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Manufacturing Inquiry report

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, June 17th, 2013 - 81 comments
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The parliamentary inquiry into the future of manufacturing has released its report today. (Herald: urgent call to action, Labour PR: blueprint for jobs, Greens PR: there is an alternative)

I’ve not had time to read it, but it’s great to see a report by 4 out of parliament’s 7 or 8* parties, showing a united stance to one of our country’s biggest economic problems.

40,000 lost jobs in 4 years; the worst current account deficit in the developed world (overtaking Greece) – and a government that’s ignoring it.  We need some big solutions and a combined force committed to it.

So, from the Executive Summary, the Recommendations:

Major recommendations 

Recommendation 1: The government adopt macroeconomic settings that are supportive of manufacturing and exporting, including:

  • a fairer and less volatile exchange rate through reforms to monetary policy;
  • refocusing capital investment into the productive economy, rather than housing speculation;
  • and lowering structural costs in the economy, such as electricity prices.

Recommendation 2: New Zealand businesses are encouraged to innovate. Research and Development tax credits, with a stronger emphasis on development, should be introduced as part of a package for innovative manufacturing, supporting exports and quality jobs.

Recommendation 3: The Government adopt a national procurement policy that favours Kiwi-made and ensures that New Zealand manufacturers enjoy the same advantages as their international competitors.

Additional recommendations 

Recommendation 4: The tax system is used to boost investment in new technology and machinery. An accelerated depreciation regime should be implemented for the manufacturing sector.

Recommendation 5: A wide range of funding is available for manufacturers to invest in their business and employees. Measures to encourage the availability of venture capital and mezzanine funding should be continued, including government funds through commercial-managers.

Recommendation 6: Businesses are supported to achieve 21st Century organisation and practices. Policies such as NZTE’s focus on Lean Management, and the work of the High Performance Work Initiative should be extended. Apprenticeship training support for the sector should be reviewed immediately.

Recommendation 7: Manufacturers are given a voice in FTA negotiations. From the outset of FTA negotiations the interests of manufacturing must be explicitly addressed. Negotiating teams must keep the sector informed.

Recommendation 8: Measures to encourage foreign direct investment in manufacturers should be consistent with the strategic direction of New Zealand’s manufacturing and exports.

Recommendation 9: Government should lower compliance costs wherever they can be consistent with maintaining New Zealand’s values including workers’ rights, environmental standards, and product quality assurance.

Recommendation 10: Manufacturing’s ability to create jobs and boost exports should be recognised in national, regional and industry policies.

Recommendation 11: Taskforces of government local government, businesses and unions, be established to assess and act on new business and job opportunities in the wake of major closures or restructuring in the manufacturing sector.

No doubt other authors will have their say, but first look: good stuff.

* Is United Future a parliamentary party David Carter?

81 comments on “Manufacturing Inquiry report”

  1. Winston Smith 1

    “Some policies, such as the Greens plan devalue the New Zealand dollar by printing money, were left out because of “realism” and compromise, Greens co-leader Russel Norman said.”

    – So the watering down of the Greens ideals has begun

    • felix 1.1

      Interesting use of the word “ideals” there Winston.

      Not one I’ve come across before.

      • Winston Smith 1.1.1

        Probably not the best choice of word I grant you but, to be fair, I’m a bit more concerned with work so I can’t spare too much time.

        However I assume you’re intelligent enough to work out that the Greens compromise money printing means that they can now compromise on other things, the first time is always the hardest but after that it gets so much easier…

        • felix 1.1.1.1

          I’m intelligent enough to work out that none of your statements logically follow from one another, and that you’re either not intelligent enough to know that or too dishonest to bother with.

          Either way you’re of no use to me.

    • Te Reo Putake 1.2

      “- So the watering down of the Greens ideals has begun”

      Dammit, Jenny was right all along!

  2. Rob 2

    Just read the detail , but had to re read in disbelief at who the report lists as report contributers. Has anyone in this list worked or lead a scale manufacturing busines.

