before I aint no good a golf, the ball always ends up behind me M8!

        Apparently it’s because I hit the damn thing too hard M8!

  11. PlanetOrphan 11

    See that wireless charger on TV? , cool.
    John Key should stick his head in one and charge up his “Brain PaceMaker”

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    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    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
  • 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
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • 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
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • 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
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