web analytics

New blog – Anton Oliver

Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, July 24th, 2013 - 46 comments
Categories: blogs, Conservation, sustainability - Tags: ,

Check out this post by former All Black Captain Anton Oliver on the blog over at New Zealand Story.

THE GUTTING OF THE RMA … THE HEART OF KIWI VALUES: BY ANTON OLIVER

During my professional playing days as an All Black I was fortunate to travel extensively around the world. The more I got to see, the greater my appreciation of how beautiful and unique New Zealand was, and how fortunate I was to call it my home. …

In 1991, when the Resource Management Act (RMA) was passed, it was a means of providing at least some environmental and social integrity to development and planning processes. It gave all New Zealanders – not just those wealthy enough to afford lawyers – a chance to be heard and most significantly it facilitated decentralised decision making: local decisions made by local people.

It protected our environment and our economy based on the premise of sustainable resource management. And what’s more, it was politically robust, in that it received the blessing of both major parties and the people they represented.

The RMA was a ground-breaking statute when introduced. Being an insecure lot, we Kiwis duly basked in the global adulation heaped upon us for our foresight in setting such a statute in place.

Now, the RMA has become the subject of much derision. To many of us, it represents bureaucracy, inefficiency, pen-pushing do-gooders and paper shufflers who engage us in an excessively long and costly process that gets in the way of us doing stuff.

Overwhelming apathy and misunderstanding of what the RMA is trying to do is deeply worrying, at a time when the Government is fundamentally changing this law that has protected so much of what we love and hold dear about our country.

The Government has floated its wholesale changes to the RMA on the premise that the Act is “is a bureaucratic and costly nightmare”, it hinders economic development and gives the environment too much weight – none of which National has, or can, back up with evidence. In fact, the hard evidence, from Adams’ own Ministry for the Environment, points to quite the contrary: of 36,154 resource consent applications in 2010-11 only 0.56% were declined; 95% were processed on time; and only 1% were appealed. And if the environment is “given too much weight”, why are environmental standards falling? …

New Zealanders’ general apathy, lack of awareness or understanding of the core purpose of the Act has enabled the Government to sell you a lemon whilst benefiting a few big industry supporters. I implore you to think about what sort of New Zealand you want to live in, and what sort of New Zealand you want your kids to inherit. It isn’t too late to act – you can make your views known by writing to Environment Minister Adams or Prime Minister John Key, as well as visiting your local MP.

Anton Oliver is a former All Blacks captain, environmentalist and ambassador for Water Conservation Orders: www.outstandingrivers.org.nz.

Go read the full post.

46 comments on “New blog – Anton Oliver”

  1. Tim 1

    ” …… might be worth following”
    I’d give that a definite yes. A no BS, non-BS Artist sort of guy who seems to be able to recognise Emperors without clobber.

    Time to step up others!

    • r0b 1.1

      The quoted text is no longer in the post after I did a quick edit – oops! – but still applies, might be worth following….

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Straight clear message with the facts. Much appreciated.

  3. Matthew Hooton 3

    “The RMA was a ground-breaking statute when introduced. Being an insecure lot, we Kiwis duly basked in the global adulation heaped upon us for our foresight in setting such a statute in place.”

    I was 19 and working in parliament in 1991 when the then National-led Government passed the RMA. I do not recall the “global adulation” that Anton Oliver refers to.

    Does anyone have any sources for the “global adulation”?

    • muzza 3.1

      Hooton run along little agent!

      Oliver at least has some credibility, as a professional, and with his post, and seems to associate with being a Kiwi.

      Not something you relate to , is it, which is why you ended up with your mouth over the glory hole, at age 19!

    • chrissy 3.2

      Hooton
      Go suck a lemon.

    • karol 3.3

      You perhaps weren’t looking in the right direction?

      NATURE, SOCIETY, AND STATE: An Antipodean Perspective by Pyar Ali Memon, p209

      New Zealand’s Resource Management Act of 1991 (henceforth the
      Resource Management Act, or the Act) has received considerable international acclaim as an environmental statute.

