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Saving our future

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, October 27th, 2011 - 76 comments
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Labour’s savings policy is taking care of future generations by making KiwiSaver universal and compulsory for all wage and salary earners, by re-starting contributions to the New Zealand Super Fund, and by gradually increasing the age of eligibility for New Zealand Super from 65 to 67 over a 22 year period.

Labour is taking the decisions that are right for tomorrow, rather than the easy option today. Once again Labour has to take the hard decisions to look after future generations. National’s “tax and spend” gibe is looking very hollow, as capital gains tax broadens the base and the savings policy guarantees the futre.

And the sky is not going to fall in tomorrow. No change for the next nine years and transitional assistance for those who need it. I was 51 when the National government raised the age from 60 to 65 over a nine year period. I started saving and also stayed working till I was 69. The world will change but we need to fund the future.

Most other countries with the pension age set at 65 are gradually raising it: Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and most EU countries are in the process of doing. Berlusconi’s government has just been forced into doing it and will have a much sharper adjustment. Not only that, Labour’s policy is part of a package – an increase in the minimum wage to $15 and industry standards for wage bargaining which will protect wages.

Key’s “Not while I’m Prime Minister” puts him into the Muldoon camp of National Party leaders. Another trimmer with no vision. Labour and Goff are looking far-sighted, as well as doing the right thing.

76 comments on “Saving our future”

  1. Jenny 1

    Despite the dawning of the true awfulness of this government for many people, Labour tries desperately to lose this election.

    Sectarian to a fault, Labour has long been desirous of ruling alone, or not at all.

    As several political commentators have written during the past year, “Labour is sleep walking to defeat in 2011″.

    Or as Labour Party supporter and political commentator Chris Trotter much more pointedly put it.
    “Labour would rather keep control of the losing side, than lose control of the winning side”.

    A regressive policy announcement at this crucial period, signals that Labour does not want to be in the position to form a government at this time, and as such, represents a deliberate poke in the eye of their potential coalition support partner, the Greens, who again will be locked out of government policy making for the foreseeable future.

    (I wonder if the Greens were even consulted about this Labour Party bombshell?)

    There can be little doubt that the next National government will be so awful that Labour will be returned in a landslide and therefore will be able to continue their lockout of the Greens.

    As Trotter and others have revealed with their comments, this has been Labour’s strategy for some time.

    When finally, it begins to look like National and it’s right wing flanker parties won’t have the numbers, vs Labour and it’s left flanking parties.

    Labour has to release this clunker of a policy, to sabotage any chance of a left leaning Labour led government.

    • Zetetic 1.1

      I was worried about this until I saw they’re making allowance for people who actually need to retire at 65. For the rest of us, I think we can create more human welfare by investing that money in kids and the environment than giving handouts to healthy and capable 65 and 66 year olds.

      I’m not sure in what world you think political parties inform other parties or the likes of Chris Trotter about their policies before they launch them, but it must be an weird one.

      • Jenny 1.1.1

        Z. It would be common courtesy towards a potential ally.

        However as this policy is actually an open attack on the possibility of a left coalition, it has to be by it’s nature preemptive.

        And further to my original, it is not just an attack on the Greens but a slap in the face of all Labour’s potential coalition partners. As TV3 commented last night, New Zealand First in particular would have difficulty working in coalition with Labour with this policy in place.

        Even the Maori Party wouldn’t be able to stomach this.

    • Carol 1.2

      Or as Labour Party supporter and political commentator Chris Trotter much more pointedly put it.
      “Labour would rather keep control of the losing side, than lose control of the winning side”.

      Hmmm, well now Trotter has just done an about turn, praised Labour’s strategy, and said he is “eating crow”.

      http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2011/10/eating-crow.html

      By holding back their announcements on Superannuation and Kiwisaver until the campaign got underway, they have succeeded in inflicting maximum damage on the Government. Key can offer nothing substantial in return. Like a hapless Marmluk warrior he can brandish his rhetorical scimitar and fire-off the occasional (largely ineffectual) round from his ornate musket – and that’s about it.

