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A lesson for the Secretary of Education

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, November 2nd, 2012 - 50 comments
Categories: class war, education, poverty - Tags: , , , ,

Audrey Young had a puff piece on Secretary of Education Lesley Longstone today. Wading through the fluff, we find an interesting insight into Longstone’s thinking. Longstone says:

…New Zealand is seventh out of 65 countries in the latest OECD Pisa assessment for 15-year-olds. But broken down, New Zealand Europeans are second, Maori are 34th and Pacific students 44th.

Some people attributed the disparity in achievement to poverty, she said.

“I don’t agree with that analysis. I do agree that poverty makes a difference, but what I don’t agree with is that that explains everything because all those OECD countries have poverty.”

There was already plenty of evidence about what affected education, and poverty was only one factor.

Longstone can’t deny the impact of poverty, but wants to downplay it. It’s “just one factor”, “all those OECD countries have poverty”. Hmmmm. Yes, poverty is just one factor, it is overwhelmingly the most important factor. Yes, all OECD countries have poverty, and yes the effect is the same everywhere. Even the most cursory scan of the educational literature will tell you this [all emphasis mine]:

The impact of poverty on educational outcomes for children

Studies emanating from successive waves of the NLSCY have repeatedly shown that socioeconomic factors have a large, pervasive and persistent influence over school achievement (14-16). Phipps and Lethbridge (15) examined income and child outcomes in children four to 15 years of age based on data from the NLSCY. In this study, higher incomes were consistently associated with better outcomes for children. The largest effects were for cognitive and school measures (teacher-administered math and reading scores), followed by behavioural and health measures, and then social and emotional measures, which had the smallest associations. …

It is worth noting that international studies have consistently shown similar associations between socioeconomic measures and academic outcomes. For example, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assessed the comprehensive literacy skills of grade 4 students in 35 countries. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessed reading, math and science scores of 15-year-old children in 43 countries (21). At these two different stages of schooling, there was a significant relationship between SES and educational measure in all countries. This relationship has come to be known as a ‘socioeconomic gradient’; flatter gradients represent greater ‘equity of outcome’, and are generally associated with better average outcomes and a higher quality of life. Generally, the PISA and the NLSCY data support the conclusion that income or SES has important effects on educational attainment in elementary school through high school. Despite the results shown by the PISA and the NLSCY, schools are not the ultimate equalizer and the socioeconomic gradient still exists despite educational attainment.

Is the Class Half Empty? A Population-Based Perspective on Socioeconomic Status and Educational Outcomes

A child’s performance in school is strongly related to socioeconomic status. Children in families or areas with higher levels of education, employment and income (the major components of socioeconomic status) generally do better in school than children in families or areas with lower levels. Indeed, socioeconomic status is the single most powerful predictor of educational outcomes (Gorard, Fitz and Taylor 2001; Ma and Klinger 2000). …

This well-established relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and social outcomes is not just a case of impoverished children having poor outcomes when compared to others. Children from lower-middle SES families have poorer outcomes than children from middle-SES families, who in turn have poorer out- comes than children from upper-middle SES families. Each increase in socioeconomic status raises the likelihood of positive outcomes. This association between socioeconomic status and social outcomes is referred to as the socioeconomic gradient (Marmot et al. 1991; Willms 2003).

Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform

The OECD has instituted a three-year cycle for looking at reading, mathematics, and science for 15 year olds, called the PISA studies—The Program for International Student Assessment (Lemke, Calsyn, Lippman, Jocelyn, Kastberg, Liu, Roey, Williams, Kruger, & Bairu, 2001). Unfortunately PISA doesn’t do a very good job of breaking down the data by social class. So I report on ethnicity and race to discuss the effects of poverty on achievement. Given the high inter-correlations between poverty, ethnicity, and school achievement in our country, it is (sadly) not inappropriate to use ethnicity as a proxy for poverty.

