A thinking opposition

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, August 1st, 2015 - 56 comments
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So the news on Labour’s first paper from its “Future of Work” Commission revolves around “ex-Labour member” Phil Quin noticing some missing quote marks and National making gleeful diversions from it.  At least Phil Quin isn’t attacking the party while being quoted as “Labour insider” any more.

But of course what is actually important is the content.

This is only the first paper, on Technology, and future papers will address Security of Work/Income, Education/Training, Maori/Pasifika, Economic Development and Sustainability (no doubt including Climate Change).

Technology is a good place to start, as it changes ever faster.  We’re amazed at Uber, but it in turn will soon be wiped out as driverless electric cars change our way of moving about.  Transport is the biggest sector of employment in the US (I don’t have figures for here), and those jobs will all be gone in a couple of decades.  Indeed if you go through the list of employment sectors it’s a long way down before you find something that isn’t easily automated.

I work in high-tech manufacturing and our customers tell us they are looking forward to employing 1/3 fewer staff in 5 years’ time.  We need to rethink how society is going to work with this massive reduction in current job types.  Will we have mass unemployment, or find new sectors for people to work in?  Or reduce our working hours?  Keynes after all envisaged us working 10 hour weeks by now…  We should have more time for leisure, community and looking after each other, but somehow we’re ending up with less currently.

Labour’s objectives for their commission are: Decent Work • Lower Unemployment • Higher Wages • Greater Economic Security • High-Skilled, Resilient Workers.  Technology offers opportunities as well as challenges.  We lose the tyranny of distance, we start with a better education system and more educated workforce than most, and we have a green reputation in a world looking for clean sustainable solutions.

If we move now on such things as teaching coding in every school, ensuring we hold out against software patents (are National about to fold on this for TPPA? Yet another loss and still no gains…), increasing R&D spend, finding ways of funding start-ups and keeping our successful companies, improving internet connectivity – all Labour suggestions – we can make sure that technology benefits work in Aotearoa rather than leaves us jobless.

I look forward to the other papers as this one obviously covers only one aspect – other issues like how we handle the change to contracting (and a country of “self-employed”) instead of traditional employment, or the impacts of climate change, will be very interesting to see what Grant Robertson and his Commission have come up with.

But mainly I’m glad that at least one of the 2 old parties is actually thinking about and planning for the future.

Bryan Gould has an excellent column in the Herald this week on a hoped shift leftward after all National’s privatisation debacles – charter schools, prisons, social services.  The right’s ideology is showing after years of portraying themselves as “practical” “managers”.

56 comments on “A thinking opposition”

  1. b waghorn 1

    “”But mainly I’m glad that at least one of the 2 old parties is actually thinking about and planning for the future.””
    That’s how I feel about it , at least labour has started the conversation.
    Just this week alone I’ve seen footage of a driverless tractor cultivating paddocks, robots milking cows and a robot cleaning the floors in Auckland airport the possibilities are endless.
    I expect national to actively attack this and then come into the next election with there own version.

    • every robot kicks a human out of a job so the bosses can slurp more profit

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        and that is of course the driver behind these job losses, and something that Labour has not been willing to tackle head on.

      • b waghorn 1.1.2

        I’ve spent more than a few hours doing two of those jobs can assure I’d rather a machine did it , they will still need oversite but yes they will kill employment.
        It human nature to try to grab as much of the pie as possible that’s why we need strong resonible minded government s to try and even things out.

  2. plagiarism is never good and whilst I congratulate Clare on saving Saddle Hill (glad I could help) this type of non-quotation marking is sloppy at best and unacceptable in any circumstance. ffs this stuff is entry level.

    Thanks for the article Ben – I disagree with most of what you have said but I appreciate you saying it.

    Automation, robots, higher wages, lower unemployment, and so on – imo they are just more blindfolds and earmuffs about the real issues of survival, decline, reduction and less. Surprisingly I find these latter topics to be positive, uplifting and energising.

    • weka 2.1

      I agree. By definition, sustainability should have been first, or if that’s not politically expedient, put it high on the list. Sustainability should also by definition be built into all the other categories.

      (what’s the bit about Clare in reference to?)

      • marty mars 2.1.1

        http://action.labour.org.nz/save-saddle-hill

        I got a few emails from her on it – I signed the petition because of her letting me know – I thought that was pretty good. This latest stuff though – blah so basic it defies belief.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          what’s the latest stuff?

          edit, ok just seen the Stuff article, thanks. It is hard to understand why Labour keep making such mistakes. Do they not have enough money to do these kinds of jobs proficiently?

  3. Adele 3

    Tena koe, Marty

    I agree with your sentiments. The focus going forward should be about survival.

  4. BM 4

    The elephant in the room is population control.

    Which no political party will go near with a barge pole, you can plan all you like, but if people can still pump endless streams of unemployed into the mix then nothing will get solved.

    It will have to happen some time in the future at what point do you start controlling the population?, do you wait till we hit 20%,30%,50% unemployment?, or do we just keep kicking the can down the road and hope for the best.

    Without a purpose people do bad things, when there’s enough people without any purpose, society will collapse.

    • The answer is obvious, BM. Socialism. The free market is exacerbating the inequality in society, and the neo liberal economy requires a permanent pool of the unemployed to act as a counter balance to the desires of workers. Do away with unemployment, focus on work as a means to an end, not the end itself.

      • BM 4.1.1

        I do agree Capitalism won’t survive in that environment.

        Maybe that will be the brake for automation.

        • Skinny 4.1.1.1

          Humans will revert to type and there will be a thining of the masses i.e World War lll. The ruling rich elite will see to this as they do. There is always great opportunity to increase their wealth in times of global conflict. Where the 1℅ may come unstruck is the heavy reliance on technology, and the rapid advancement’s wars bring about. The ‘thinking computer’ generation will eventually arise and while it may not be good in the longevity of the human race, it may be good for other being we share the planet with, and indeed for planet earth itself.

          • BM 4.1.1.1.1

            Unless the internet disappears or is heavily controlled I don’t think we’ll ever have another world war.

            Too hard to whip up any hate or hostility.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              The next world war can be initiated, conducted and finished in 48 hours, between just a few hundred people in bunkers and command centres.

              No need to try and motivate hundreds of thousands of troops to do a thing.

              Cyber warfare and financial warfare are also other viable alternatives.

    • weka 4.2

      How do you suggest that society control population?

      • BM 4.2.1

        One option could be

        Every one of breeding age gets placed on long term contraception.
        Breeding is done in an artificial environment , that way there’s no favorites.
        IVF material is harvested from a selected group to maintain genetic diversity.

        Another option

        if you meet certain criteria, you can go on a waiting list and when society is ready you get given a breeding permit, do the business, pop out a kid and then back on the long term contraception.

        • weka 4.2.1.1

          how would you make people take long term contraception?

          what would you do with the babies that people have anyway? Or the foetuses?

          what criteria would there be for having a child?

          how do you think that forcing people to have someone else’s child would work in terms of social cohesion?

          • BM 4.2.1.1.1

            how would you make people take long term contraception?
            You don’t get a choice

            what criteria would there be for having a child?
            Ability to support child without any assistance, good genetic stock

            how do you think that forcing people to have someone else’s child would work in terms of social cohesion?

            IVF was the wrong word, I forgot to delete that.
            It should have been reproductive

            • weka 4.2.1.1.1.1

              “You don’t get a choice”

              Yes I understood that, I’m asking you how you would enforce compliance.

              Who decides what good genetic stock is?

              What does “reproductive material is harvested from a selected group to maintain genetic diversity” mean if you are not talking about articifical reproduction?

            • Stephanie Rodgers 4.2.1.1.1.2

              At this point I don’t think it’s a Godwin breach to point out how fascist/eugenicist/Nazi-ish you sound.

              It’s even worse knowing that you’re probably just co-opting eugenicism as part of your ~edgy rightwing troll~ performance art.

              • weka

                I was thinking of it more as give him enough rope performance art 😉

              • infused

                Well BM is right. I’ve said this all along. The population of this planet needs to be bought down and kept down. Many of the issues we have today then wouldn’t be an issue.

                • Colonial Viper

                  providing good incomes and good education is the proven way to bringing down birth rates.

                  Neoliberal globalisation put an end to that.

                  • RedLogix

                    I hadn’t thought of it like that before CV – but yes.

                    One of the questions we rarely ask ourselves is: how do we balance the individual’s sanctity and right to life, with the right of all humanity to live on a planet that is not crushed by our sheer numbers?

                    And so far the most pragmatic and effective answer to this question is that when families feel secure enough about their own future – they have only just enough children to replace themselves.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      for most of mankinds history, our numbers rose and fell according to each years harvest. Sooner or later, it is going to go back to that.

                    • Molly

                      Also an increase in the educational level of women, results in lower birth rates. Decision making at personal levels has improved outcomes when good information, and viable alternatives are offered.

                    • RedLogix

                      @ Molly

                      Totally agree. When I wrote when families feel secure enough about their own future I had mentally bundled exactly what you are saying into this.

                      I would go one step further and argue that societies which experience high levels of economic inequality are also prone to high levels of social inequality between the genders as well.

                      Which of these factors is more causitive is probably one of those frustrating chicken and egg arguments that ultimately depends on personal subjective values.

                      But whether it is economic or gender inequality we lead with, both to my mind, underlie social stressors which generate insecurity and thus drives over-population.

            • greywarshark 4.2.1.1.1.3

              Limiting population growth to small numbers of children, say three, would be of value in helping the individuals to manage a better family life, and enable them to earn enough to have a reasonable standard. All methods of contraception would help, and a drop in religious bias against women having jobs and careers and limiting family size would help. I am amazed at how this attitude still prevails in our culture.

              There is ending soon on Radionz a good story of a Nepalese woman who was sold to be a wife at five, and how the kindness of strangers in her new family and her own devotion to working hard, being a good wife and mother carried her through to happiness from a hard life. Still two episodes at 10.45am weekday.s. See below.

              I have in my second hand serendipity book collection a book about Lebensborn speling? which details the baby farming that Nazis did in Germany. And the way that they abandoned children and babies who didn’t fit their template of suitable Aryan appearance.

              Cold, calculating, abusive and disrespectful of what should be our innate personal value and rights in an advanced civilisation ennobled by higher intellect. If we use human cleverness to prey on and manipulate each other there will be a net loss of higher standards from this misusing our higher intelligence. That would lead us to ranking as clever, vicious primates with disgusting behaviour.

              A book that dealt with the convoluted ways that could arise from interfering with normal means of sexual response is –
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

              China has tried to limit its population growth, having had experience of large food deficits and much starvation. That has resulted in upsetting the social patterns of their culture, which laid stress on male children for looking after aged parents. Now with one child limitations, with a few exceptions, they have a large imbalance in the sexes. I think I saw recently it may be 55 million more males than females. There will be serious problems for the young people in coping with this situation.

              Slavoj Zizek is concerned about the willingness of China’s present rulers to administer laws that interfere with the very genomes of their population with a desire to breed improved types of citizens. Sounds very Nazi-ish to me.

              http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thereading
              Hear – True Nepalese story, celebrates the life of a rare survivor of a hard life who is an admirable, nice person with a good heart.
              No.1 Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice by Sharyn Steel and Zoe Dryden
              http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201762625
              10:45am Monday 20 July to Tuesday 4 August 2015
              As a five-year-old child in rural Nepal, Kharika Devkota struggles to come to terms with her arranged marriage. She confronted poverty, illiteracy, and a society that failed to recognise her most basic human rights, yet by ninety she had become a successful landowner, a micro-lender and beloved great-grandmother.
              Told by Susan Wilson

    • b waghorn 4.3

      We could always try making sure everyone gets a top notch education (and I mean world wide) make the best of contraception freely available to all.
      I was told that teen pregnancy is rapidly dropping due to the new implantable straw type contraception.

    • millsy 4.4

      The population in the west has been slowing for sometime. Despite what the Daily Mail is telling you, people are having less and less children. 50 years ago, it was 5-10 (My friends late ex-partner had no less than 18 brothers and sisters), 30 it was 2-3, now people are happy with 1 — or a cat, or a chihuahua. People have better living standards, and a welfare system means that people no longer have to rely on their kids to take care of them, and some of it is because people dont really want to spend their lives looking after kids (or have their handful with one).

    • Draco T Bastard 4.5

      Unemployment has nothing to do with the size of the population but increasing productivity. The most basic thing we can do there is to limit working hours so that everyone gets a chance to have a job as we used to when we had full employment.

  5. Ad 5

    The paper has too much conflation between technology as a set of enabling instruments, and technology as a set of industries. This muddies its analysis a lot.

    I think it would be better to consider “technology” not as an amalgamated category about the future of work, and instead simply split it into (a) Education system improvements, and (b) Economic development policy.
    Probably I’m just old fashioned, but i want to see how it will get us work, not affect the nature of work.

    I get the sneaking suspicion that Labour’s rigorous sectoral neutrality has given way here to a mild romance that computing will simply solve things in the future. It is absolutely apparent that, while New Zealand’s economy is diversifying, we are always going to be good at some things, and those are the things we should build on.

    I understand that this is a think piece and only intended to pose interesting questions.

    But launching it on the same week that New Zealand’s economic direction is being set for the next several decades through TPP, failing to clearly state the tech sector’s impact as a set of industries with measurable impact in GDP, jobs, IP, competitiveness, and creativity is a blind absence.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      good points. Also a focus on “technology” allows Labour to avoid posing any real questions on developing our own political economic values eg on the TPPA, globalisation, financialisation, etc.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    Technology is a good place to start, as it changes ever faster. We’re amazed at Uber, but it in turn will soon be wiped out as driverless electric cars change our way of moving about.

    To be honest, I am not a member of the tech utopia/fantasy future camp. I think the future is going to bring with it much tougher lives for much more of the population.

    For instance, who on the median wage of ~$44K pa is going to be able to afford a “driverless electric car” any time soon?

    If we move now on such things as teaching coding in every school

    Unfortunately reading this was to me one of those wtf moments.

    We need to teach problem solving in schools. Creativity. innovation and out of the box thinking. Written and verbal interpersonal communication. Not coding.

    Anyway, we’re never going to have cheaper code monkeys than China or India.

    • Karen 6.1

      +1 CV
      I had exactly the same response when I read that.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        it’s a massive disconnect to say to people who are struggling with $100 pw petrol bills that life is going to change so much when everyone has driverless electric cars in the near future.

        Which suggests that the audience for these policies aren’t people who are struggling with $100 pw petrol bills, but perhaps the class of people looking forward to upgrading their 2013 Prius.

        • b waghorn 6.1.1.1

          Moore’s law might take care of the price of that Prius I also caught a show somewhere that it was suggested that using Moore’s law we are on track to be able to produce the entire planets energy needs from solar in 24 years.
          Sorry I can’t rememder where I saw this , it was probably linked to from here some where.

    • RedLogix 6.2

      Exactly. Here are the words of an extremely experienced programmer:

      Programming as a profession is only moderately interesting. It can be a good job, but you could make about the same money and be happier running a fast food joint. You’re much better off using code as your secret weapon in another profession.

      People who can code in the world of technology companies are a dime a dozen and get no respect. People who can code in biology, medicine, government, sociology, physics, history, and mathematics are respected and can do amazing things to advance those disciplines.

      Of course, all of this advice is pointless. If you liked learning to write software with this book, you should try to use it to improve your life any way you can. Go out and explore this weird, wonderful, new intellectual pursuit that barely anyone in the last 50 years has been able to explore. Might as well enjoy it while you can.

      http://learnrubythehardway.org/book/advice.html

      In other words programming is not much use by itself. That’s my experience as well. I earn a living programming, but it’s the decades of experience in and around heavy industry and process technologies that make me a valuable and well paid programmer.

      This idea that if we just teach everyone to code they will all find good jobs – is a nonsense. In isolation coding is no more valuable a skill than burger flipping.

      (Actually this morning I went to a Maccas (doesn’t happen often) – and you have to be pretty impressed at the speed, accuracy and concentration the crew put on show during the busy hours.)

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.1

        yep coding by itself is pretty useless unless you want to create an economy based on writing Android games and smart phone dating apps. For everything else, you need actual engineering.

        • millsy 6.2.1.1

          What really sums things up is how civil defence authorities are moving towards smartphone apps to warn people of emergencies. All well and good, but when the cellphone network goes down (which it usually does in a natural disaster, unless it happens in a certain 2009 Hollywood movie) it is pretty useless. A good old fashioned siren doesnt need that sort of thing.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1.1.1

            The problem with a good old fashioned siren is that not everybody will hear it due to sound just not carrying very well through things like walls or over the noise of storms.

            A cell phone network may go down (To be honest I doubt if it would go down completely) but it’s still going to be more reliable than a siren.

      • BM 6.2.2

        I preferred this book when I was learning ruby.

        http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/book/

        I look at programming as a set of tools that you use to create stuff.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.3

        This idea that if we just teach everyone to code they will all find good jobs – is a nonsense.

        Obviously we shouldn’t just teach them to code then. Hell, I’m a firm believer in broad education rather than the specialist stuff that we’ve been thrown at us for the last couple of centuries.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.3

      We need to teach problem solving in schools.

      In it’s most basic form a computer program solves a problem. You want to teach people problem solving then teach them coding. That would also apply to Creativity. innovation and out of the box thinking.

      Anyway, we’re never going to have cheaper code monkeys than China or India.

      Simple physics tells us that a coder costs the same no matter where they are. In fact, that pretty much applies to any job/role. They all need the same amount of food, living space, health care and social connections.

      No country is cheaper than any other country and now we need a financial system that reflects that reality.

