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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.

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* 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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  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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