      Centre for Environmental Law Volume 5 2001 Articles

      Integrated Resource Management in New Zealand
      – Ulrich Klein

      New Zealand’s Resource Management Act 1991 (“RMA”) has been praised as one of the world’s most progressive pieces of environmental legislation. Along with its guiding purpose, the Act’s holistic approach has attracted considerable attention. This paper explores “Integrated Resource Management” (“IRM”) in New Zealand, focusing on policy, plan and rule-making under the RMA.

    • tricledrown 3.4

      Hooton is worried an articulate intelligent well respected all round nice guy is getting the message across!

    • Yes 3.5

      Wikipedia has a great write up of the introduction of the format by labour and carried on by national. Dual party support..a great passage of parliament on an important Act.

      Problem: 1991 was the year the All Blacks lost the World Cup and the NZ Music Awards were not held – there is no global adulation that year in 1991

      I checked Wikipedia on 1991 world circuit and there is no global adulation report for the RMA.

      Dow Jones hit record highs

      Soviet Union splits up big time – Communism falls over

      So we are just absolutely clear – Anton has been living where in NZ lately – oh Toulon – isnt that just up from Opotiki

      • Colonial Viper 3.5.1

        Anton could live on Mars, and with his heart where it is he’d still be more of a NZer than most of the fakes in Wellington.

      • karol 3.5.2

        From the links I provided, I think the RMA was greatly admired from those fairly expert in the field of such legislation.

        It probably didn’t get the X Factor kind of, MSM-dross adulation, but it does sound like, internationally, it was seen as ground breaking legislation.

        As Anton is majorly into environmental issues, he probably was very aware of the adulation it got internationally from some people.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.5.3

        Soviet Union splits up big time – Communism falls over

        Well, the USSR did split but it wasn’t communism that fell over – it was state capitalism.

    • felix 3.6

      Who gives a damn what Matthew remembers? His fellow Hollowman John Key can’t remember the Springbok tour FFS.

    • ScottGN 3.7

      You jumped on this pretty quick. Which must mean that like a good little Tory spin-meister you’re trying to dampen down a potential conflagration?

    • lurgee 3.8

      ‘I do not recall the “global adulation” that Anton Oliver refers to.’

      There’s this thing called irony, Matthew, and I hope to God you were deploying it in your own post.

    • Mary 3.9

      Don’t those quotes from John Key just show what a complete and utter hypocrite he is? I particularly like this one – reminds me of what this government did in the carers case removing the the right to merely test whether the new rules around assistance for caring for adult disabled children breaches s 19 of NZBORA, and when all there was at stake was no more than a declaration:

      “There are times when we have to stand up for our rights, and the rights of our neighbours and friends, and indeed the rights of people we totally disagree with, or else these rights will begin to erode away. And this, I say to you, is one of those times. Because this bill is an assault on what it means to be a New Zealander, and this bill is an abuse of the trust we have in the government to protect the institutions that make us proud to call this country home.”

      Guess it’s our fault for not standing up for our rights.

  4. muzza 4

    Good to see some high profile names getting stuck in, using simple information, and nailing some facts to it.

    NZ need more of these high profiles standing up, because much as the messenger should not matter over the content, the reality is, that it does matter, and if the content is sound, brilliant!

    • Saarbo 4.1

      Yes, will be interesting to see what the National Party strategists do about this. Anton Oliver has the the type of profile to gain some really useful exposure for this issue. Hooten understands this hence the reason he’s not mucking around in trying to discredit him.

  5. Molly 5

    Was disillusioned with Anton Oliver’s stance over the Project Hayes windfarm, down south.

    Will be interesting to see what he is saying a few years down the track.

    • karol 5.1

      Yes. As I recall, he was a bit of a NIMBY about it.