Tables 3, 4 and 5 display the performance in 2000 of US 15 year olds in mathematics, literacy, and science, in relation to other nations. What stands out first is a commonly found pattern in international studies of achievement, namely, that US average scores are very close to the international average. But in a country as heterogeneous and as socially and ethnically segregated as ours, mean scores of achievement are not useful for understanding how we are really doing in international comparisons. Such data must be disaggregated. I have done that in each of the three tables presenting PISA data. From those tables we see clearly that our white students (without regard for social class) were among the highest performing students in the world. But our African American and Hispanic students, also undifferentiated by social class, were among the poorest performing students in this international sample.

Oh look – the same pattern as NZ. For a detailed analysis of poverty and PISA scores in 2009, see “Poverty and educational attainment” (ppt file) from the London School of Economics:

‘It is unarguable from the evidence presented to us that poverty is the biggest single indicator of low educational achievement.’ UK House of Commons Education and Skills Committee, 2003

The relationship between socioeconomic background and educational attainment holds in all countries participating in PISA (e.g. OECD 2001).

One final reference for good measure, check out this book: Education and Poverty in Affluent Countries.

Longstone either doesn’t know this stuff, in which case she’s incompetent, or she does, in which case she’s pushing an overt right-wing agenda at the expense of education in this country. It’s worth repeating, so I will. Longstone says that poverty “just one factor”, “all those OECD countries have poverty”. Yes, poverty is just one factor, it is overwhelmingly the most important factor. Yes, all OECD countries have poverty, and yes the effect is the same everywhere, it is damaging to educational outcomes.

50 comments on “A lesson for the Secretary of Education”

  1. PlanetOrphan 1

    Well said Anthony!

  2. One Tāne Huna 2

    Longstone fled the UK after the miserable failure of her agenda there.

    An obvious partisan political appointment, she is toxic to New Zealand education, as she was toxic to that of the UK.

    • Jane 2.1

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about as Mrs Longstone was one of the most highly regarded Director Generals in the British education system

  3. just saying 3

    +1

    edit: this was in reply to “well said Anthony”.

    • ianmac 3.1

      +1 for me too Anthony.
      We all know the who is underachieving. The current Government is making a meal of it.
      But what are they going to do to help?
      Show me the money where their loud mouth is!

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    Well sorted by AR, Longstone is just ‘spinning, spinning, spinning in her magic land’. Send her back to Hogwarts basement immediately. Experienced teachers are a resilient group but how they put up with the current shell of a Ministry is beyond me, a mere parent.

  5. onsos 5

    In a grimly unequal society like New Zealand, with high levels of relative poverty, poverty will become the decisive factor in poor education outcomes.

  6. Fortran 6

    How does she know about teaching children ? – she has never been a teacher.

    • onsos 6.1

      I don’t think that that is critical to knowing about teaching. It certainly isn’t critical to managing into place effective environments for teaching. Nonetheless, I think her ignorance of the matter is crippling–if she can’t acknowledge the most significant issues, then she is doomed to fail in fixing the problems.

      She sounds like an appointment from the school of discredited education ideologies, to me. I recognise the voice–very similar to the last public school principal I worked for, whose ignorance about what worked and what didn’t knew no bounds.

      Tory hacks will not improve education systems.

      • Dr Terry 6.1.1

        How come a Tory hack was imported for this position? There would be a more suitable New Zealander for the job, I am sure!

    • PM 6.2

      Maybe being married to one helps

  7. Dv 7

    From PPTA webstite
    “The secretary wants teachers to do better for all students and that is exactly what we have taken to the table. But all the ministry seems to be interested in is an accounting exercise and taking away long-existing provisions. None of their claims focus on student learning at all,”

  8. Uturn 8

    The disturbing thing about that Herald article is that it has a racist subtext and this is something I don’t think the reader can blame on Lesley Longstone, at least, they can’t prove that is her perspective. The journalist, however, chose which quotes to include, in which order and has manipulated a view attributed to Lesley which may not exist. The quotes stand as isolated from context or further explanation – a feature I would expect a good journalist to write about – sounding remarkably like the sentiment of political speeches given here from a Party eager to forget the past and move on.

    Instead, and presumably more importantly, we get a review of a man irrelevant to the subject of the article, who came here many years ago and then went home. The only purpose of such a specific colonial cultural reference is to state “she’s one of us, really”. For those of you who don’t know, it’s what us whities say to each other to each other to maintain some element of higher social status in environments not our own, so we don’t feel so insecure, because outsiders aren’t tolerated. Outsiders are less-than and that’s a bit tough for social climbers to contemplate for even an afternoon. “Oh yes my Grandfather holiday-ed here during the 50’s…what a beautiful view”. It’s nothing like Whakapapa.

    If Pacific and Maori children are not suffering from poverty related educational hurdles, then the reader is left to wonder… why? Unfortunately the story doesn’t help us out on that and also tells us we shouldn’t look for reasons, “blame” being a euphemism for reasons. Look how inferior they are as scholars compared to… who? European children: The only possible type of child category to compare anything to in NZ. Top of the table, compared top to bottom, since all world views regard the top as the zenith of human endeavour and starting point for diagnostic understanding of dynamic situations. Ahh, no. The story sets the scene for people to think they are dragging our education system down, that it isn’t anything to do with how we educate or raise children and that they could be…what… genetically flawed?

    There are ways to say things and ways to say things offensively. Blindness or ignorance often result in much the same effect, though ignorance in good faith is usually forgiven. If a person is concerned with meeting the educational needs of children, with deference to their families and ethnic or cultural realities, and then uses a word like whanau to prove genuine, existing and unassailable intent, but forgets the thinking processes detailed seconds before reflect no appreciation of an alternate world view, then there is a fundamental flaw in the whole premise. Was it a cynical manipulation or an ignorant mistake?

    It’s possible that a newly arrived and highly educated and socialised English woman knows a bit about phrasing her words so people can understand what she means, especially if she’s involved with education. How else would she have risen so far? It’s also possible she now attempts subterfuge, as pointed out by Anthony Robins, to maintain her obviously political position. The first is difficult to prove, the last easier and somewhat expected.

    But what excuse does a senior NZ journalist have, who knows enough about writing, the meanings of phrases both culturally and literally, who demonstrates an example of cultural phrasing and somehow disregards the tone that trigger phrases specific to our current political dialogue create?

    The journalist knows exactly who they are talking to, in what manner. Despite the immediate threat to educational efforts in NZ, the subtext just illustrates the overall malaise and I’m really sad I read this story.

    • tc 8.1

      Audrey young is a shill for NACT, pure and simple and daughter of a former Nat MP from memory.

      Lesley longstone is an abhorrent individual with zero teaching experience employed to be a hatchet women, Audrey young knows this and duely obliges her masters and idols.

    • Dr Terry 8.2

      Never mind about the Herald report. Seeing her interviewed on TV was quite enough! (Other than being a Tory, why did she remind me of Shearer being interviewed?)

    • insider 8.3

      The racism is in your head, not in the story.

      Note new Asian immigrants have lower incomes than new pacific island ones, yet asian educational results are significantly better.

      • onsos 8.3.1

        It is difficult to separate them, but parental education and household income (& deprivation) are the two biggest predictors of educational success. The story that she produces, then, is that schools and parents are failing kids, rather than deprivation produced through poverty and inter-generational lack of education.

        Blaming schools implies that they are racist. Blaming the parents of an ethnic group invokes racism.

        I would need to see evidence that Asian immigrants have lower incomes than Pasifika–but even if they do, they do not have the same levels of deprivation. Nonetheless, you have a point–in general, controlling for most measures of deprivation, Asian immigrant families do better than Pasifika immigrant families.

        Why do the children of Asian immigrants do better than the children of Pasifika immigrants? It’s a question worth asking. It cuts to the core of what inequality is about.

        You can locate the various things that Asian immigrants tend to do, but it won’t get you closer to answering the question. That’s how they achieve better outcomes for their children–but it begs the original question because it raises the question ‘why do Asian parents tend to do these things?’–which is why their children are more likely to succeed.

        (Interestingly, having taught in schools with very high Pasifika and Asian populations, there is no discernible difference in the level of commitment to education between Asiain and Pasifika parents.)

        What is different is that Asian parents tend to have less children and more degrees, even when they can’t use them to earn. Your Iranian taxi driver, who is actually a doctor who can’t practise, is highly likely to have kids who thrive in the education system–just like he did. This is the “why” that the education secretary is eliding from her story.

        • insider 8.3.1.1

          Department of labour has a large report on immigration and incomes over time http://www.dol.govt.nz/publications/research/migrant-types/migrant-types_08.asp. Asian income is significantly lower than all other migrants.

          Why is it racist to blame schools or parents yet you can quite blithely say “What is different is that Asian parents tend to have less children and more degrees”? And How can they be less deprived than PI families on substantially lower incomes? Standardista wisdom is that income and deprivation are directly linked. Sounds like you are blaming PI parents?

          • Colonial Viper 8.3.1.1.1

            Since you said it, it sounds like YOU are blaming PI parents.

          • McFlock 8.3.1.1.2

            erm – are we comparing Asian immigrants’ incomes with AsianNZ_immigrant educational achievement here?
            I.e. assuming all Asian students are immigrants? Or for that matter all PI students are immigrants?

             

            • insider 8.3.1.1.2.1

              Its a good question. Unfortunately the stats on education don’t say how long they’ve been here, but the migration data re low incomes flattens out after 15 years so if income were the determinant you’d expect that to show in more even achievement levels, but you don’t. Asians consistently overachieve no matter what their income profile.

              • McFlock

                Again, maybe it’s an Otago thing, but we have a sizable 8gen chinese community, too. Given they’re roughly 7% of the pop (istr PI 11% Maori20%) we might be looking at sample biases, as well as how you cut “migrant” (several schools and unis actively recruit Asian students who stay for 2yrs or more – enough for residency. Heck, if they’re on loans parental income or grants how does that affect the achievement levels and income proportions of the migrant population?)..

                And then how big is the difference? Is it even within a 95% CI?

          • onsos 8.3.1.1.3

            To answer your questions:

            The question for me is this: why do PI kids under-perform despite the fact that their parents are deeply committed to education? I gave some demographic reasons. It is very clear that people with strong educational backgrounds tend to support their kids’ education more effectively. It is also clear that household income is a strong predictor of educational success.

            Blaming schools is not racist; rather, and as I said, it implies that schools are racist. (Structurally racist, specifically.) There is a certain truth to this, but it is of very minor note. Blaming parents is crypto-racist: doing so suggests that a whole ethnic group is poor at parenting.

            I think you need to braden your understanding of deprivation. Income and deprivation are strongly linked–the causal framework is explicit. Other factors that exacerbate deprivation are health, number of children, access to non-financial resources, and financial commitments (like debt, or financial commitments to churches).

            Put simply, single young people who are pursuing education can have low incomes and not experience deprivation, while large families with low incomes and low levels of education can have higher incomes and be significantly more deprived. I would have thought this was obvious.

            Thanks for the links to that report. The analysis there reveals quite a different story to the one you are presenting. The age of immigrants, and the role that students play, distort this data considerably. As migrants stay longer, their income tends to increase (but less so for PI immigrants than other groups). Perhaps it would help if you read the articles you link to, to ensure they support the arguments you are making.

            • fatty 8.3.1.1.3.1

              “why do PI kids under-perform despite the fact that their parents are deeply committed to education?”

              Good question…I help some PI students, so what I am gonna say is from experience and I think it may be part of the issue, but I don’t have experience working with Asian students.
              I note that within both cultures they are family-centric, but they are so in contrasting ways. Some of the PI students I have worked with often have family commitments which get in the way of study – it appears to be a priority. I am assuming that Asians do not so this to the same degree. They are also family centric, but education comes before family.
              This is not to argue with what you’ve said above – “there is no discernible difference in the level of commitment to education between Asiain and Pasifika parents”…I have no doubt that is true…the students I’ve dealt with have talked a lot about the pressure to pass from their parents. But, in reality those same PI students do have excessive family commitments that come first.
              So I guess I see it not as PIs undervaluing study, but rather overvaluing family. (that sounds awful…I don’t see ‘overvaluing family’ as a bad thing, most people in this country need to start valuing family more, we are far too individualistic)
              The other issue could be one of study space, and having a home environment where study can be done, The PI students often say that home is too noisy and crowded to study…so a lack of resources does come into it even if economically there is little difference between the earnings PI and Asians.