  2. Jared 2

    “Labour was not considering raising the retirement age.

    “We think that we can avoid that alternative through the mechanisms that we’ve put in place in the past, that the Government has stopped funding, which is the Cullen Fund, and through a policy that’s not a one-off sale of state assets but one that will raise tax revenue on an ongoing basis.”
    ” NZHerald July 2011

    Flipflop much?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Jared.

      Grasping a third rail issue for the future of NZ is frakin bravery is what it is.

      • Jenny 2.1.1

        ……frakin bravery is what it is.

        Colonial Viper

        Bereft of ideas on how to deal with the impending economic collapse, outside the tired old neo-liberal ideas, rather than look to their left for ideas on the way forward, Labour is to frightened of heading a left leaning coalition bent on a collision course with the lightly taxed financiers and other powerful deregulated corporates. Rather than being bold and grasping this nettle, Labour chooses to join with National in imposing austerity on the rest of us.

        “frakin bravery”? Hardly.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Jenny.

          If you really believe that there is going to be an “impending economic (and energy) collapse” then whatever super age we set will be irrelevant.

          Fighting for the age to stay 65 will not mean anything because no one is going to have the opportunity to retire.

          • Jenny 2.1.1.1.1

            Fighting for the age to stay 65 will not mean anything because no one is going to have the opportunity to retire.

            Colonial Viper

            I expected weak and illogical excuses for this policy. In an age of mass unemployment, economic and climate collapse, CV you are right, working people will not have the opportunity to retire, they will be just left to starve.

            What has to be done is to tax the privileged to spread the pain more evenly. Despite their “Frakin bravery” Labour is to frightened to take the powerful financiers and economic wreckers on.

            And as such, this policy signals Labour’s direction, in dealing with the coming crisis.

    • queenstfarmer 2.2

      It’s worse than that:

      Just a few days ago Newstalk ZB asked David Cunliffe if the party would raise the retirement age. He put a finger to his head indicating it would be political suicide.

      The fact that Labour’s finance spokesman would give that response only a few days ago suggests this is a pretty naked attempt by Labour to create a fig-leaf for its unfunded spending promises, such as borrowing for tax cuts.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        Finger to the head means that the answer was in Cunliffe’s head, silly.

        • Tigger 2.2.1.1

          Misdirection. What else could he do in that spot.

          Also, if we’re talking hand gestures let’s chat throat slitting…or three way handshakes…

  3. Lanthanide 3

    What I want to know is whether Labour will make employer contributions to Kiwisaver taxed like National is planning to.

    I’m also a bit dubious about making Kiwisaver compulsory while also increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour – it’s going to hit a lot of businesses quite hard in the pocketbooks.

    • tsmithfield 3.1

      Lanth, I think you should cash in your ipredict position while you have a chance after hearing this policy from Labour today.

  4. tsmithfield 4

    Michael Littlewood from Auckland Uni’s retirement research centre, talking to Larry Williams, absolutely ridicules just about every aspect of Labour’s plan.

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Worth listening to. I think National will have fun with this.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      One of Michael Littlewood’s criticisms is that National is likely to have a knee jerk reaction against even having the very important conversation of changing retirement age.

      And that is exactly what the immature Mr Key and National have done.

      BTW Littlewood’s criticism that the Cullen Fund has lost a billion dollars for New Zealanders? Bullshit.

  5. lefty 5

    So Labour wants to make it compulsory for me to give some of my pay to a bunch of financial sector crooks to gamble with or steal. Lets not pretend that won’t happen because it will – the capitalist swine can’t help themselves.
    Putting up the pension age is the opposite of what they should be doing at a time when youth unemployment is soaring and not looking any better. Also many workers can’t afford Kiwisaver and the minimum would have to go a lot higher than $15 an hour before they could. And what about those on benefits or in part time work, which is a substantial chunk of the population. Talk about trying to cement in inequality.
    I don’t know where you get the idea that people want to keep working to 67 – a lot of us, particularly Maori, Pasifika and manual workers won’t even live that long – but thats ok for up themselves liberal social democrats in their cushy jobs who try to convince us they care about the working class.
    What a staggering lack of imagination and demonstration of economic illiteracy.
    Until now I have believed that workers were slightly better off under Labour than National apart from the rogernomics era.
    Now I don’t think so.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      So Labour wants to make it compulsory for me to give some of my pay to a bunch of financial sector crooks to gamble with or steal. Lets not pretend that won’t happen because it will – the capitalist swine can’t help themselves.

