web analytics

Overseas investment must show real gains

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, March 12th, 2012 - 36 comments
Categories: david shearer, farming, overseas investment - Tags:

David Shearer’s private member’s Bill on foreign investment is pure common sense: unless foreign ownership actually adds something substantial to the economy that cannot be supplied by local owners then all foreign investment brings is higher land prices, locking out Kiwis from ownership. Overseas buyers must bring something real to the table.

A good first policy. Now, it’s down to the luck of the ballot.

Oh and, by the way, if this Bill does get drawn then the vote will come down to Peter Dunne, again. That hairpiece is going to have the final say on any legislation where the Maori Party votes with the Opposition. Bet Labour’s wishing they had put more effort into winning Ohariu now.

36 comments on “Overseas investment must show real gains”

  1. Not sure if this policy is naive idealism or deliberately designed to stop most foreign purchases – if the latter it’s a major change from the Clark government policy.

    I’d like to see expert opinion on likely rammifications before judging the merits or otherwise.

    Shearer’s law would close door on most foreign buys

    “United Future’s Peter Dunne said there was no point in commenting unless the bill was drawn in the ballot.”

    Not much point in spending time on every ballot bill when most won’t be drawn.

    [is that ‘expert opinion’ whatever your hair-god thinks? Eddie]

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      “Not sure if this policy is naive idealism or deliberately designed to stop most foreign purchases”

      No, it’s just taking what the court has already decided in the Crafar case and putting it into law. That’s it.

      The court said that the OIO did not apply the act correctly because they didn’t show that Pengxin would create more jobs or exports than NZ buyers would. This members bill makes that specific requirement much clearer.

    • No Eddie, I’m just not inclined to jump on the populist bandwagon without giving it due consideration.

      From what has initially been said it would be a major shift in practice. Presumably Key’s National and Clark’s Labour had justifiable reasons for past practice so this move needs more substantial justification than a press release and a blog post.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1

        Seems to me as if it should have always been that way. If FDI doesn’t bring anything to NZ that we didn’t already have here then it’s essentially useless and just a drain on our economy. I’m pretty sure that very little to no FDI will pass such a test as we already have the necessary resources.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.2

        Presumably Key’s National and Clark’s Labour had justifiable reasons for past practice so this move needs more substantial justification than a press release and a blog post.

        “Presumably” they “had justifiable reasons”???

        Why would you presume that? Have you seen those reasons? If not, it seems to me that their policies have no firmer grounding that this newer one.

        And why would you presume that the necessity of economic sovereignty in an age of resource depletion wouldn’t trump previous policy anyway?

    • This sort of opinion might help the decision-making.

      Dear Labour. Please revise and re-submit Shearer’s desired Overseas Investment Act changes; Sunday’s rush job doesn’t look good

      In the rush to get this Bill written before Shearer appeared on Q&A on Sunday, you managed to indicate that you would repeal all environmental, heritage, conservation and walking access requirements on foreign landowners for Ministers when making their decisions.

      Now I know you didn’t mean to do this – you told me so this morning – but if you’re going to go on national television and announce you’re presenting a member’s Bill to change one of this country’s laws, then I for one would be hoping you’ve given it serious consideration, had a few people look over it, and had another look at the actual legislation to figure out what you’ll be repealing.

      So unless you’d like the Bill to remain as it is (and you’ve told me there are a few things you’ve got wrong), I’d expect you to withdraw the Bill in its present state and do a proper job of it. Either that or this was just a giant publicity stunt.

      Kind regards,

      Alex Tarrant

      I doubt this is Shearer’s fault, apart from him depending on people to do sufficient homework.

      • And a Green Party view.

        If Shearer had wanted to look competent on this, he could have just said Labour would be adopting Russel Norman’s Overseas Investment (Restriction on Foreign Ownership of Land) Amendment Bill. After all, Labour adopted plenty of other Green policies in the lead-up to the last election.