    Party Leaders:

    David Shearer

    Dr Russel Norman

    Rt Hon Winston Peters

    Hone Harawira

    Committee Members:

    Hon David Parker

    Denise Roche

    Andrew Williams

    Dr Megan Woods

    Other members who took part:

    Hon Clayton Cosgrove

    Dr David Clark

    Phil Twyford

    Andrew Little

    Julie-Anne Genter

    Gareth Hughes

    • felix 2.1

      Looking forward to seeing you discard John Key and Bill English’s responses on the same basis.

      • Saarbo 2.1.1

        and the rest of the National Party…

        Would have been a good idea to have an ex BCG Consultant on the committee I would have thought though!

        Never the less it looks pretty good to me and I’ve spent a little bit of time working in manufacturing businesses selling in export markets.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Don’t need a manufacturing guru in there, just need people who understand how Japan, Germany, Korea and Taiwan went from backward wrecks to industrial and technology giants.

          Ideally people who also understand that it can’t be done again in the same way in the age of resource depletion.

      • tracey 2.1.2

        +1

        English has only ever worked in Treasury hasn’t he? A career bureaucrat (despite laughable claims of being a farmer).

    • Arfamo 2.2

      It would be equally interesting to ask whether anybody who has worked in or led a scale manufacturing business has had any experience in forming and running a successful government, there being some considerable difference between the two functions.

    • Lightly 2.3

      Well, the chair, Cam Moore, is a well-known manufacturer.

      And did you take a look at the submitters?

    • karol 2.4

      Also it says:

      The Inquiry was also supported by an Expert Adviser and Report Writer, Professor Nigel Haworth, of the University of Auckland Business School.

      David Parker has a business background.

      Julie Anne Genter has worked in/with the transport industry.

      Megan Woods has worked as Business Manager, at Plant & Food Research Ltd

      … etc, etc.

    • lprent 2.5

      Consider if it was from National, united future, act and the maori party. The nearest to having any manufacturing background would probably be Nick Smiths engineering. Apart from him, it’d be hard to find anyone in any of those caucuses who was involved in business in anything apart from a retail or parasite role (Joyce’s Media works with their helpfully overbidding on frequencies comes to mind, or John Keys currency manipulations).

      We don’t elect people to be experts. We elect them to communicate with experts and us.

      As someone else pointed out, there is a considerable degree of business background in the group. Which means that they are at least capable of understanding the language and the Issues to the point that they can formulate policy.

  3. Pete 3

    What’s really encouraging is that the opposition is putting together an integrated policy platform to bring to the electorate in 2014. They are starting to look like a government in waiting, at least policy-wise.

    • Arfamo 3.1

      Yep. Creates an interesting situation for Key’s government. They have to start attacking employers and innovators to rubbish it. Good to see the debate begin. It’s long overdue.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    “these recommendations mirror standard parctices overseas” in non-tory-toady, non-banana republics.
    however, taking into account global economic conditions, Aus, Italy, manufacturing coming off in Germany even…

  5. Te Reo Putake 5

    Straightforward commitment from David Shearer:

    “We will:

    1) Tackle our overvalued and volatile dollar.
    2) Encourage innovation through R&D tax credits.
    3) Give Kiwi companies first crack at Government contracts.

    Manufacturers are doing all they can do. Working hard. Taking risks. Innovating. But they need a Government that backs them.

    This Government isn’t listening. Leadership is required. We will provide it.”

    • Winston Smith 5.1

      Considering the FTAs that have been signed, can we (NZ) actually do that? I’m thinking about the agreements signed by National and started by Labour (and good on Labour for the work by the way) with the Chinese

      Although I do agree that NZ companies should get first go at NZ govt contracts where feasible

      • Te Reo Putake 5.1.1

        Good question, WS. Possibly your best ever! As we don’t know what’s in the recent Trans Pacific FTA, it could well be an anchor on that ambition. But the Aussies favour local suppliers, so I assume we have just as much right to buy locally as they do.

      • Bunji 5.1.2

        US like to guarantee 27% of contracts to local small businesses – and some of our companies are very good at establishing local small businesses to get those contracts – with local employees.

        WTO doesn’t seem to have a problem if – like Australia and many others – you take the full cost into account – ie you look at how much you’ll get back in tax, how much you’ll spend on additional unemployment benefit etc if foreign company does your contract. It’s only sensible.

