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Still waiting for that recovery…

Written By: - Date published: 3:32 pm, August 7th, 2013 - 80 comments
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So the economic data is out and unemployment is up and wages are flat – the lowest rate of wage increase since 2010 (1.7%).  45% of employees didn’t get a pay rise, and the gender pay gap is now up to 13.24%.

Pacific unemployment increased to 16.3% – and the reason the stats overall aren’t worse is the big increase in employment in Canterbury, as the government relies on an earthquake-led recovery.

The number of unemployed is still up 46% since National took office.  That’s 48,000 Kiwis who would rather be working.

Still waiting for that Brighter FutureTM.

80 comments on “Still waiting for that recovery…”

  1. BLiP 1

    Well, its taken a little over five years to become a fixed feature of the New Zealand economy and its going to take a heap of effort to reverse, but John Key must be thoroughly pleased with himself. It wasn’t that long ago John Key was talking about his legacy. I can’t help but feel the most accurate would be something along the lines of: “for he so loved the underclass that he made grew it mightily.” Ashpuhirrational, indeed.

  2. gnomic 2

    Nobody rising to this bait? Perhaps the troll contingent can’t find anything to argue with here. Where is the Hooton when you need him? Hmmm, no, that’s inconceivable. However he ia always popping up on National Radio telling the world how well the NZ economy is doing. The truth is there is no recovery, at best a dead cat bounce. And there isn’t going to be one with fuel at $100 a barrel or whatever the current figure is. And hark! is that the sound of the wheels falling off again as (horror) CHINA SLOWS DOWN!

  3. fabregas4 3

    And the Herald frames it like this –

    “The NZ labour market is showing gradual improvement as unemployment edges up, wage growth stays subdued and more people look for work”.

    And on Q&A on Sunday Mr Tindall of the Warehouse talks about 500 people applying for a job at his Manukau Store – lazy buggers!

    • bad12 3.1

      Yes there’s obviously 1000’s more than 500 unemployed in Auckland, how dare they all not apply for a couple of jobs at the Warehouse…

      • fabregas4 3.1.1

        There was one job. Almost better off staying home and buying your lotto ticket.

  4. McFlock 4

    Building a blighted future…

  5. Richard Down South 5

    That 48000 is on top of how many kiwis who have moved overseas in that time?

  6. KJT 6

    Meanwhile Australia is talking about a recession.

    I.E. Growth rates dropping to about the same as they have been here, under National.

    Funny it is occurring just as Australia is creeping more and more into the neo-liberal paradigm.

    Maybe it is just coincidence? Right!

    • srylands 6.1

      ‘Funny it is occurring just as Australia is creeping more and more into the neo-liberal paradigm.”

      What ?

      It has devoted the last 6 years to undoing the gains of the previous 20 with some stupid policies – reckless spending and regulation – that is the problem.

      • KJT 6.1.1

        Comedy gold.

        After the latest fuckup in NZ due to lack of regulation, oversight and independent verification.?

        To go with the many others.
        leaky homes.
        Rena.
        Pike river.
        Etc Etc.

        While we escaped the worst of the GFC due to Keating’s tight regulation of the Aussie banks and Cullen’s foresight.

        And we see the failure of privatisations in both NZ and Australia.

        Weren’t we just talking about Melbourne’s public transport before and after privatisation.
        A success story, was it?

  7. KJT 7

    Still waiting for that brighter future Douglas promised us, if only we sacrificed our wages, cut taxes, sold everything, and made everything user pays.

    Waiting………….

    Waiting……………………….

    Waiting……………………………………………………………………….

    • srylands 7.1

      You are missing the counter factual – without the changes we would be a mixture of Spain and Samoa.

      We have matching problem – there are severe labour shortages in many areas. Hence the thousands of skilled migrants pouring into the country.

      • tricledrown 7.1.1

        to replace the thousands leaving

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        1) your Spain and Samoa references betray your lack of economic intelligence. We should be tracking along side Australia, as we did for most of the 20th century. They were smart enough not to go feral neo liberal like we did, however.

        2) there’s no “matching problem”, just employers and a government who can’t be fucked developing young Kiwis because they consider our youth as a business cost, not as an investment in the nation’s future.

        • srylands 7.1.2.1

          “We should be tracking along side Australia, as we did for most of the 20th century. They were smart enough not to go feral neo liberal like we did, however.”

          WRONG – Australia did much more than NZ on economic reform for the 25 years 1983 – 2007. Rudd kind of stopped it and Gillard went backwards fiscally and on LM reform, but they were small setbacks viewed over 30 years.

          This what the Economist said in 2003 (quoted by Kerr, R below)

          “[Australia’s] economic success owes much less to recent windfalls than to policies applied over the last 20 years before 2003. Textbook economics and sound management have truly worked wonders.”

          Australia had deeper and further reforms than NZ. The difference is that they did them steadily over 25 years. NZ had two spurts that were relatively short.

          Critically economic rationalism is accepted in Australia. The silly debates that we see in these threads would be laughed at – rightly so. Look at privatisation – a policy that is widely accepted in Australia where share ownership is now widespread. I was totally astounded at the anti privatisation rubbish in NZ when I moved here.

          As Martin Parkinson said (again quoted by Kerr R below)

          “importantly, structural reform is not a one-off – it is a process, not an event. Without continued effort the gains that were made can be eroded over time, particularly given the long lags between reforms and measured productivity improvements.

          Contrast the widespread acceptance in Australia of the importance and benefits of its reform programme with Helen Clark’s silly mantra about ‘the failed policies of the past’. But Australia is at risk, at least in the short term, of throwing away some of the gains. As an Australian colleague emailed me last week:

          … we are doing our best over the other side of the Ditch to close the gap. I think it is called the ‘winner’s curse’ and the government is doing pretty much everything it can to destroy the prize we have received by virtue of our endowments and the surging economies of China and India.”

          http://rogerkerr.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/the-state-of-the-australian-economy/

          We need to catch up with Australia – economically, on the policy front, and on educating the public to be economically literate. We could start by making economics compulsory at school.

          • vto 7.1.2.1.1

            We could start by making the fractional reserve banking Ponzi scheme compulsory at school.

            When you recognise that people are not a tradeable commodity and that current regulations governing wealth distribution in the community are all fucked up then you will be worth listening to.

            Otherwise you come across like an economist who sits at a desk in Wellington all day and there have been people doing that in Wellington since at least 1984. Look where it has got us. Good on ya, keep it up……

          • Paul 7.1.2.1.2

            Ah Roger Kerr is your source…

          • Colonial Viper 7.1.2.1.3

            Shitlands – your version of neoliberal economics is and always has been both a mind poison and a fiction based on falsifiable mathematics.

            Totally discredited and promoted only by those who want to see wealth continue to be driven upwards to the top 1%.

            One other thing: you do not speak for Australia, you little creep.

            • Rosetinted 7.1.2.1.3.1

              Is srylands wealthy then, or just aspirational?

              Keep at ii, Sr.ylands develop your sneer, but remember the put-down line from A Fish called Wanda.
              Jamie Lee Curtis told Kevin Kline he was as simple as a gorilla and he countered ‘But I can’t be, I read Nietzsche. So that proves I’m better than a gorilla. Gorillas don’t read philosophy.’ Jamie says, ‘Yes they do, they just don’t understand it.’ (Replace Nietzsche with Economics and the punchline works.)

              • Colonial Viper

                Srylands is a neoliberal propagandist. His target are the people who have a dangerous mix of guillibility, moderate intelligence, and preference for simplistic models of the world.

                • framu

                  what i love most about the neo-liberal cheerleaders…

                  (well apart from the fact that their theories are so blatantly based on a premise that doesnt work in the real world),

                  …is that their championing of the theoretical, non-alturistic, rational individual completely ignores that for humans to even have the spare time to think up economic theories in the first place, we had to have the evolutionary influence of altruism and community.

                  Cant really invent much when where all chasing our own mammoth

                • Rosetinted

                  CV
                  I guess the three things can describe most of us at some time, but the danger is when they all occur at the same time, when extra cognitive and analytical effort is needed.

            • srylands 7.1.2.1.3.2

              “One other thing: you do not speak for Australia, you little creep.”

              Yes, I do.

              • framu

                are you kevin rudd?

                Keep it up. Every day your comedy routine gets better

              • muzza

                So you are a fairfax media stooge then?

              • Sable

                Srylands I’m an Australian (dual citizen) and no you don’t little man.

                • srylands

                  “rylands (sic) I’m an Australian (dual citizen) and no you don’t little man.”

                  Yes. I do.

              • Murray Olsen

                I know plenty of Australians who disagree with everything you write. I have had the fortune of knowing a couple of libertarian idiots with severe personality disorders who agree with you. They tend to be the sort who think that a men’s urinal is an appropriate place for a political discussion, probably because it’s about the only place their victim won’t run away from them. I apologised for the trickledown on the shoes of the last idiot who tried it.

                Australia does not have the feral neoliberal environment that you love so much, although state Liberal governments are doing their best to impose it. With a bit of luck, they’ll keep getting sacked for corrupt and inappropriate behaviour before they can do too much damage.

                You speak for the worst in Australia, indeed, the worst in the human heart. Neoliberalism is a disease, not a cure.

          • Colonial Viper 7.1.2.1.4

            We need to catch up with Australia – economically, on the policy front, and on educating the public to be economically literate. We could start by making economics compulsory at school.

            Everyone please laugh at Shitlands suggestion that Economics should be taught more widely eg in schools. The real evidence is that Economics is a dying subject, being slowly cut out of curricula and excised from university degrees, and good thing too:

            Forty years ago today, that any student who enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Economics at Sydney University in 1971 had to complete four year-long courses in economics, out of a total of ten such courses: Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods in the first year, Macroeconomics in the second, and International Economics in the third.

            Now in 2011, the Faculty of Economics and Business evicted the economics discipline into the Arts Faculty, and the economics-free entity renamed itself as University of Sydney Business School. There is now just one compulsory semester-long economics subject (Economics for Business Decision Making) in any Bachelor of Commerce degree at Sydney University, out of 24 such subjects – and that pattern is replicated across the globe. Economics has declined from 40 per cent of any business-oriented degree to 4 per cent in 40 years. For a profession obsessed with linear regression, it has suffered a near-perfect linear regression of its own.

            Read more: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/7/8/economy/self-cannibalisation-economics#ixzz2bH8ZmbRs

            • srylands 7.1.2.1.4.1

              Oh crap. Economics has been going down hill at Sydney uni for years – because the faculty was polluted by left wing nut jobs.

              and of course it represents a declining force in business training – it is no longer very important for such training. You obviously know nothing about economics!

              Try looking at the preeminent universities that teach economics – ANU, Princeton, MIT. You have no idea what you are talking about – quoting a reactionary rag like the Business Spectator! You must be desperate.

              The numbers are not important – it is quality that counts. I can assure you that in NZ and Australian Government agencies that advise these Governments, there is a strong, and growing demand for top economists.

              You have no idea what you are talking about.

              • vto

                ” I can assure you that in NZ and Australian Government agencies that advise these Governments, there is a strong, and growing demand for top economists.”

                Can you not put two and two together?

                • srylands

                  um yes – there is a strong market for economists. Markets rule.

                  • vto

                    um no – the entire debate, comprising this thread and others you have participated in and then run away from, goes right over your head. You are brainwashed man, that’s how you come across.

                    Here is one example of you exposing yourself as unthinking inexperienced and captured by whoever ‘wrote the last report’. You need to get out. http://thestandard.org.nz/reaction-to-housing-policy/#comment-672171

                    As for markets ruling claim – well also we went through that the other day too before you ran away when it became apparent you are nothing but a slave trader http://thestandard.org.nz/this-gives-me-heart/#comment-671537

                    you are a long way from showing a base understanding of anything outside whatever the fuck it was you were taught. best you get back to Zimbabwe gosman.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Markets rule.

                    Ahhhh bow to the Neoliberal God.

                    • vto

                      Yes, he also didn’t seem to appreciate that the reason governments have done worse over the last few decades is precisely because they listen to economists.

                      …there be a mist rolling in ….

                  • Rosetinted

                    No really its not markets that rule. It’s a close-knit tribal group who choose economic methods that will advance their return from the economy. It is a response by those who have the most moral hazard to increase their opportunities and the ability to manipulate the attempts to limit sanctions. Further along it may develop into a full-blown Mafia (Cosa nostra in the USA) or a parallel organisation.

                    Strangely and hopefully ironically, there is a restaurant that calls itself the Cosa Nostra in Thorndon that must be near Parliament.

              • Colonial Viper

                You obviously know nothing about economics!

                Correct. I don’t buy into your pious Neoliberal Religion.

              • Sable

                ANU employs lot of left and right wing “nut jobs” as you call them srylands. Kevin Rudd is a ANU grad and hes a leftie. Stop talking nonsense and maybe we will start taking you seriously.

              • KJT

                “because the faculty was polluted by left wing nut jobs.”

                Translated: The religious, neo-liberal, chicken entrail gazers, who called them selves economists, were replaced by people whose views explained what is happening in the real world..

          • tricledrown 7.1.2.1.5

            schrilands Kerr wrote a lot of unmitigated Bullshit.and propaganda!
            Australia was much more considered in what economic changes they did while NZ just blindly went ahead full steam ahead damaging many areas of our economy.
            the car industry is just one example of roger Kerr,s BS.
            Another is state governments purchasing agreements where they purchase locally made.
            Defence purchases where possible

          • KJT 7.1.2.1.6

            More magical thinking, or just total ignorance?

          • Sable 7.1.2.1.7

            Oh God srylands is quoting Roger Kerr, the rabid neo-lib. Mate, you belong on whale oils site not this one. No one here is buying that man’s bullshit.

            As to Australia I lived there for eight years and its absurd to compare it to New Zealand. They have Asia as an economic umbrella and the mining industry has propped up their economy (at least til now). Their last far right leaning government was horrendously neo-lib and did a lot I believe to usher in the current economic decline they are experiencing.

            Howard undercut wages, made it easier to treat workers as a casual commodity which of course means people have less money to spend on good and services. His next act of stupidity was to slash funding to public (not private) schools and universities whilst increasing fees effectively “dumbing down” the population. Australia now has the dubious honour of being one of the top ten most expensive places to study in the world.

            They are in the crapper along with us and its unlikely they will be doing well anytime soon.

      • vto 7.1.3

        give it up srylands, you still think people are commodities for trading.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.3.1

          And if you consider people tradeable commodities, you can option them, use them as collateral, create derivatives, securitise and mortgage them.

          An elite of vampire capitalists treating the rest of the human race like a feedstock and a food stock.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.4

        We have matching problem – there are severe labour shortages in many areas.

        Actually, I’m reasonably sure that we don’t have such labour shortages. There was an article about it a few years ago. People qualified for a range of jobs didn’t get employed for one reason or another and then the employers went and employed someone from overseas. Interestingly enough, the overseas employees always seemed to be somewhat cheaper than the NZers.

        • srylands 7.1.4.1

          Interestingly enough, the overseas employees always seemed to be somewhat cheaper than the NZers.”

          You are obviously not an employer. You have no clue. Just look at the MBIE labour shortages website. No I am not providing a link. You seem to think that all this stuff just gets made up.

          • Colonial Viper 7.1.4.1.1

            Of course there are labour shortages: NZ employers are hopeless at workforce planning, refuse to invest in their staff, and want top skills but only pay developing world wages.

            • vto 7.1.4.1.1.1

              There is the ‘is’

              And there is the ‘why’

              Linking the two is where gosman is all at sea.

            • muzza 7.1.4.1.1.2

              Crying out loud, lets just leave this little trollop to himself…

              Look at the nonsense he is posting, can you imagine the self esteem issues he must have, ot be up so late, then so early just to ensure the disruption!

          • KJT 7.1.4.1.2

            Labour shortages are entirely self inflicted, by employers who know they can avoid training people and/or paying competitive wages just by bleating to the immigration department about skills shortages.

            I am qualified in three areas where there are supposed skill shortages and seen it first hand, for decades.

            One, my original qualification, which requires a very high level of skills. (More than ten years training and experience).
            New Zealand companies have not trained anyone for thirty years and they pay comparatively less than Singapore, Australia, USA and much of the third world. Not only that, in New Zealand you have to put up with third world safety standards and working hours, barely competent managers, and the people New Zealand employers take on, with dodgy qualifications, because they are cheaper.

            It is, of course, on the list of severe skill shortages.

            The only people they can get, are those near the end of their working life who want a retirement job close to home, those who want the, still highly regarded, NZ qualifications, (Though National are doing their best to change that) people with dodgy qualifications that are not accepted elsewhere and immigrants aiming for Australian residency.

            It is puzzling that they think they have to pay millions to get managers and directors, not a rare skill, to do their jobs, then think they can get competent people with rare skills for peanuts.

            http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/2011/04/kia-ora-corporatism-and-neo-liberalism.html
            “Many corporations and State or private enterprises run despite management, not because of them. In fact the constant parade of new brooms trying to make a name for themselves, with rapid changes and cost cutting, cause competent staff to resign and demoralise the rest.”

            In Christchurch Fletchers limit the amount they pay qualified builders to a maximum of $45 an hour. (It seems, the market is only allowed to decide, for, gouging landlords, failed politicians, and corporates such as Fletchers).
            For that you have to pay your own accommodation, tools, work vehicle and all your other costs. Accommodation in Christchurch alone can swallow up half of that. In Auckland I was getting $35 an hour, building, as wages, ten years ago. Queensland they get twice that. And houses are still cheaper to build, with NZ materials, over there.

            The good tradesmen, I know, are getting jobs as quantity surveyors and insurance assessors, in Christchurch, at twice the pay, while we import incompetents from overseas. Another leaky building scandal in the making when the buildings these semi-skilled immigrants put up, fail.

            Then there is the desire to employ untrained immigrants at slave labour rates instead of training the local kids.
            Don’t even get me started on the fuckup that is apprenticeship training since the neo-liberals destroyed it.
            Plenty of young people around who are just busting to get an apprenticeship in a trade. Which is where subsidies should be going, instead of to dead end burger flipping jobs.

          • Sable 7.1.4.1.3

            Srylands you rely on government stats and resources that are horribly biased and cherry pick in term of the information they provide and withhold. Labour shortages are often used as an excuse to import cheap foreign labour undercutting New Zealanders rates of pay. I used to work in the exec recruitment space and I can tell you much of its a “myth” based,once again, on trumped up stats and half baked employer survey’s. I remember numerous cases of skilled people who came into NZ who met the labour shortage criteria and then had a hell of a hard time finding work.

            If you insist on posting here try being less gullible and stop taking everything you are spoon fed by this and prior governments and the mainstream media at face value.

          • Sable 7.1.4.1.4

            I’ve been an employer at one time srylands and imported labour is often cheaper and sometimes good. Its also sometimes very bad, qualifications that are hard to verify, manufactured work histories and more. Cheaper yes better quality than Kiwis? In my experience mostly “not true”-simply put like all things in life you get what you pay for.

  8. Lanthanide 8

    “The number of unemployed is still up 46% since National took office. That’s 48,000 Kiwis who would rather be working.”

    What’s the accompanying population growth over the same time period?

    • Bunji 8.1

      Over the same period the number of employed has increased by… less than 9000 (or 0.4%) to 2,236,000.

      So yes, 57,000 extra Kiwis wanting to work, 48,000 of them without jobs.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Hi Bunji. Jobs are only created when there is increased spending and sales occurring in the economy. That could be from either private sector spending or public sector spending.

        If unemployment levels are too high for our liking there is a very simple proximal cause. Not enough spending and sales are occurring in the economy. People need to stop talking about frikkin “unemployment” (which is merely the most obvious symptom) and start talking about the lack of spending and sales (which is actually just another symptom but one level deeper).

        Politicians have a very simple question to answer next: are they OK with the current levels of unemployment, and if not, how are they going to increase spending and sales in the economy. My preference is for government to become the employer of last resort.

        Clark and Cullen had a real easy method to increasing spending and sales in the economy. Allow the private sector to gorge itself on debt to the maximum, thereby creating massive amounts of cash availability in the economy. Cullen then scooped up lots of that debt created cash, and moved it from the private sector to the public sector – voila – “creating” the much vaunted Government surpluses that Labour supporters are so proud of, to this day.

        In the long run of course this economic model is doomed to fail. Employment can only increase if spending and sales i.e. consumption of goods and services increase. Not workable forever on our very finite planet.

        • Bunji 8.1.1.1

          Employment isn’t a 1:1 with “growth” (particularly domestic growth) which in turn isn’t entirely linear with consumption.

          Working for an exporter as I do, increasing employment will relate more to export growth than domestic. And as I work in software this is minimal consumption increase associated with that growth (personally rather than for my company, whose hi-tech mechanical equipment does involve consumption).

          And that’s before you look at inequality’s effect on employment, where I may be able to employ 1 more executive or 20 more factory workers at some big businesses.
          The 20 more employees will be much better for the economy / long-term growth of the business, but a lot of corporates tend to prefer the extra executive (who can then work out how to reduce wage costs to justify his salary…)

          But yes, we do probably need to stop being addicted to growth in a finite world… If we followed Keynes we should all be only working 15 hours/week by this point, which would certainly help with unemployment…
          But no, we’re addicted to consumption and want ever more stuff, so need to earn ever more, so need to work ever more – even if it results in our fellow citizens unemployment & poverty.

          But it’ll take a lot of work to reshape the economy in a new low-consumption model and our ethics/desires to match that radically.

          • Macro 8.1.1.1.1

            totally agree.
            The “growth” economic model that the western world has been following since the beginning of the industrial era has now reached its peak in the developed world. “Growth” now is almost purely financial, and is created mainly by banks who with unrestricted lending make big on the rest of society.
            As you correctly observe our economy is no longer based upon need and as a mechanism of equitable distribution of resources, but upon consumption. Growing the pie no longer implies that we all get a bigger share… that’s only for the uber-rich. Unfortunately the gosmans and srylands of this world totally fail to understand that they are simply the useful idiots of the wealthy.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.2

        That’s not the population growth figure, though.

        For example, people leave the workforce as well.

        • Bunji 8.1.2.1

          The population growth figure (150,000 – feel free to look all these up on stats.govt.nz or infoshare yourself…) will include lots of retired people and children/youths, so this figure is much more relevant. But yes, there are those who have removed themselves from the workforce entirely – not least all those who have gone to Australia.
          They would all make the unemployment figure much worse, not better…

          • Macro 8.1.2.1.1

            ….and the ones who no longer can stand the indignity and bullshit of going thru the winz process week after week with the only prospect of non-jobs totally unsuited to them, so remove themselves from the “workforce” and live on someones couch or where-ever.

  9. DavidC 9

    “Jobs are only created when there is increased spending and sales occurring in the economy. That could be from either private sector spending or public sector spending.”

    That is a lie.

    • KJT 9.1

      Bullshit David.

      It is, demand, that creates jobs.

      http://www.alternet.org/story/155288/the_real_job_creators%3A_everyday_americans,_not_the_1

      As the USA has made shockingly apparent over the last couple of years.

      Jobless recovery, a familiar term to you?

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        And when we strip away this etheric thing called “demand”, it boils down to (in our current economic system) spending and sales in the economy. Whether it is private sector or public sector spending and sales.

        Spending and sales decrease, unemployment will rise. Spending and sales increase, unemployment will fall.

    • muzza 9.2

      David C

      Off you go then, explain why it’s a lie!

      Do you understand what money is?

      Do you understand what debt is?

    • Rosetinted 9.3

      DavidC
      You’re a bit of a tease. You put up a snappy statement and then run off to slave at your job and leave everyone on tenterhooks. Do you know how uncomfortable that is? We look forward to some elucidation of your enigmatic comment. Yours faithfully, Socrates United Team Leader

  10. Winston Smith 11

    Brighter future? Well me and the wife are doing better now then under Labour, does that count?

  11. tricledrown 12

    Schrilamds most car manurfacturing countries subsidize their car industries
    Mainly for strategic reasons.
    For without the ability to mass produce armament you place your country in a very weak position
    Waiting for another country to ship weaponary leaves ones own country vulnerable.
    That’s why Obama admin bailed out GM and Chrysler
    I suppose under your free market Aus and the US could just order its military machinery from China at half tje price.
    The same reason with open free
    access to agricultural markeys will never happen.

  12. infused 13

    A funny topic since aussie is going in to recession. Their personal and corp taxes will be up by year end.

    “On other matters relevant to expats and worth mentioning in this issue, net migration inflows to New Zealand are soaring but this is mainly because of the long-anticipated turning of the migration cycle between NZ and Australia as discussed further on. This process is likely to continue for a couple of years and that means not only will we fairly soon see the annual net migration gain move above the ten year average of 11,000 but perhaps peak closer to 30,000 than 20,000. The housing market implications are clear – especially for Auckland which generally receives about 50% of New Zealand’s migrants.”

    http://tonyalexander.co.nz/brain-gain-nz/brain-gain-sections/nz-looking-better-than-australia/

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    Came across this word “doxxing” lately. According to Wikipedia it refers to “the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual.” My introduction to this new word was in a discussion of the ethics of identifying...
    Open Parachute
  • John Key’s war on P is a failure
    Back in 2009, John Key launched a "war on P", in the form of his Methamphetamine Action Plan. An important part of the plan was regular progress reports, tracking the price, purity and availability of methamphetamine, so we could see...
    No Right Turn
  • Time to cut out the middle-woman
    Four days before the Scottish Independence Referendum, the UK's supposedly neutral monarch intervened, telling the Scots to "think very carefully about the future". While cloaked as a "private exchange", it has now emerged that the whole thing was scripted by...
    No Right Turn
  • The courts and the Public Records Act
    Nicky Hager won an important victory in his case against the police yesterday, forcing discovery of the police's internal working documents about the decision to apply for and execute a search warrant against him. While some of the documents will...
    No Right Turn
  • Deficit deficit deficit deficit deficit deficit deficit tax cuts!
    Bill English’s laser-like focus on delivering tax cuts in 2017 whether it is a good idea or not reveals a deep problem that right-leaning parties have with being responsible. The whole idea behind deficit spending, which National has done a...
    Polity
  • Does intensification increase traffic congestion?
    Earlier this week, I took a look at the relationship between congestion and density. I was investigating geographer Phil McDermott’s claim, based on some dodgy data comparing between cities, that increasing density would increase congestion. Economists know that it is...
    Transport Blog
  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!
    When Susanna Andrew and I sat down to write our proposal for that old-fashioned thing, a book on paper, we wanted to make the book we wanted to read. What we wanted was to sit down each summer to a...
    Public Address
  • LMAO
    Andrea Vance reports / mocks: Acronyms will go MIA in Defence Force briefing papers as new minister Gerry Brownlee says NOMW (not on my watch). Brownlee has ordered military top brass to remove all acronyms from their ministerial documents as...
    Polity
  • What do plummeting milk prices mean for our fresh water?
    This year milk prices have soured like a bottle left in the sun. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the economic impact of the fall in prices, but what, if anything does it mean for our...
    Gareth’s World
  • Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings
    The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Cuba libre
    President Obama announced this morning: President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. Apparently those opponents include...
    Polity
  • Find the perfect gift for the gender stereotype in your life
    Trademe has decided to make your holiday shopping easier with a handy-dandy gift finder. Just plug in the vital statistics of the person you’re shopping for, and voila! It’s the perfect tool to reduce the stress of the gifting season....
    On the Left
  • Auckland housing facts
    Statistics New Zealand has published a new study on housing trends in Auckland. It is sobering stuff. Here are the core findings: Since the mid 1980s, home ownership has plummeted in Auckland even faster than across the rest of the...
    Polity
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    frogblog
  • An economic comedy in four acts
    Scene IBill English bounces out of his Beehive bed with a surplus of energy, yet feeling rather lacklustre can only pour himself a glass of milk and drag himself to the balcony looking out over central Wellington. He glances over at...
    Pundit
  • Ten best paid bosses in tertiary education
    And their lowest paid colleagues Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 44 Last week the State Services Commission announced the total remuneration for chief executives and vice-chancellors at public tertiary education institutions. Prof Stuart McCutcheon earned at least $660,000. That is...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten most popular stories of 2014
    This Tertiary Update’s top ten most read stories for the year included, at number ten, the massive job cuts at Manukau Institute of Technology and at number two the petition opposing those job cuts. Two more of our most read...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten branches that recruited the most new TEU members
    Waikato Institute of Technology – of 142 members in September 41 joined in the last 12 months = 28.9 percent Tai Poutini Polytechnic – of 54 members in September 14 joined in the last 12 months = 25.9 percent NorthTec...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten rights the government will take away next year
    …but that TEU plans to protect Next year several new laws will come into force that will remove some of your rights. It is more important than ever that you protect your rights by being active in a strong union...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten Te Kaupapa Whaioranga wishes for the New Year
    For the tertiary education worker who has already got a partridge in a pear tree, and a pair of socks, here are other ten things they’ll be looking for. Sadly you will need to campaign for them rather than be gifted...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten of our favourite TEU photos for the year
    ...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • City Centre Priority Cycle Routes
    An update to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board (page 25) provides some new information about improvements to cycling planned for the CBD and include some artist impressions of just what they might look like – although unfortunately because it comes from a...
    Transport Blog
  • TISA text: US threat to privacy, civil rights, data security
    Press Release – AFTINET Leaked US proposals in the Trade in the secret Services (TISA) negotiations include rules that would threaten privacy and civil rights protections for digital personal data Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and...
    Its our future
  • 2014 will be the hottest year on record
    For those of us fixated on whether 2014 will be the hottest year on record, the results are in. At least, we know enough that we can make the call. According the global data from NOAA, 2014 will be the...
    Skeptical Science
  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland.17...
    Its our future
  • Males only?
    Like Vaughan Rowsell I get asked to facilitate or be on panels and speak at events a fair bit. Actually not quite like Vaughan – he’s incredibly popular, and for good reason. Vaughan’s publicly announced that he will not accept...
    Lance Wiggs
  • An OTL milestone
    I have no idea how this happened, but this is the 100th post on On The Left! Things are probably going to slow down a bit around here over the holiday break, but thanks to all our bloggers and readers...
    On the Left
  • It’s nearly Foodmass
    Christmas is coming. The halls are decked with boughs of holly (plastic), and decorated with snow (artificial). Tips for Christmas (stress-free) have been appearing since November. Children are over-excited and desperate shoppers are looking for the perfect presents for people...
    Pundit
  • No justice in the UK
    Four years ago, G4S guards killed Jimmy Mubenga by restraining him inappropriately during a deportation - effectively asphyixiating him. But today, a British jury refused to convict them:Three private security guards who restrained the Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga have been...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key wants arbitrary detention
    That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from his comments today about the need to lower the threshold for detention:Prime Minister John Key said the Sydney siege gunman highlighted the conundrum for authorities over protecting citizens against potential terrorism...
    No Right Turn
  • Futility: Educating an IED
    Through this year, I have sadly been lured into spending energy trying to teach Martyn Bradbury about modern political science, and what it means for modern politics. He appeared misinformed about what polls are and how they work, so I...
    Polity
  • The OIA Review
    Yesterday, the Ombudsman announced that they had begun their review of OIA compliance. They'll be looking closely at 12 central government agencies, and surveying 63 more, as well as all 27 Ministerial offices. They'll also be soliciting submissions from the...
    No Right Turn
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    frogblog
  • Equality, Efficiency and Economic Theory (Social Journal Europe)
    Dani RodrikIn the pantheon of economic theories, the tradeoff between equality and efficiency used to occupy an exalted position. The American economist Arthur Okun, whose classic work on the topic is called Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff, believed that public...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon
  • New Fisk
    Peshawar school attack: Massacre of the innocents born of ambivalence towards Taliban...
    No Right Turn
  • How we pay for a universal basic income – Whiteboard Wednesday.
    Lots of people like the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), but can we afford it as a nation? In this Whiteboard Wednesday Geoff looks at the three parts of the Big Kahuna package – Unconditional Basic Income, Flat...
    Gareth’s World
  • This will go down well
    Back in September, Mexican police arrested a group of 43 student teachers who had been travelling to Iguala for a protest against the local government. They handed them over to a local drug gang, who murdered them. Since the massacre,...
    No Right Turn
  • AT Metro Launched
    Last week we mentioned about how Auckland Transport was launching a new PT brand. That occurred yesterday and as well as new look buses, they have also launched a new brand for their public transport operations – AT Metro. Auckland Transport has...
    Transport Blog
  • Whales, dolphins, and ‘gunshots’
    I've just returned from seven days on board SV Vega as part of a small team monitoring the impacts of seismic testing on marine mammals off the west coast of Northland. No research has been done in this area, so...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Meat workers need Jobs that Count
    The CTU is supporting todays Meat Workers Union campaign to combat insecure work in a core New Zealand export industry. Photo:  ...
    CTU
  • 2014: A Venture Capital Odyssey
    Fresh off the wire from Hong Kong, from your friends and mine at io9: Hong Kong based venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) has appointed a machine learning program to its board. Called VITAL, it's an "equal member" that...
    Polity
  • Buzzfeed takes the Herald
    Here's a Herald article this week, titled (I kid you not): 20 somewhat horrible things I do to my kids that I don't feel guilty about [Facepalm] I want the Herald to be good. I really do. I know some...
    Polity
  • Sad
    There's a lot of non-cheery news out there in the lead up to Christmas. There's the Taliban school massacre, the Sydney siege, the US Torture Report, and - at a much lower level, and closer to home - the Treasury's...
    Polity
  • Govt spend on transport out of step with reality
    The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. The Government released its Government Policy Statement...
    Greens
  • Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction
    Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to act...
    Greens
  • Foreign buyers for iconic island must add value
    Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash. “Pakatoa is an iconic island in the middle of Hauraki...
    Labour
  • Way opening for April Sun in Cuba
    The United States of America’s President’s historic announcement yesterday to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba should be applauded by the New Zealand Government. The announcement marks a turning point in more than five decades of hostility between the two countries...
    Greens
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    Greens
  • Energy users need answers on Vector share plans
    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It...
    Labour
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry....
    Labour
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    Greens
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its...
    Labour
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review...
    Labour
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the...
    Labour
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and...
    Greens
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic...
    Greens
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. “In...
    Labour
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience....
    Labour
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and...
    Greens
  • The CIA Torture Report
    Earlier this week, the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The report, which was five years in the making, looked into the CIA’s interrogation techniques from 2001...
    Greens
  • Haere Rā 2014
    We’ve almost reached the end of the Parliamentary year so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of my highlights of the term in this blog post. It’s been an absolutely hectic year juggling an election campaign...
    Greens
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson....
    Labour
  • A welfare system for the 21st Century
    Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the...
    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.   “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the...
    The Daily Blog
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
    The Daily Blog
  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
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  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
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  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
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  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
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  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
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  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
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  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
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  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
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  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
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  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
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  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
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  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
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  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
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  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
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  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
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  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
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  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
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  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
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  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
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  • SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA applauds the ban on the sale and use ofglueboard traps in New Zealand....
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  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today...
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  • Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government
    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today....
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  • Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken and Ms. Santa Cla
    Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms....
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  • Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome
    Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority....
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  • Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms
    The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses....
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  • Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation
    Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981...
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  • Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand
    JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand...
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  • Christmas Day in Prison
    Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day....
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  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
    Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship...
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  • EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari oil field in the South Taranaki Bight....
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  • DHB puts staff and patients at risk in order to save money
    The Public Service Association (PSA) is alarmed that the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is proposing to cut the 4 and 2 roster system, established nationally, for mental health nurses. The PSA represents more than 210 mental health nurses working...
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  • Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations
    Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol...
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  • Alcohol forum recommendations: a step in the right direction
    The Forum has stated clearly that that it accepts alcohol marketing plays a role in heavy alcohol consumption and subsequent harm, and that young people need to be protected from it by regulation....
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
    Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot...
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
    Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors...
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
    As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson...
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  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
    Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources....
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    ‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland....
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch...
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  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
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  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
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  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
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  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
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  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
    Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)....
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  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
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  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
    KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity...
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  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
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  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August...
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
    Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list....
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  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
    New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period....
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  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
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  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
    The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North....
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
    ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus
    Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
    The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social,...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
    Batteries may be required for some of the best toys under the tree this year, but they are just as essential to enjoying the greatest gift of all, says Housing New Zealand General Manager of Property Services, Marcus Bosch. “Smoke...
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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