      You got a point here.

      Unless every dollar is invested back in NZ enterprise, its likely to be gradually and insidiously thieved transaction by transaction by the likes of Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon and JP Morgan Chase.

    • ianmac 5.2

      If you were unable to work at say 59 you would not be eligible for Super but still entitled to a benefit of some sort. Just as it is now. I retired at 61 but my wife was still working I needed no benefit but would have had one if I had I needed it.
      So Super at any particular age is not quite black and white. Some of the myths need to be discussed. Even Bill English believes there should be discussion on the future problems.

      • lefty 5.2.1

        The biggest myth is that we can’t afford super at the present age or younger. According to right wing economic models we can’t of course. But according to those models we can’t afford health care, education, decent wages or anything other than a long life of miserable wage slavery unless we are one of the chosen rich.
        Its all about priorities and Labour seems to be putting the interests of the financial sector before all else again.

    • QoT 5.3

      So Labour wants to make it compulsory for me to give some of my pay to a bunch of financial sector crooks to gamble with or steal.

      Abso-fucking-lutely, lefty.

      I get that people need to save. I get that Kiwis are pretty bad at this.

      But some angry little part of me really, really resents fuckin’ baby boomers who got free varsity education, or didn’t need a varsity education to get a good career, who got cheap houses at low interest rates, who could raise a family on a single income and then decided investment property was the way to go after other/overlapping members of their generation fucked everyone’s faith in other investments, and thus in a multitude of ways made it so fucking hard for people my age to save and buy a house and service a mortgage, now want to say “Naughty children, you have to save for your retirement instead of paying down your mortgage / paying off the debt you accrued because your parents raised you in a value-free consumerist society!”

      • Lanthanide 5.3.1

        All of the baby boomers who have bought up property as a form of savings are going to be selling down their assets at the same time. Housing is going to become a buyers market in 10-15 years time.

    • millsy 5.4

      Spot on ‘lefty’.

      New Zealand has the lowest rate of senior poverty in the OECD. In countries such as the USA, you have 80 and 90 year olds having to work at low wage jobs flipping burgers, etc, or begging on the streets. Most of them because the pensions they had spent their working lives putting money into were gambled away by Gordon Gekko types – do we really want to go down that road? And raising the age is the thin edge of the wedge. What next? indexing it to prices? Like benefits? Means testing?, so people end up having to sell just about everything they own so they can get a subsistence payment? And believe me it will be a subsistence payment — about the same level as the dole.

      To sweeten the deal there is supposedly a ‘transitional payment’. What is going to be the critieria for this? And whats going to happen to those in limbo, those who were found themselves unemployed in their late 50′s, early 60′s and cannot get a job? Hard luck?

      As for cumplosory KiwiSaver. Fuck that. KiwiSaver is a dog. It’s a good idea, but the way its being carried out is a dog. Most KS funds are privately owned, and if the Gordon Gekko wannabe hasant gambled it away, he would have taken half of it in fees.

      Labour deserve another 3 years in opposition for this alone.

      As I said before, the only people who want the age of super raised are those who a) have a cushy retirement plan stashed away somewhere, and b) those who have spent all their working life in an office, sitting on their ass, eating chocolate.

      • Colonial Viper 5.4.1

        Labour deserve another 3 years in opposition for this alone.

        nah, don’t worry about it, current global financial trends will make all of this quite irrelevant. And Labour is still going to be the superior government, for when it hits the fan, by far.