        But instead, he puts forward a Bill that doesn’t seem to me to do any more to clarify the law than Justice Miller’s judgment has already done, and is appallingly drafted to boot. This really looks like a stunt to try to make it look as though Labour is actually doing something on an issue they have belatedly discovered there may be some political capital in, and on which the Green have taken the lead, often opposed by Labour, over many years.

        “A good first policy.” I think it’s worth waiting to see what else comes out on this.

  2. That’s hairesy, Eddie.

  3. The Chairman 3

    Shearer said “Kiwis are overwhelmingly opposed to the sale of prime rural land, like the Crafar farms, to overseas investors. We are listening to them and are prepared to act in their best interests.”

    Yesterday he revealed a new member’s bill to limit the discretion of ministers to consent to overseas buyers.

    However, it simply takes the current legislation and applies Justice Miller’s recent interpretation over the top of it. Effectively, doing nothing new. So much for ‘listening’ to his supporters and acting in their best interest.

    Whereas, the Greens have put forward their own bill which would stop the sale of sensitive land.

    This is the second time round and Labour are still failing to listen. If Labour keep up this failure to listen and constructively act, the Greens will take what’s left of their support base.

    • Hanswurst 3.1

      I don’t quite see why you equate being proactive with one’s own ideas on what legislation should look like with “listening”.

      • The Chairman 3.1.1

        If he was genuinely listening, one would expect his new bill to reflect what the people wanted.

  4. vto 4

    Ownership of the land on which people live, work and play is fundamental to the health of society. The best owners are those who do the living, working and playing, not foreign absentee landlords.

    This is basic. Why do people not see this?

  5. vto 5

    What on earth is so bloody difficult about restricting ownership of land to those who live here?

    Toughen up and grow up.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Doing so would upset the overseas rich pricks because then they wouldn’t be able to turn us into serfs for their own aggrandizement.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    “David Shearer’s private member’s Bill on foreign investment is pure common sense: unless foreign ownership actually adds something substantial to the economy that cannot be supplied by local owners then all foreign investment brings is higher land prices, locking out Kiwis from ownership..”

    So, even under the Labour’s proposed change, then it is quite likely the Crafer sale would still go to the Chinese, since there was promises to open up the Chinese market etc in a way that a local owner would not have been able to.

    • toad 6.1

      I thought the NZ-China FTA had already opened up the Chinese market, or at least that is what it was sold to us as doing. So how, specifically, would the Pengxin purchase of the Crafar farms do more than the FTA already has, TS?

      • insider 6.1.1

        Access is not the same as opportunity. SP have (according to them) networks into retail chains that they could leverage to provide a market for NZ product, which joe farmer may not have the capacity to access on his own

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1

          If those retail chains wanted to buy NZ, as they said that they do, then they would be willing to work with NZ companies.

          • insider 6.1.1.1.1

            So NZ should only sell to those people who are well informed about us and come looking? Every salesman in the room will roll over and laugh at that one.

            Have you ever considered that not every potential buyer is so fully motivated and that someone with local influence and respect may help smooth the path to raising awareness and facilitating additional sales? SP and its farms would be a NZ company to them, just like all those other ‘NZ’ food exporters like Watties, McCains, Bernard Matthews, Cadbury, etc that provide local food products to overseas markets

            • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1.1

              So NZ should only sell to those people who are well informed about us and come looking? Every salesman in the room will roll over and laugh at that one.

              I agree, the free-market happens to be irrational.

              What you seem to have missed though is that these companies, being well informed, were already looking to buy NZ produce and thus selling out our farms to Chinese owners wasn’t going to change anything. The excuse that selling them would open up the market is just that – an excuse.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.2

        It wouldn’t.

  7. (A different) Nick K 7

    Alternatively a blanket restriction on land ownership (or even just agricultural land ownership) requiring owners to be resident, citizens or headquartered here would be bold and probably very popular.

    I hate to say it but this new policy from Labour is just as wishy washy as the existing rules, the fact that the summary in this article uses ‘something’ twice in the first paragraph shows that it isn’t a clear or strong stand and not significantly different to the existing rules.