  7. greywarshark 7

    In the item the response on the quotes forms the main comment relating to Labour.
    Yet National gets much to say against it, which hasn’t even been revealed in the piece.
    “Mr Joyce also took the opportunity to take a potshot at Labour’s Future of Work campaign.
    “They should drop this thing. It’s been an embarrassment for them from the start. They’ve been out stating the obvious as to what work is and now it turns out that they’re actually copying the obvious as well.”

    I can’t see that the absence of sources and footnotes is a reason to ignore giving reporting on Labour’s document released for discussion. Just usual nit-picking attempt to trivialise anything that opposition parties come up with. This from Radionz – I looked down National and Political headings and couldn’t find any discussion on the actual details of Labour’s report on Work.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/280183/labour-%27sorry%27-for-footnote-omission

    There is an image of phil quinn at the top. In case it disappears here is a ts link written about him, who appears to be another Josie Pagani, making a living out of sniffing the ground around Labour’s cafe tables a la Elton John. (There’s plenty like me to be found Mongrels who ain’t got a penny, Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground AZLyrics)

    Labour media commentators

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Labour’s released something akin to a Ministerial advisory paper. It’s difficult to get a large amount of news-worthiness out of it.

      • greywarshark 7.1.1

        Oh thanks for that. I have been studying its effect on radionz and plumbing their systems and havnt looked deep into the doc itself,

        And thinking about tppa. edgey stuff this waiting.

  8. Stuart Munro 8

    I think Labour really need to go back to the household economics that they would have in more Savage times. What does it really cost to feed and clothe a family/ what does a single person need to live a modestly prosperous life/hold down a serious job.

    Then they should look for initiatives to attack cost of living and improve quality of life, and tailor their economic initiatives to those ends. So that instead of saying – lets privatise, it will save money, they make determinations on consumer outcomes. In that example if the power price doesn’t drop the power reform must be shit-canned.

    Every sentient and their dog is chasing the digital dollar – we need to pursue our local advantages to be competitive. That is likely to be bio/nano, and tech light industrial. The Gnats are still in the 1960s – bulk milk powder – Jesus wept.

    & I’m ashamed to mention it, but our fisheries are 1% as productive as Japan’s, on the same littoral area – even completely useless morons could do better there eh.

    • greywarshark 8.1

      Labour post 1984 seem to be stuck in the headlights of the vehicle they started and unleashed on us. Couple that with an inertia against change reaction so they think if it aint really broke dont alter it. The promises and outcomes that we get are lame because they have landed on planet key and have to wait for Dr Who? to come by in his TARDIS to transport them elsewhere.

      Fish by-catch what is government doing about that? Forest and Bird are advocating for thicker filaments in fishing nets for trawlers so that they don’t decimate the oceans of unwanted or unlicensed species. We can talk with ideas till we are blue in the face, but the obvious is too hard – to get it by the established fat cats who are for the status quo that gives them status.

      • Stuart Munro 8.1.1

        The fishing industry needs to be refocused for the local market and sustainable/artisanal use. The ubertrawlers don’t do us many favours – the Aoraki broke two fishing companies before it started on Sealord – overcapitalisation is no path to wealth.

        We need to restart small – preferential licensing to low impact fisheries that can employ out of Auckland – related products like gim/nori & najun chilgi, large scale live shellfish seafreight to China/Korea/Japan instead of trivial airfreight & thrice cooked tasteless halfshell – paua pearl & nacre labs, shrimp and mantis shrimp fisheries, a live fishery, juvenile octopus (nakji)… and local markets for distribution.

        I suspect that Labour, like the Gnats, have not recognised the potential, much less developed the expertise.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          this is the kind of gutsy economic restructuring that we need to be looking at

  9. Stuart Munro 9

    There are probably a handful of Greek fisheries development scientists who’d love a two-year sabbatical in NZ about now – and they do stuff with seafood that we usually don’t. But there’s a lot of local knowledge too – going begging.

  10. Michael 10

    Plagiarising is not a good way to regain trust. Labour’s latest cockup is a big deal – even more so the fact that Grant Robertson, the person meant to be in charge of the policy, refuses to take responsibility for it. Honesty is always the best policy, while its conspicuous absence from Labour speaks volumes for its trustworthiness.

  11. yip 11

    Wow they screwed up and left out some quote marks, but look at the shit Joyce Key and the rest of the fuckwitts have screwed up, “Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said he was “concerned” at the oversight”

    He should look in the mirror, that is what should concern him.
    Crap job you have done re employment Joyce.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    3 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    4 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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