A bribe is not a plan

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As recently posted here, there is a vast gulf between National’s rhetoric and the reality on tax cuts. Before the election National sold its tax cut programme as the answer to every question. Tax cuts were the centrepiece of National’s economic plan and its response to the economic crisis:

Key: Tax cuts are a top priority for National. They are an essential part of our five-point plan for the economy to make New Zealand a wealthier, more successful country.

National never truly believed this rhetoric or it would never have cancelled tax cuts in the budget. The reality is that tax cuts were just an election bribe.

Tax cuts don’t cause growth (though they may sometimes be coincidentally correlated with it, allowing this specious claim to continue). The April 1st tax cuts (which National did not cancel) certainly did not cause any growth in NZ:

Tax cuts leave retailers cold

Tax cuts were an April Fool’s joke for retailers – sales went down, not up.

Statistics New Zealand figures showed core retail sales, excluding vehicles and fuel, dipped 0.1 per cent in April despite the tax cuts. The benefit from tax cuts, falling mortgage interest rates in the past year, rising migration, and a pick-up in housing sales in recent weeks have come to less than nought.

People are being more cautious, saving their tax cuts or paying down debt because of rising unemployment, economists said.

Some economists had expected a 1 per cent lift in core sales figures because of tax cuts from the start of April. But the positives had been overwhelmed by the negatives of rising unemployment and lower wage growth, economists said.

The benefits of the April 1 tax cuts went to the wrong people, the better off, who put the money in the bank. Tax cuts in and of themselves don’t cause growth, and National knows this, which is why it cancelled the future cuts when they became unaffordable. The way to get growth is to invest in jobs and wages, education and training, research and development, export incentives and other forms of targeted stimulus – and on these terms the 2009 budget was a whole heap of fail.

So what is National’s plan for the economy? It isn’t the tax cuts – that bribe got cancelled. It isn’t real investment in growth – the budget cupboard was bare. So what is it? Does National have a plan at all?

39 comments on “A bribe is not a plan ”

  1. Maynard J 1

    At least they cancelled the proposed ones, knowing they will be ineffectual. They could have carried on regardless and on an ideological bent, so credit to English and National for doing the right thing there – even if it was clearly one round of tax cuts too late.

    • r0b 1.1

      I quite agree!

      But now what? Once you’ve chucked away “an essential part” of your “five-point plan for the economy”, what happens next? What’s the new plan?

  2. Kevin Welsh 2

    Maynard J, I do not believe for one minute that they EVER planned for them to go ahead.

    This was good old vote buying at its best. If not, then Bill English and John Key are probably the two stupidest financial people in the world. The writing was on the wall before the 2008 General Election only they chose to ignore it.

    If someone like me can read the signs that were appearing on an almost daily basis, why couldn’t they?

  3. OhPlease 3

    “tax cuts don’t cause growth”. I am disappointed at TheStandard’s continuing push that economic growth is the be all and end all. The highest growing regions are China and India – go live there and see how it feels. Whether tax cuts cause or retard growth is not the issue. Tax cuts undermine social security- that’s the problem.

    [lprent: “The Standard” is a dumb machine – it doesn’t have either brains or an opinion. This site has a hell of a lot of people posting under either pseudonyms or Guest Posts. It’d be rare to find more than a few with a common opinion on anything.

    You could talk to the author of the post(s), but I’d suggest that talking to a dumb machine is just likely to diminish peoples opinion of your intelligence. Please read the about and policy. ]

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      China and India are the highest growing areas because they have the most growth left to do. Duh.

    • r0b 3.2

      Lynn, or one of the posters here, would probably remind you that the views of individual posters are not the views of “The Standard” (whatever that means!).

      But I agree that the growth fixation is a bad thing. See what’s wrong with GDP as a measure, and stuff on the alternative measure of GPI (here here).

      Now that’s a debate I’d love to see in this country!

    • Anthony Karinski 3.3

      “”The Standard” is a dumb machine – it doesn’t have either brains or an opinion. This site has a hell of a lot of people posting under either pseudonyms or Guest Posts. It’d be rare to find more than a few with a common opinion on anything. ”

      The “dumb” Standard machine must be showing some signs of AI as I’ve seen it write several posts lately. such as this: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/boniface-hits-the-mark/ You guys should get ready for a trip to Stockholm and collect that Nobel price 😉

      [lprent: So what you are saying is that you have no ability to observe.

      It you did have, then you’d have noticed that what goes up under “The Standard” are public notices or direct intact copies of material from elsewhere on the web.

      The authors on this site don’t want to take credit for other peoples work. We seldom even do an “Indeed” level comment on those types of posts so they go up under a generic poster name “The Standard”. So there is not real content from people on this site.

      We failed to find a better name for the task so that is what it defaulted to. ]

      • jarbury 3.3.1

        I’m not a particularly big fan of anonymous guest posts. Generally if someone takes the time and effort to put together a post for The Standard (as I did once) then chances are they are a regular commenter here and should have the guts to put their name to what they write.

        Just my 2c

        • lprent 3.3.1.1

          That is pretty much a matter of personal preference. I’d prefer that they used a pseudonym to distinguish themselves from the other guest posts. But I’m not a great believer in “real names” simply because I’ve been around the nets for decades, and whatever you say persists. It simply aids the stalkers and refuse eaters like Whaledreck. However a good pseudonym carries weight after you’ve built it up through sheer force of good opinions.

          But really I’m more interested in presenting the content and ideas. The comments section will analyze it to death anyway. There have only been a few times that we have amended a post and those were not for being objectionable. They were for being offensive in the eyes of the moderators.

          People cannot try to say what the authors should be writing about. But they analyze (ie using brains to criticize) why the author was daft to write what they did. A bit of a training exercise for the author.

        • r0b 3.3.1.2

          I’m not a particularly big fan of anonymous guest posts.

          I’m interested in other people’s opinions on this.

          I’ve written quite a few unsigned guest posts. My reasoning is that its good to have a fair volume of such posts going through the system so that other people, who might feel more shy about writing, might be encouraged by example to make their own contributions.

          I don’t feel any need to put the name “r0b” on these things because its the ideas and the debate that matter to me, not the name attached to them (and of course the name is pretty meaningless in my case anyway – a “tribute” to Muldoon, who got me in to politics, “bless him”).

          But if the majority feel, like Jarbury, that this is copping out in some way, then I’d think again about my position on this.

          • jarbury 3.3.1.2.1

            I think where I’m coming from is that an opinion piece (which blog posts clearly are) is someone’s opinion on a matter, so I think it is quite important to work out whose opinion it actually is.

            I do understand the thinking behind wanting to make the issue the big deal, rather than who posted it, but generally as people aren’t using their real names I doubt that the identity of the poster will end up being the focus of the conversation.

            In fact you could end up with a situation where I read a guest post, don’t really agree with it but get to the end and find out that it was written by someone whose comments I usually do agree with. That might make me think twice about my original interpretation of the post and really try to understand the point they were getting across. Furthermore, if I have a question on the post it’s quite good to know who of the commenters is actually going to respond to it.

      • Anthony Karinski 3.3.2

        Fair enough. But I think most people would say that the usage of the moniker “The Standard’ implies a bit more than bits and bytes on a server. Presumably it’s used collectively by several authors on paste and copy pieces. As such I would consider it akin to a newspaper editorial, which often is anonymous and authored by different journalists and editors over time. The editorial thus conveys the “collective’ opinion of several jurnos (although a number of them are likely to disagree with other jurnos’ editorials) that together make up a paper like the NZ Herald.

        We’re well aware that the printing machines at the Herald don’t write the editorials themselves. Still the Heralds editorials, just as the Standard pieces, are considered by most readers the views of an entity representing the collective voice of the people using the moniker. Thus the pieces “The Standard’ chooses to highlight, and to some extent comment on, communicate messages you as a group are comfortable publishing under the same name.

        • Eddie 3.3.2.1

          I’ll put it this way:

          Where an opinion piece is marked with “The Standard” as the author it is the editorial line of The Standard. However, I think we’ve only done that once, when we called for a referendum on the super city.

          Where a copy and paste job of someone else’s work is marked as “The Standard” all you can really read into that is that an author at The Standard thinks it’s worth passing on.

          Anything else is the personal opinion of the individual author it’s been attributed to.

          • r0b 3.3.2.1.1

            I think you’d have to agree that those two uses of “The Standard” can be confusing Eddie, and there was also that bunch of posts on “the standard line” a while back – I can see how its all very confusing to newcomers.

            I wonder if, as The Standard grows and evolves, the writing team want to revisit this and editorial policy in general every now and again, see if they want to make any changes, and make sure everyone is on the same page.

  4. Maynard J 4

    “I do not believe for one minute that they EVER planned for them to go ahead.”

    It is hard to prove a negative – but remember that they could have found a way if they really wanted to. Only (“only”..oh well, anyway) $500m was cut from Crown expenditure. If they really wanted to, they could have found a lot more, to find tax cuts.

    I also think that people’s recollection of events can become somewhat compressed. At the time of the egenral election things were bad, but it was a very fluid and rapidly worsening picture – National would have had to change their policy in mid-campaign. Realistically, that would be virtually impossible and I am not sure it was as bad as you suggest at election time.

    You could be right, but I would not be confident in making that call myself.

    rob, that is indeed the question. It shows what reliance on tax-cuts as a platform does – and makes you wonder why people wanted a long-term (virtually permanent) solution to a short term problem (if you consider surpluses a ‘problem’). Labour countered that argument poorly, but it was a simple one – “there is extra money, now give us some”. Counter: “there will not always be extra money” or “while there is extra money now, if we give you some that will expose us in the future” and so on.

    The other four points, and are they as flawed as the one already discarded:

    Bringing discipline to government spending.
    Tackling bureaucracy and red tape.
    An unwavering focus on lifting education standards.
    Boosting infrastructure to help this country grow.

    1 – rhetoric and lip-service to the right.
    2 – economic growth at the expense of society and the environment. So 1800s
    3 – Like adult education? Or forcing focus on kids passing exams, not actual teaching? Hmmm.
    4 – Seven big roads. National cycleway. So a few jobs in construction, eventually, and maybe some tourism a few years down the track, so to speak.

    Looks like a half-point plan to me.

    What about education for the newly unemployed? A new green deal? Investing in people, instead of some tar-seal?

    • r0b 4.1

      Nice summary!

      A green new deal – oh yes please. One thing that Obama is at least starting to get right.

      The Obama administration is using Earth Day for launching another all-out effort to sell the American public and key lawmakers on “green jobs” as the solution for the United States’ environmental and economic woes.

      It has become increasingly clear that the administration’s central theme — not to mention its pitch to key lawmakers — is that energy-related legislative priorities are based not only on environmental merits but on their ability to create jobs.

      Both Obama’s allies and his critics say such a message is aimed at broadening the constituency for such initiatives — rallying the traditional “green” vote as well as blue-collar workers and the U.S. manufacturing base.

      “This is the kind of ‘for everybody Earth Day agenda’ that the Obama administration stands for,” White House Council on Environmental Quality adviser Van Jones said yesterday. “There’s a wingspan on these jobs goes from GED to Ph.D.”

      Jones added, “The administration is committed that green jobs be good jobs, and there’s a strong commitment to make sure that it actually happens.”

      Full credit to our own Greens on this:
      http://www.thestandard.org.nz/the-green-new-deal/
      Now that’s what a plan looks like!

      • Maynard J 4.1.1

        That document from the greens was a piece of work alright. I was disappointed there was no shadow budget from Labour, or at least a few suggested policies. I guess that they are unlikely to have been able to forumulate something detailed so soon after being relegated to the opposition (and the inevitable “but you had nine years rigamarole”), and hope for more next budget. It is just a shame that there was nothing, given the special circumstances of this budget.

  5. Lew 5

    Is it redundant to point out that a tax cut is no more a “bribe” than interest-free student loans or regular minimum wage increases?

    ‘Bribe’ is just a propaganda term in this usage; it clouds the policy issue rather than making it clearer.

    L

    • r0b 5.1

      Is it redundant to point out that a tax cut is no more a “bribe’ than interest-free student loans or regular minimum wage increases?

      Not at all, it’s point well worth discussing. Two important differences I think between (A) tax cuts and (B) loans / wages.

      First, I think the case for the social and economic benefits of B are much clearer than the benefits of A.

      Second, B was actually delivered, and A was not (at least not fully). The promise of A going in to the 08 election was unrealistic.

      ‘Bribe’ is just a propaganda term in this usage; it clouds the policy issue rather than making it clearer.

      I disagree. Let’s call a spade a spade. When you promise something with no realistic chance of delivering it, which is what National did with tax cuts, it isn’t a real policy, it’s an election bribe. Propaganda is what National did with it’s unrealistic promises, it isn’t propaganda to point that out.

      • Maynard J 5.1.1

        I also point out that A is a direct payment from the Government to people, B is not. that makes a difference as to whether it is a ‘bribe’.

        “When you promise something with no realistic chance of delivering it, which is what National did with tax cuts, it isn’t a real policy, it’s an election bribe. ”

        I am not sure this criteria is right, r0b. Would a bribe not be a bribe whether it is paid out or not?

        I see Lew’s point – there are differences between the two, and I agree that there are social benefits from B that are not received from A, but the term ‘bribe’ might not help – would working for families count?

        So, the connotations of a bribe are an illegal (or morally dubious) payment as an inducement for a favour. This was merely a promise of a stupid payment for a favour, and perfectly above board in a legal sense. Morally dubious? Debatable (endlessly) – but does that make it a bribe? Grey area emergning in my mind. Adopting a fence sitting position for time being.

        • r0b 5.1.1.1

          Well no it’s not a “bribe” in the sense of an illegal secretive payment, but isn’t “election bribe” a general enough concept?

          • Maynard J 5.1.1.1.1

            Maybe I am taking a too literal view. But I am coming from the direction of it being a term that promotes a cynicism in politics – anything that a party wants to do for you is just a bribe to get your vote so that they can get power, their real goal.

            Kind of like PC – there is a correct application for the term that got lost years ago. You could argue this specific case either way really (well that is stating the obvious isn’t it, since that is what is happening right here!).

          • r0b 5.1.1.1.2

            But I am coming from the direction of it being a term that promotes a cynicism in politics

            I think that’s a really interesting point – you should do a guest post. What is the role of cynicism in politics? Is it something we on the left should rise above, or something that we have to use of we want to win elections? Do we have to fight fire with fire?

            Watching the way the last Labour government was eventually brought down by 1000 little cynical lies I must admit that my attitudes have hardened considerably in the “cynacism with cynacism” direction (not lies, but robust language and debate). Perhaps I’m wrong. Convince me!

          • Lew 5.1.1.1.3

            MJ,

            a term that promotes a cynicism in politics … Kind of like PC there is a correct application for the term that got lost years ago.

            This is exactly what I mean by ‘propaganda term’ – a term whose actual meaning is so divorced from its usage as to confuse an issue or render it less easy to understand, rather than clarifying it. A term where you come away with the valence (positive or negative) but no actual understanding of what’s being discussed.

            I’ve been meaning to do a post on common propaganda terms in NZ discourse for ages – I just haven’t had time as yet. A good start would be a list.

            L

        • vto 5.1.1.2

          Maynard “I also point out that A is a direct payment from the Government to people”

          How wrong, how wrong.

          It is in fact the complete opposite, but the perception of A as how you describe it Mr Maynard undercuts the whole debate about tax and its place. This is a Cullen view of tax.

          People need to learn that tax cuts are not a payment by the govt. Until that is understood all debate is rather pointless on this issue.

          • Maynard J 5.1.1.2.1

            yeah yeah, I was arguing the difference between a direct transfer of wealth versus indirect.

            If you pay a phone bill and your line rental is reduced, then it is not a ‘payment by the phone company’. I am sure we agree there.

            You are arguing that it is as simple with the government. It is not. The term was one that brooks objection such as yours, but there is plenty of room for debate here and it is not something the left (sorry, “people”) needs to realise, as you suggest. Also wrong.

            Suggesting that until people see things your way there is no point having the debate is a touch of the absurd, is it not?

          • vto 5.1.1.2.2

            Sorry, sometimes I only get time for a quick snap at someone’s heels and interfere annoyingly with a bigger debate… Feel free to ignore.

            But I would be interested mr maynard to hear what the argument is for tax cuts in any way being a payment from the govt to the taxpayer. You disagreed with me but offered no support for that disagreement.

          • Maynard J 5.1.1.2.3

            That is ok vto. Was not trying to respond fully, just say that a payment from government might not be the correct term, but nor is the converse (letting people keep their own money). The latter implies that your whole pay packet is yours, and that it is wrong to have any of it taken in tax but it sort of has to happen.

            Given that we are paying for various services over the course of our working life, neither is strictly true. I like to think that what is taxed is the correct amount due for living in society, and since I would not have that money without society, it woul be wrong to think of it as all ‘my’ money in the first place. I appreciate how truly abhorrent that view is to some people!

          • vto 5.1.1.2.4

            Partial, partial M J. You say “The latter implies that your whole pay packet is yours, and that it is wrong to have any of it taken in tax but it sort of has to happen.”

            The second part of that sentence of yours does not necessarily follow. I think most people would consider the first part correct but not the second and are in fact happy to pay to the govt an amount for the necessary services.

            I imagine most people consider themselves part of society and that they need to (and want to) contribute. But that does not mean that their daily toil is not their own. Contribution is made by the simple act of going about daily business as well as all other forms of contribution such as taxation.

            Anyway, perhaps I getting all tanglemangled in pedantry…

            (Tho I do stand by my original point that tax cuts are not a payment by govt)

          • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.2.5

            vto, would you agree, perhaps, that when ‘tax cuts’ are implemented without a cutting of spending to compensate the crown accounts for the foregone revenue, then that could be classed as a ‘payment by the government’?

            Or rather, a tax on the future taxpayers for the benefit of those who get tax cuts today. A transfer payment if you like, from our grandkids to ourselves.

            Not saying this in relation to the here and now, necessarily, but just as a principle.

      • Lew 5.1.2

        r0b, heh, an early draft contained a similar sort of discussion of the relative merits, but then I thought the relative merits redundant : )

        Let’s call a spade a spade. When you promise something with no realistic chance of delivering it, which is what National did with tax cuts, it isn’t a real policy, it’s an election bribe.

        So is a characteristic of an ‘election bribe’ that it not be delivered? I’m not so sure about that. I don’t think this is so much calling a spade a spade as calling a shovel a fork.

        L

        • r0b 5.1.2.1

          So is a characteristic of an ‘election bribe’ that it not be delivered?

          I wouldn’t have thought so – some election bribes get delivered and some don’t. But when you promise something and don’t deliver it, I think that raises the odds that it was a bribe, that you weren’t committed to it.

          Anyway, if you’re looking for Labour’s bribes, I think their tax cuts is a much more obvious example than loans / wages.

          • Lew 5.1.2.1.1

            r0b,

            But when you promise something and don’t deliver it, I think that raises the odds that it was a bribe, that you weren’t committed to it.

            Ok. So a bribe in this usage is something offered as a convenience or inducement to the electorate, rather than for its policy value. Need something have no policy value to be a bribe, or is it a matter of intent on the campaigning party? Because I can roll out plenty of people who reckon the tax cuts had legitimate policy value, and the examples I cited for Labour’s side (and WFF) all have manifest policy value as well. I think this is what makes ‘bribe’ a propaganda term – it contains implicit speculation as to the motives of a political actor, which commonly run counter to their stated motives or their motives in principle. That’s contentious, and a political question of judgement rather than one of actual factual fact.

            L

          • r0b 5.1.2.1.2

            That’s contentious, and a political question of judgement rather than one of actual factual fact.

            Well yes, of course. Pedantio ad absurdium?

            As per most discussion on political blogs, you can make a case, but ultimately the “facts” are largely unknown or unknowable. Pending the release of a time machine to go back and listen in on National in 2008, or a mind reading machine, then we are indeed speculating “as to the motives of a political actor”.

            But some speculations are sounder than others. If tax cuts really were an “essential part” of an economic and recovery plan, if they really did provably cause desirable growth, then you’d have to be mad to cut them. The gap between the rhetoric and the reality here is too big (at least for me) to believe that the rhetoric was ever sincere.

            Got to go for now…

          • Lew 5.1.2.1.3

            r0b,

            But some speculations are sounder than others. If tax cuts really were an “essential part’ of an economic and recovery plan, if they really did provably cause desirable growth, then you’d have to be mad to cut them. The gap between the rhetoric and the reality here is too big (at least for me) to believe that the rhetoric was ever sincere.

            Right. But that gap doesn’t make it a bribe, it makes it a broken election promise and deliberate misleading of the electorate.
            The definition is important: ‘bribe’ implies the bribed got something for their trouble. That isn’t the case here, so it obscures the facts of the policy and the nature of the deception behind it.

            I can see why ‘bribe’ is being used because it’s a nice shorthand for a lot of bad stuff which folk would like to tag National – a stronger propaganda term to use here than ‘broken promise’ because the latter puts Labour and its supporters in a bind as they can be seen to now be calling for the tax cuts they opposed. In fact, they’re not, they’re calling for truth in campaigning and calling attention to wider matter of National’s cynical politics and the lack of trustworthiness – but that message has been pretty well lost because the tactical matter of tax cuts being wrongly framed confuses the issue.

            L

  6. OhPlease 6

    Oops! Sorry – my mistake. New to this. Should have rephrased as “my problem with the poster’s argument is that he/she assumes that if tax cuts were growth enhancing, then they would be acceptable. I disagree. “

  7. r0b 7

    Oops! Sorry my mistake. New to this

    No worries, good on you for joining the debate. I for one think your point is perfectly valid, hence the GPI links above.

  8. Akldnut 8

    Well I believe that a bribe is not dependent on whether or not you get the amount or item that is offered, as long as the person/organisation gets from the “seduced” a result from the offer. (Not necessarily the result that they were after)

    When there is no payout it is then deemed
    1. A Lie
    2. Fraud
    3. A Bribe
    4. Politicing

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  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 day ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    2 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    2 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    7 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago

  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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