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National’s mouthpiece on manufacturing doesn’t like details

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, June 12th, 2014 - 115 comments
Categories: blogs, christchurch earthquake, David Farrar, Economy, employment, manufacturing - Tags: , , ,

David Farrar in his usual burst of hypocrisy and curious selectiveness about detailed numbers is proclaiming a headline rise in manufacturing. As is usual he is only interested in the top level numbers and doesn’t provide a link to even the summary data. I guess that is because they are rather depressing for employment and wage packets, which is what most voters expect from growth. But here is the view from the 9th floor of the beehive.

Seasonally adjusted manufacturing value for the 1st quarter of 2014 was $25.3 billion. A year ago in the same quarter it was $22.8 billion. That’s an 11% increase in the last year.

This of course is what Labour, Mana, Greens and NZ First call a manufacturing crisis.

Ah no. What they call a manufacturing crisis is that there are few or no jobs arising from this miraculous rise in manufacturing. Consider this from the March 2014 Household Employment Survey

The main contributors to the annual growth in employment were the construction industry (up
24,400 people – 14 percent) and the professional, scientific, technical, administration, and
support service industry group (up 17,700 people – 7 percent).
Although not statistically significant, there was also a rise in the retail trade, accommodation, and
food services industry group (up 17,100 people – 4.9 percent)

Manufacturing? I had to dig into the spreadsheets for that. It is in table 7 of the Household Employment Survey spreadsheet. The estimated employment in manufacturing declined from 246.2 thousand in March 2013 to 246.0 thousand.

So somehow we managed to have a 11% increase in manufacturing over the past year with no increase in employment in manufacturing jobs. Curiously David with his view coming from high in the Prime Ministers office failed to mention that. I wonder why? Could it have something to do with Labour, Mana, Greens and NZ First being completely correct (and David Farrar being a selective paid mouthpiece for National)?

Where the jobs are going to is the one-off Christchurch rebuild. Much of the growth in jobs in fact comes from Canterbury construction and the services servicing them.

The increase in Canterbury employment included an 11,900 (36 percent) rise in the construction
industry and an 11,900 (26 percent) rise in the retail trade, and accommodation and food
services industry group.

As usual most of the remainder comes from Auckland where we have a housing crisis and burgeoning ICT export industry.

Just shows what happens when you hold up working on peoples houses and businesses until the year prior to an election. Of course this was probably had nothing to do with Brownlee’s dithering for the past 3 years eh?

But lets have a look at the manufacturing information that David (curiously) did not provide from the more detailed PDF. What the government would like voters to see is this.

What they don’t want voters to see is what the manufacturing looks like without the dairy and meat in the following graph. That is because there are bugger all jobs in processing dairy (the rise in sales of meat is negligible), most of the processing is done in highly capital intensive plants.

Doesn’t that more like what voters are seeing when they look at our jobless manufacturing “recovery”.  I’d point out that when you dig further into the stats, you’ll find that even the upturn in this non-dairy and meat “manufacturing” sales, a large chunk of it also turns out to also be in barely processed commodities like petroleum and coal products, non-metallic mineral products, other food products like fruit or cereals, and wood. Each of which, like most farm products,  is subject to prices that rapidly change on the world market, which competitor nations can and do rapidly emulate and follow, and which are frequently subject to changes in the ability to enter markets like recent restrictions of milk powder into China. Most of the processing for which is increasingly done by machines rather than people because that is what is demanded by the market.

Even the dairy growth is faltering on the back of sustained drops in dairy prices and the buildup of stockpiles of dairy and meat products. The StatsNZ commentary says about dairy and meat that…

The volume of finished goods stocks (which is not seasonally adjusted) was 6.7 percent higher than in the March 2013 quarter, and is now at the highest-ever level for a March quarter.

This is reflected in the year to year stockpiles where there are more than 1.5 BILLION dollars in stock hanging around of dairy and meat.

Ah yes, rapidly heading for a local glut and probably job layoffs in what processing jobs there are in the dairy industry would be my bet.

So as you can see, there is a reason that David Farrar doesn’t like to provide links to the StatsNZ documents. While the commentary in them tends to only concentrate on the positives for the government, the information is there for everyone to see. Even those dumbarses who comment at the Kiwiblog sewer. We have a jobless recovery going on where almost all of the profits are going to a select few (including many government MPs) who own the sectors of the economy that the the government chooses to foster – their donors.

115 comments on “National’s mouthpiece on manufacturing doesn’t like details”

  1. geoff 1

    Excellent analysis, Lynn and once more showing Farrar up to be National’s toadie.

    • lprent 1.1

      Oh that was just a hook that I added in there after reading his hook post on mickey this morning.

      Damn stupid really. Lawyers do what their clients tell them and they can’t release what their advice was to them. Makes them an easy target for someone wanting to be a bit of an arsehole. I don’t mind using the same tactic…

      It really isn’t what this post is about – more of an afterthought after I’d looked at the current quarters data yesterday.

  2. ianmac 2

    Sadly though as interested as I am it is so hard to get a basic (simplistic?) understanding of the employment/production problems. Need simple catch words to try and shift the thinking of right leaning friends.

    In the first graph it has taken 6 long years for Manufacturing sales to creep back towards the highs of 2009. What were they doing in the interim!

    In the second graph we have huge stocks of unsold goods waiting for a free market buyer. 1.5 billion dollars worth of goods unsold for heaven’s sake! What sort of planning and support is going on or not going on there? Is the Government asleep at the wheel?

    • lprent 2.1

      And most of that graphs increase merely reflects the increases in dairy prices with a lesser increase in dairy volumes.

      Unfortunately I’m not good at slogans… sigh

      Perhaps people could suggest a few.

  3. The Real Matthew 3

    Who would have thought a technology based industry would shed jobs as technology became cheaper than employing wage earning individuals?

