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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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    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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