      • weka 5.1.1

        I’d be a nimby about it too. If people in the North Island want more power, then they can make decisions about their own land bases about how to generate it. If I had to choose between having less electricity or another dam on the Clutha or a windfarm on the Lammerlaws, I’d be completely ok with having less electricity. Before accusations of nimbyism get thrown around, please ask why so much more power is needed, and what is being lost. Also consider that the people that opposed the windfarm were locals who stood up and engage in the democratic process. That should be applauded.

        • felix 5.1.1.1

          Agree about asking why so much is needed, and also about engaging in the democratic process.

          Having said that, I’m totally ok with the windfarm in my backyard, and all of the nimbyists who objected to it can get fucked. None of them had any problem ruining my beautiful surroundings with their clifftop mansions, but as soon as something impacts on their multi million dollar view it’s the end of the world.

          • Molly 5.1.1.1.1

            We had the same result with a Meridian planned windfarm in Awhitu, Auckland which visually impacted on very few properties but took advantage of those west coast winds. One reason given for objection, the sight and sound would scare the horses. I was hoping that they would make a proposal to go into the sea, those oil and gas rebates that Simon Bridges is currently handing out would go a long way to subsidising such schemes.

            As for Project Hayes, I believe, the proposal needed to be weighed up with our collective responsibility towards climate change, as well as our local environmental and aesthetic concerns. I understand that the end result was not a reduced windfarm, but a complete lack.

            (@felix: Yep, I would also put my hand up for one in my backyard – is that a new acronym? YPIMBY)

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.2

          If people in the North Island want more power, then they can make decisions about their own land bases about how to generate it.

          1.) Building wind farms on land isn’t the best idea. Much better to build them out to sea.
          2.) Communities work by cross-subsidising.
          3.) Wind is something that takes to cross-subsidising really well. Build multiple wind farms around the country connected via smart grid and the whole country gets good, reliable power.

          Build them only locally and so that they only supply locally and the local power supply will be inherently intermittent.

          Also consider that the people that opposed the windfarm were locals who stood up and engage in the democratic process. That should be applauded.

          Democracy isn’t a few people whinging about their back yard but the entire community discussing what’s best for the community.

    • weka 5.2

      The other guy said this “There will, one day, be new hydro projects on the Clutha.”. Which means pro-development. Wind farms for local power production in a powering down or even steady-state economy are one thing, large scale wind farms intended to supply power to people far away, in a society that doesn’t understand the meaning of finite and shits in its own nest, are just encouraging different kinds of pollution. Windfarms with that kind of mentality do fuck all for mitigating climate change or peak oil.

      • Colonial Viper 5.2.1

        The South Island already has plenty of power. Once we succeed, its the North Island which is screwed.

  6. Sable 6

    Probably make more of an impact than Shearer. New candidate for Labour leader, maybe?

  7. newsense 7

    purposeful, urgent and some might say a little eloquent even!

    Leadership in defence of some of the NZ values we haven’t heard a lot about recently.

  8. Sanctuary 8

    Now that site looks damned good.

  9. What is Oliver’s business interests?

    • lprent 9.1

      Wikipedia is your friend – perhaps you should read it as a first baby step…
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Oliver

      • Brett Dale 9.1.1

        wow he went to Oxford, hats off to the guy!

        • McFlock 9.1.1.1

          Kronfeld and Wilson are no brain slouches, either.

          Very interesting period for the Highlanders – and not just because we were winning 🙂

          • Winston Smith 9.1.1.1.1

            Glory days because there wasn’t full professionalism so Otago Uni had more pulling power where as now young rugby players go straight into academies….

            I don’t think its improved NZ rugby

            • vto 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Professional rugby has turned it into something like a church where all the participants churned out speak the same, look the same, promote the same, follow the mantra, succumb to the brainwash.

              Top rugby players today get around like some sort of cult. No veering from the plan allowed. Comply or be dammed.

              I always wonder if another Lomu or similar came along, you know an absolute star, and proceeded to refuse to play ball with the cult’s rules but nailed the rugby completely and utterly, would he still make it into the AB’s? Or would their religious order determine such a player blasphemous and toss him onto the pyre?