    Next they’ll have pre-pay at the pump and you’ll be buying your train ticket at a machine.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      We’re creating an economy which doesn’t need the majority of workers any more, while at the same time refusing to let people make a living in the field of arts, crafts, culture and literature.

      Speculators and financial scammers get rewarded the most in this environment.

      • Wreckingball 3.1.1

        I should have directed this reply directly at you CP.

        Also, Colonial Viper – “We’re creating an economy which doesn’t need the majority of workers any more, while at the same time refusing to let people make a living in the field of arts, crafts, culture and literature.”

        We are not refusing to make let people make a living in the field of arts and crafts etc. We have numerous authors and artists who make a great living. If people are skilled enough, and produce good products, then they can make a living. What do you propose? We subsidise people so that they can sit around making pottery. Very backward thinking. Please explain.

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          Firstly, it is crucial to accept that society requires a major not-for-profit arts and culture emphasis in order to de-prioritise the role of commercialisation and corporations in society.

          Secondly, it is crucial to accept that you cannot just have a few outstanding people making a “great living” from the arts – you need to nourish and support talent at every stage, and even give ordinary people in depth exposure to art and literature. This means funding scholarships, night classes, entry level jobs in the field, worthwhile career pathways, etc.

          Thirdly, it is important that as a society we put significant monies into teaching people who are interested skills like pottery, weaving, painting, writing, theatre, film making, CGI and dance.

          Very backward thinking. Please explain.

          Why on earth do you declare it backwards? Advanced civilisations need to maintain creativity and culture within their peoples, and that is what I am suggesting.

          • Jum 3.1.1.1.1

            Well said CV; when you want to produce robots you remove stimulus that excites parts of the brain that encourage humanity.

    • lprent 3.2

      Would that it was so. But most of the “manufacturing” growth is for simple conversion of barely processed commodities mostly using existing plant – even in the dairy sector.

      There is another set of data around (in several places statsNZ, MOBiE, and tax) that looks at capital investments that I neither had the time or the space to expound on. But once you exclude dairy then what you can see is very little investment in any kind of plant. In fact it looks like most “manufacturing” plant is being run down.

  4. Ad 4

    This still doesn’t feel like a recovery no matter what the banking economists say.

    It’s worth going into the tabbed sections of the statistics report that LPrent has linked to. In there you will find five-year series breakdowns for each of the manufacturing sectors.

    They do not make pretty reading if we are seeking a value-added export base for New Zealand.

    • Seafood processing in slow decline
    • Transport and machinery equipment in slow decline
    • Fruit, oils and cereals declining
    • Petroleum spiking around 2012 and still up pretty strongly
    • Chemicals and polymers gradually up, and also strong

    There is I am sure an industry story to be told in each one of those sectors.

    This morning Auckland Council determined to give the superyacht manufacturing proposal in Hobsonville a 1-year reprieve from turning the whole thing into housing. And sure, we need more housing and Council could have sold it off to pay down debt. Sigh.

    With neither central nor local government even imagining economic development in New Zealand, without a change of government we will continue to be the devleoping world’s bulk protein exporter. We need to be better than that. Where is Jim Anderton when you need him?

    • lprent 4.1

      Yeah I find it a bit terrifying for the future when I look at how shallow and vulnerable that National’s economic development strategy is.

      It is classic short-term rentier thinking about how to make money for property owners cheaply. Bearing in mind the whacking great debt that they foisted on us giving tax cuts to the wealthy and the greying of the workforce, it is a bloody silly idea foisting a crippled economy on to the kids to pay for it.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        Yeah I find it a bit terrifying for the future when I look at how shallow and vulnerable that National’s economic development strategy is.

        I didn’t realise that they had one.

        it is a bloody silly idea foisting a crippled economy on to the kids to pay for it.

        National’s been doing that forever. It’s certainly the full idea behind Muldoon’s junking of Labour’s retirement savings plan back in ’75/6.

    • greywarbler 4.2

      Jim Anderton is amongst other things trying to recreate Christchurch cathedral. A bunch of the stolid Christchurch community can’t move into the 21st century and Anderton has saved historic buildings in the past. So he wants to recreate the past triumph in Chch.

      • Ron 4.2.1

        Interesting that Anderton a Roman Catholic I believe did not show much interest in preserving the Catholic Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Christchurch instead spends all his time attacking Anglican Authorities who want to move on with their own building.

        Jim Anderton is amongst other things trying to recreate Christchurch cathedral

  5. ghostwhowalksnz 5

    Looks like Farragoblog and the Oily Orca had the same burst of inspiration of the state of manufacturing

    F: The manufactured crisis gets worse.-June 11

    W:LABOUR’S MANUFACTURING CRISIS JUST KEEPS CRISISING ALONG- June 10

    Notice the same ‘angle’ on both reports, a pun on Labours ‘manufacturing crisis’

    Coincidence ?

    Or you get what you pay for .

    • ianmac 5.1

      They must be getting bothered that the people are aware of job shortages?

    • Tom Gould 5.2

      You get what you pay for. Plus a few of the big chattering chooks thrown in. Cheap at the price.

  6. infused 6

    You will find the manufacturing sector is actually now recovering and paying debt from the GFC.

    • lprent 6.1

      Correct. But most of that was over in 2013.

      The problem is that most of manufacturing aren’t growing. That shows up in the lack of capital and jobs going into anything outside of dairy. This is a time when we should be seeing new companies starting up and heading off to export as well as the survivors from the mid-00s that are expanding. They simply aren’t there.

      It isn’t too hard to look around and see the signs of more GFC style recessions in the next decade. What do we want? Go into more debt as the population ages? That appears to be Nationals strategic direction.

      • infused 6.1.1

        Nope. I look after quite a number, so I can tell you what’s actually going on.

        Most only recovered around December last year.