    I think that Labour don’t need to rush with drafting new bills until the impact of the high court decision on the Crafar farms sale is seen. Existing OIO rules require a significant benefit to New Zealand but maybe this wasn’t be applied correctly.

    If the OIO comes back having applied the new standard set by the court under the existing rules and it still doesn’t sit right with what the majority of us then we can look at new legislation like this, but I don’t think that if this legislation was drawn out and passed into law before the Crafar farms decision is made the ultimate outcome would be much different.

  8. Blighty 8

    I love Key’s mixed up lines on this:

    a) it’s pretty confusing

    b) it’s just the existing law as defined by the judgment

    c) they don’t really mean it

  9. tsmithfield 9

    So, is it true that Labour could resort to land confiscation as part of their plan to prevent sale to foreigners?

    • toad 9.1

      If you want to gain some cred, TS, linking to Slater does NOT help.

      • tsmithfield 9.1.1

        I wasn’t so concerned about Slater. I was more concerned about what Shearer actually said, which is more of the worry.

      • insider 9.1.2

        The fact remains that in a somewhat confusing exchange, Shearer did say that would be a possible ‘penalty’.

        It was a bit confusing as to, penalty for what? The way I heard it, if the foreign investor promised x jobs say but came up with fewer, that would mean some penalty is needed, which could involve taking back the land. That said, I;m not sure that is what Shearer meant (which some would say is typical of his understanding of issues, but IMO more likely the issue with ill thought out legislation) because if somethng requires and is given OIO approval then the case for jobs has been made. If approval is required but not given, then the transaction cannot have taken place or would be illegal so unwindable.

        He surely can’t be arguing there will be some future after facts review which could result in confiscation? Could he?

        Actually, the fact it was so confusing is probably because he really doesn’t understand the implications of his own flagship policy – which is a scandal in itself.

  10. Kevin 10

    Shearer is riding the populist line with his private members bill, historically Labour have been the big sellers of Kiwi assets and land therefore Shearers bill is an about face and total contradiction of Labours past policies.
    New Zealand needs the cash, foreign cash to come in for development. With careful management we can sell land to foreign nationals with proviso’s built in, not a problem, therefore Davids bill is as Pete George said earlier, naive and idealistic.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      historically Labour have been the big sellers of Kiwi assets and land

      Ah yes you are referring to the First ACT Government led by David Lange. Newsflash: Labour has learnt, National still has not.

      New Zealand needs the cash, foreign cash to come in for development.

      Remind me how selling core strategic economic infrastructure helps this country’s “development”? Because it looks like it is undermining it, if anything.

      NZ has plenty of cash, the govt could increase its tax revenues easily by reversing the income tax cuts they’ve introduced since 2008.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      New Zealand needs the cash, foreign cash to come in for development.

      Nope. Money is, quite literally, nothing. If we want to develop then we must needs do so from the resources that we have. Interestingly enough, as the last three decades have proven, this cannot be done through free-market capitalism.

    • vto 10.3

      Kevin says “New Zealand needs the cash,”

      Ha ha, the greatest swallowed myth of them all – that New Zealand is strapped for capital.

      Ha.

      Has it ever occured to Kevin-types that the reason we may be strapped for capital is because we let foreigners own everything in the first place? Perhaps if we owned everything in these lands ourselves then we would have such capital? Or is that sort of mental exercise too great?