        • Tigger 5.4.1.1

          CV is right (as usual). I’m reading a lot of spoiled kid whining here. Yep, we’re in shot. Yep, we can point finger. And yep, none of that matters if we do nothing.

          True leaders make hard decisions. Proud of Labour for making this one.

          • TightyRighty 5.4.1.1.1

            it’s the first sensible policy from labour so far. I just wish it would come in sooner, push the age out further and be faster about reaching it’s ceiling. but it wouldn’t be politically viable to do it that way. still something is better than nothing and good on them for making it an issue. Just got to see if they actually have the “balls” to see it through should they get the chance.

  6. Brooklyn 6

    Cunning plan? Shed 2% to Winston (maybe get it back in the centre for looking “fiscally responsible”), hey presto coalition partner whose a bottom line is…

    Even if so I’m relieved someone had the balls to point out this goddamn elephant

    Key’s response was his typical smart arse bullshit: “make the pensioners pay for your spending plans, we’ve costed the pension at 65″ (for the next 3 years maybe) never mind that this is an issue for as long as we insist on living longer (which JK seems to be setting about addressing). Everyone who will buy it already has mate.

    • Zetetic 6.1

      too cunning.

      look at epsom. National put up Banks’ biographer and the guy is explicitly not asking for people to vote for him. That’s as sophisticated as these inter-party dealings get.

      No way Labour would do this if their polling showed it was a vote loser. Let alone that it would cost them 40,000 votes and they would have to hope they went to Winston.

      I don’t know what NRT was smoking when he came up with that. But it was the most naive, I’ve-been-reading-to-much-fantasy-fiction shit I’ve seen in ages.

  7. tsmithfield 7

    What I can’t believe is how Labour is kicking its own constituency in the guts with this. Low income workers won’t be getting wage rises if employers have to put 7% into a Kiwisaver fund for them. Employers will simply discount the 7% from any wage increase so workers will be worse off for their working lives.

    Also, Labour has absolutely no basis for criticising National for broken promises after trying to scare the electorate that National was going to put the retirement age up last time, and Goff’s recent claim that there was no need to put the age up.

    • ianmac 7.1

      I thought that we needed to save more, as they do in Australia, UK, USA? A gradual increment of the saving plan is not as TS suggests a sudden 7% cut. He is just trying to scare the horses.

      • tsmithfield 7.1.1

        The fact that its an incremental increase won’t change the fact that employers account for it in wage negotiations. Why wouldn’t they? They will just account for it incrementally, thats all.

        Anyway, according to Michael Littlewood, in the audio link I gave above, there is no evidence that compulsory schemes increase overall savings, even in Australia. You should listen to that link. It is quite interesting.

        • queenstfarmer 7.1.1.1

          No need to argue this point – Labour has already conceded it (on page 3 of their policy):

          We recognise that the 0.5 per cent annual increase in the employer contribution could be taken into account as part of wage negotiations.

        • Crashcart 7.1.1.2

          Sorry TS but a lot of middle to low income people aren’t getting pay rises at the moment with our without this contribution increase. For instance in my work we have not had a pay rise for the last 3 years and have been told don’t expect one for another 3 at least. Yet the management just got a nice big one. We don’t have the ability to unionise to do anything about it either. With the job market the way it is you can’t just jump ship else where and I actually do my job more for the enjoyment than the money.

    • queenstfarmer 7.2

      Yep. Strange call by Labour, because in general people who support limiting entitlements tend not to support Labour. It will, ironically, go down much better with those who do support responsible limits on entitlement spending, even though many of them are no doubt frustrated by Key’s silly position on the status quo.