  9. Gosman 9

    I enjoy this overtly partisan attack on a supposedly independent Public servant.

    This attitude can equally be applied to anyone appointed to a Public service senior management role that the right disagrees with the next time the left is in power. Are you all cool with that?

    • thatguynz 9.1

      I don’t see why not – god knows the right have run those attacks in the past so I would expect they would continue to do so.

    • PlanetOrphan 9.2

      It’s called debate not attack in some circles … so yes I’m cool with it M8!

      • Gosman 9.2.1

        That’s cool because it would ultimately end up in the independence of the Public service being compromised in a similar way to what happens in the US now during a change in administration. It is a valid way of managing the area though so I thought I would check you were okay with the concept.

        • PlanetOrphan 9.2.1.1

          Governance always needs an “eyes open” approach to it all.

          The “system(s)” need to cater too that.
          Which is a diminishing thing in society currently….
          Treat the masses like mushrooms/children etc ….

        • One Tāne Huna 9.2.1.2

          Weasel bullshit, Gosman – her appointment is evidence of precisely the corruption you pretend to abhor.

        • onsos 9.2.1.3

          The independence of the public service is not called into question when blog posts interrogate the statements of public officials. That independence is called into question when the government appoints partisan hacks, as it has done here, and as is done in the US.

          Reporting doesn’t compromise the independence of the public service; governments compromise the independence of the public service. Our current education secretary is a prime case.

        • thatguynz 9.2.1.4

          Nice try Gos..  You were intimating that if Labour does it from opposition, could National do it should it find itself in opposition.  My point was that they did it historically so why wouldn’t they in the future.

    • r0b 9.3

      If she gets to state her views in a newspaper, I get to reply on a blog. Fair?

      • Gosman 9.3.1

        It’s not the disagreement of the views she expressed I am discussing here. Everybody is entitled to disagree with the public pronoucements of public figures after all. It is the attitude expressed that she is politically partisan and, by implication, that she is unsuited to her role because of this.

        • onsos 9.3.1.1

          She is politically partisan, which makes her perfectly suited to her role. She was employed to implement a policy. However she implements that policy, however, it will not improve education in New Zealand–quite the opposite! In the meantime, she is speaking in crypto-racist terms and reality denying.

          I notice, though, that you are not defending what she has said–merely attacking the integrity of the people who are criticising it. Is this because, Gosman, you can’t defend it?

    • onsos 9.4

      In a clear and overt way, she has stepped into the political debate around NZ’s education system. In this sense, she has involved herself in the political debate. Her reason for doing this is to attack the teachers’ unions as part of their negotiations, and to prepare the way for a set of Tory reforms, which is what she has been hired to do.

      She may be ‘supposedly independent’, but she has been parachuted in because she is a Tory hack (c/w Paula Rebstock). I will note that the discussion here has thusfar focused on her statements as a professional and her professional background.

      Not only will similar attacks be justified when the next Labour-led government turns into a bunch of ideological numbskulls, they will be inevitable.

    • One Tāne Huna 9.5

      Lesley Longstone is being judged on previous results, Gosman, especially and particularly as she is implementing the same polices that led to failure in her previous role.

      This is the antithesis of public service, and yes, it would be nice if the right disagreed with it instead of encouraging and enabling it.

      • Gosman 9.5.1

        The issue is that she was appointed supposedly by an independent non-partisan body.

        The implication of what you state is that this body is neither independent nor non-partisan. This is quite a serious state of affairs.

        Is anyone on the Opposition benches making noises about this or are leftist posters on left wing blogs the only ones that can perceive this problem?

        • McFlock 9.5.1.1

          “The issue is that she was appointed supposedly by an independent non-partisan body.”
                 
