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The magical world of New Zealand’s, Neo-Liberal right wing.

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It has been obvious that some people live in a different world than the rest of us.

One where Chicago school economics, work!
One where you save the village by blowing it up!
One where global warming can be stopped, Canute like, by legislation.
One where dropping wages and giving everything to bloated financiers, makes us better off!
One where removing money from an economy makes it work better.
One where every country is going to get rich by out exporting every other country.
One where enabling greater inequality than the dark ages, works!
 

The one with the trickle down fairy. “Give us the money and we will p– on you”.

The market fairy. “Leave it to the market and we will cut your wages,impoverish your children, and tell you it is a brighter future”.

The Austerity fairy. “We will become better off by becoming poorer”.

The catching up with Australia fairy. “We will catch up with Australia by doing almost the opposite of everything they have done”.

The Democracy fairy. “We will let you vote, to change the names in Government, or on a few social issues which do not affect our making money off you, but not to make any meaningful changes to the way the country is run”.

The privatisation fairy. “We will ensure that the NZ current account is forever in deficit, by selling all the income earning assets”

The debt fairy. “We will cut debt by borrowing $300mill a week, to pay for unaffordable tax cuts, to pay for our Hawaii holidays”.

The Job fairy. ” We will increase the number of jobs by putting thousands out of work, and cutting the unemployment benefit”.

The “We support business” fairy. While ensuring New Zealanders have no money to buy from local businesses, and increasing small businesses costs.

The better future fairy. “We will give you a better future by paying you less, charging you more and cutting services”.

It is pretty obvious which side of the political spectrum is on another planet. Planet Key! 
(New Zealand’s,  financial industry shill, Prime Minister).

First Published in. http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/

82 comments on “The magical world of New Zealand’s, Neo-Liberal right wing.”

  1. Follow-the-money 1

    No, you’ve got it all wrong. Trickle-down is goood, welfare-system is baaad.

    Look, ok, we’ve been trckled-on since 1984, and that’s nearly 30 years and it’s bound to be be a bit frustrating, for the bottom 90% of Kiwi Mums and Dads. But just have faith for a bit longer and remember there’s no gain without pain and, anyway, There Is No Alternative. If you can remember just one thing (we know thinking is difficult for the bottom 90%), then remember that.

    Sleep tight, knowing that the benefits of the free market will surely start to trickle down on you when you least expect it. Maybe, tomorrow, when the tax-free capital gains from those MRP shares start kicking in…

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      That warm “trickle down” on our heads looks yellow and smells like piss.

    • weka 1.2

      Follow-the-money, I think you are a bit behind the times. That’s the OLD trickle-down theory, work hard and be patient and all will be well. It was for a country where most people still cared.

      The smart new shiney one says that the theory is True, therefore it works. If your life is shit, it’s your own fault. Trickle down has been in practice for all this time now, and because the theory says it works, it must, therefore the people that are doing well are evidence of that, and the people that aren’t doing well are lazy/not trying hard enough/bludgers. With the new theory, people who are not doing well, well they just bring everyone down, so they must be incentivised to get with the programme. And if that doesn’t work, they have to be punished. This is the theory for a country which has now socialised a couple of generations into selfishness and greed.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        Money, or rather capital, has a normal tendency to rise like cream, to the top. Which is why structures of government and society are needed to keep redistributing it.

        The Right have been consistent in breaking down those redistributive mechanisms, and the Left…well, the Left bitch about it as they fight a dying rear guard action.

  2. vto 2

    Imo the main problem stems from treating people as a commodity, as a tradeable input unit like a nut and a bolt.

    The right wing cocks simply can’t see that people are not nuts and neither are they bolts.

    It is like they are brainwashed and unable to think for themselves.

  3. srylands 3

    The $300 milion per week was mostly used to pay welfare payments.

    The tax “cuts” were just a change to the mix.

    ““We will cut debt by borrowing $300mill a week, to pay for unaffordable tax cuts, to pay for our Hawaii holidays”.”

    This is just inciting petty jealousy. Hundreds of thousands of NZers went overseas for holidays last year. And John donates his entire salary to charity.

    Just petty hysteria. Reasoned people don’t write stuff like this.

    PLus the whole “unequal” thing – really? NZ sits about the middle of the pack in the OECD. We have a generous welfare safety net a highly – very highly – progressive tax system so the higher income folk pay nearly all the taxes. I could go on and on.

    Pure fantasy. It fucking amazes me. I printed this out and passed it around to 11 people – they all – every one of them laughed.

    • KJT 3.1

      Here we go again. Assertions from Sryland unsupported by evidence, and facts. Of course.

    • KJT 3.2

      And 100 of thousands of New Zealanders have to chose between paying their power bill and feeding their kids.

      In one of the worlds most resource rich, per capita, countries.

      • srylands 3.2.1

        “In one of the worlds most resource rich, per capita, countries.”

        The problem of NZ living standards slipping has been well researched by the Treasury over the last 10 years.

        “Long-term productivity growth is not yet meeting our aspirations, which means many of our aspirations for a better quality of life are going unmet.”

        http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/media/03apr08

        The answers to New Zealand’s problems are multiple, but now well known. The current government is moving in the right direction on these policy fronts. Of course it could go faster and harder in some areas but it is limied by the electorate’s capacity to handle change.

        • KJT 3.2.1.1

          And. Your evidence that National is heading in the right direction?

          You do know that inequality in New Zealand is rising faster than almost any where else, including such shining lights, as the UK.

          And the rate of economic growth, a right wing indicator, slows every time we lurch to the right.

          And our economy would be still in recession, as the rest of the world gets out, if not for the entirely fortuitous stimulus from the earthquake.

          National are doing the same things that caused a recession in the 90’s, when the rest of the world was not having one, by the way.

          Productivity has risen much faster than wages growth, which means that someone may not be living within our national income, but it ain’t ordinary wage earners, skilled workers (whose pay has been kept artificially low by immigration policy) , the low paid or those on welfare..

        • KJT 3.2.1.2

          Treasury is so mired in Neo-Liberal theology that we may as well cut costs and replace them with a windup Don Brash doll. Endlessly repeating, “cut taxes, cut services, cut wages and we will all magically become better off”.

          After 30 years of listening to treasury, we are still going backwards, as you said so yourself, above.

          Where is the better future they promised in the 80’s.
          “Give more money to the rich and they will invest in New Zealand” they said. Well they took it and run. Cut wages and costs instead of upgrading plant. Hence our low labour productivity due to lack of capital investment. We work some of the longest hours in the OECD.

          “Lunacy is repeating the same failure and expecting a different result”.

          • KJT 3.2.1.2.1

            As for not living within our earnings.

            Again this March Quarter we had a surplus in goods and services trades, but a 2.6 billion DEFICIT in investment income. The “trickle up” effect, at work.
            http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/balance_of_payments/info-releases.aspx

            • blue leopard 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Srylands comment re people laughing on reading this excellent post, says very little.

              People laugh at things when what they have been asserting is undeniably refuted

              People laugh at things that cut through the usual bullshit

              People also laugh at things when they feel that is the response expected of them. (Social pressure)

              People can laugh for any number of reasons.

              Well done KJT, this post really cuts through the crap, if you have made people laugh while doing so, all the better.

              • Colonial Viper

                The neoliberal experiment is going down in crisis all around the world.

                Even as the economic patient lies dying from the side effects of bad medicine, the crazy doctors want to force feed the patient even more of the same.

                The true (short term) beneficiaries of this Frankenstein experiment: the top 0.1%.

              • McFlock

                I smiled a bit.

                Then I laughed out loud when spylands claimed to be the last office worker in NZ who prints blog posts out to share with friecolleagues and subordinates, rather than using email or social networking.

    • vto 3.3

      ” I printed this out and passed it around to 11 people – they all – every one of them laughed.”

      Ha ha you and your workmates, sitting in an office, need to get out in the real world and do some real work.

      Oh, and please see my reply to that last stint on the Housing thing yesterday here http://thestandard.org.nz/reaction-to-housing-policy/#comment-672621

      • srylands 3.3.2

        “Ha ha you and your workmates, sitting in an office, need to get out in the real world and do some real work.”

        No fail.

        One was my partner – who voted for the Greens in the last two elections.

        Three voted for Labour last time.

        Four strong National supporters.

        The rest I don’t know.

        But they all thought it was crazy stuff. No wonder the Polls are going south.

      • Ennui 3.3.3

        Thanks VTO for the comment you and your workmates, sitting in an office, need to get out in the real world

        I just did…in that haven of Chicago school economics the Good Ol’USA there were homeless people (mainly black) with no visible support on every streets corner in San Fran. The current paranoia amongst the well healed in the US and on the TV is that Joe Average is going to join them. Whole cities (like Detroit) are declaring bankruptcy.

        Saw it all with my own eyes, srylands needs to get outside for a few moments, try deepest Otara sry.

    • Colonial Viper 3.4

      srylands – how can it be “petty jealousy” when it is the Right Wing which absolutely hates beneficiaries getting even $100 a week?

      It’s more like the rest of us understand inequality and unfairness, while you are a shill for the plutocrats.

    • KJT 3.5

      “The $300 milion per week was mostly used to pay welfare payments.”

      Which makes it patently obvious that the tax cuts for the rich were a blatantly unaffordable election bribe.

      • Rosetinted 3.5.1

        I think it is patently obvious that the country can’t afford the luxury of having so many people not earning and having to keep them alive with welfare. We are unable to interfere with the market (taking the line of least resistance to doing what is easiest for us and most agreeable to the wealthy) and we must therefore accept that there will be growing numbers of people who fail to show the required energy and determination to be self-supporting.

        Obviously the rubbish dump situation will have to be restructured and the NACT-led new housing areas on the outskirts of the cities in these ‘greenfields’ (about to turn grey) areas can be near rubbish dumps where the needy can provision themselves and do useful work pawing through the dumps for saleable goods.

        The green idea of having homes and jobs close by without expensive and extensive travel required will be met so that would be a plus. Charter schools without much state input or monitoring can cater for ‘these people’. A very good forward-looking policy package that will cut welfare costs and create communities of similar interest is bound to appeal to our NACT supporters. /sarc

        (I just put this because it is possible that those callous cold-hearted b..s on the right wing would be quite happy for us to have our own favellas or Indian type garbage enterprises. And commentators are referring to a caste like mentality amongst the upper middle class already.)

        • srylands 3.5.1.1

          The prescription for genuinely higher living standards is pretty clear.

          “Working Towards Higher Living Standards for New Zealanders”

          http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/tp/higherlivingstandards

          • Rosetinted 3.5.1.1.1

            Does that treasury publication form part of the fairy story ‘The one with the trickle down fairy. “Give us the money and we will p– on you”?

            If I want to read fiction I like detective stories where the police strive to find the truth and catch and deal with the miscreant. Open-ended stories where the plot changes all the time and there is a choice of bad endings are too way-out for me. I like a good plots with believable characters and a successful end with every chance of a happier future afterwards.

            • srylands 3.5.1.1.1.1

              I think you are being disrespectful to the Treasury.

              The Australian Treasury is doing similar work. In fact providing sound frameworks for advancing well being is an important role for economic advisors in the OECD. When Labour is elected I expect they will be drawing heavily on this work. (Remember that free markets primarily serve the workers – not producers!)

              The new Labour Minister of Finance will be absorbing all this in either 2014 or 2017. A Minister of Finance in New Zealand basically needs to get with the programme when he (or she) gets elected. He can’t sit in the Beehive ranting about markets are evil. The dollar would crash and they would lose the next election. Even left wing polies want to get re-elected.

              “Treasury’s Wellbeing Framework”

              http://www.treasury.gov.au/PublicationsAndMedia/Publications/2012/Economic-Roundup-Issue-3/Report/Treasury8217s-Wellbeing-Framework

              • Arfamo

                To be honest mate I reckon Treasury is being pretty disrespectful to the rest of us quite often. They’re neo-lib infested bean counters. But they favour a Capital Gains Tax, so if you don’t, aren’t you being disrespectful to them?

                “(Remember that free markets primarily serve the workers – not producers!)”

                Now you’re just being absurd for the sake of it.

                • srylands

                  I do favour a Capital Gains Tax. Most Treasury offcials are not bean counters – probably less than 5%.

                  • Arfamo

                    Ok. Forgot that bean counters means accountants. They’re still too mesmerised with corrosive neo-liberal economic policies. Need a new direction. It’ll have to come from a new government eventually.

                    I do admire your tenacity though. Well maybe not admire…but I kind of respect it.

                  • tricledrown

                    Economists

              • McFlock

                What a load of shit. Capital flight and economic collapse? That’s what you guys (tory economists) promised all through the last labour govt.

                1: Workers are the producers;
                2: free markets level workers down internationally, but favour those with capital
                3: currently the dollar is too high (held there by capital markets) and a drastic reduction in the dollar (say by a third or even half) would boost incomes for those who build, rather than those who collect. Yes, import prices would increase, but that would make manufacturing more profitable.

                At the moment NZ is a small fish in the middle of a big river. We need to get to the smaller pools or tributaries and away from the main current, otherwise we’ll be et or go over the waterfall (it’s a big drop, and we’re close to the edge).

                • Arfamo

                  See McFlock talks a lot of economic sense srylands. Consistently. People in Treasury need this kind of thinking. They’re too mono-dimensional.

              • Draco T Bastard

                (Remember that free markets primarily serve the workers – not producers!)

                /facepalm

                The workers are the producers moron and we know that the free-market doesn’t serve them. The increasing poverty we see in NZ and around the world in other developed countries that follow the myth of the free-market proves that.

              • Rosetinted

                I’m being disrespectful to the Treasury. Hah. I should be touching my forelock, and am too much of an ordinary citizen to criticise my betters is that it??

    • David H 3.6

      @Srylands I would really like you to provide a link for this statement.

      “And John donates his entire salary to charity.”

      “Key wouldn’t elaborate on what charities he supported, nor how large a portion of his salary he donated. He said his “personal decision” was not something he wanted publicised.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/573560/Key-pledges-PMs-salary-to-charity

      Or this
      http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/key-continue-donating-part-salary-if-made-pm-33853

      FFS when are we going to get a decent variety of troll? One who could actually put some sort of argument to support their outrageous claims.

      Reminds me of the saying from Forrest Gump “Stupid is that Stupid does”

      • srylands 3.6.1

        Here is a link to a statement that all of the PM’s salary is donated to charity:

        “Good one John Key! Key donates his salary to charity”

        http://www.fishing.net.nz/asp_forums/good-one-john-key_topic65278_page2.html

        • framu 3.6.1.1

          a link to a comment on a fishing forum is your evidence?

          your pathetic mate – if key did donate his salary to charity there would be evidence being pushed left right and center from the nats

          again – all he said is that he would – there is zero evidence that he does

          • felix 3.6.1.1.1

            framu: “again – all he said is that he would – there is zero evidence that he does”

            No, he never said he would donate his salary. This is a myth.

            For several years now I have been asking for references to him saying he donates or intended to donate his salary.

            Not a single one has been produced, ever.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.6.1.2

          The only valid evidence would be a copy of his pay slip with all the money being given out to these charities by parliamentary services. Until I see that then, considering that John Key is a proven liar, I’m just going to consider that he’s lying about that as well.

          • TheContrarian 3.6.1.2.1

            Not sure it works like that, Draco.

            Parliamentary Services doesn’t pay the charities, they pay Key who then pays the charities.
            His payslip would only show his salary, nothing more.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.6.1.2.1.1

              He could instruct them to and it’s the only way that I’d accept that he was actually giving his salary to charity.

            • felix 3.6.1.2.1.2

              “they pay Key who then pays the charities”

              Except he doesn’t, and he never said he did. It’s a myth.

          • Jason Rika 3.6.1.2.2

            Donations are tax deductable.

        • Murray Olsen 3.6.1.3

          A fishing forum? Haha. Will they still love him after he cuts their snapper quota?
          In fact, I might have even seen you out fishing once. I was with a mate pulling up snapper and kahawai off Rakino, with kingies following them up, when a gin palace full of NAct types turned up. They did a couple of circles around us, intently peering at their colour fish finder, during which we pulled up 3 good snapper. Not seeing any little fish pictures on their screen, they left, loudly proclaiming that there was nothing there. These are the type who think they have the answers for the rest of us. FFS.

  4. Frank 4

    ‘And John donates his entire salary to charity’

    Errr, no he dosn’t.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      I’m sure he has a family trust or two which he considers “charitable”.

      • idlegus 4.1.1

        i recall reading at the time when he first said that was he donated half his salary to his sons school! i can’t recall the link or anything but i guess my assertion is as good as any anonymous bodies huh.

        • felix 4.1.1.1

          I’ve been asking for these mythical links for several years and so far not a single one has been produced.

          It is a myth. He does not donate his salary.

      • Rosetinted 4.1.2

        We should all be more charitable to our lovely PM Jokeyhen. He has such a nice smile, and is such a friendly person, just like one of us really.

  5. Steve Wrathall 5

    “global warming can be stopped”?? What global warming? Even the UK Met Office has been forced to admit that it has paused for 15 years despite the so-called “pollutant” CO2 reaching 400 ppm
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/news/recent-pause-in-warming

    • BLiP 5.1

      From your link . . .

      . . . The final paper shows that the recent pause in global surface temperature rise does not materially alter the risks of substantial warming of the Earth by the end of this century. Nor does it invalidate the fundamental physics of global warming, the scientific basis of climate models and their estimates of climate sensitivity . . .

      . . . care to reconsider your assertion?

    • johnm 5.2

      Steve Wrathall
      “It hasn’t warmed since 1998” For global records, 2010 is the hottest year on record, tied with 2005.
      Last year the Arctic Summer ice retreat was the most extreme on record. Australia’s last summer broke records everywhere. Wildfires are more extreme than ever recorded before. The Oceans are warming up killing coral.
      You are so willfully ignorant Steve Wrathall that I for one shall ignore your posts in future you’re just a troll trying to muddy the waters.

      “CO2 is not a pollutant”

      Through its impacts on the climate, CO2 presents a danger to public health and welfare, and thus qualifies as an air pollutant

      • johnm 5.2.1

        “2013 shaping up to be one of Australia’s hottest years on record”

        http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/2013-shaping-up-to-be-one-of-australias-hottest-years-on-record-20130730-2qvly.html

        “The last 10 months have been abnormally warm across Australia and we’ve seen a notable lack of unusually cold weather this winter. Are we heading for the hottest year on record?

        The more significant records for this period include:

        Australia’s hottest day on record
        Australia’s hottest week on record
        Australia’s hottest month on record
        Australia’s hottest summer on record
        Australia’s hottest September to June (10 months) on record

        A feature of the last 10 months has been the persistence of unusually warm temperatures. Every calendar month since September 2012 has had temperatures 0.5°C or more above normal. The result has been a national mean temperature anomaly of +1.03°C for the past 10 months, well ahead of the previous record of +0.94 °C set in 1997-98.”

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      Why doesn’t the temperature rise at the same rate that CO2 increases?

      The rate of surface warming has slowed in the past decade. Yet the physical properties of CO2 and other greenhouse gases cannot change. The same energy they were re-radiating back to Earth during previous decades must be evident now, subject only to changes in the amount of energy arriving from the sun – and we know that has changed very little. But if that’s true, where is this heat going?

      The answer is into the deep oceans.

  6. Rosetinted 6

    John Cleese shows how to cope with the confabulations of politics from left and right.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKp7HDv01hk&list=UUo8k-VTdmsKNGWHwDIa-o3g&index=15

    John Cleese SDP/Liberal Alliance political broadcast 1987

  7. tracey 7

    Why would a green voter think it was crazy and your workmates are much more open about who tgey voted for than any workplace ive been in.

    • Rosetinted 7.1

      Because they have right wing solidarity! They gather in a circle with their weapons ready to take on the dreaded fierce, three-eyed lefties.

    • srylands 7.2

      Because not all Green voters are hard core. There are a number of “soft” green voters who liked the Greens because they were disenchanted with the major parties and they liked the idea of helping the flowers grow, promoting low energy light bulbs, and promoting PT. When J Fitzsimmons and R Donald were around that set up looked cool.

      Then R Norman came along with his economic policies. The effect of R Norman on those soft supporters is yet to be felt.

      Example:

      I know a woman whho lives in Mount Victoria (Wellington). She has been a strong Green supporter. But she wouldn’t be seen dead on a bus, and she wants Transmission Gully built so she can get to her bach on the Coast on the weekend.

      • Rosetinted 7.2.1

        You give individual anecdotes. srylands That doesn’t sound like a dry factual analytical economist.

      • Chooky 7.2.2

        @sryland ….those softy trendy Green pretenders, you give as examples , are not normal Greens and you know it!…….

        In fact the right wing sees Green economics as the number one threat ….because laissez faire capitalism and right wing capitalists have no where to go with their capitalist profit economics except further plunder the Earth and the natural environment and screw up the egalitarian society …..And they come smack up against the Green Movement with alternative economic theory and values…..And increasing popularity! …And in fact it is the way of the future !

        • Chooky 7.2.2.1

          also rysland …You neglect to mention that both Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimmons were/are also formidable Green economists

          …You seem to be wanting to mark Russel Norman out as some sort of exception and threat…as well as split the Green movement into 1.) soft daffy duck fluff heads and 2) OMG dangerous communists (of the SWP Australian red headed variety)!

          …..smile …. your cunning strategms wont work ….because this is an international Green movement that you can not stop….and it has supporters from all walks of life and all social classes

          ( and they dont want huge multi- million dollar motorways built just so they can run their little cars up the coast to their batch at the beach…..snort….what sort of a Green is that?….a phoney wanna be trendo )

      • bad12 7.2.3

        Seeing as you claim to be ‘an economist, strylands, and, you claim also that printing money is ruinous to an economy, rampant inflation and all that, how about you give us all your economic analysis as to why there is NO inflation evident in the US economy while that country has been printing trillions of dollars for the past 4 years…

        • srylands 7.2.3.1

          umm because the USA otherwise would have had deflation? and their risk free nominal interest rates were close to (or at) zero?

          • Colonial Viper 7.2.3.1.1

            Bullshit, there is plenty of deflation going on in the US: income deflation, that is.

            Also the printing of money in the US has done nothing except:

            1) Reinflate the housing securities bubble…yes they are right back at it in the US now, securitising income streams from housing/housing mortgages all over again

            2) Inflating the Dow Jones to new highs

            3) Exporting commodities inflation all over the world, destabilising many poorer nations.

            4) And of course, greatly increase the wealth of the top 0.1% while impoverishing the real economy.

      • Arfamo 7.2.4

        I’d hate to be seen dead on a bus too. I’d rather pass away in my bed peacefully at home.

      • karol 7.2.5

        I’ll see your anti-bus “greenie” and I’ll raise you a couple of Green Party voting colleagues who take public transport to work.

  8. tracey 8

    Does the pm claim the 33% rebate on his donated salary…

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Has the PM ever claimed the rebate on his 33% donated salary

      Maybe we should go to the US system…politicians to make their tax returns public.

    • felix 8.2

      No, because he doesn’t donate his salary.

      Where do people get the idea that Key got to be a multi-millionaire by giving away over a million dollars every parliamentary term?

      Utter nonsense.

  9. Martin 9

    “Society is like a stew, if not stirred once in a while a layer of scum floats to the top” Edward Abby
    “and the bottom gets burned,” -me

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  • Privatising CYF about ideology not care
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    2 days ago
  • Govt must make most of Jetstar competition
    Government agencies should pledge to always buy “the best fare of the day” to maximise competition between Jetstar and Air New Zealand and ensure savings for taxpayers while boosting services to regional New Zealand, Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Phil Twyford says.… ...
    2 days ago
  • Time for inquiry into petrol margins
    It’s time for an inquiry into petrol companies as margins are once again at the high levels that prompted concerns late last year, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Stuart Nash. "Over the December January holiday period, petrol importer margins jumped to… ...
    5 days ago
  • More talk as Auckland congestion worsens
    The main impact of the Government’s agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the city’s traffic congestion, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “Government has been aware for more than… ...
    6 days ago
  • Serco inquiry extended
    A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “My office received a tsunami of complaints so I’m not surprised the terms… ...
    6 days ago
  • Truck Shops ignore consumer laws
    A damning Commerce Commission report out today highlights the failure of the Government to protect poor and vulnerable families from unscrupulous truck shops, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer. “The report found that 31 out of 32 firms it… ...
    6 days ago
  • Taihoa at Ihumatao says Labour
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has called on the Government to rethink its controversial Special Housing Area in Māngere. Auckland Council is today meeting to discuss the development which borders the Otuataua Stonefield Historic Reserve. This project is to get… ...
    6 days ago
  • Figures suggest National deliberately excluded farming
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    6 days ago
  • Bleak report on the state of our children
    A damning conclusion by the Children’s Commissioner today that ‘we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good’ should make fixing CYFs a top priority for this Government, says… ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodgy data used to justify axing KiwiSaver kickstart
    National’s agenda to run down KiwiSaver has become even clearer from a scathing critique of the Government’s justification for axing the $1000 kickstart, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Since National came to power they have not only continually undermined… ...
    7 days ago
  • Unsecure website risks Ashley MoBIEson hack
    Experts have raised security concerns that vulnerabilities in MoBIE’s half million-dollar website could lead to a possible Ashley Maddison-style hack, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “The real issue here is not what data is immediately available, but what… ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy still the loser in Canterbury
    The Government has demonstrated once again how arrogant and out of touch it is in denying Cantabrians the same democratic rights as the rest of the country, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Environment Canterbury Bill which has been… ...
    1 week ago
  • Waiver cost still a mystery
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    1 week ago
  • China exports fall 27 per cent in a year
    Exports to China have fallen by 27 per cent over the last 12 months - showing that the looming economic slowdown should have been expected by the Government, says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark. “The Chinese economic slowdown should… ...
    1 week ago
  • National should support all families for 26 weeks
    Families with multiple babies, and those born prematurely or with disabilities, are the winners from moves to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks but the Government must give all babies the same head start in life, Labour’s spokesperson for… ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s health and safety shambles puts school camps at risk
    Reports that schools are considering scrapping student camps and tearing out playgrounds highlights just how badly National has managed its health and safety reforms, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools have been left completely in the dark about the… ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s asset stripping agenda hits schools
    National’s fire-sale of school houses and land is short-sighted, mean-spirited, and will have huge unintended consequences that we will pay for in years to come, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Documents obtained by Labour show the Ministry of Education… ...
    1 week ago
  • Takahe massacre supposed to get all New Zealanders involved in conservation
    The Minister’s claim that a  botched cull of one of New Zealand’s rarest birds was a way of getting all New Zealanders involved in conservation is offensive and ludicrous, Labour’s conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.  “An email from Minister Maggie… ...
    1 week ago
  • Serco circus rolls on with revelations of fight club practice
    Further revelations that a Serco prison guard was coaching inmates on fight club techniques confirms a fully independent inquiry needs to take place, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The Minister’s statement today that a guard was coaching sparring techniques… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government targets put ahead of students’ education
    The Government must urgently reassess the way it sets NCEA targets after a new report found they are forcing schools to “credit farm” and are undermining the qualification, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “A PPTA report released today says… ...
    1 week ago
  • ER patients in corridors as health cuts bite
    Patients are being forced to wait for hours on beds in corridors as cash strapped hospitals struggle to keep up with budget cuts, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “People coming to the emergency room and being forced to wait… ...
    1 week ago
  • Not too late to fix Health and Safety for New Zealand’s workers
    The Government and its minor party supporters are showing an arrogant disregard for workers’ lives by not agreeing to a cross-party solution to the botched Health and Safety bill, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday I wrote to the Prime… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Council of Infrastructure Development
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    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank points finger at Govt inaction
    In scathing criticism of the Government’s inaction, the Reserve Bank says Auckland housing supply is growing nowhere near fast enough to make a dent the housing shortage, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer today… ...
    1 week ago
  • Chickens come home to roost on climate change
    The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. “The release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Facts and Figures Report for 2014 on the ETS… ...
    1 week ago
  • Website adds to long list of big spends at MBIE
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s $560,000 outlay on its new website is further evidence of excessive spending by Steven Joyce on his pet project super ministry, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.  “Hot on the heels of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Brownlee warned over EQC repairs but ignored them
    Gerry Brownlee was warned that EQC’s underfloor repairs weren’t being done properly by industry experts, the cross party working group and in public but he arrogantly ignored them all, says Labour’s Earthquake Commission spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.  “Today’s apology and commitment… ...
    1 week ago
  • Serco wants in on state house sell off
    The Government must keep scandal plagued outsourcing company Serco away from our state housing after their disastrous record running Mt Eden prison, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Today it has emerged that at the same time Serco was under… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Come clean on Pasifika education centre
    Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iinga needs to come clean and tell the Pasifika communities if he’s working to save the Pasifika Education Centre or shut it down, Labour’s Pasifika spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.  “I’m gutted the Pasifika Education Centre funding… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for NZTA to work on alternatives to flyover
    The High Court decision rejecting the New Zealand Transport Agency’s attempts to build the Basin Reserve flyover must now mean that NZTA finally works with the community on other options for transport solutions in Wellington, Grant Robertson and Annette King… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shiny new system leads to record truancy
    Record high truancy rates shows the Government’s much-vaunted new attendance system is an abysmal failure, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Data released today shows truancy rates have spiked more than 15 per cent in 2014 and are now at… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Woodhouse wrong about quarries
      The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse was wrong yesterday when he said limestone quarries were covered by the farcical Health and Safety legislation, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “He said he ‘understood’ limestone quarries… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taxpayers money spent on culling one of our rarest birds
    It beggars belief that four endangered takahe were killed by incompetent cullers contracted to the Department of Conservation and the Minister must explain this wanton destruction, says Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It must not be forgotten that there are only… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing NZ must immediately move family
    Housing New Zealand must immediately move a Glen Innes family whose son contracted serious and potentially fatal health problems from the appalling condition of their state house, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Te Ao Marama Wensor and community workers… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • No understanding of the value of overseas investment
     The Government has now admitted it has absolutely no idea of the actual value of foreign investment in New Zealand, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “It is crucial that the Government starts to understand just what this overseas… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another bridges bribe from Simon Bridges
    Simon Bridges is embroiled in another bridges-for-votes controversy after admitting funding for a replacement bridge in Queenstown is “very much about… the 2017 election”, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Transport Minister is today reported as telling Queenstown locals… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Saudi tender process reeks of SkyCity approach
    The tender process for the $6m investment in a Saudi sheep farm reeks like the SkyCity convention centre deal and once again contravenes the government’s own procurement rules, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker. “The $6m contract… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Maori Party should stand up for workers
    The Government’s proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill does not go far enough to protect those in specific industries with the highest rates of workplace deaths, says Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “We are told that Maori workers are more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister must explain budget blowout
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must explain a budget blow out at Te Puni Kokiri, after the organisation spent more than 2.5 million dollars over their budget for contractors, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.  “For the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Successful effort to raise the issue of GE trees in proposed standard
    Many thousands of people submitted on the proposed National Environmental Standard –  Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).  A vast majority of the public submissions were particularly focussed on the NES having included GE trees in its mandate. People want these provisions removed,… ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Fair Share Friday – Thoughts and Reflections
    As part of our Fair Share  campaign, Green MPs have been doing a series of visits to community groups across the country to have conversations about inequality in New Zealand and what communities are experiencing on the ground. I visited… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago

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