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        Panic in RIghty Ranks lol

        • TightyRighty 7.2.1.1

          you can’t actually conceptualize the fact that someone may like a particular policy without liking the proponent of it or their other policies can you?

          you are the reason the average nat voter is of higher intelligence than the average labour voter

  8. A slap in the face for workers. Labour is doing National’s work for it as the Fourth Labour Govt did. Who cares what other countries are doing, this is just a race to the bottom and NZ is in danger of coming first.
    Workers have increased their productivity many fold over the last century and more. Their share of income relatively to employers has decreased over the same period. A Labour Govt that stood for workers would tell them that they are not ‘entitled’ to a declining share of the income their productivity. It would say they are the wealth producers and their reward for these lifetimes of work would be a right (not entitlement) to retire at 60 years with a living pension funded by compulsory super with employers contributing equally and not at the expense of wage cuts.
    At the same time it would put a real not farcical CGT on speculators of 100% of unimproved value to stop rent rorting NZs finite land base. A Hone Heke tax would reel in the financial parasites. Kiwi bank would soon take on the role of a state bank and the Aussie banks would go home. Re-nationalising state assets would see their profits accrue to the state not private corporates. The income from all these activities would pay for a UBI and decent health, education, housing and retirement. This “Labour” Party is a travesty of the meaning of ‘labour’.

    • Jenny 8.1

      …. compulsory super with employers contributing equally and not at the expense of wage cuts.
      At the same time it would put a real not farcical CGT on speculators of 100% of unimproved value to stop rent rorting NZs finite land base. A Hone Heke tax would reel in the financial parasites. Kiwi bank would soon take on the role of a state bank and the Aussie banks would go home. Re-nationalising state assets would see their profits accrue to the state not private corporates. The income from all these activities would pay for a UBI and decent health, education, housing and retirement.

      dave brown

      According to CV, Labour are to “frakin” brave to support any of these sensible policies that you have put up here Dave.

      (I am still not sure if CV was just being ironic or not.)

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Guys, relax. By 2020 when this 2mth per year shift starts occurring, it won’t.

        Peak debt and peak oil will make sure of that.

        BTW I fully support Dave’s ideas, and from a democratic socialist perspective.

  9. Craig Glen Eden 9

    More crap from RWNJs, National has no plan, mean while thousands leave for a real brighter future in Aussie.
    When are National going to come clean about what they are going to cut because we all know, even treasury knows they cant balance the books without huge cuts so what’s it going to be Benefits, Working for families, childcare, Healthcare , Education something has got to give. National cant keep borrowing it has to stop.

    • queenstfarmer 9.1

      Yes, and it has set out a detailed plan for balancing the books (another Christchurch type event excluded, of course). Labour insisted that this plan would be discredited in the PREFU. It wasn’t.

      Labour on the other hand has already pledged billions of unfunded promises, including borrowing to pay for tax cuts.

      • r0b 9.1.1

        including borrowing to pay for tax cuts.

        Say queen – where did you get your irony bypass? The surgeon did a really nice job!

        • queenstfarmer 9.1.1.1

          Ironic because… you think that I supported some other party doing the same thing? I have done no such thing. All spending should be properly funded (with the perpetual exclusion of emergencies, like Christchurch). All parties must be fiscally responsible, more so in a weakened global situation.

          This election, it appears that the gap will be particularly stark, given Labour’s huge unfunded spending promises in a very weakened global economy.

      • lprent 9.1.2

        Bullshit. The figures from treasury for growth are complete crap. Apart from a few fools in the media (John Armstrong for instance), you’d be hard put to find anyone in business who thinks that NZ can get up to a sustained 3-4% growth in the next 5 years. Over the next two years we’re going to be lucky to get to not go backwards. That awareness is especially the case for exporters who are looking at the euro zone going down the toilet, the employment figures and political instability in the US, and the difficulties in the growth for China.

        I guess that you could be one of those moronic fools yourself without any understanding of the world markets. Or just another pathetic John Key wannabe believer in the big lie.

        Once you remove that plank in the ‘plan’, it just looks like a wishlist by the desperate.

        • queenstfarmer 9.1.2.1

          Bullshit. The figures from treasury for growth are complete crap

          I don’t claim to know the accuracy of them. What I do know is that numerous people were predicting that the PREFU would expose National’s promises, and result in an immediate credit downgrade. That didn’t happen (although I would not be so reckless as Key to claim it won’t yet; the rating agencies are clearly in a bearish mood on sovereign debt and I think chances are we will pop up on someone’s computer screen before too long).