  10. Te Reo Putake 10

    Oi, Yes. You’re banned for being a dullard. Why don’t you do one.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/keeping-it-in-the-family-commission/#comment-667103

  11. logie97 11

    Anyone hear Mr Deaker on The Panel this afternoon (referring to the security bill) – but to the opposition in general. I paraphrase – … this Labour voice of opposition is pathetic and if Shearer cannot start articulating some meaningful leadership in the proud tradition of the Anti Apartheid/Nuclear/Vietnam/Manapouri movements, perhaps he should step aside and let someone else who can …

  12. Rodel 12

    I have always associated Anton Oliver with the word ‘integrity’, something that tories don’t seem to know about.

  13. unicus 13

    What neo-libs hate most of all is protection of any “right ” allowing contra interests to influence “their” economy -to a modest degree the RMA does that . Although most decisions are simply rubber stamped in favour of the applicant – communitys and individuals affected by crap development get a say – for developers and the neo-lib swine who support them even that is to much .

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Lack of any real funding in predator free proposal
    Predator Free New Zealand is a laudable idea but the Government has not committed any real money into killing New Zealand’s pests, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.  “The $28 million earmarked for this project is just to set up ...
    7 hours ago
  • Andrew Little Speech to LGNZ Conference
    Thank you for having me here today. Local Government New Zealand’s work of advocating for New Zealand’s 78 local councils is critical as we upgrade New Zealand’s economy, and make sure it’s delivering for all our people. Whether in Auckland, ...
    7 hours ago
  • John Key must sack out-of-depth Trade Minister
    The Prime Minister must sack Todd McClay for failing to do his job as Trade Minister and be on top of a significant potential threat to some of our biggest exporters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Todd McClay is clearly ...
    8 hours ago
  • 45,000 Kiwis sent back to their GPs
    Last year nearly 45,000 Kiwis were sent back to their GPs without getting to see specialists they were referred to, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “This is a shocking figure and underlines how far the cut of $1.7 billion ...
    12 hours ago
  • Half a million smells like pure cronyism
    The National/ACT Government’s decision to pump hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars into a new lobby group to advocate for charter schools shows just how much of a failure their ideological experiment has become, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. ...
    12 hours ago
  • Select committee changes Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary Bill
    Photo by Tom Hitchon Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Committee has made many changes to the Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary Bill in response to public submissions, particularly submissions from iwi authorities and Te Ohu Kaimoana.   Read the amended Bill and the ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    2 days ago
  • Housing map a hit as crisis spreads across NZ
    More than 55,000 New Zealanders have used Labour’s interactive housing map in its first week to see how the housing crisis is affecting their local community, Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Our innovative map shows the housing crisis is ...
    4 days ago
  • Bridges must come clean about fraud within transport
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money have gone missing and  the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges must come clean after the Labour party revealed that a senior manager is being investigated for serious fraud, says Labour’s Transport Spokesperson ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour supports Spencer victory
    Labour congratulates Margaret Spencer for her tireless efforts in challenging the Government over family carer rights, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Annette King. ...
    4 days ago
  • US Warship visit welcomed by Labour
    Labour sees the United States warship visit as a red letter day for New Zealand’s non-nuclear status, which is core to our identity and has defined us a nation for 30 years, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Annette King. ...
    4 days ago
  • Time for honest dairy sector conversation
    ...
    4 days ago
  • What next? Dog kennels?
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett needs to explain why the Government thinks it is acceptable for it to refer families to live in garages and sheds, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This is a new low, just when you ...
    4 days ago
  • Banks bust a move, Government possum in the headlights
    Three of the big four banks have acted responsibly by bringing the shutters down on property speculators earlier than required by the Reserve Bank, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It’s a shame the Government isn’t as motivated to act ...
    4 days ago
  • Latest OECD dairy forecast raises serious questions for economy
    The latest global dairy price forecast shows that New Zealand dairy farmers will not reach a break-even payout before 2019 at the earliest, and will not reach the dairy price factored into this year’s Budget until after 2025, Labour’s Finance spokesperson ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s reckless, out of touch approach to economy exposed
    Today’s economic assessment from the Reserve Bank highlights the danger to the New Zealand economy from a National government that is recklessly complacent in the face of a housing crisis and a struggling export sector, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. ...
    5 days ago