          That’s not an issue at this stage: the criticism is about the performance and knowledge base of the successful applicant.
                     
          1: she might just be completely incompetent;
          2: the government policy criteria might have forced the self-exclusion of anyone who actually wanted to improve educational attainment of NZ children and young people;
          3: The appointment process might have inadvertently missed that she had a political bias;
          4: Requirements to maintain good relationships with ministers might have led to a selection bias in favour of unprincipled morons;
          5:…
                   
          Oh, I grant you that every single one of those points suggests some improvement is required in the SSC, but not half as much as is required in education, cera, DoL, msd, etc etc etc…
           

        • onsos 9.5.1.2

          You’re ignorant of the process, Gosman. You appear to have no understanding of independent appointment processes in senior government.

          She was appointed to do a job, defined in terms that are set by the government. The definition of the job necessitated the employment of a partisan hack, because it required implementing a policy which is contra-indicated by the evidence.

          The Minister is involved in the process. The position is appointed with ministerial approval. This is a part of the employment process, because it would be foolish to appoint an education secretary who works badly with the minister.

          There’s nothing for the Opposition to say about the appointment of the partisam hack. The policy setting which require the appointment of said hack, however, are another story. The Minister is responsible, as they should be, for the statements and actions of their senior officials.

        • One Tāne Huna 9.5.1.3

          That is precisely the claim that is being made, Gosman – political interference in the Ministry of Education – it took you a while, but well done for spotting it.

          • ianmac 9.5.1.3.1

            The whole issue of Education under National has been one of unprecedented political interference. Such a pity they are not basing proposed changes on good research or any research.
            Bit tough on those kids underneath a welter of political posturing. Canon fodder?

      • uk 9.5.2

        and what failure is that?

        free school numbers in the uk are performing better year on year and because of that their numbers are also on the increase.

        there are so many deluded posters on here claiming to know so much about Mrs Longstone but in reality you are just keyboard warriors

    • Dv 9.6

      No the attack is also
      related to competency.

      She does not appear competent.

  10. Don’t believe ‘the rights’ lies about Free Education, poverty and the blame the parents game is what National is using, they can’t see the flaw is their user-pays education model that punishes poor children with a lower standard of Education:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_model
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2012/01/19/a-free-college-education-for-all/

  11. Luke C 11

    This is a fascianting paper from UK, written by none other than Lesley Longstone. However she was then working under a Labour govt with a better understanding of the issues:
    http://www.changeforchildren.co.uk/uploads/DCSF_Lesley_Longstone.pdf

    “Long tail of under-achievement amongst young people from disadvantaged
    backgrounds, despite rising school standards; and rates of 16-18 NEET have
    remained largely the same”
    “Youth Matters set out three pillars of reform for young people’s services:
    – Improved IAG (via Connexions, schools and colleges)
    – Responsive targeted support for the most vulnerable
    – Major expansion of places to go and things to do”

    Seems reasonably progressive
    Which Lesley Longstone should we believe?

  12. Georgecom 12

    So trying and put some further clarity around Longstones comments, acknowledging that Anthony has provided a very clear and very well reasoned foundation already.

    Yes, poverty and deprivation are large drivers of underachievement.
    All countries have underachievement. Educational underachievement is not peculiar to NZ, it is global.
    On a comparitive basis, NZ does very well with its educational outcomes.
    Yes, there can be improvement in educational outcomes.
    Programmes like Kotahitanga and reading Recovery, indigenous education programmes, HAVE proven to be successful.
    Something as simple as schools providing children with breakfast every morning WILL help lift education achievement.

    Policies like National Standards, League Tables and Charter Schools have proven NOT to be panaceas to education underachievement.
    Any person who states such is talking rubbish.

  13. Fortran 13

    She can go back to UK after the 2014 election, when NZ becomes a Labour/Green/Winston coalition Government – but Winston will hold the control power so he needs looking after.
    Under MMP Nats cannot possibly win – even Nats supporters can see the writing on the wall (see David Farrer’s column).
    Within the coalition we can change and even reverse anything.
    Roll on 2014 – getting closer.

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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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