          That awareness is especially the case for exporters who are looking at the euro zone going down the toilet, the employment figures and political instability in the US, and the difficulties in the growth for China.

          Again, I don’t think anyone really knows where this is all headed. But if that is your pick, then Labour’s plans to hit these same businesses with massive cost increases at the same time seems particularly unwise. As does borrowing for tax cuts.

          • lprent 9.1.2.1.1

            What I do know is that numerous people were predicting that the PREFU would expose National’s promises, and result in an immediate credit downgrade.

            I only ever saw a few people saying that, and I can’t recall anyone that I notice economic opinion from saying it. I suspect that you’re indulging in the big lie again, or a bit of a fictional licence to inflate your story (ie bullshitting)

            What I did see was people speculating on what the forthcoming review by Moodies would do bearing in mind that we’d had downgrades from the two previous reviews.

            Perhaps you should read on the actual procedures of credit rating agencies and what they are looking for. But suffice it to say that they seldom do rating changes in haste and I can’t remember them ever doing it on the basis of a projection by a interested party (and treasury have every reason in the world to present the best viewpoint).

            I haven’t read Moodies opinion apart from a precis. But that essentially was not a endorsement of the government’s policies. It essentially said that the government was not actively harming the security of money invested in them. I think that would have been about equal the worst report that Cullen ever got from them … Of course that was when we were pulling out of the asian economic crisis in the very early 00′s.

            But if that is your pick, then Labour’s plans to hit these same businesses with massive cost increases at the same time seems particularly unwise.

            The PREFU was completed a couple of months ago (usually about the end of July I think) before many of these things came to a head. Like the political idiocy in the US, and the dithering in the EU. Quite simply politicians and civil servants work on the basis of the information actually available and do not tend to have the faster information networks (like sales information) and reactions of export businesses.

            But what I just said was that exporters are likely to have a tough time for a few years. But of course governments don’t work on that time scale. They literally should be thinking over decades (something that National appears to not do – just look at their tax policies after the last election). Labour is doing exactly what is required and thinking over the longer time frame.

            You are a bit foolish looking at government as if it was something you seriously measure in quarterly statements and forward projections.

      • Crashcart 9.1.3

        I trust a lot fo what you say QST. I try to keep myself niformed of what is going on. I don’t however remember ever hearing any part of a detailed plan other than selling assets and cutting public service.

        Either

        a) That is all national has and it is the same shit they have been pedling for a hell of a long time,

        or

        b) they are doing a hell of a poor job communicating what that plan is to the general public because they are so heavily investing in brand Key.

        Both seem pretty bad to me. And have to agree with Rob on the irony of complaining about Labour borrowing for tax cuts after the last tax swindle National pulled. That doesn’t excuse the stupidity of the idea. Just ironic.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.4

        I don’t claim to know the accuracy of them.

        Sure. just above you claimed that

        (National) has set out a detailed plan for balancing the books

        So either it has or it hasn’t and you say that it has. Don’t try and back away from that now will you.

        Remember we all have scroll buttons which we can use to read what you wrote just before.

        • queenstfarmer 9.1.4.1

          Just because I say that a party has set out a plan, does not mean that I also claim it is accurate and will succeed. I think all parties have plans – I certainly don’t think they will all be accurate (or possibly even based on accurate information).

          You seem to have no trouble reading my comments, and adding forceful and insightful comments, but sometimes you seem to misattribute words to me.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.4.1.1

            So you claim that National has detailed plans in order to make a point, but in the next breath you go on to say that you have no idea if the plans are accurate and worth the paper that they are written on.

            Thanks.

            • queenstfarmer 9.1.4.1.1.1

              That is a reasonable assessment. I also consider other things to determine what credibility to give them, such as what facts & assumptions the plans are based on, how far into the future they attempt project, other expert analyses / reactions, track records of the parties, etc.

              What do you do?