  11. prism 11

    Great cartoon. Simple and effective. (The steaming ordure is useful hot and fresh, for warming the feet of those without gumboots, and cold and dry, can be an aerial weapon in a disagreement or useful for fuel.) – Some backblocks hints for city softies. My next study notes will be on Taranaki gates.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • How to earn ‘good’ returns on your KiwiSaver
    The National Government admitted last week that it will not be taking any responsibility for KiwiSaver funds that invest in cluster bomb, landmine, and nuclear weapons manufacturers. New Zealanders care deeply about whether or not their money is being used ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    1 hour ago
  • Disability sector is in a ‘slow burning crisis’
    Disability advocates say the sector is in crisis and broken, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “A roundtable at Parliament organised by the Labour Party, heard today how National has left disability services chronically underfunded. ...
    20 hours ago
  • NZ fisheries depend on the environment – they should protect it
    The attitude of the fishing industry and the National Government to our oceans, and the life within it, still amazes me. Like many New Zealanders, I find it perplexing that an industry which depends entirely on the long-term health of ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    21 hours ago
  • Bigger is not always better with local government reform
    I have written previously about the overwhelming opposition expressed by local councils and community members to the latest Local Government reforms.  The Select Committee heard more submissions this week, specifically about some of the unintended consequences that may arise from ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    21 hours ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis. “There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis. “There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum ...
    2 days ago
  • Government must review state sector retirement investment
    The State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme has no business investing in companies which manufacture cluster bombs, anti-personnel mines and nuclear weapons, Labour MP and Parliamentarians for Global Action executive member Su’a William Sio says. “I endorse the call made by the ...
    3 days ago
  • Councils shouldn’t rush into Easter Trading
    City and district councils must ensure they don’t rush into trading on Easter Sunday ahead of local body elections next month, Labour’s Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. “This decision must be taken seriously and only after extensive ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister can’t wash hands of illegal KiwiSaver investments
    The Minister responsible for appointing default KiwiSaver providers should take responsibility for ensuring they act legally, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The National Government has now had confirmed what they were told more than a week ago – that ...
    3 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Government railroading Maori Land Bill through
    Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell seems determined to railroad his Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill through despite the large number of submitters in opposition to the bill, says MP Meka Whaitiri, whose Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate contains nearly 30 per cent ...
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “Anne Tolley is seriously ...
    4 days ago
  • Time has come for state apology on abuse
    Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson ...
    4 days ago
  • It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
    New Zealand still needs legislation to ensure adult New Zealanders are not exploited by being taken on as contractors for less than the equivalent of the minimum wage, says Labour list MP David Parker.  “My Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment ...
    4 days ago
  • Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
    Good morning, and thank you for attending today’s Future of Work Seminar here in Wellington. I want to particularly acknowledge Beth Houston who has spent many hours pulling together the programme for today’s event, and to Olivier and the staff ...
    4 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
    The latest National Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot is yet another waste of Parliament’s time and shows the Government’s contempt for the House and the public with much more important issues needing debate, says Labour’s Shadow Leader of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Gun laws creaking under the strain
     Questions have to be asked  after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The lack of resources is ...
    5 days ago
  • Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
    The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Social service agencies report many ...
    5 days ago
  • Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
    National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. “Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates ...
    5 days ago
  • Trade dumping bill could hurt NZ industries
    The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.   I am now reading submissions from NZ Steel, ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
    Just 16,000 – or 8 per cent – of the 209,000 work visas issued last year were for occupations for which there is an identified skills shortage, says Labour Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The overwhelming majority of the record number ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
    The Government should ignore talk across the Tasman about doing away with the labelling of GM free products, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Labelling of genetically modified products was a hard won agreement in 2001 by Australian and the ...
    6 days ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
     The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to free public education as we know it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There is no doubt that ...
    6 days ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
    The fact that more than 300 sections are shamelessly being advertised on Trade Me as land-banking opportunities during a housing crisis shows the need for a crackdown on property speculators, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Of the 328 ...
    6 days ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
    The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
    6 days ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
    The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
    7 days ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
    The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
    1 week ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
    1 week ago
  • Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
    Parliament is currently considering the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which would bring New Zealand up to date with current international rules about maritime security. The debate around the Bill reflects two valid issues: legitimate counter-terrorism measures and the right to ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 weeks ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 weeks ago
  • Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
      Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
    A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government slippery about caption funding
      The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
    The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New ministry should look after all children
    The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Ratification okay but we need action
    Today’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on Climate Change by the end of the year is all well and good but where is the plan, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Government’s failure to plan is planning ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere