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Wave goodbye to another 200 jobs

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, February 1st, 2013 - 78 comments
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While National continues to deny there’s a manufacturing crisis and the main opposition wastes its time plotting clever procedural tricks the high dollar claims another 200 Kiwi jobs – this time as Summit Woolspinners closes in Oamaru.

The really depressing prospect is that this is the tip of the iceberg. For every closure that attracts media attention because it’s big and on a unionised site there are dozens of smaller non-union redundacies that never make the papers – I suspect many of them don’t even make official stats.

This is simply untenable. Manufacturing provides at least a couple of hundred thousand decently paid jobs in New Zealand. Without it we’re looking at a future of Dairy and Tourism, the former not know for producing a lot of jobs the latter not known for paying very much for most of the many hospo and retail jobs it produces.

That’s not a New Zealand we should want.

78 comments on “Wave goodbye to another 200 jobs”

  1. CV - Real Labour 1

    Just heard John Walley of the Manufacturers Association interviewed on National Radio. He made some good points – the Government is quite right in saying that manufacturers are going to perform differently depending on their location and their markets. But he pointed out that the high exchange rate and it’s volatility, tax regime and other macro-economic factors are equally as important. Germany he pointed out at accelerated tax depreciation schemes for manufacturing equipment, encouraging businesses to invest more in modern plant and machinery.

    The loss of the carpet/yarn manufacturer (and subsequently many other associate local engineering firms and contractors) will be a huge blow to Oamaru. It can always be seen as a one off local event. But each such event also damages the frail remaining industrial capability of this country.

    • tracey 1.1

      this govt doesnt like to talk about germany… with their 7 weeks annual leave and strong unions and economy

    • Rogue Trooper 1.2

      govt might stick to it’s knitting, you know, knit one, pearl one, yet they keep dropping stitches; takes a long time to roll a rats tail out when we can see through the centre of the reel

  2. BM 2

    So the answer is print money, devalue our dollar to “save the manufacturers”.
    I guess everyone else can just take it up the arse and smile as the price of everything sky rockets.
    You want to see people on the streets baying for blood, that’ll do it.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      So we should continue to pay less than what the items cost?

      • bad12 2.1.1

        i think the second line of that ones comment says it all, that’s obviously what that particular wing-nut does whenever times get tough, that He expects every one else to follow suit is laughable…

    • tracey 2.2

      arent the UK and USA printing money?

      • bad12 2.2.1

        Aha, along with the Japanese and quite a few other economies that are not broadcasting the fact widely,

        The incoming National Government of 2008 were advised in an interim report from the IMF to seriously consider doing just that, print money to cover the Government shortfall in revenue brought about by the Global financial crisis…

      • Shane Gallagher 2.2.2

        Practically every nation in the OECD is doing it. Including Switzerland which is doing it exclusively to stop speculation on its currency and to drive the value down. It is also one of the biggest industrial manufacturers in the world. They never lost sight of the fact that if you want a viable economy you will not do it with banks – you have to MAKE THINGS and be able to sell them.

        • CV - Real Labour 2.2.2.1

          They did it with banks too…best of both worlds those clever neutral we have automatic weapons in every household swiss.

    • fatty 2.3

      I guess everyone else can just take it up the arse and smile as the price of everything sky rockets.

      Whah, whah… I’m getting sick of this crying from the greedy about inflation from printing money.
      The real tragedy is BM, that for a large percentage of the population, inflation would improve their economic situation. I’m talking about Gen X & Y who have already been shafted with this scam called student loans.
      Most Gen X & Y are so screwed by our economic ideology that sky rocketing prices would reduce the time it would take to get out of their financial slavery.

      Bring on the hyper-inflation…me and my mates want a fair shot at life…we also wanna laugh at those greedy immoral pricks who sit on resources and force others into poverty as they have excessive money in their accounts. Seeing their wealth dissolve into nothing would make my day.

      You want to see people on the streets baying for blood, that’ll do it.

      lol

      • Andre 2.3.1

        And the government LIE to us http://t.co/ZUNWoKYj there policys are not working.

      • Chris 2.3.2

        Yes I am sure the rich will just leave all their money in NZD when hyperinflation starts occuring.

        I love how an interest free loan that anyone can get is now a huge scam.

        • fatty 2.3.2.1

          Yes I am sure the rich will just leave all their money in NZD when hyperinflation starts occuring.

          True, they could do that. Wouldn’t bother me, my problem would still be solved.

          I love how an interest free loan that anyone can get is now a huge scam.

          Sad you think like that.
          It was only a few decades ago that NZ could afford to put this ignorant leech through uni…twice…in two different cities.

        • Colonial Viper 2.3.2.2

          Yes I am sure the rich will just leave all their money in NZD when hyperinflation starts occuring.

          Why would there be hyperinflation if investment was made in high quality economic infrastructure, and in increasing productive and competitive capacity in the economy?

    • CV - Real Labour 2.4

      BM, I guess our wealthy will be pissed off that their NZD doesn’t buy as much when they go shopping in Harrods.

      • tracey 2.4.1

        or Hawaii… no wait, buying in Hawaii has never been better

      • BM 2.4.2

        No I’m thinking of all the struggling families that the left are supposed to support.
        How do you think they’re going to react when all their household bills sky rocket, most are barely surviving at the moment.

        As for the wealthy, they’ll make a shit load of coin because they”d have moved all their money off shore into other currencies.
        While every one else is going broke they’ll be able to buy everything up at pennies on the dollar because they’re the only ones who have money that’s worth anything.

        .

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.5

      The real issue is the US dollar is dropping like a stone.

      Currency stability is one of the governments jobs… or is going to Antarctica much much more important

  3. bad12 3

    The stark tragedy of 30 years of Neo-Liberal deregulation is again visited upon us all with the closing of Summit Woolspinners,

    Listening to someone on RadioNZ National talking about this closure with an air of optimism saying that many of these workers will get jobs elsewhere can hardly lift such an air of gloom as that job elsewhere is likely to be in Australia and should those who lose there employment at the wool-spinning plant get jobs here in New Zealand it still does nothing to help the overall economic situation as another 200 employment positions disappear from the New Zealand economy,

    The fallout of course, mostly unseen by us all and unreported by the media as the ‘big’ story of the day dies down and is soon forgotten is that the destruction of this mass block of employment from within the small local Oamaru economy will have repercussions that in the next 18 months will see another 200 jobs slowly disappear from that economy as the small firms from plumbers to the pie shop will now suffer a loss of business due to the closure of that plant,

    The demise of this particular industrial plant along with the employment it generated had it’s seeds sown 30 years ago as the system of tariffs that wiser politicians than seem to exist today had built up over generations as this country was constructed as one of the greatest little countries in the world was destroyed,

    The historical context of this present day closure of industrial plant is easy to be seen and that part of the solution to such closure of industry is thus staring us in the face, as we destroyed we only need rebuild, re-visiting all the supposed agreements of free trade and consigning them to the dustbin of history would be a first point for any Government that actually gave a s**t,

    Today’s context as far as Government action/inaction goes began at the point of the election of this Slippery lead National Government in 2008, this Government had a stark choice that is and will have repercussions for our economy and us as people for generations to come,

    Faced with a revenue shortfall brought about by the Global Financial Crisis the new National Government had the choice of either borrowing into the economy 300 million dollars or printing into the economy that 300 million dollars,

    Ignoring the advice of the IMF this National government chose of course the wrong option and began borrowing 300 million dollars a week claiming that it would again have the Governments books showing a surplus in a couple of years,

    Had the present Government instead taken the IMF advice and printed that 300 million dollars into the economy we as a country would have zero Government debt, a mountain which now sits at 42 billion and growing, and, the printing into the economy of that 300 million dollars a year would have diluted and thus lowered the value of the New Zealand dollar which is at historic highs simply because the US economy is being propped up by printed monies which have devalued that US dollar leaving our dollar high and dry…

    • Afewknowthetruth 3.1

      We are witnessing the Reversal of the Industrial Revolution.

      Whereas the Industrial Revolution took around 200 years to spread around the world, the Reversal of the Industrial Revolution is unlikely to take more than another 10 years.

      Most of the developed world is bankrupt and is printing money to pay for imports from China via the bond market. And the bond market is getting the jitters. Nothing like ‘triple dip’ recession to take away confidence. Except ‘quadruple dip’,of course.

      And China is choking itself to death.

      • bad12 3.1.1

        Aha, a bloke called Trotsky saw it coming way back in the early part of last century, Trotsky pointed out then even befor the phrase Neo-Liberalism was coined that unfettered capitalism was doomed to failure and that this would occur within a series of collapses where each of the series would occur from within a tighter time-frame and that the severity of each collapse would be of greater magnitude than the last and that the sum total of the losses within these collapses would as the destruction occurred begin to numerically over-power the sum total of the gains made during the periods of increasingly shorter recovery,

        Our mate Leon seems to have been right on the money if you look at the world economy from the time of the first ‘oil shock’ in the 70′s,

        Interestingly Trotsky in one obscure pamphlet said that while the system of production used by that capitalist system was in fact the more efficient it was the profits of capitalism that needed be continually seized and redistributed to the lowest level of economy so as to ensure the actual survival of capitalism itself,

        Easy to see where He and Lenin departed company and poor old Leon got an ice-pick what made His ears burn instead of the hoped for gold-watch as the symbol of retirement…

  4. Afewknowthetruth 4

    With the global economy slowly going kaput, to imagine there will be much of tourism sector (any?) 5 years from now is delusional..

    Much depends on how quickly we slide down Hubbert’s Peak Oil curve. I see that oil is trading around $115 a barrel, despite the demand destruction that has taken place throughout much of the developed world

    Of course, fracking and deep-sea drilling will create new employment opportunities for those who are prepared to completely bugger the environment for the sake of keeping the industrial-military-financial complex going a little longer.

    • Colonial Weka 4.1

      It’s also hard to see Industrial Dairy doing well as fossil fuel inputs becomes more expensive.

      The other long term worry with manufacturing is the loss of infrastructure. What is happening to these factories when the businesses shut down? Will we be able to get them up and running again when the need to relocalise the economy becomes imperative?

      • CV - Real Labour 4.1.1

        Will we be able to get them up and running again when the need to relocalise the economy becomes imperative?

        It’ll be very difficult; a lot of the expertise in how to run those processes and machines will have retired or moved overseas. Once institutional knowledge which has been built up over decades is dispersed its neigh on impossible to bring back in a hurry, but will instead have to be built again from the ground up.

      • Afewknowthetruth 4.1.2

        The industrialise dairy sector has no long term future because it is totally dependent on fossil fuels.

        In addition, the dairy sector is totally dependent on imported fertilisers, especially phosphate rock, which is at or very near global extraction pea, and is dependent on fossil fuels for extraction and transport.

        Everything in the industrial economy is buggered long term.

        And that before we even mention the on-going climate chaos, which gets worse every year. .

      • bad12 4.1.3

        The norm is that the machinery of production will be sold off to another economy, where this fails to happen then it’s destination is the scrap dealers yard,(where it will be sold off to some other economy),

        Much of what remains will also be picked clean by the ‘scrappies’ both legal and illegal, such was the fate of the New Zealand car assembly plants where much of the infrastructure was stripped out and shipped off to the asian economies as a going concern,

        Wider out in the economy industries such as Pilkington glass which manufactured the glass requirements for these assembly lines closed along with those that put together the electric wiring circuits used in cars,

        But hey, we all got to drive cheap imports right, thats a myth as well, as kids, 16,17, 18 years old we were buying 300 dollar used holdens, valiants, fords, etc just as young people on a restricted budget do today…

        • tracey 4.1.3.1

          it’s OK cos Joyce has got some baby engineers heading to university… we can use them in about 10 years after their training and their overseas experience.

        • CV - Real Labour 4.1.3.2

          Once those pot lines out at Bluff shut down, that’s it they’re fucked, there is no turning them back on again.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Crisis–what crisis? does National still want to keep New Zealand going as an economic entity that generates taxes for a social wage and basic standard of living…

    It appears not really, and they have only got away with it due to the massive Aussie escape valve (“NZ wages have caught up with Australian wages, but only for those kiwis over there” goes the sardonic rejoinder).

    Torys always stand for maximum transfer of wealth to the wealthy and a bit to the small beer aspirational types. By overseeing the destruction of manufacturing and forestry, opening up to yet more direct foreign investment and land sales they really have staked their position as comprador capitalists.

  6. tracey 6

    “The Ministry of Education still owes teachers and school support staff nearly $12 million in non-payments or underpayments due to the flawed Novopay pay roll system, according to information revealed under the Official Information Act.

    The information showed that as part of pay cycle 21, dated January 9, school staff were still waiting to be properly paid by the ministry after assurances problems would be patched up by Christmas.”

    They are constantly pilloried (teachers) and have a damned hard job, any other sector not paid by their employer tot his extent would just keep quiet? Yea Right?

    The diplomats were going to be cut but no, a quick about turn…

    Perata MUST resign. This is an appalling indictment and she is, ultimately, the employer of these folks.

  7. fenderviper 7

    Carpet is no longer “trendy” with designers these days sadly. It gets overlooked as flooring in the quest for the clean “minimalist” look of timber and fake timber click together flooring, and with the increasing use of underfloor heating these cold surfaces don’t need to be. Trends and fashions are constantly changing but by the time carpet is fashionable again making it here will be yet another skill we will have lost.
    Apparently many overlook wool and go for nylon carpet, probably a reflection of our throwaway short-sighted consumer habits. Give me wool any day thanks, and give me a Government that protects and cares for our manufacturers.
    Most designers are just followers, but when my kids were learning to walk carpet was far more appropriate, and in winter it can’t be beaten.

    • Rob 7.1

      Yep, I agrre Fender. Its interesting that a major carpet reatiler is now selling 90% synthetic / 10% wool now. This stuff, all imported is mainly recycled PET so it carries a strong marketing green message. Its not an easy scenario and its very sad.

    • infused 7.2

      Well probably because the synthetic stuff lasts a lot longer and is cheaper.

  8. bad12 8

    I listened to a quote from the National Government MP that has Oamaru included within it’s boundaries and according to this obscurity She is only surprised that the wool spinning plant stayed open for as long as it did,

    Translation, f**k that old dinosaur has finally fallen, it should have closed 10 years ago,

    The obscurity that is the National Government MP for Oamaru went on to say it’s all roses as such a trained workforce will have no problems finding another job in the town,

    Translation, as a National MP i don’t give a big fat one if they find a job or not and neither do i have a clue or care that there will be further job losses as a result of the wool spinning plant’s closure and it’s Bill as Minister of Finance who cares or not that the overall number of jobs in the NZ economy has just shrunk by another 200 and i know Bill doesn’t,

    Paula who’s job it is to now care will happily sign the just sacked workers onto the dole but my advice to them is to f**k off to Ozzy while they still have some coin left because if Paula catches them over-staying their welcome by malingering on the dole She will simply kick them off of it as Bill says the important thing is that the budget gets balanced and it’s those dole bludgers who are holding us back from achieving that…

  9. xtasy 9

    Hah, no problem!

    Just export more live cows to China, that will balance the books!

    One ship just left Timaru bound for there.

    Send Kiwi farm workers and milkers over there too, to show them how the work is done properly.

    Then sell NZ land and real estate slice by slice, block by block, and the money will flow in.

    Invest in currencies and credit default future options, and you will be “sweet”, just like me.

    Make sure though you get a spot to build your little mansion on a place off-shore, to cover your risks. I am all set for a neat retirement on Hawaii, sipping on cocktails and beers for the rest of my days, also chatting with mates from Hollywood by the barbeque.

    Have a great new year in 2013

    Hone aka “John” Keypone

  10. georgecom 10

    I think fairness dictates that the comment about Labour wasting time with speaker side shows is strongly tempered with a statement that the party is actually doing quite a lot to highlight the issue of loss of manufacturing, unemployment and looking for solutions. It is the other major party that is stuck in sideshows and wringing its hands in anguish whilst actually doing nothing, apart from raising excuses.

    There is only so much a government can do. There are factors beyond NZ government influence. But, there are things the government can do and can investigate. It seems quite clear that we will have to wait for a change of government for this to come about.

    • CV - Real Labour 10.1

      There is only so much a government can do. There are factors beyond NZ government influence.

      I know, let’s sign up to the TPP and limit this even further!

  11. Tom 11

    OK , i don’t think anyone is happy about the loss of jobs , but reading the commentary i hear nothing about a solution ! Please feel free to offer solutions , i am continually disappointed with the left – no solutions

    • RedLogix 11.1

      Tom,

      Fair point that this post or thread doesn’t go into the solution side. But certainly over the years this site alone has detailed and debated many, many ideas around how socialism builds the capacity of a society to solve it’s problems.

      The fundamental premise of socialism is that all human endeavour is built upon collective effort. No man or woman will thrive in isolation. And while all people are naturally and rightly different, nonetheless however brilliant, talented, skilled or hard-working a person is …. all of that would count for nothing unless they are living in a functioning society.

      It is a subtle paradox that in order for the individual to be truly free to achieve the best they can; they must submit a portion of their liberty to the collective norms and needs of the society around them. The two are mutually interdependent on each other.

      Once upon a time liberals and conservatives more or less agreed on this; they just differed on the details. But over the last 30 years we have seen a corrosive neo-liberal agenda breakdown this moral social contract, enabling a very tiny minority accumulate immense wealth and privilege at the expense of everyone else. We maintain this is degenerate, immoral and ultimately unstable.

      The solutions we offer essentially look to establish a more even balance between the three main actors in any society; the state, the community and the individual. Get that right and most other problems become much easier to solve.

      • CV - Real Labour 11.1.1

        Darn it RL you always make me look like the hard line lefty ;)

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2

        The solutions we offer essentially look to establish a more even balance between the three main actors in any society; the state, the community and the individual. Get that right and most other problems become much easier to solve.

        And within the limits set by the environment which automatically means the removal of capitalism due to capitalism’s need for perpetual growth.

        • RedLogix 11.1.2.1

          Underlying that is a really interesting question DtB. While I agree with you 100% it does seem that something about how humans are wired means we struggle with properly accounting for the external environmental costs of our activity.

          For all of our evolution the natural world was simply ‘there to exploit’. As hunter-gatherers with a very low population density there was always effectively unlimited food and resources to use. However when we adopted agriculture and technology we immensely intensified our resource consumption so that now we’re now well within sight of the limits of the planet’s resources.

          Within that evolutionary model, the permanent need to limit our growth and resource use is a wholly new phase of our existence. (Sure we’ve experienced many short-term resource restrictions at a local or regional level, but over 4 million years the overall story has been unrestrained growth.)

          My question is this. Are we as a species capable of adapting permanently to limited resources? I’ve long held that ‘human nature’ is not a fixed thing, that social constructs are remarkably powerful at modifying our behaviour. There indeed some examples of societies (the Arctic Inuit are the one example who leap to mind) who have made this adaptation so I believe it is possible. And yet at the same time we have a very clear set of evolutionary preferences, and whenever we transgress them we pay a price in one form or another.

          But am I just being hopelessly optimistic? I know Robert Atack and AFKTT would disagree with me. The fate of all such low-growth, sustainable and less aggressive societies has usually been to be colonised or wiped out by more aggressive ones. Therefore in order for such a solution to stable globally it would have to be institutionalised globally as well.

          • CV - Real Labour 11.1.2.1.1

            For all of our evolution the natural world was simply ‘there to exploit’. As hunter-gatherers with a very low population density there was always effectively unlimited food and resources to use.

            Yet many such hunter-gatherer cultures developed philosophies and ways of living in harmony and respect with their environment, as you point out later.

            The fate of all such low-growth, sustainable and less aggressive societies has usually been to be colonised or wiped out by more aggressive ones.

            Indeed. More aggressive ones like the Achaemenid? The Roman? The Mongol? The Spanish? The British? The American? One should then look at how long lasting those aggressively resource consuming empires lasted…

            • RedLogix 11.1.2.1.1.1

              I agree it appears that probably most pre-agricultural societies were essentially sustainable, ecologically harmonious…. perhaps more as a result of simple evolutionary pressure than the result of conscious choices.

              If your tribe essentially depends on being nomadic, to be able to move whenever you’ve reached the local limit of resources … then there is strong evolutionary pressure against tribes that grow beyond a certain size (probably somewhere between 100 – 200 individuals) which would make the nomadic strategy less effective. After all if there were 10,000 of you, then you’d use up resources in any one location very quickly and you’d be moving so often that the costs would start to exceed the gains.

              But of course agriculture with all it’s concomittent aspects such as property, hierarchy, power and hegemony changed all of this on it’s head, rewarding the aggressive aggregators and punishing the sustainable nomadics. But having reached the limits of growth, having become the first post-evolutionary species on Earth… what’s next?

              Extinction? Retreat to the Stone Age? A brutal Dark Age? The eco-technic dream? Or something else. Because this time we have to make a choice.

              • CV - Real Labour

                Because this time we have to make a choice.

                Indeed. The next question is – who are the decision makers who have the authority to make these choices, how do you get them into the same room to discuss the hard issues, and then to make (and sell) the needed calls.

                As you know, Greer suggests that it will be far easier to have this discussion on the personal and community level.

                • RedLogix

                  One of Greer’s latest essays detailed Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” paper:

                  http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_tragedy_of_the_commons.html

                  Worth a read in this context.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  who are the decision makers who have the authority to make these choices,

                  Us, everyone.

                  how do you get them into the same room to discuss the hard issues

                  Difficult but not impossible. The internet will help as it allows information to be easily propagated as well as helping discussion. The problem is that disinformation is also propagated as we see with Climate Change Denialism.

                  and then to make (and sell) the needed calls.

                  We can vote online. I know you don’t like that idea but there really is no other way to get effective democracy.

                  • CV - Real Labour

                    It’s the same problem that I say that Jenny has. Few people are going to vote for greatly decreasing their short term creature comforts, income and transportation, even if it will be very helpful to them and their children on a 25 year timeframe.

                    • Jenny

                      Yet Churchill promised the people of Britain nothing but blood sweat and tears and then delivered on it. Yet was re-elected as Prime Minister. And all polls since have counted Churchill as the greatest Britain of all time.

                      I might also mention that other notorious tory, Roger Douglas. Douglas told everyone particularly Labour voters that the country needed to tighten it’s belts for the good of all. And in 1987 working people gave him the benefit of the doubt and returned Labour with a hugely unprecedented landslide. It took another three years before voters realised they had been had.

                      The right put up uncomfortable and unpopular policies all the time and it doesn’t seem to hurt their support.

                      Look at the asset sales for instance. Wildly unpopular, all polls show the vast majority of the population to be opposed. Yet the Nats vote still holds up.

                      What you are ignoring CV is the power of leadership. Good, or bad. It can make a qualitative difference.

                      You get a mainstream leader of one of the big parities to really start tub thumping about the deadly threat that climate change poses. You get the Green Party to reverse their so called “pragmatic” strategy to down play climate change and instead really start campaigning on it.

                    • Jenny

                      The Green Party need to stop patronising the public and start telling it like it is. They might be pleasantly surprised in how many people will listen to them. People can sense when they are being patronised. The Greens in saying that the public wouldn’t understand about climate change are really saying, we are better than you, you are not as clever as us. You wouldn’t understand.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      FFS Churchill promised the English hardship and short rations as a better alternative to singing God Save the Queen in German.

                      What you are ignoring CV is the power of leadership. Good, or bad. It can make a qualitative difference.

                      Sure, leadership makes a big difference. Pray tell, who have you identified as NZ’s Churchill of Climate Change?

                      You get a mainstream leader of one of the big parities to really start tub thumping about the deadly threat that climate change poses. You get the Green Party to reverse their so called “pragmatic” strategy to down play climate change and instead really start campaigning on it.

                      Awesome. Why didn’t I think of this. BTW you forgot to get Winston to make all his House speeches from now on about the subject of AGW.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The Greens in saying that the public wouldn’t understand about climate change are really saying, we are better than you, you are not as clever as us. You wouldn’t understand.

                      Yeah, that must be why the Greens are sitting at near-record polling. Perhaps it’s vital that they take you on as a political advisor right now before they crash and burn.

              • Draco T Bastard

                I may be a bit of an optimist but I tend for the eco-technic dream. Living within the Earth’s limits while still reaching for the stars. Any other choice brings about that brutal Dark Age.

                The difficulty seems to be in getting everyone else to make the same choice especially considering that a lot of people seem determined to disbelieve reality.

                • RedLogix

                  But Hardin points out that the mere appeal to rationality and conscience is self-eliminating:

                  The long-term disadvantage of an appeal to conscience should be enough to condemn it; but has serious short-term disadvantages as well. If we ask a man who is exploiting a commons to desist “in the name of conscience,” what are we saying to him? What does he hear?–not only at the moment but also in the wee small hours of the night when, half asleep, he remembers not merely the words we used but also the nonverbal communication cues we gave him unawares? Sooner or later, consciously or subconsciously, he senses that he has received two communications, and that they are contradictory: (i) (intended communication) “If you don’t do as we ask, we will openly condemn you for not acting like a responsible citizen”; (ii) (the unintended communication) “If you do behave as we ask, we will secretly condemn you for a simpleton who can be shamed into standing aside while the rest of us exploit the commons.”

                  If we want the eco-technic dream we must not only be willing to choose it, we must be willing to impose it. Therein lies a can of worms.

                  • CV - Real Labour

                    That is exactly the problem.

                    But there is one more: at some stage, if we do not act positively now, a very serious climate crisis incident or energy crisis incident (or string of incidents), combined with peak debt, dictatorial circumstances will arise.

                    • RedLogix

                      Now while I’ve quoted Hardin because I think he makes a strong argument; I’d like to offer a counter thought.

                      What if there was indeed another possibility? Our entire modern social construct is about the accumulation and exercise of power. Everything political is an exercise in power in some degree or form. What if we turned this on it’s head? What if we re-constructed our society so that it was the exercise of service to others that became the prime motivation?

                      This is not as pollyanna-ish as it sounds. We already know that most people actually enjoy being helpful, doing good things for others. We know that humans have this capacity. What if we realised that we’d be enormously happier and better off if instead of constantly looking out for number one, we set that aside and looked after everyone else instead?

                      At that point I’d suggest that far from having to impose a sustainable, eco-technic dream … it would simply happen because everyone would want it. Which removes the perils of coercion.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Excellent observation RL. Check out this presentation by Dmitri Orlov on the “Gift Economy”.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P2zALEauSA

                      What he says is that in “olden times” collecting wealth was not particularly respected, it was what you did with that wealth and how trustworthy you were in your dealings with others, which was respected. And not just respected, but actually rewarded by the communities that you moved in. “A man’s word is his bond” kind of idea.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      What if we re-constructed our society so that it was the exercise of service to others that became the prime motivation?

                      Yep, we have to do that too. Change society from one where greed is good to one where it isn’t. It’s not going to happen over night but it can happen.

                    • RedLogix

                      CV,

                      Thanks; the Dmitri Orlov video takes a while to get through, but in his usual droll fashion he’s absolutely worth the time.

                      Nonetheless while I admire much of what he’s saying (and JMG who’s saying much the same things) … there’s still something missing. I’m not at all sure that the future is simply a re-run of the medieval era.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Who’s this “we”?

                    I’m talking about making the facts available to people and letting them make up their own minds. From what I can make out the majority of people really do want to save the environment but the government and business don’t as that will stop them making as much money.

    • CV - Real Labour 11.2

      You have to be fucking kidding me.

      Here’s a 5 point plan:

      1) R&D and capital investment tax breaks.
      2) KiwiBank to provide low interest development loans to high tech businesses and manufacturers.
      3) Buy NZ made policy.
      4) Capital restrictions and pegging of the NZ dollar to a basket of trading partner currencies.
      5) Incentives for greenfields manufacturing and high technology FDI.

      Shit for brains.

      • rosy 11.2.1

        6) And in economic matters a return to the 3-way compact between government, business and labour. Not this 2-way exclusion deal we have now between government and corporate interests.

      • McFlock 11.2.2

        A one point plan would be make 0-4% unemployment an objective of government and a reserve bank target alongside inflation.

        One byproduct of jobs growth is inflation that might peak above a few percent. But by having inflation as the sole requirement, any recovery is suffocated as soon as it emerges. According to RBA objectives, a morgue is the ideal economy – no inflation.

        • CV - Real Labour 11.2.2.1

          Having the government increase its control over the supply of money into the economy would help tamp down any resulting inflation – i.e. have the government issue more of the money into the economy as debt free cash, and have the banks issue less of the money into the economy as credit (loans) which they then charge interest on.

          A second step to controlling resulting inflation is to ensure that moneyflows are directed at building up productive and competitive businesses, not at asset price speculation/bubbles.

          A third step to keep inflation in check is for the government to get on the scene and become a major cost controlling provider of
          - Housing
          - Power
          - Internet

          These are all things that the top 80% of households spend a lot of money on month to month, and bringing their cost down significantly would offset inflationary pressures elsewhere.

  12. pdubyah 12

    Japanese owners

    sell to

    Australians

    that’s not the issue though, right?

    Is that we need one exchange rate for “manufacturing” and one for “Farming” and one for “Tourism”

    and a campaign to get people to buy more wool carpets?

    oh and it’s the tip of a rapidly melting iceberg if you’re being honest and it’s been melting for a long long long time

    • CV - Real Labour 12.1

      Thanks for your pointless, hopeless, actionless “analysis”. When we need you to run the country and do nothing, please expect a phone call.

      Is that we need one exchange rate for “manufacturing” and one for “Farming” and one for “Tourism”

      Wow, is the brains trust on strike here? Tourists hate our high NZ dollar. A lower dollar would make us a cheaper, and therefore far ore attractive, tourist destination. Manufacturers hate our high NZ dollar. It makes their products look expensive overseas and it makes it hard to compete against local manufacturers in other countries. Farmers hat the high NZ dollar. The majority of NZ ag/hort product is sold in US$ markets. But when you bring those US$ back to NZ, it converts into less NZD because of our high dollar.

      oh and it’s the tip of a rapidly melting iceberg if you’re being honest and it’s been melting for a long long long time

      30 years of neoliberal rule destroying our country’s industry, yeah we know.

      • pdubyah 12.1.1

        Didn’t actually realise that you’re clearly an economist, industrialist and in line for a shot at the Governor Reserve Bank should it become available. Kepp those big ideas coming, they’re all equally as actionable as your pie-in-the-skyy 5 point plan.

      • Rogue Trooper 12.1.2

        to be balanced Viper, approx 28 more cruise ships are to visit HB before the swallows migrate (and I am in favour of ships over airlines myself, sorta reminds me of Waterworld, though The Postman was superior; had TP in it)

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    Labour | 22-07
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    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
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  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
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