      • tracey 5.1.3

        how do you define ‘where feasible” WS?

  6. Rogue Trooper 6

    Rec.1 exchange rate likely to rise with inevitable RB and retail bank interest climbs.
    refocusing investment will be going against the entire socio-cultural grain and immigration trends.
    NZPower.

    Rec.2 the bottom line is under pressure already. R&D Investment by business / owners investors in addition?

    Rec.3 Yes.

    Rec.4 accelerated depreciation in an environment requiring increased govt. social spend; Health, Justice.

    Rec.5 NAct already claim 300 business development initiatives.

    Rec.6 Yes

    Rec.8 Chinese.

    Rec.9 Well, that is already happening.

    Rec.10 “oh, but the government (NAct) doesn’t create jobs” will be the echoed cry from Joyce.

    Rec.11 Yes.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.1

      I wondered where ‘7’ was; good luck with that!

      • Tim 6.1.1

        Yea – I was thinking the same re Rec 7 – especially after that last little South American jaunt by the Key and bizniss ‘representatives’. Do you know what’s become of that btw?
        I wonder if Fran has an opinion – I’ll watch Q+A (for amusement, more than anything else – but in the hope that the expertise she claims looks a little better than that Emperor with no clothes).

        Key came back proclaiming the South American jaunt a ROARING success. Me thinks not – we’ll see.
        Just that any future little jaunt to (say) India will be interesting to say the least. When’s Seth Efrica on the agenda do you reckon!
        All all looks a little bit like straw clutching wouldn’t you say?

        But…You know why the perceptions of ROARING successes of the junta don’t pan out that well? It’s the same reason that goes with all the other Grosser-style negotiations.
        (it’s not surprising though when Grosser’s PRIMARY motive is self-agrandissement, THEN what he thinks is NZ’s ‘good’). Despite his grandstanding and practised elocution – the guy’s ineffectual in the sense that He thinks he has the Divine right, whereas his audience (that actually matters), think he’s just another wanker.

        These ‘folk’ (to be diplomatic) hop on a plane, well equipped with a dose of arrogance, a load of egos the size of buses, cultural insensitivities, Holier-than-thou attitudes, et al, sometimes even Air Force-provided little treats and trinkets, and head wherever – thinking that the rigors of lengthy flight times they have to ‘suffer’ are sufficient and provides them with entitlement.

        (Keith Locke has a good piece on that ‘other’ site TDB re the Chinese).

        They fail to realise that those they deal with are actually REALLY diplomatic. They’re polite, but they’re NOT about to engage in any substantive sort of way with NZ (under a Key junta), even though they might reciprocate with a smile and wave, ESPECIALLY when we actually treat some of their nationals here like pieces of shit – including, and probably especially when some of those treated like shit are related to the very diplomats (and in future – the politicians) they’re trying to grease up to. (Bit of an intelligence slip up that all that could have occurred aye).

        I met one such diplomat’s son quite recently. Just as Key was back home proclaiming the ROARING success – the ‘horses mouth’ so to speak, was telling me that they actually thought Key was a bit of a wanker – and it wasn’t JUST because of his crass attitude towards a funeral.

        It’s pathetic to watch really.

        Roll on India aye Jonneekee? I can’t fucking wait!

        I mean, I’m sure the National Sikh will be on the plane, but rest assured there are plenty that think even he is playing for the wrong team.

  7. Alanz 7

    Great initiative at reaching out, connecting with the people, and building consensus.
    To the parties involved, thank you.

  8. Tom 8

    Waited for the much antisipated coverage of the manufacturing inquiry report by tv3 didn,t wait long only 34 minutes, just managed to sneak in before the sports. Russel as normal got a sound bite in on how we should print money. John Key managed to smash its entire credibility within seconds. the leaders refused to look cohesive and ready to govern to the extent Winston refused to have his photo taken with the others. Congratulations Labour another own goal and you convinced another 10,000 swinging voters to vote National

    • karol 8.1

      A lot of that is how it was introduced and reported – very biased coverage.