  10. Sookie 10

    While I agree that the retirement age has to be raised and it should be sooner than 2033, I deeply distrust Kiwisaver (run by dodgy ass money men) and I’m not interested in doing anything for my retirement until my hideous 90′s accrued student loan is paid off, which won’t be until I’m 40. Half of my accursed loan is compound interest, is it any wonder that I hate the Nats? A lot of people my age who have come back from overseas will be in the same boat, plus they’ll have kids and houses in Auckland and other expensive stuff. There’s no point in forcing people to save when they actually can’t.

  11. Descendant Of Smith 11

    I don’t get the priority over raising the NZS age when removing the inclusion of underage partners could be done much more quickly and easily.

    If increasing the age means less people retire and create less space for younger ones to work the savings will only be the difference between the benefit and the NZS rate for many so I would guess savings would be underestimated.

    The baby boomers will be mainly dead in the next twenty years anyway so I also don’t get why income and asset testing is off the agenda – many of that generation keep going on about how everyone should provide for themselves so why shouldn’t they put their own money where their mouth is – including their welfare trusts and their rental properties.

    I see little point in that wealth simply transferring to the next generation when the current one could be living off it.

    Labour have still done nothing about increasing benefit rates anyway so still don’t have my vote.

    • Zetetic 11.1

      The baby boom ended in the mid-60s. they’ll still be with us in large numbers well into the middle of the century. The cost of superannuation as a share of GDP will go from less than 5% to more than 6% in 2050 – more if you don’t believe Treasury’s growth forecasts. Everything else gets squeezed.

      That’s hundreds of billions of dollars more going to old people, many of whom are fit and healthy. 40% of 65-66 year olds are working right now. More money to those people who don’t need it means less for kids, less for education, less for health, less for overseas aid … the list goes on.

  12. tsmithfield 12

    There seem to be a lot of leftie trolls on this thread. :smile:

    [lprent: We get them. They also pick up bans periodically. But they do seem to heed warnings from moderators a lot more ummm willingly. We seldom get repeat offenders because they either work within the limitations or they bugger off. ]

  13. Lanthanide 13

    We keep hearing about all these 65 year olds who are going to be taking up jobs that 20-somethings could be doing.

    I’m curious, what sort of jobs are 65 year olds doing that 20 year olds would be sufficiently skilled to do, or want to do?

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Stacking shelves, waiting tables, driving buses, cleaning offices.

      • Lanthanide 13.1.1

        Gosh how aspirational the right are: Please don’t force all these 65 year old to keep waiting tables and stacking shelves, we need them to retire so they can give these plum jobs to our youth!

        I thought we were supposed to become a high-tech knowledge economy?

    • Jum 13.2

      Lanthanide,

      Where are you coming from – a personal viewpoint because you might be having to work a couple more years?

      More importantly, why do you think these ’65 year olds who are going to be taking up jobs that 20-somethings could be doing.’ are going to be taking up anything; they are more likely to be in extremely good jobs whereby they could be mentoring the 20 year olds.

      • Descendant Of Smith 13.2.1

        I know 8 people in my immediate area who are aged between 65 and 71 who are all in jobs paying more than $50,000 per year. They all have savings and all but one rental properties.

        There are 8 jobs that could be done by younger people and seven of the eight don’t actually need their NZS to live comfortably.

        One has it taxed at 100% because as they say it’s needed to go towards their tax bill.

    • lprent 13.3

      The competition for burger flipping will be intense…..

      • Colonial Viper 13.3.1

        Already is.

        The local BK can fill its $13/hr crew spots almost instantly, usually with <30 year olds but occasionally with older workers.

        But the $14/hr shift manager positions are the ones which are really sought after. Its not unknown to find quite “senior” experienced workers in cut throat competition for those ‘lucrative’ roles.

    • lefty 13.4

      65 year olds and over are in almost every type of unskilled job you can think of. I know I am a union organiser who deals with them every day.