  • GP’s visits get more expensive
      Visiting the GP is set to become more expensive after the Government ignored warnings that people were not receiving access to affordable  healthcare, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “Over 400,000 New Zealanders who should be able to access ...
    6 days ago
  • Farm prices bear brunt of dairy downturn
    The slump in dairy prices that has seen farm prices drop to their lowest level since 2012 and down a third from their peak in 2014 will be of concern to farmers, banks and our overall financial stability, Labour’s Finance ...
    6 days ago
  • Reserve Bank “gets on with it”, National carries on in denial
    The proposal by the Reserve Bank to tighten loan to value ratios for investors shows they are prepared to do their bit to crack down on speculators, while National is still stuck in denial mode, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. ...
    7 days ago
  • Housing crisis holds up interest rate cuts
    The housing crisis that National still wants to deny is stifling the New Zealand economy, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The latest Consumers Price Index shows that all prices excluding housing and household utilities decreased 0.5 per cent – ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing crisis holds up interest rate cuts
    The housing crisis that National still wants to deny is stifling the New Zealand economy, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The latest Consumers Price Index shows that all prices excluding housing and household utilities decreased 0.5 per cent – ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt’s state house sell-off ramping up
    Government plans to ramp up the state house sell-off by selling another 1000 houses in 2016/17 will mean more families in need missing out, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New figures show the Government plans to sell 1000 ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt’s state house sell-off ramping up
    Government plans to ramp up the state house sell-off by selling another 1000 houses in 2016/17 will mean more families in need missing out, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New figures show the Government plans to sell 1000 ...
    1 week ago
  • National must reassure exporters on dumping case
        The National Government needs to show our key exporters that they are in control of any anti-dumping case against China before it damages some of our most important industries, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.     ...
    1 week ago
  • National must reassure exporters on dumping case
        The National Government needs to show our key exporters that they are in control of any anti-dumping case against China before it damages some of our most important industries, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.     ...
    1 week ago
  • Papers describe litany of incredulity
    Treasury documents which slate the Government’s plans for a national bowel screening programme confirm the proposal was nothing more than a political stunt to cover up underfunding of the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette Kings says.  The papers were ...
    1 week ago
  • Effect of rampant house prices widens
    The latest house price figures from REINZ show the housing crisis expanding throughout the country, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “We are seeing steep increases in median house prices in Central Otago Lakes – up 42.4% in the last ...
    1 week ago
  • Public invited to have say on homelessness
    People who are homeless, those who were once homeless, those working with the homeless and concerned New Zealanders are being asked to share their experiences and solutions to this growing issue with the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry. This inquiry was launched ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sorry seems to be the hardest word
    An apology from Hekia Parata to the people of Christchurch is long overdue, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. "As if the earthquakes weren't traumatic enough, Hekia Parata and the Ministry of Education then attacked the one thing that had ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis affecting more than 98 per cent of NZ
    Labour’s new housing map shows the housing crisis is now affecting more than 98 per cent of New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Housing pressures have seen house prices rise faster than wages in all but four ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Uber might not be a taxi firm but it must pay tax
    Uber needs to explain how it paid only $9000 in tax when it earned $1m in revenue and is one of the fastest growing companies in the country, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Uber New Zealand appears to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax changes should have been made 3 years ago
    National could have avoided the international stain on our reputation from the Panama Papers if it had let IRD’s planned review of foreign trusts go ahead three years ago, instead of now belatedly acting because of the Shewan recommendations, says ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must stop state house sell-off
    The Government must immediately pull the plug on its planned sell-off of state houses in order to stop the housing crisis getting any worse, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “While Paula Bennett is putting people into transit camps in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Thoughts on Labour’s new housing policies
    The Labour Party launched its package of ideas to fix the housing crisis over the weekend. Their ideas match ours in many ways. This is good news, because it means that when we change the government we’ll be ready to ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 weeks ago