      It’s introduced and framed by the anchor’s opening statements, parroting John key’s dismissal of the report. Then the reporter does his best to dismiss the inquiry, focusing more on the (alleged) subtext as a government in waiting.

      It does show that Shearer et al have to be a lot smarter about getting their message across to the public. But if the MSM runs such interference between opposition parties and their messages, it’s a tough ask.

    • Rogue Trooper 8.2

      wotta load of rubbish. How is “they don’t even like each other” contain any substance of a rebuttal, when Key and Peters are hardly best-golfing buddies, and, and, (feck) “I can’t recall” what I was going to say now. Anyway, this push for “high-paying manufacturing jobs” is likely to be a challenge in this environment.

    • xtasy 8.3

      With the “pretty looking” media “talents” that do these days read and present the news on TV – and also on radio, most having no bloody clue about the contents of the report, let alone hands-on business or even manufacturing, they all just follow the head ram and parrot on what that one goes as “baah, baah, baah”!

      That is the MSM in general, I see and hear every day.

      And then they throw in some comments about certain “behaviour” or “body language” of politicians that were involved, and think this is “qualified” and “informed” reporting.

      The MSM are falling for Mr “Smile and Wave”, or “Mr Spray and Walk Away”, as Winston calls him, give overly much credit to the governments information and commentary spin-masters, and do no bloody reading and research themselves.

      Is it any wonder they treat this actually long, detailed and complex report with such contempt?

      Tomorrow will be another weather story hitting the news, before anything else, they were already today talking about snow storms and a cold spell, going to hit the country from Wednesday on. That is easy news, where nothing much needs to be done, just turn on the camera, show the floods, the snow and ice, the damage. Ask a few locals about who did what and what they feel, and bingo, you are a “competent” journo these days.

      Hollow cells between the ears are easy to penetrate. In one ear and out the other, I am a journalist, I went to journalism school, learned to make myself up and look real professional. Give me a mike and I go out there and talk to people. Weather, crime, celebs, sports, trivia and scandal, galore stuff so easy at the hands.

      I admit, a slack, mumbling, unconvincing Shearer to front the report does not help though.

    • tracey 8.4

      Does JK find the quantitative easing (or funny money as he calls it) of the US really hilarious and the result of hippies too?? Aren’t the Brits printing dosh too?

      • Melb 8.4.1

        QE is used to expand the money supply when Reserve Bank interest rates are 0% or near 0%.

        Ours aren’t.

  9. irascible 9

    I was impressed by KeY’s increasing stridency and incoherence when faced with researched evidence to demonstrate that he is the master of incompetence and lacks any credible business acumen either personally or among his cabinet.

  10. Rosetinted 10

    The NZ DOLLAR was 77c last week for a while – now it is up to 80 cents. The volatility has to be hedged against. That is an added problem for exporters trying to make some money in competitive overseas markets. While these rich creep speculators play volleyball with our currency, we are trying to be the little country that could, like that child’s story. Only we can’t.

    We were told a different story than what we experience. Probably it was always a wet dream anyway just put forward to glaze our eyes from the truth that there were never going to be the jobs for everyone. Women could go back to being domestic servants, living-in I suppose. Not a great life but not always bad. Men what would they do? Replace tractors on the farms, hand hoeing etc. Back to the future eh? The early 1900s is where we will land up, with the same regular recessions, and the country divided against itself and hoping for another Micky Savage to provide some humane system for society. The system and the alacrity with which the ideological RWNJs wiped all our tariffs and left us open to price attack at every level has demolished our standard of living and our hopes to make it as a modern, smart country providing modern jobs. That’s up to now.

    Maybe we can keep agitating for some new ideas, something that is better. We don’t want to go back to having demanding unions always wanting more money and going on strike to get it. Limited tension between employers and workers, with shared goals and rewards for experienced workers and bonuses for all in good years would be motivating. Worker shares, worker standards that result in fair treatment, safe workplaces and a limit on the desires and dreams of the unreasonable, the psychopathic business leaders. We must learn to strive and keep on as the Maoris have done. They achieved because they stood firm and drew a line in the sand and believed that they were in the right and just persevered.

    How can we encourage and hold onto successful businesses? One thing is to have local trusts that back local businesses that provide finance at affordable rates. The recent floods have washed away Anatoki Salmon which is a small freshwater salmon farm specialising in a superior (see google) … of the steep valleys of the Kahurangi National Park in Golden Bay, New Zealand.(Free fishing freshwater salmon in Nelson NZ at Anatoki Salmon in ..). http://www.anatokisalmon.co.nz/‎
    Will they be able to get going again? We need to maintain and support businesses that are beneficial to local areas. Financial support has to come from the people in the regions, with better governance than the South Canterbury Finance.

    • Rogue Trooper 10.1

      a comprehensive piece rosetinted; these slips, drier summers, more water in the atmosphere to come down, not surprising if this is another ‘new normal'; loved the times I spent in Motueka and the Golden Bay. We can learn a great deal from the resistance and resilience of tangata whenua in the face of the oppression.

      • Rosetinted 10.1.1

        Rogue T Thanks, of course there is much more than my points. There have been interesting interviews this morning on Radionz and news pieces about the government denying it all. And much has been said of the miasma from the GFC and 2008 collapse. That attitude equals in lack of understanding about the truth of the loss of manufacturing, to the Victorian belief that a miasma of bad smells were the cause of the spread of disease, once believed. The truth is that our economic model is rotten all right.

        Wikipedia I love you:
        The miasma theory (also called the miasmatic theory) held that diseases such as cholera, chlamydia or the Black Death were caused by a miasma (Μίασμα, ancient Greek: “pollution”), a noxious form of “bad air”. The theory held that the origin of epidemics was due to a miasma, emanating from rotting organic matter.

    • tracey 10.2

      last time the RBank announced it was selling dollars (under Labour) how long did the dollar drop for before it started climbing higher again? Anyone know?

  11. xtasy 11

    Extract from the report:

    From chapter 2:

    “Manufacturing in New Zealand: contemporary structure and background”

    “The Strategic Dimensions:

    Submissions frequently commented on the levels of support and encouragement received by the manufacturing sector in other economies. Examples were given – Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, for example – of economies in which modern, high value adding manufacturing was fostered. The German example illustrates this line of thinking.

    Germany generates from manufacturing nearly twice the proportion of GDP produced by New Zealand (about 24%). German manufacturing success in recent years has been based on the Mittelstand – small or medium-sized, often family-owned and run companies, operating at an appropriate scale in niches in which they deliver high-quality, high-price reliable technology snapped up especially by developing economies. These companies deliver not just the technology, but the associated services – training and maintenance, for example – and, often, packaged outcomes for the purchaser, not just the technology that contributes to those outcomes. This is the “servitisation” process, wherein a strong, modern manufacturing sector is sustained by its sophisticated integration with the delivery of associated services. Such a sector also requires strong traditions of R&D, high quality training, the effective use of industrial clusters, and modern work organisation practices.”

    (second and third last chapter under that sub-heading)

    For New Zealand to have a better performing, more productive and successful manufacturing sector, it will be a major challenge for any government to turn the present situation around.

    The report basically just lists in detail the very things that have been known for a long time.

    Only “hands on” policies by a committed government can steer a new course. Present government policies will merely lead to a continuation of low value added production for exports, limited production for domestic and perhaps Australian consumption, and thus necessitate intensification of agriculture, more extensive monoculture in forestry and what else there will be, causing much harm to the environment. Add mineral extraction, and NZ will remain a commodity supplier above all else.

    Labour, Greens, NZ First and Mana will have a lot to do, to package necessary measures in their policies. There are only 15 months til the next election! Yet the improvement of value added manufacturing of high end goods would be a project for a whole generation.

    • Arfamo 11.1

      We have got to stop the burdening of the young with the cost of their education. If we want them to commit themselves to a future or at least some of their future here if their skills are globally marketable. Which party is talking about that?

    • Rogue Trooper 11.2

      the human resources available.

    • tracey 11.3

      which markets are the main recipients of Germany’s manufacturing industry, anyone know?

  12. tsmithfield 12

    Below is the executive director of Manufacturing NZ, Catherine Beard. discussing the manufacturing plan put foward by the manufacturing enquiry (at approx 12.10). Notice she disses most of the ideas put forward as a result of the enquiry, and thinks most of the proposals will cause more problems than what they solve.

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    Well, look here. Exporters sorting out their own problems without the help of the government. Who would have thought it!!

    • felix 12.1

      The government is not here to make your life better.

      – David Bennett MP

      ps the article you linked to ends with a summary that the high dollar is the main challenge facing exporters, and that only half expect profits to increase.

      • Rosetinted 12.1.1

        The government is not here to make your life better.
        – David Bennett MP

        Question – What is it supposed to do? Make people’s life worse?
        Or ignore people completely in favour of chasing after a mythical economic model.

        For those who don’t know, it is a comfort to know that David Bennett is National MP for Hamilton East. (You might have worried that he’s a Labour one.)
        This is what he has to say in Google’s heading :

        Hello and welcome to my website. As the MP for Hamilton East, it is a pleasure and privilege to represent the people of this remarkable electorate in Parliament.

        It sounds like they could reasonably expect him to make their life better – or some specially chosen people from his area who have been picked to receive special offers! (This is the sort of patter that people trying to sell you something might spout – it used to be the favourite of encyclopaedia salespeople – before computers.)

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 12.2

      Exporters sorting out their own problems without the help of the government. Who would have thought it!

      Who would have thought it? Who would believe it? Are you saying that none of these companies (already beneficiaries of free education, the rule of law etc.) have ever gone through “official channels” to smooth the path when appropriate? Have they never taken advantage of the services MFaT provides? Uh huh.

      Plus what Felix said: that some are lucky enough to have room to manoeuvre does nothing for the rest.

      • Pete 12.2.1

        “You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.” – Elizabeth Warren

    • Colonial Viper 12.3

      Well, look here. Exporters sorting out their own problems without the help of the government. Who would have thought it!!

      You do realise that Governments has the power and authority to conduct negotiations and macro-economic policy that individual manufacturers cannot?

      Please tell me that you do realise that?

      Tell me, is the reason the dairy sector needs so much government help and support because they cannot sort out their own problems?

    • Rogue Trooper 12.4

      and here is some more Tory spin from The Herald editorial
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10891154

  13. Wayne (a different one) 13

    The “lefts” manufactured ‘Manufacturing Crisis’ – another own goal!

    Manufacturing has just hit a 9 year high, with commentators claiming it an outstanding result.

    In addition, you have consumer confidence at a 3 year high.

    What was being viewed as a pathetic political beat up by the left, is now becoming an absolute embarassment.

    You are going to have to do better guys, because what ever credibility you had (and that wasn’t much) is sliding down the dunny fast.

    This little debacle, just glaringly highlights the left’s economic ineptitude.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1

      God you’re dim. Do you even check the lies you get spoon-fed?

      Sales (seasonally adjusted) for the March 2013 quarter compared with the December 2012 quarter.
      Volumes
      Total manufacturing fell 0.6 percent.
      Excluding meat and dairy product manufacturing, sales fell 0.8 percent.
      Meat and dairy product manufacturing rose 0.5 percent.
      Values
      Total manufacturing rose 0.2 percent.
      Excluding meat and dairy product manufacturing, sales fell 0.7 percent.
      Meat and dairy product manufacturing rose 1.5 percent.

      Source, and here’s a picture.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        It seems that Wayne’s claim of a “high” is nothing more than him being “high”.

        Oddly enough Wayne seems to be ignoring the opinion and families of hundreds of thousands of NZers whose families have lost manufacturing jobs over the last 10 years – years governed by both Labour and National, I should add.

        Wayne, do you really have no ideas for how to improve manufacturing in NZ?

        How did the decision to outsource NZ trains to shoddy Chinese ones work out for you mate?

        • Wayne (a different one) 13.1.1.1

          Okay, sorry I now get it – silly of me really.

          What you want is “subsidised employment” and a controlled economy – in other words ‘Communism’

          Words fail me – guys those regimes failed and fell over decades ago – don’t you get it?

          Accept we can’t compete against “low based wage” economies – aka Asia.

          • Bunji 13.1.1.1.1

            What you want is “subsidised employment” and a controlled economy – in other words ‘Communism’
            Yeah, that’s exactly what everyone is saying…

            What manufacturers are screaming out for is a level playing field. Y’know, the thing you righties go on about, but don’t really understand.
            It’s 39 years since we had a current account surplus – clearly there is something wrong with our exchange rate, and the policy settings that influence it, if it’s been overvalued for nearly 40 years.
            We’ve now passed Greece to have the worst current account deficit in the entire OECD. That’s Bill’s “rebalancing” for you.

            Procurement? It makes sense to take in to account the full costs – lost taxes, increased unemployment benefits etc of buying overseas. Hell, with the trains, the government wouldn’t even let Hillside put a bid in, so keen were they on buying sub-standard Chinese ones that need re-work. Great value.
            This government’s myopia is incredible.

          • framu 13.1.1.1.2

            “Words fail me”

            yes quite – “thinking” also seems to fail you on a regular basis as well

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1.1.1.3

            Seriously? Can’t you do better than a feeble strawman argument? You poor sod.

            Arguing for a high wage economy then voting for the party that would love to see wages fall seems like idiocy to me.

          • tracey 13.1.1.1.4

            Do you get that when the stock market crashed in 87 and the banks collapsed in 2007/2008 that was capitalism failing and all that stopped it falling was the cronyism and “lobby groups” taking ordinary people’s hard earned taxes (via the Govts) and propping up the megaliths which are usually back in profit pretty quickly.

            Didn’t Bill and John Key suggest we could try? Bill said us having low wages compared to Aussie was an advantage.

      • Rob 13.1.2

        Knucklehead I would be careful as the June quater is going to be good.

    • tracey 13.2

      you do know that “consumer confidence” means people are or will spend more… I remember when private debt was a problem in this country. Oh hang, on wait a minute…. it still is.

      Bunji

      “We’ve now passed Greece to have the worst current account deficit in the entire OECD. ” source?

  14. xtasy 14

    The so far best media coverage of this report was on Radio NZ National this morning on Nine to Noon! “Manufacturing: The new Consensus”, was the title.

    Kathryn Ryan did talk with Professor Nigel Hayworth (author of the multi party report) about details, which can be listened to via the following audio links:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2559021/manufacturing-the-new-consensus.asx

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio

    Another interesting conversation between K. Ryan and P. Smellie is also worth listening to:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2559030/business-with-patrick-smellie.asx

      • Te Reo Putake 14.1.1

        “indeed this is worth a read also”

        Or not. What a muppet this Mike chap is. Is he that isolated from his audience that he can’t spot the bleeding obvious?

        • James 14.1.1.1

          Oh – the standard “Standard” response – he must be an idiot – I dont agree with him approach.

          • Te Reo Putake 14.1.1.1.1

            I didn’t say he was an idiot, James. I said he appeared isolated from the lives of his audience. And the comments from the others in response seem to prove my point, showing him to just be a paid shill for big business and the NACT government, with no understanding of what is really happening to people who aren’t on 6 figure salaries.

          • xtasy 14.1.1.1.2

            Read my comments below, James, if anyone has made an own goal, it was you!

            As for Hosking and some other “media personalities”, since Holmes set the course, and others followed, it appears that we have fewer actual “journalists”.

            Now the ones with profile, status, high salaries, and almost celebrity status prefer to call themselves “broadcasters”, as then they cannot be held accountable to adhere to objectivity and neutrality, like decent, professional journalists would.

            Money talks, like flash cars, perks here and there, and licking boots of Prime Ministers and so becomes the acceptable, “respectful” activity of such “commentators”, “bored-casters” or whatever you may call them.

        • xtasy 14.1.1.2

          A bit more on Mike Hosking – the supposed “economic” expert speaking supposedly “competently” and pretentiously “independently” on the manufacturing report authored by a professor working at Auckland Uni in the business school there, as far as I remember.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10862709

          Mike Hosking has made career as nothing much else but a common journalist, fronting radio and television show of mediocre quality, filling in on shows and for some time having sold his soul to very commercially focused, sell more ads by the minute kind of, 1ZB.

          He has become very cosy with John Key, and the NZ Herald article the link above leads to shows it.

          So what research and other skills has he displayed in his job? Where is his experience in economic matters?

          As he does not like the report, and is a supporter of Key and Co, he naturally will rubbish it. Big deal, and great wonder and revelation!

      • xtasy 14.1.2

        “Editorial” by one of John Key’s “masters of ceremonies”, right!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hosking

        Extract from Wikipedia entry on Mike Hosking:

        “Personal life[edit]

        Hosking is married to fellow broadcaster Kate Hawkesby, and together they have six children.

        In 2013, he was the master of ceremonies at Prime Minister John Key’s state of the nation speech, which he also endorsed.[1]
        References[edit]”

        “^ John Drinnan (2013-02-01). “Hosking plugs car and Key”. New Zealand Herald.”

        Go and get a life James, and what about telling us about your supposedly great company, where you treat all your staff as celebrities on a corporate funded junket to a tax free tropical paradise? I asked you days ago in another thread, tell us the name of your “business”, in which you claim to have no union representation and have only happy workers, all earning heaps:

        http://thestandard.org.nz/workers-rights-under-attack/
        (see 2.1.1.5 and 2.1.1.5.1)

        Get honest, and what I just mention above shows why this government is getting such an endless honeymoon by most of the media persons, as they are as much as in John Key’s and National’s or ACT’s pocket, as one can be!

        Fuck the NZ MSM and Mike F***ing Hosking!!!

        • James 14.1.2.1

          Fuck the NZ MSM and Mike F***ing Hosking!!! …. and dont forget a “Fuck You”

          as for your demands / request for information about my company – yeah right !!!

          Why should I put my company in the eyes of people like yourself who are (as my kid would say) Haters.

          You are a faceless person on the internet – Im not responsible or accountable to you – regardless of what you think.

          As for ” company, where you treat all your staff as celebrities on a corporate funded junket to a tax free tropical paradise? I asked you days ago in another thread, tell us the name of your “business”, in which you claim to have no union representation and have only happy workers, all earning heaps:”

          A lot of hyperbole in your comment – but yes – I treat them well, and they are all paid well without union membership – this may come as a huge shock to you – but there are thousands of businesses out there just like mine.

          And For the record – I dont believe I said earning “heaps” – Im not a 1980’s banker – But they are paid well – over minimum wage in all roles.

          [lprent: The point that x was making was that you as a "faceless" union basher and "hater" on the internet can't rely on a asserted facts without support.

          It translates as complete lying bullshit when a handle like yours has garnered no significant credibility and you cannot point to *any* backing evidence. In fact you made another assertion in this comment without bothering to put in any support for it (and it isn't hard - I could have done it with a few clicks).

          In other words I find you about as credible as any other obvious clown on the net lying about their dick size and other similar matters like your assertions. Because when pressed they usually either try to do one of three things..

          1. attack the person requesting verification (ie your technique)
          2. attempt to divert and restructure what they argued
          3. ignore the question

          Of these only the third is safe to do around the moderators. The best idea is not to use asserted facts unless you are in a position to either support it *or* you offer it as your opinion.

          A two week educational ban for being unable to support your asserted facts lies (because that is how they are now perceived). ]

          • xtasy 14.1.2.1.1

            Hah – please yourself, I do not believe your story about your “company” and your staff. It just all sounds too cloud 9 sort of stuff to me.

            Also I have heard some other employers boast themselves about how great they were, and how much they did for their staff.

            Once I could speak with the same staff while the boss was away, they had rather different stories to tell.

            Good luck with your agenda, but when delivering a Hosking “editorial” here to use as supposed competent comment, prepare for that to be taken to pieces.

          • xtasy 14.1.2.1.2

            “But they are paid well – over minimum wage in all roles.”

            Thanks, so that is $ 13.80 per hour and above, as far as I know.

          • Rogue Trooper 14.1.2.1.3

            “faceless” in the mirror. that was interesting timing Lynn, I only just read that fool’s comment; at the ‘minimum’ readers know who ‘we’ are. ffs. need new locknuts.
            btw, filing down, or stringing the Trooper along…

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    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
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