  14. Afewknowthetruth 14

    From the NZ Herald:

    ‘Labour leader Phil Goff officially launched his party’s election campaign today by saying the KiwiSaver change “for all workers” would take effect from 2014.

    Employee contributions remain at two per cent, “because we know families are finding it hard to make ends meet right now, let alone save”.

    However, employer contributions would increase by 0.5 per cent a year from three per cent in 2014 to seven per cent by 2022.’

    This announcement is a clear indication that Phil Goff is away with the fairies and that Labour as a party have completely lost the plot.

    1. The International Energy Agency admitted a year ago that global oil extraction peaked over 2005/2006. Desperate attempts to prop up the energy system via deep-water drilling, fracking etc. are likely to fall short by the end of 2012 and will cause untold environmental damage wherever that are applied.

    2. If we suppose that sufficient oil to maintain present economic arrangemnts could be be delivered to market between now and 2022 (more or less a complete impossibility), continued operation of the present fossil-fuel-based system will completely wreck the global environment in a matter of a decade.

    That’s what LWNJs of Labour describe as ‘Saving our future’.

    • Zetetic 14.1

      you’re pro lifting the retirement age though, clearly.

      • Colonial Viper 14.1.1

        The retirement age is going to lift anyways.

        30% of the population is going back to farming.

        • Lanthanide 14.1.1.1

          Well, I doubt that.

          We have much better science, better methods, better crops and stock etc. Even in an energy curtailed future, there will still be mechanised machinery used on farms because it’s one of the biggest bangs you can get for your buck of fuel and will be rationed that way if required. I’ve also seen various initiatives where farms are able to grow bio-fuels on-site, sufficient to sustain their own operations, using fast-growing hardy plants such as hemp and gorse.

          I do seriously worry about the prospects of sustained 30-40%+ unemployment. Society will have to be radically reformed to cope with that sort of burden.

          • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1.1

            It takes a hundred ha. to create enough biomatter to create the biofuels needed to farm just a few ha. of farm land. The math in terms of EROEI is not great.

            The US military is going to get priority allocations of fuel, not civilian farms in NZ.

            We have much better science, better methods, better crops and stock etc. Even in an energy curtailed future, there will still be mechanised machinery used on farms

            Where, in an energy curtailed future, are spare parts for those machines going to be made and shipped from?

            What better crops and animals do we have which don’t rely on high energy inputs in the form of urea and phosphates?

            I agree that all will not be lost, NZ will simply fall back to a 1940′s, 1950′s level of energy use, albeit with some high tech twists.

            • Lanthanide 14.1.1.1.1.1

              “What better crops and animals do we have which don’t rely on high energy inputs in the form of urea and phosphates?”

              Putting hundreds of people to ‘work’ on a farm isn’t going to improve output, either.

  15. Jum 15

    Word has it from a very ‘in the know’ source some time back that Key intended to leave once he had secured a second term for National, under the very promise he had made to resign if the pension age was increased, knowing damned well that English would raise it, because that is what Key and English had pre-arranged.

    Please don’t insult my intelligence by telling me The Hollow Men aren’t capable of that sort of machiavellian thinking; I won’t believe ‘you’.

    Dave Brown has the extra piece of the puzzle in that there should be a transaction tax (whatever it is called) on financial fiddlings/speculations/whatever.

    It also interests me that so many other countries of left and right already have raised ages for pensions. We are constantly hearing about older people of 70s being the new 50s because of good living habits and more physical lifestyles.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      Key came out a couple of months ago saying that if he won this election, he would stay on as PM and campaign again in 2014 for a third term.

      Of course he would say that, but the fact that he did come out and publicly say it is still worth noting.

      • Ari 15.1.1

        That’s just another promise he has to break though, and from his track record I don’t see that being a problem.

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  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
    In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
    Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
    The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
    The draft decision by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Tukituki Catchment proposal represents a significant win for freshwater management and the urgency of a transition to environmentally sustainable agriculture in New Zealand, says Fish & Game NZ....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
    Today is a very sad day for ACC, as news of the passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse has become public knowledge....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
    Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
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