        The biggest thing is, simple manufacturing is dead. They need to adapt and change. A few of them are, and making good money off it. I can’t really go in to detail on what they are doing though, but it’s moving away from the traditional manufacturing process (knowledge based). The reason is other countries do it far cheaper, and that’s something that’s not going to change. People bleat on about quality etc all the time. But at the end of the day, it comes down to the dollar. Every time.

        The cost of shipping from NZ is also massive. There are only a few companies that handle bulk/heavy freighting around the world direct from NZ, and they charge out the ass for it.

        What do you expect the Govt to do? There are already a ton of tech based export programs going on in Wellington, which I am involved in. I think the problem is, not a lot of this is common knowledge.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1

          The reason is other countries do it far cheaper, and that’s something that’s not going to change.

          Actually, they don’t as it’s physically impossible for them to do so. It’s only our financial system that makes it seem as if they do. Basically, our financial system is delusional.

          The cost of shipping from NZ is also massive.

          The reverse must also be true.

          • lprent 6.1.1.1.1

            It is, but less so for quantity. The shipping companies prefer not to come into NZ lightly laden. They prefer to have something to offload.

          • KJT 6.1.1.1.2

            Not really. Lots of bulky heavy stuff from NZ.

            The stuff coming in is light, high tech. Plenty of space inbound.

            Removing New Zealand ships, and crews, did not result in the promised decreased costs for exporters, because the ships going to Europe/China/USA via Australia (our biggest manufactured export market) are already full of milk powder, meat, fruit, timber and coal.

            The overseas shipping companies act as a cartel, to keep prices high both ways, however.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.2.1

              This despite what I hear is shit loads of spare freight shipping capacity internationally right now…

        • lprent 6.1.1.2

          Most only recovered around December last year.

          Yeah most that I know of who took a hit from the GFC financing issues were getting ahead in the second half.

          The biggest thing is, simple manufacturing is dead. They need to adapt and change. A few of them are, and making good money off it.

          The cost of shipping from NZ is also massive. There are only a few companies that handle bulk/heavy freighting around the world direct from NZ, and they charge out the ass for it.

          Agreed, but there are four types of manufacturing that survive.
          1. Tech exporters where the competitive advantage is software. NZ is too damn small a market so they typically export 90%+ (obviously I know them well)
          2. The ones where freighting to NZ is prohibitive – for instance the foam rubber stuff my sister was running
          3. The ones using a local resource and adding lots of value to it mostly for export. The small ones of those usually aren’t getting the support that they could use. That is where a number of manufacturers I know of now work.
          4. The bespoke manufacturers who support the others. They get no support and the support that they mostly need is introductions.

          There are already a ton of tech based export programs going on in Wellington, which I am involved in. I think the problem is, not a lot of this is common knowledge.

          First problem is in what you described. How much manufacturing is done in the wellington area? They shouldn’t be based there at all. Put them into Auckland, Christchurch, and some roving ones who poke their noses into the provincial centres (like Wellington :) )

          Another problem is that most of the support is targeted at the wrong targets, mostly the larger companies who really don’t need it except when they do a transition to a new product area. The small to medium ones don’t receive much at all.

          And another one is that the support is passive. Instead of the government going out and helping the SME’s to get it, they wait until people come to them. Which just lends itself to crony capitalism. It becomes who you know and/or lobby rather than being proactive and pushing ideas into companies (makes me irritated and thinking of the 1980s). If you are a SME exporter, then you need people actively coming to talk to you inside the companies with possibilities rather than trying to find time to get to largely meaningless meetings where there is little active and accurate details.

          Now you have to remember that I don’t have a particular stake in this. I write software and there usually isn’t that much of an issue finding work. I prefer companies related to manufacturing exports. But that preference is pretty much ideological. It employs a wider range of people. It certainly isn’t the best paid. But I’ve done a lot of exported software as a service as well in the past.

  7. Naki man 7

    “Ah yes, rapidly heading for a local glut and probably job layoffs in what processing jobs there are in the dairy industry would be my bet.”

    This is complete bollocks, job layoffs my arse, Fonterra Waitoa has just employed 100 new staff in its new 120 $mil UHT milk plant. A friend of mine who is an engineer for a company that is designing some of the many new milk powder driers being built in the north island over the next two years says he is very busy. The truth is there will be more jobs in the highly paid dairy industry not job layoffs. As for a local glut this is also horse shit.

    • lprent 7.1

      Well if they were going to lay off staff, then they wouldn’t do it in a new plant right?

      Stupid comment.

      • Naki man 7.1.1

        Yours is the stupid comment suggesting that there will be fewer jobs when there are lots of new plants being built. Fonterra and the other companies will be employing more staff. There is huge growth in the dairy industry even in the north island. Every year milk volumes increase and it has to be processed.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          Bulk commodity manufacture

          Wish NZ could do something which required a bit more product innovation than tonne after tonne of milk powder

        • lprent 7.1.1.2

          Problem is that there is currently a mountain of unsold stock being created, presumably because the amount that is already being produced isn’t wanted in the market. Part of that is because plant and milk production in other countries is rising. The growth in the US for whole milk drying is phenomenal. Not to mention parts of Europe and China itself.

          So adding new plant in, if that trend persists, will eventually cause the fraction of the total milk production that is covered by the world market price falls (as we are seeing now), and closures of older plant. It isn’t like we haven’t seen this same pattern before in NZ.

          Personally I think that Fonterra and the other exporters have gotten myopically focused on China and haven’t started to think about what happens when that market stops taking all available production.

        • redfred 7.1.1.3

          Back Nack Man

          Again your stupidity astounds me.. do you understand how competition and markets work?
          Basically if there is a buck to made people pile into it and then it becomes a competition of scale and efficiency.

          Read this … NZ will be over taken in approximately 5 years as the biggest milk powder producer.

          http://keithwoodford.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/the-industrialisation-of-american-dairying-and-the-implications-for-new-zealand/

          What facts have you got?… none, some meaning less local job figures that have nothing to do with the bigger picture.

          Here is some more facts

          There were 60,000 dairy suppliers in the US and their milk supply was about four times the volume of New Zealand’s.

          “But 40 per cent of that milk is produced by 800 mega dairies.”

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/10037881/Kiwis-warned-off-mega-dairy-farming-model

          NZ Dairy won’t disappear but by the end of the decade it will not be the cash cow it once was… yes pun intended.

          These truths show how short sighted National are in pinning there hopes on dairy.

          What do you make of that information; does it worry you Naki Man? Can you comprehend how it makes what Key et al are doing on par with Muldoons wool stock piling? Do see how it makes a complete lie out of David Farrars spin for his beloved National party or are you just blinkered to the facts?

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      The truth is there will be more jobs in the highly paid dairy industry not job layoffs.

      So highly paid in fact farmers have been getting in trouble for breaking minimum wage laws.

  8. dimebag russell 8

    neighhhhhhhhh!

    [lprent: Horse imitations should probably be in OpenMike? They do seem rather pointless here. Perhaps you meant to say that you couldn’t understand numbers and couldn’t say anything? Silence may be a wiser policy. ]

  9. Gosman 9

    Do you have any evidence that David Farrar is a paid mouthpiece for National? Because if he was he constantly wanders off message.

    Regardless why are members of the left hung Up On Manufacturing jobs? Surely what industry someone works in is less important than total employment and wage growth in the economy as a whole.

    [lprent: Now considered to be a diversion comment. Moved to the current time. ]

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      It’s vital that NZ be a nation of production, and not just a nation of consumption, Gossie. And in that light, high value, elaborately transformed knowledge goods are what pays premium.

      I thought you would know this?

      As for your questioning of the longstanding Farrar/National link – LOL

    • lprent 9.2

      Do you have any evidence that David Farrar is a paid mouthpiece for National?

      I have enough that I am confident enough to state it. If he chose to take it up legally, then I know what I’d be looking for on a discovery motion. Not that I expect him to do so.

      Besides, if it is good enough for him to make similar statements about people here including me from 2007 onwards with absolutely no evidence, then I can’t help but feel that I am merely following his lead.

      I’d also note that I don’t consider that this is what this post is about. People are welcome to address that topic in OpenMike.

      Surely what industry someone works in is less important than total employment and wage growth in the economy as a whole.

      The rebuild in ChCh (as I pointed in the post) isn’t exactly a good basis for allowing growth in the internal economy. Outside of a bit of highly overdue construction in Auckland, the only sectors of the economy that appear to be growing permanent jobs are in Auckland.

      The dairy industry certainly isn’t as can be readily seen in the slow depopulation and lack of jobs of regions switching over to it after they finish their conversions. That damn stockpiling of the (presumably mostly ) dairy products is starting to worry the hell out of me because it is signalling a good solid bust.

      Manufacturing jobs are by far the best permanent way to soak up unemployment. Sure we are exposed to the rest of the world and have to sell to the rest of the world. At present this government is not trying to encourage that. You only have to look at the near complete drop in the support offered by MFAT or R&D funds to that sector except for a favoured few companies.

      At present the jobs being created are completely fragile and appear to be largely dependent on construction mostly in the rebuild of ChCh. Any disruption to construction jobs with the typical boom bust of that industry will have significiant carry over effects to a number of the other sectors of the economy that have been showing employment (eg the massive services rise in Canterbury).

      These are the factors showing up in the persistently well below projections income, business and GST tax take that shows no signs of stopping. The last budget was pretty much a fantasy in terms of showing any signs of being able to either pay off National’s debt or the prepare for the greying of the population. That is bloody worrying

      So yes. It does matter that manufacturing employers have been unwilling to do more than just survive over the last 5 years. We won’t have a good solid recovery that will sustain downstream employment until they do.

      • Gosman 9.2.1

        If you don’t want to be quizzed about your claims about David Farrar ‘ s formal links to the National party when you are attempting to make another point (in this case about the benefits of manufacturing jobs) you may want to refrain from making the comments in the first place. People such as geoff below obviously see this post as making that link even though you have stated it was not your main intention of the post.

        [lprent: It is my opinion backed by facts I know. He had a go at an author here today on a post directed at Labour, so he got one back in exactly the same style. If you are actually interested in that facet, then use OpenMike. Raise this again here and I will ban you until after the election. Clear? ]

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      Surely what industry someone works in is less important than total employment and wage growth in the economy as a whole.

      Nope:

      The books most sobering fact ‘Samsung produces 3/4 of our GDP with 123,000 employees’

      The type of industry counts for a hell of a lot and farming really doesn’t cut it.

      • lprent 9.3.1

        The books most sobering fact ‘Samsung produces 3/4 of our GDP with 123,000 employees’

        That is only the direct employees. Tech is always an ecosystem these days. Most tech companies have between 2 and 10x the number of direct employees coming in as associated supply companies, contractors, and other assorted supplies of services.

  10. Wreckingball 10

    What do you guys propose we do? Make sure that manufacturers employ people to do the jobs that machines can do. Shall we bring in handpumps into gas stations so that we need an attendant at each fuel pump? New technology in manufacturing naturally leads to a decrease in the number of jobs. But more manufacturing, will at least keep manufacturing jobs constant, if not increase the number.

    Also, Colonial Viper – “We’re creating an economy which doesn’t need the majority of workers any more, while at the same time refusing to let people make a living in the field of arts, crafts, culture and literature.”

    We are not refusing to make let people make a living in the field of arts and crafts etc. We have numerous authors and artists who make a great living. If people are skilled enough, and produce good products, then they can make a living. What do you propose? We subsidise people so that they can sit around making pottery. Very backward thinking.

    • JG 10.1

      Completely agree. It’s productivity growth, which should be celebrated. A lot of creative destruction embedded in those numbers too.

    • lprent 10.2

      Make sure that manufacturers employ people to do the jobs that machines can do.

      That would be valid if there were stats showing capital investment going into manufacturing. They don’t (look it up).

      Besides, what do petrol pumps in gas stations have to do with manufacturing? That is a retail industry not manufacturing.

      I’d also point out as a matter of general disclosure that I spent several years writing code for a local company that manufactured equipment for petrol stations. Not much of a market here. Most of it was exported. The company has since been sold to a overseas company.

      • Wreckingball 10.2.1

        1) capital investment is on the rise – take a look at the numbers. The main thing that will impact capital investment is if the government tries to decide what industries New Zealand should invest in. The market will determine what industries offer the best returns. Stupid ideas such as a green bank that invest in green technologies are useless. The market will invest in green tech if they think there are returns to be made.

        2) that petrol pump example was a broad example of a human doing what a machine can do. I am sure there are mechanical pumps used in manufacturing that could be replaced with humans.

        3) example of petrol pump equipment manufacturer is great. Kiwi ingenuity and then selling it to an overseas company. A great story. Nothing wrong with selling to someone overseas. That business owner has reaped what he has sowed. He can now reinvest that money as he wishes.

        • lprent 10.2.1.1

          capital investment is on the rise – take a look at the numbers.

          In manufacturing? That is a stupid lie. I may have to dig the figures out that I looked at in the December quarter and write a post if this is what the idiot brigade have as one of their current delusions. When I looked at it then, it was dismally low when compared to the capital cost invested. Depreciation was almost an order of magnitude higher.

          I am sure there are mechanical pumps used in manufacturing that could be replaced with humans.

          Why would you waste a human on doing something like that? They are both far too expensive in any modernish society (ie since the early 19th century).

          Nothing wrong with selling to someone overseas.

          In this case unlikely. They were all at or close to retirement. Most likely property.

          Much of their product range was shut down. I know the product I was working on was because it directly competed with a product that the buying company had just spent 20-30x our cost in R&D to produce.

          BTW: You sound like another mindless randian theoretician rather than someone with any idea about what you are talking about.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1.2

          The market will determine what industries offer the best returns.

          Only in NZ. Everywhere else the government is stepping in and supporting chosen industry and succeeding. It’s pretty much how the so-called First World Nations started. It’s why we have computers to read this blog on (The Entrepreneurial State, Mariana Mazzucato). If it had been left to the “free-market” we’d still be back in the 19th century.

          Stupid ideas such as a green bank that invest in green technologies are useless.

          Green investment banks work bloody well and green technologies are what’s going to make us sustainable. The only stupidity that I can see is you.

          The market will invest in green tech if they think there are returns to be made.

          Profits are actually a thing of the past – we can no longer afford them as we can no longer go with the growth that supports them.

          Nothing wrong with selling to someone overseas.

          It’s a loss to the country that makes us poorer so, yes, there is something wrong with selling to someone overseas.

  11. dimebag russell 11

    Ban him now!

    [lprent: At this point I’m more likely to ban you for being stupid on my post. ]

  12. dimebag russell 12

    calm down lprent. I’m on your side. I cant help it if these sad sorry people drive me bananas.

    • greywarbler 12.1

      Help he’s being repressed! Now you can see the violence inherent in the system! (Monty Python) I think that the election might be made into a sharp satirical satire by someone clever. There must be lots of content if the right eye looked.

      Dave Armstrong doesn’t have any more Down the List on Sunday mornings. Perhaps he would be able to turn out some choice pieces on our version of political skulduggery which isn’t dug out but twisted with a tractor-driven auger. They were probably showing them at Mystery Creek, which might explain why our politics is such a mystery to us all.

      (Please complain if you miss Down the List to Radionz if you miss it – satire is like gold in NZ.)

    • lprent 12.2

      So add a point to your comments. Makes it a whole lot more useful and readable.

      When I’m moderating I look at comments against the policy and the past history of the commentator. If you don’t have a past history of contributing to the debate or trying to do so, then I will apply the poker

      • You_Fool 12.2.1

        My thought is that Dimebag is a night wing whinger posing as a left wing poster in the hope of making the left look like idiots…

  13. greywarbler 13

    Perhaps assiduous in manufacturing fibs and chimeras. And who can tell what they are?

  14. dimebag russell 14

    my past history is a worker who built bridges, planted forests, manicured the vistas of the rich, took out their garbage and generally tried to dodge the malice in blunderland. Lighten up lprent. this is war and while you might have some pretensions to be an honourable gentleman these people are vicious and need to be taken down at every peg. Trying to pretend that there is some sort of code of behaviour and pandering to the enemy is not the way to drive these scum out of office.

    • greywarbler 14.1

      Trouble is dimebag – because it is so serious it is necessary to marshall facts, make arguments and advance in the general direction of a reasoned political system. Which is why too many simple comments with no point aren’t useful. It’s not news to us that it is war. I bring some music videos sometimes, but they usually have a point to illustrate which I hope that people appreciate.

      So what do you think about manufacturing, can we compete if we can get the speculators filthy hands out of our pockets. Can we glide out from low wages to trending up while at the same time allow the exchange rate to go down, which makes imports dearer. Higher prices for imported stuff, then on more NZ manufactured stuff, will eventually balance out with more jobs, each one creating a ripple effect.

      • dimebag russell 14.1.1

        take you point gw but when some tory expostulates “horseshit” then what is there to say. I could have punned it and just said nay! however going round in circles is not my bag. cutting the gordian knot is. the thing is the situation is more dire than the polemicists realise. three weeks ago or thereabouts Rod Oram opined in the SST that New Zealand is slowly regressing into an agrarian economy similar to 1932 before the first Labour government was elected and began a programme of import substitution. This is now an historical event that is rapidly fading from memory as the pacific rim countries have assumed total superiority in manufacturing consumer goods. There may be 100 more jobs at Waitoa and other milk processing facilities but that is like trying to put out a fire with a water pistol but the upshot is that as manufacturing recedes into the memory then the job of ensuring a decent livlelihood and conditions for those employed and those to come is much harder as the tories maximise their position. I wish I had some concrete things to say about the future besides quoting a whole lot of statisticians numbers about growth but in the meantime it is necessary to expose the the thugs who use their economic power to gain psychological satisfaction beating up on those who cant fight back.
        OK?

        • greywarbler 14.1.1.1

          Dimebag russell
          I looked for the Red Oram piece you quoted and found such a lot of items from him that are totally current even though written last year or so. We definitely have to keep reading and thinking about the points he raises. Put your links in if you can because I get a lot of my information from reading the factual intelligent stuff that others place links to here.

          Rod Oram opined in the SST that New Zealand is slowly regressing into an agrarian economy similar to 1932 before the first Labour government was elected and began a programme of import substitution.

      • Gosman 14.1.2

        You are essentially arguing for lower wages to enable our exporting industries to compete. Seems like you’re not too different to the nasty Tories in that regard.

  15. john 15

    It is lunacy to look towards manufacturing as a big future solution to jobs.

    Globally, manufacturing is dieing sector. As a percentage of GDP it has virtually halved in recent decades – see

    http://motorcitytimes.com/mct/2013/06/paul-krugmans-model-economy-millions-trudging-to-their-factory-jobs-lunch-boxe-in-tow/worldmfg-2/

    Even with billions in government subsidies, not even Australia can afford to manufacture cars.

    The story at top gives figures of 246,000 working in manufacturing – that’s only around 10% of the workforce. It used to be nearly 30%.

    In 1980, a medium car cost $30,000. That’s over $100,000 in today’s money. Yet today we can still buy a medium car for $30,000, because it only takes a fraction of the workers to make it. It used to take hundreds of man hours to build a car – now it can be done in less than 30.

    Manufacturing is an important sector, but as a percentage of both jobs and gdp, it will continue to decline not just in NZ, but globally.

    Anybody who is looking to manufacturing significantly increase employment, in a country that is more isolated from the main markets than any other country on the globe, hasn’t taken their head out of the sand long enough to look at the big picture.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      1) We can’t just be a nation of consumers, we also have to be a nation of producers.

      2) Manufacturing creates skilled, well paid jobs for the working class. That’s a worthy goal and one worth fighting for.

      3) We have to prepare import substitution capabilities to prepare for the closing days of globalisation when NZ will have to be more self sufficient.

      4) Kiwis can innovate, design and make better stuff than the rest of the world.

      • john 15.1.1

        I agree we need to do what we can, but it’s lala land thinking that manufacturing will have a bigger percentage of jobs or gdp in ten years time (or even the same percentage as now).

        Meanwhile there’s shortage of an estimated 50,000 workers in I.T. in NZ.

        And we’re going to need another 50,000 workers in primary industries.

        http://www.ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/trending/50000-more-workers-needed

        So why do people ALWAYS look to manufacturing – a sector that’s been declining globally for half a century – as the golden goose?

        • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1

          1) Manufacturing is not declining globally – people are buying as much stuff as ever. Of course the issue is China, and other low cost manufacturers, whom corporates have outsourced our work to.

          2) We may need another 50,000 workers in primary industries but we already have 150,000 unemployed. And primary industry revenues per worker, and pay per worker, only ranges from poor to middling.

          3) People look at manufacturing (and these days it has to be about elaborately transformed high tech manufacturing) as the “golden goose” because in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s it was the route to take to vastly increase a nation’s living standards.

          • john 15.1.1.1.1

            CV says “Manufacturing is not declining globally ”

            As a share of global GPD, it’s been in significant decline for decades See

            http://motorcitytimes.com/mct/2013/06/paul-krugmans-model-economy-millions-trudging-to-their-factory-jobs-lunch-boxe-in-tow/worldmfg-2/

            Even in the 60s, 70, and 80s, it was in decline globally as a percentage of jobs and gdp.

            As I said earlier, it used to take over 300 man hours to manufacture a car. It can now be done in less than 30.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Of course its been in decline as a % of GDP – but why is that the measure that is most important?

              A nation cannot just consume; it must produce. Or it will be at the mercy of foreign powers.

              One of the sectors which has had the most massive growth globally is banking and finance – but playing electronic numbers games is never going to be sustainable. The financial sector is a parasite sucking in and hoarding capital from every other sector of the economy.

              • john

                CV asks “Of course its been in decline as a % of GDP – but why is that the measure that is most important?”

                It is important, because –

                • Around 90% of jobs are NOT in manufacturing. This number is growing and has been for 50 years
                • Only around 10% of jobs ARE in manufacturing. This number is declining and has been for 50 years.

                If you want to do something significant with jobs, you look at the sectors that are growing.

                If you don’t want to make much of a difference, you look to a tiny sector that has been in decline for half a century.

                With only 10% of jobs, looking primarily to manufacturing for jobs, would be like having a anti speeding campaign, but only for cars with number plates that end in 7.

                • Colonial Viper

                  john, why are you so afraid of manufacturing?

                  Why are you so afraid of us becoming less dependent on foreign supply?

                  Why do you want to passively sit back and let manufacturing in NZ die?

                  What’s in it for you to be making these arguments?

                • McFlock

                  what a load of shite.

                  one could equally argue that if we want to find 200,000 more jobs for folk, we should concentrate on the sector that has been allowed to stagnate in job numbers while the rest of the economy has thrived.

                  Only an idiot thinks the only solution is to copy the already successful. A smart person takes a look at the poor performers and sees if they can be improved by somesimple mechanism, rather than consigning them to the dustbin of history.

                  It’s as true of managing employees as it is of managing an economy: the real success comes from figuring out how to do something well that others do poorly. Not trying to beat established success stories at their own game.

                  • john

                    McFlock says “Not trying to beat established success stories at their own game.”

                    You just shot down you own argument in flames.

                    Most countries in the world can manufacture more successfully than we can.

                    They are ALL closer to the major markets than we are.

                    Not even our MOST successful manufacturers, like F&P appliances, F&P healthcare, Methven etc, could not survive staying in NZ.

                    Repeat – not even our BEST manufacturers can survive here.

                    Only a fool would look to a tiny sector that is getting smaller and smaller and has been for 50 years, in a country that’s further from the markets than any other, as the golden goose of job creation.

                    Especially when we need 50,000 workers in IT now, and 50,000 in primary industries over the next few years.

                    Take the blinkers off.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      You’re all missing the essential point: International trade is dying. This is the natural result of all countries learning to do mass manufacturing cheaply and using their own resources. The other point, of course, is that jobs are dying out due to everyone being able to manufacture cheaply and without people. The economics of empire have reached their end.

                      We have to start envisioning our post work society. If we don’t what we’ll have a few very, very rich people and everyone else in poverty and we all know that ends.

                    • McFlock

                      Repeat – not even our BEST manufacturers can survive here.

                      And each of them wanted to stay, but the high dollar fucked us. And the dollar is high because of the RBA and government policy.

                      We manufacture damned well, with a good workforce. We just can’t sell shit even in our own country because this fucking regime makes imports cheaper by virtue of the fact that every time the economy starts to perk up and people get jobs, interest rates are raised as another gift to the banks.

                      We’re basically subsidising finance-sector profits with the jobs of workers.

                • felix

                  Around 90% of jobs are NOT in manufacturing. This number is growing and has been for 50 years
                  Only around 10% of jobs ARE in manufacturing. This number is declining and has been for 50 years.

                  I love it. Like it’s some sort of natural process. :roll:

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    It is a natural process. As productivity increases the percentage of the workforce needed in a sector decreases. The only thing that would keep it high would be exports but even the developing nations are now starting to catch up in industry with the developed nations and as that happens the market we can export to decreases. The end result is very little trade and a lot of people out of work.

        • geoff 15.1.1.2

          Eventually technology will make almost every job redundant. There might be a temporary bubble in I.T or in primary industries but that’s only until they can off shore that work or automate it.

          Why do you think almost every ‘recovery’ in every western economy is being described as a jobless recovery?

          So when there are no jobs left to do, what do you do, John?

          • Bluey 15.1.1.2.1

            Mostly you come and write comments on your blog of choice when there are no jobs.
            Until your savings run out, then who knows. I guess you have to learn how to catch a fish.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.2.1.1

              Too bad your local stream is only good for catching cow shit and fertiliser.

              • Bluey

                That’s true, but I tend to live near the ocean. You give me an idea though to capture the shit and grow mushrooms on the river banks.

              • john

                We can now fish in local streams that in the 70s were black from toxic waster from factories and stunk from the raw sewerage that was pumped into them.

                The Waikato River used to have a fecal count 1000% more fecal matter than it has today.

                Not everything is doom and gloom.

                • Bluey

                  There were some like that downstream of Horotiu in the old Affco days down your way, but mostly you could drink from streams and enjoy it.
                  It is not better now. I have spent three months travelling around NZ recently with a German and she is absolutely horrified at the filth in this country. I felt ashamed. Even the West Coast of the SI, no bird noise except for the keas in Arthurs pass.

          • john 15.1.1.2.2

            But New Zealand’s recovery now has 166,000 new jobs since the recession. (Dec 09 2,152,000 jobs, rising to 2,318,000 in the latest quarter).

            USA now has it’s lowest unemployment since 2008.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.2.2.1

              Now you’re just talking bullshit political talking points. Who is paying you to do this?

              USA now has it’s lowest unemployment since 2008.

              Can you also tell me when the last time the US workforce participation rate was this low?

              • Colonial Viper

                (for those who don’t understand, the US pretends that their unemployment is falling simply by not counting unemployed people. Clever eh. Eg if you are classed as a “discouraged worker” who has given up looking for a job, you fall out of the workforce participation statistics and are not counted as unemployed.

                In fact in the USA, you can have a 1 hr a week job being paid $2.50/hr and not be counted as unemployed.

                Some days if you simply wear a nice shirt, they’ll stop counting you as unemployed)

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.2.2.2

              But New Zealand’s recovery now has 166,000 new jobs since the recession. (Dec 09 2,152,000 jobs, rising to 2,318,000 in the latest quarter).

              So…how much has NZ’s population increased by in those 4 years? Did it increase by more than those 166,000 new jobs?

              Edit…oh would you look at that. Appears to me that population growth over the last 4 years is approximately 200,000. That means we’ve actually gone backwards in job numbers, relative to population.

              My friend John, it seems like you weren’t being completely honest in your statistical representations.

              • john

                Jobs have to be created by the economy. Just because one person arrives at Auckland Airport, doesn’t mean there is automatically one job created.

                The other thing you’re getting wrong is only half the population works.

                • Colonial Viper

                  That’s what I’m saying. Our population is growing faster than the number of jobs being created. Does that sound like much of a “recovery” to you? It doesn’t to me. At best the economy is treading water.

                  • john

                    CV says “Our population is growing faster than the number of jobs being created.”

                    Only half the population works. Jobs only need to increase at half the population increase.

                    And they’re growing significantly faster than that.

                    Do you not get tired of ALWAYS trying to find the most extreme negative position on every subject?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      I get tired of reading the same lame groundless bullshit from right wing gimps year after year after year, as though they operate as some kind of Borg, only with less imagination. A grey blancmange of grey blended parrots twittering grey blended dribble.

                      We need better wingnuts.

            • geoff 15.1.1.2.2.3

              You’ve just dodged the main part of my comment, john.
              Looks like you’re only here to play a game, where’s your intellectual honesty?

              I’ll ask again, what do you do when technology makes every job redundant?

              • john

                That will never happen.

                We have more technology doing more work than ever in the history of man.

                And we have more jobs than we’ve ever had before.

                Time to leave this vortex of infinite negativity.

                • geoff

                  Why is that an infinitely negative situation for you, john?

                  Can you not imagine your life without a job?

                  I suppose for some their job helps fill that empty feeling inside and distracts them from that persistent suspicion that they’re not a human at all but rather a very boring robot.

                  Are you a very boring robot, john?

            • Tracey 15.1.1.2.2.4

              How many lost since 2008?

              As for GDP percentages… 28% of GDP is financial services. Nothing to get you a lil nervous about there aye John.

              • john

                Not really.

                For Statistics NZ, the finance sector includes insurance and business services.

                So anything that is not farming, manufacturing, transport, accommodation or government, gets put in business services.

                So the finance sector includes –

                • investment and superannuation
                • vets
                • architects
                • engineers
                • all types of insurance including health insurance
                • every rented commercial building in the country
                • the mortgage on every house in the country.
                • scientists
                • hire companies
                • real estate
                • rental properties
                • accountants
                • software and computer companies
                • management services
                • employment services
                • travel companies
                • cleaning companies
                • agriculture service companies
                • advertising
                • the legal sector
                • and even pest control.
    • miravox 15.2

      “it is lunacy to look towards manufacturing as a big future solution to jobs.”

      Tell that to Germany, if you like

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel was once asked by then-British prime minister Tony Blair what the secret of her country’s impressive success was. She famously replied, “Mr Blair, we still make things.” In Germany, manufacturing still dominates finance, not the other way around, as Germany has continued to emphasize manufacturing and exports over the financial industry.

      • john 15.2.1

        Germany has the advantage of being in the dead centre of a market that’s hundreds of times bigger than ours, and their transport costs are a tiny fraction of ours.

        Even with those advantages we will never compete on, their manufacturing sector has still plummeted from 30% of GDP to around 20%.

        • miravox 15.2.1.1

          Plummeted? Certainly it lost markets in the GFC, but plummeting is a weird word for the 2nd largest exporter of goods in the world. It’s also rebounding in industrial production since the peak of the 2008 GFC.

          http://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/en/economy/main-content-06/strong-economic-hub-in-the-global-market.html

          Around one euro in four is earned from exports and more than every fifth job depends directly or indirectly on foreign trade. Having been “export world champion” six times in a row between 2003 and 2008, in 2009, with exports worth US$ 1,121 billion, around one third of the gross national income, Germany was the second biggest exporter of goods worldwide after China (US$ 1,202 billion). Germany’s share of total world trade is around nine percent.

          I agree about the transport problems for NZ – all the more reason to focus on innovation in SMEs to prouduce for a stable internal market, rather than having international corps ripping off our stuff in a race to the bottom.

          • john 15.2.1.1.1

            So when the numbers for manufacturing are proven to have dropped significantly as a portion of Germany’s GDP, you use figures for all exports and pretend that it’s the same and just the manufacturing sector.

            That’s like including dairy, meat, wood, fish, wool, etc, in our export figures to pretend that manufacturing is booming here.

            • Colonial Viper 15.2.1.1.1.1

              John, you’re not interested in building this nation up, just tearing it down, why are you being such a disloyal prick, is it on behalf of the 0.1%?

              • john

                If you want jobs, you can look to sectors like IT that need 50,000 workers NOW, or primary industries who need 50,000 workers over the next few years.

                Manufacturing has been shrinking globally for 50 years. Manufacturing has been sheding jobs globally for 50 years.

                You’d have to be really stupid to think the answer to the employment issues of NZ (pretty much the worst country in the world to set up manufacturing) lie in manufacturing.

                If you really believe that, then give me a call – I’ve got a really good investment in Nigeria that you’ll love

                • Colonial Viper

                  john. Why are you afraid of manufacturing? Why are you so willing to abandon one of our largest export earning sectors?

                  IT doesn’t need another 50,000 workers. Where are the 50,000 job ads, my good man? Sadly, your lies and exaggerations hide a mischievous intent.

                  The answer to NZ’s employment issues is to stop the march toward neoliberalism, to abandon the TPPA, shrink the financial sector, halve the payments going to foreign owners, and to become more self reliant as a nation.

                  Why don’t you understand that john? Why do you believe that it is in your interests to weaken our nation and its independence?

                  I ask you again, and don’t keep running like a coward – why are you being such a disloyal prick? Are you even a New Zealander? If so, why don’t you fight for the 99% instead of for the 0.1%?

            • miravox 15.2.1.1.1.2

              And you provide nothing…

              Did you look at the link? It’s the quote was about the Germany economy’s export of industrial product.

              Maybe a comaractive picture of manufacturing output (not exports) will help. Note the trend – if German manufactuing is a reducing a contributor to GDP, it’s not because manufacturing has ‘plummeted’.

    • Tracey 15.3

      unlike your party/s which look to oil and coal mining. Solid Energy anyone??? Small job numbers in the oil and gas and coal industries…

  16. Bluey 16

    Wow, only half the population works. And the rest does what?

    • john 16.1

      The rest of the population are babies, children, students (around 30% of the population).

      The other 20% are retired people, home makers, and beneficiaries.

      Hence NZ population is 4.5m with 2.3m working.

  17. Bluey 17

    What is the definition of working though?

  18. fdx 18

    I always considered Farrar more of a codpiece than a mouthpiece.

  19. srylands 19

    This obsession with Farrar is worrying. Also of course manufacturing employment will decline – it is a sign of a prosperous and successful economy. Look at Australia.

    On that note, could you please ban me from The Standard permanently? I know I should be able to rely on self-control but my morbid fascination with the stupidity here keeps me coming back. However, I now know it is futile to change the collective mind set here. So for my own good please ban me. If you need an excuse let me know and I can post a bunch of stuff that I know is trivial, but for some reason presses all your buttons. However hopefully that won’t be necessary.

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      The problem with your mind is that it’s set in stone and continues to believe the fallacies that it was taught.

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    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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