  • Thoughts on Labour’s new housing policies
    The Labour Party launched its package of ideas to fix the housing crisis over the weekend. Their ideas match ours in many ways. This is good news, because it means that when we change the government we’ll be ready to ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 weeks ago
  • Thoughts on Labour’s new housing policies
    The Labour Party launched its package of ideas to fix the housing crisis over the weekend. Their ideas match ours in many ways. This is good news, because it means that when we change the government we’ll be ready to ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis drives household debt to record levels
    The Finance Minister must be woken from his slumber by Westpac’s report today that says house prices have largely driven household debt to record levels and are rising at a pace faster than other developed economies, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson ...
    2 weeks ago
  • English denies dividend decision made – Joyce should delete his account
    National must explain who is right in the Housing NZ dividend debacle, after Bill English said no decision had been made on a payment for the next two years, in direct contrast to Steven Joyce, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Pressure forces Govt to make policy on the hoof
    Steven Joyce’s surprise announcement that Housing NZ will no longer be used as a cash cow has forced the Finance Minister to make one of National’s biggest ever U-turns, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “After years of insisting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10-fold more affordable houses under Labour
    New data showing homeownership rates continue to fall and more Kiwis than ever rent, highlights why Labour’s plan to build 10 times more affordable housing in Auckland is so desperately needed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Labour’s Affordable Housing ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of excuses, Brownlee resorts to scare tactics
    Gerry Brownlee’s ridiculous suggestion that Labour would nationalise Christchurch’s east frame shows National has resorted to scare tactics to hide its failure to build desperately needed affordable houses in our city, Labour's Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods says. “Plans put in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National all at sea in face of Labour’s housing plan
    Labour’s comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis has left National Ministers flailing about, contradicting themselves and simply making things up, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Steven Joyce has said in one breath that Labour’s plan represents a minor tweak ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s comprehensive plan to tackle housing crisis
    The next Labour Government has a comprehensive plan to tackle the housing crisis by building affordable houses and cracking down on speculators, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “The housing crisis is out of control and National has proven ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing NZ to look after people, not profits
    Labour will change Housing NZ from a corporation to a public service and use the dividends it formerly paid into the Crown coffers to maintain and build more state houses, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Housing NZ should ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government breaks rent subsidies promise
    National has broken a promise to subsidise the rent of 3000 low-income New Zealanders to make up for its state house sell-off, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “When John Key announced last year the Government would sell-off 8000 state ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Banks the latest to voice concerns over housing
    The Reserve Bank has revealed banks are becoming “more and more concerned” about the effects of the housing crisis, adding yet another weighty voice to the calls for action from the Government, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Reserve ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New official figures show DHB’s financial strife
    New figures from the Ministry of Health show 12 out of 20 district health boards have not been fully funded this year to cope with the aging population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.“The Ministry’s own figures to the Health ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Reserve Bank pleas for action from Government
    The Reserve Bank has stopped asking and is now pleading with the Government to take urgent action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Deputy Governor Grant Spencer is clearly deeply concerned about the housing crisis. The ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Labour to house 5100 more homeless a year
    There would be 1400 new emergency accommodation places – enough to put a roof over the heads of 5100 homeless people a year – under Labour’s emergency housing policy announced today, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Too many of our ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Chilcot Report shows Labour was right on Iraq
    The Chilcot Report released today shows John Key was wrong to call New Zealand “MIA” over the 2003 war in Iraq and Labour made the right decision not to send troops, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “At the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Bigger class sizes on the way under National
    Hekia Parata’s refusal to rule out bigger class sizes as a result of her new bulk funding regime speaks volumes about the real agenda behind her proposed changes, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Hekia Parata has proposed that schools ...
    3 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere