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Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Political Leaders?

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 pm, April 8th, 2019 - 122 comments
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We treat our political leaders as if they are some kind of super-humans and yet we seem to distrust and disrespect politicians. Regular reputational attacks from friend and foe alike are a professional hazard of being a political leader. The PM and Ministers often cop a lot of flak for not knowing the correct answer quickly enough to every single question or for allegedly floundering with (new) policies. The PM, for example, has been criticised by many for not being knowledgeable enough on the economy. The Leader of the Opposition is treated even worse in some aspects. Yet they are ordinary people like you and me.

It seems though we hold political leaders to a different standard than, say, CEOs of DHBs who are generally not medically qualified and wouldn’t have a clue of how to deliver a baby, administer an epidural, or have intimate knowledge of every single and detailed aspect of how the whole place is run.

Yes, people in charge need to have some base knowledge of their portfolios and they need to be able to explain it to the people and be held accountable. However, leadership comes in many styles and has to fit the circumstances. Micro management does not work in large complex organisations. These require teamwork, collegiality, collaboration, consultation, information gathering, communication, etc. A leader may articulate a shared mission or vision, to the (internal) team as well as to the (external) stakeholders, but in all likelihood they won’t have singlehandedly designed it. They may determine strategy, but this is usually also very much a team effort. Do we really believe that only 26 Ministers and 3 Under-Secretaries run the whole of our Government?

In our representative democracy, political leaders by default have to be inclusive and make decisions for and on behalf of many. However, it is impossible to please everyone all the time. There is always the team on the other side that is setting trickery traps and waiting for gotcha moments. The MSM too lives off controversy and scandal and their ‘star performers’ love nothing better than landing cheap shots on political leaders and catching them out on minutiae.

When a politician we are not rooting for is put on the back foot, we can savour the moment and briefly crack a smile. Perhaps it makes us feel superior when a leader is ridiculed and marginalised even ever so briefly. Over time, these cheap shots can erode our respect for politicians. Unreasonably, we may start to think less of them, hold them in lower esteem, we lose trust in them, and they lose authority. Authority is nothing but a mutual agreement, a contract, based on our trust and our expectation that they do what they say they’ll do, keep their promises, and generally deliver policy that ensures that our lives remain predictable, stable, safe and secure, and, above all, prosperous (AKA BAU or status quo). If we cannot trust the ones who have vowed to serve us whom can we trust? It is yet another symptom of our changing society where the individual reigns supreme as Margaret Thatcher once famously said:

They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours.

In this era of hyper-individualism, self-interest, self-responsibility and so-called meritocracy it is not surprising that we focus on if not obsess about our leaders – it can lead to unhealthy and unrealistic derangement syndromes. However, I do find this ironic, contradictory even, that on the one hand, we put the individual at the centre of everything but, at the same time, we demand top-down hierarchical leadership to create the space and freedom for the individual. The collective has to bow to the whims of the individual – spot the incongruence.  A similar contradiction exists in the so-called ‘free market’ where the Government must regulate so that people can go unencumbered about their business, literally, in the knowledge and security that the Government (read: Taxpayer) will save them when the going gets tough, protect them from overly aggressive or hostile competitors, and safe their bacon when disaster strikes. This is an ideology based on outcomes, not on principles.

I think we should adjust our expectations of political leaders to reflect that in this day and age the old chain of command is outmoded. The best leaders are those people who can inspire, motivate, and support others to be their best, who are authentic and not afraid to show their emotions and who act with honesty and integrity. They are inclusive and make emotional connections with others – when was the last time you had an emotional connection with your boss or CEO? They build bridges based on trust, mutual respect, and the many things we have in common rather than magnifying the few minor differences that do not separate us unless we choose to. Such leaders shine without hogging the limelight and they treat others with respect and empathy. After all, we are all human and trying our best to make this world a better place, aren’t we? In a way, we are all leaders in our own right, each one of us.

So, what should we expect from our political leaders? Generally*, how far off the mark are they?

Postscript: Andrew Geddis in his most recent blog touched upon an interested aspect of this, which is that the House of Representatives has the power to punish those who they deem to hold the House and its MPs in contempt. I argued above that there is indeed a slow and creeping contempt occurring and that this near universal.

*Please do not take this as an invitation to rip into your ‘favourite’ politician or policy or, conversely, to propagandize your favourite political hobbyhorse.

122 comments on “Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Political Leaders?”

  1. Stuart Munro. 1

    “After all, we are all human and trying our best to make this world a better place, aren’t we?”

    Indeed we should be. But statistics like the Key Kleptocracy’s list of lies suggests to me that one of the essential elements of bona fide was absent from that group.

    Neo-liberalism also seems to be motivated by something other than the public good, and thus where its exponents act, they tend to act against the public interest.

    This is unfortunate because there are indeed many issues we urgently need to face as a society. Sustainability. The Anthropocene. Poverty and inequality. Community and connectivity. Even the economy.

    One cannot, unfortunately, readily make common cause with persons inclined to subvert or freeload off one’s efforts. While steps in the direction of a constructive consensus, as might be expected of a Burkean loyal opposition, would be welcome, the individuals involved had some responsibility and moreover expressed satisfaction with many phenomena, like housing, that seem to require substantial government action.

    • cleangreen 1.1

      Stuart & INCOGNITO
      Simply put;
      *Firstly now we need to place all the ‘pledges’ Labour leader put together in her pre-election speech when Jacinda said “let’s do this”.
      * with the actual ‘pledges’ actually provided to us now when Labour are over half their term of Government.
      * Then place those results alongside the term “transformational”as their ‘key founding policy and see if Labour actually are a transformational Government at all, or just another neoliberal penny pinching risk adverse Government.

      Voters aren’t fools and are looking for real transformation here, and the release of the “Zero Carbon Act” will be labour’s “Nuclear moment” – I believe.

      • Stuart Munro. 1.1.1

        For all that I seem harsh to lying irresponsible muppets like Wayne, I don’t want to lock governments entirely into their election promises. That only guarantees a less than ideal focus on issues perceived or contrived to be popular. That is not to say should not be abandoned as casually as the Greens appear to have abandoned their stance on water sales however.

        There are significant long term priorities that were inevitably neglected by the self-serving members of the Key Kleptocracy. Poverty is one, and the new measurements, one hopes, are a prelude to vigorous efforts in this sphere.

        I am less sanguine about a zero carbon regime driven by credit trading. The useless fire economy vermin lauded by scoundrels like Key routinely evade their taxes. There is no reason to suppose they will not also evade their carbon costs – we even saw that with mass purchases of fake carbon credits from former soviet sources.

        The big issue for NZ is poverty. If our people had an abundance of money they’d long since have resolved the housing crisis themselves. This poverty is the outcome of Wayne’s, and to their shame, Labour’s, dalliance with neoliberalism. A lizard cannot serve two masters, and the neoliberals have not served our people at all.

    • Wayne 1.2

      Apart from the fact the “Key Kleptocracy list of lies” were lies in themselves. A classic case of derangement syndrome.

      Yes, I get it you are are against “neo-liberalism”, but you are so deranged by it, you seem to barely recognise that the nearly half of New Zealanders who support the basic economic beliefs held by your opponents are in fact your fellow New Zealanders.

      Though most of the key tenets of neo-liberalism are adopted by the current government (fiscal responsibility rules).

      • vto 1.2.1

        Wayne, Key was known for his lies. I think his time as PM will go down in history as one of the most useless.

        Re neoliberalism and your claimed support from ‘nearly half of New Zealanders’, it is very amusing given that these ‘supporters’ always cry for the antithesis of neoliberalism as soon as their neoliberalism fails…

        … two examples;
        GFC bailout for useless south canterbury finance investors and banks.
        Cry from farmers and Qtn restaurantuers for foreign workers rather than pay supply and demand pay rates.

        Your ‘supporters’ have no credibility Wayne because they cry to nanny state as soon as their wondrous neoliberal world fails… or rather they are too scared to face their fails … cowards and weaklings

        • Wayne 1.2.1.1

          vto,

          You didn’t deal with the point about the fiscal responsibility rules. In essence these mean the current government accepts the basic tenets of the prevailing economic system.

          Obviously the coalition is going to do things a bit differently than the previous govt, but at least in my view the differences are not dramatic, broadly the same basic settings.

          On South Canterbury Finance. I well recall the discussions. At that point the economy was on a tipping point, right at the worst time of the GFC. The bailout of the investors was seen as an essential measure to maintain overall confidence. Canterbury Finance had the Crown guarantee that had been used to maintain confidence in 2008 and 2009. If the Crown had tried to wriggle out of it, it would have sent shockwaves across the economy, in short “could the government be relied on to keep its word?” Too great a risk to contemplate.

          The analogy was the failure of the US Federal Reserve to bailout Lehman Brothers. That is now seen as the event that made the GFC deeper and hugely more costly than it might have otherwise been.

          • vto 1.2.1.1.1

            Wayne, clearly your outline above about the GFC is full evidence that neoliberalism overshot its usefulness to society. Big time.

            That is the problem isn’t it. Neoliberalism has some worthy features, but its overarching philosophy is entirely inappropriate for human beings, being the intensely social creatures that we are, rather than the bunch of individuals that neoliberalism based itself on. That is its failure – the foundation stone is wrong.

            Wayne, the National Party will one day catch up with this, being the conservatives that you are

            • Drowsy M. Kram 1.2.1.1.1.1

              vto, I like that comment – what might neoliberalism morph into as its unsustainable nature is revealed?

              That is the problem isn’t it. Neoliberalism has some worthy features, but its overarching philosophy is entirely inappropriate for human beings, being the intensely social creatures that we are, rather than the bunch of individuals that neoliberalism based itself on. That is its failure – the foundation stone is wrong.

          • vto 1.2.1.1.2

            Wayne, here is another thing about neoliberalism and its outcomes….

            Bill English claimed that this younger generation is useless. Of course all his redneck followers jumped on board with that and have been getting stuck into young people ever since, like the wankers they are …..

            … but here is the funny thing…

            … that younger generation was born into Bill English’s policies and government, in the early 1990’s. That younger generation are the direct result of neoliberalism, Bill English and his actions ….

            … well done Bill, a home goal if ever I saw one …

            Has that ever crossed your mind Wayne?

            • Wayne 1.2.1.1.2.1

              vto,

              I am much less tribal than you seem to think. Governments in NZ almost never do more than 9 years, so the change in 2017 was not surprising. Given it was likely that Winston was the decider it was always unlikely he would choose National. And at one level I liked the idea of generation change which the PM represents.

              Ao as long as the government is reasonably sensible in policy terms (in my view) then I am reasonably relaxed. And for the last 35 years NZ governments have been. An important test for me was Labour signing up to the revised TPP. And the fiscal responsibility rules were an important moderator. Basically the current govt fits within a sensible paradigm. I don’t think much of their CGT, but I anticipate it will be substantially watered down, if it happens at all.

              And I think the PM could do something much more interesting on climate change that is not divisive. And also on peace building. Using her authority on both.

              • KJT

                So long as voters don’t get any real choice, about the continuation of your “unfortunate experiment”, eh?

              • vto

                Its good to be able to swap notes with you Wayne, appreciated

              • Ed1

                “reasonably sensible” is unfortunately a very low bar. I see the Key/English governments as being “occasionally sensible”; doubtless there are some who see the Clarke or Ardern governments in the same way, but I suspect there is some truth in the thought that 70% of government, and 70% of bills before parliament would be happily passed by either major party.

                Regarding “I don’t think much of their CGT”, all you have at present is recommendations for change (that happen to be wider than just CGT), and also the reality that we already have tax on capital gains – they have however been so watered down that many do not appreciate that many realised capital gains do form part of taxable income – for many the ideal is to make sufficient taxable losses to still avoid paying tax. Investors in Kiwisaver have no choice but having tax on realised capital gains (offset by any losses) paid on their behalf. The visible exemptions from paying CGT are however now so widespread as to cause the misunderstanding.

                The previous government recognised that avoiding paying tax on capital gains for a property bought and sold within a short period on the grounds that they had not bought with the intention of realising a gain was sufficiently laughable that they introduced a “bright line” test. Personally I think anyone purchasing a property which they do not live in themselves or rent or make income from, have bought or now manage the property to generate wealth – whether through rental income or capital gain on sale should be irrelevant to taxing that monetary gain.

                Climate change and peace building are complex – Ardern has performed well on both, but in both real progress will require community effort and support.

              • cleangreen

                Wayne Fair comments, but the Labour Government today are far to risk adverse.

                National were not so risk adverse and often boldly went their own way.

                Pity that Labour are appearing to be progressing far to ‘timid’.

                Yes the ‘Climate issue’ is where Labour will have their ‘Nuclear moment’.

                See my coverage of this on 12.1.1.1 where the last Labour administration was more ‘robust’ on this issue.

          • KJT 1.2.1.1.3

            Of course the National cronies with money in SCF, had nothing to do with it.

            Other finance companies, that only had real mum and dad investors trusting in the famous figureheads, they used to advertise, were left to burn.
            Weren’t they, in combination, just as crucial?

            • Dukeofurl 1.2.1.1.3.1

              Most of them crashed before the govt guarantee came into effect.
              A few small others apart from SCF were also bailed out.

              The real person responsible was Dalziel who never did anything to reign in fiance companies. after problems in the 70s they were legally bound to report financial audits every 6 months. For the obvious reasons National wound that back in the late 90s, indeed some Mps let finance companies give seminars to their party electorate meetings, Im sure that wasnt done for nothing.
              Dalziel let the lax regulatory regime continue when she was minister responsible

              • KJT

                Another failure caused by de-regulation, I suppose.

                The people gleefully advising me to put money in SCF, before it crashed, because it was going to be a “steal”, apt words, thinking I was one of the “good ol boys” is one of the several reasons why I have no faith in the honesty of our “elite”.

                • alwyn

                  You claim that putting money into SCF before it crashed was going to be a “steal”, as you put it.
                  I have seen this claim made on a number of occasions on this site but nobody has ever explained how it was supposed to work.

                  The fact that SCF was state guaranteed would certainly mean that you weren’t going to lose your investment. So would leaving the money in a Bank Account. It didn’t mean that you were going to MAKE money though. After all, at the time, SCF wasn’t even paying anything much in the way of interest.

                  If your friends were warning you that investing in non-guaranteed companies was risky, whereas SCF was pretty well risk free because of the guarantee they were being very sensible and you should have taken heed of the advice. You couldn’t have found it to be a “steal” though as it wasn’t. They weren’t being “good ol boys” of course. They were just being rather more intelligent than people who invested in crazy schemes that weren’t guaranteed would appear to have been.

                  Now how did they expect to make above average returns from the dog, unless you consider average returns to be a loss of capital?

                  • KJT

                    SCF, paid out, plus interest, with the guarantee.

                    Actually, a very good return at the time. Especially considering it came from tax payers bailing it out, not from SCF.

                    Called “insider trading” in other countries.

                    Putting money into a company, knowing it was bankrupt and that your returns were going to come from a tax payer bail out, is, if not illegal, certainly unethical.

                    • alwyn

                      You don’t know what you are talking about.
                      It was NOT “a very good return at the time.”.
                      SCF were actually offering very low rates of interest at the time, even allowing for the guarantee.
                      You would have done better putting the money into a Bank TD.
                      It is also not “Insider trading”. That is knowing something, because of your privileged position, that is not common knowledge.
                      By the time SCF went bust everyone knew it was a dog and they couldn’t borrow from anyone with even a touch of sanity.

                      Did you, by any chance, put your money into the ones who went broke but didn’t have a Cullen supplied guarantee?
                      You should have taken your friends advice if you were going to invest in that sort of firm.

                    • KJT

                      No. I don’t have anything to do with dodgy finance outfits, of any sort.

                      And. You have NFI.

              • Stuart Munro.

                Curious criteria for blame – the Gnats soften regulation, and Dalziel is to blame for not tightening it again. The morons at kiwiblog no doubt lap it up, but the argument is substandard.

                • KJT

                  Saw the same thing from Nick Smith on the census. Tonight.

                  The “Party of personal responsibility” not taking responsibility for anything, as usual.

            • vto 1.2.1.1.3.2

              The Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme terms were altered by Bill English and John Key to allow South Canterbury Finance to qualify (SCF didn’t qualify for the scheme),,, after the election of Bill English and John Key in 2008, and after John Key admitted they knew it was going to fail… so that Bill English could save his constituency (SI rural)…

              It was and remains NZ’s biggest ever rort – to the tune of approx $1.7billion..

      • KJT 1.2.2

        Wayne.

        The only party which is honest about continuing Neo-liberalism, ACT, has real voters who could fit in a mini.

        Brash or Rogers, I forget which one of those fruitcakes, said “hit them (voters) hard and fast before they figure out what is going on.
        Even the majority of National voters think, taxes for the wealthy should be increased. So hardly enthusiastic support for one of the basic Neo-liberal tenets. “Trickle down”. (I forgot, you don’t like to call it that. “Re-balancing” or some such other euphemism is preferred). Is obviously not working, as the state of our hospitals can attest.

        You lot set Neo-liberalism in concrete, making it almost impossibly expensive to escape. As you said yourself 13 billion tax rise, to raise the money available to increase the Government share of the economy by a moderate amount. Three decades of sales of income earning assets, preclude the Norwegian method of funding the country.

        Then the, so called “Free trade”agreements, which give foreign companies rights our own do not have, and expose us to ruinous legal action, if we try and rebuild our own capabilities.

        Now we have the totally bad faith lying and inaccurate campaign against a CGT, which will raise taxes for a few wealthy speculators by an average 7% of their total tax bill. Long overdue. Pretending it is going to affect normal people by any significant amount.
        But indicative if the pressure the coalition is up against.

        • Dennis Frank 1.2.2.1

          The coalition is now at a hinge-point. Pragamatic adherence to neoliberalism (without admitting it) has got them up in the polls. Now it has to finesse this position of strength so as to make itself seem progressive as well.

          A walk & chew gum thing. So the eventual tax recipe has to do both. It will require marketing expertise to shape perceptions so that the progressive half of the country feel progress is being achieved, while the conservative half gets reassured that nothing radical is happening, and doesn’t get spooked.

          • KJT 1.2.2.1.1

            You spout some vacuous shit.

            If Neo-Liberal policies got votes, ACT would be in power.

            Both National and Labour, before the election were promising more socialist, not Neo-Liberal policies, because, unlike you, they know that gets votes.

            The BRR, was to anticipate the heavily financed kick back,they knew they will get with bullshit propaganda from moneyed interests. We can see that with CGT.

            • Dennis Frank 1.2.2.1.1.1

              Really? Nobody in the media said that, did they? National and Labour didn’t say that, did they? So you’re promoting something only you can see.

              Which is more likely to be viewed as vacuous by other readers. But hey, there’s one way you can demonstrate you’ve got an operational intellect: you can explain to readers why the government’s steadfast refusal to give the teachers more money is actually socialism. 🙄

              • KJT

                Obvious from my statements.

                Both parties pretend to be more socialist than they are, to get elected, and more democratic, then revert to type after the election is safely over.

                Said that many times.

                Making policy to suit their party funders, rather than the electorate.
                From the coalition, but Shane Jones watering down workers rights, on behalf of Talleys, is an egregious example.

                There are endless examples from the last nine years, of broken, anti neo-lib election promises. “No more asset sales”, remember.

            • marty mars 1.2.2.1.1.2

              I’d rate KJT well before you Dennis. You seem to make it up as you go and change on a whim – I prefer reasoned thinking BEFORE speaking but hey that’s just me.

              • Dennis Frank

                But he failed the test, Marty. He didn’t explain why refusing to give the teachers what they want is actually socialism. Reasoned thinking doesn’t impress whenever reality contradicts it.

                • KJT

                  Explained it perfectly adequately above.

                  The lack of action on Teachers salaries reflects what I said perfectly. Pretend to be socialist to get power. Then resile afterwards.

                  Sorry if it is beyond your comprehension level.

                  BTW. Nothing says I have to meet your standard of bullshit.

                  • Dennis Frank

                    No, no, I’m quite happy to see you adhering to your own standard of bullshit. Life’s difficult enough already, eh?

                    I’m surprised to see you agreeing that the coalition is doing neoliberalism, having initially claimed it isn’t. Well done! Such agile backflips do indeed demonstrate sufficient intellectual deceit. You’d make a good MP on that basis. Keep it up! 😎

                  • Dukeofurl

                    “The lack of action on Teachers salaries reflects what I said perfectly. Pretend to be socialist to get power. Then resile afterwards.”

                    Since when have paying ‘a lot more’ for one of the best paid groups in the country been ‘socialist’
                    Primary teachers $70k
                    Secondary teachers $78k

                    Look at the policy towards the lowest paid – ie minimum wage for what labour promised and delivered.

                    • patricia bremner

                      25 years ago I was on $326000 at the top of the Primary scale for class room teachers. At a high school I earned $39600. in 1996.
                      Just before I retired I was again a senior teacher on $42600′

                      My Government Super Fund Pension (Closed in the 90s) has risen by 43% since I started getting it 19 years ago. It had lost a third to tax on the way, so was never huge, but it is a useful marker.

                      So a primary teacher got $32600 aprox. and now gets $72000, very similar rises to the CPI, probably at least 10000 short of where it should be if it had kept up with the average wage rise.

                      To catch up they need a raise of 10+% $80000* followed by two of 3% for the following two years. and once upon a time there would have been a school house!!

                      An often forgotten fact is Boards sold off the school houses they owned for cash, instead of refurbishing them to get a reasonable rental income and to encourage teachers to apply for country positions.

                      Poor central policy let little fiefdoms develop as the past Government let schools compete their infrastructure. suffered over time and salaries slumped. Now it needs fixed.

                      This is the pattern for all government services, and to expect this coalition to correct all ills in one term of office is expecting them to be Wonder women and Supermen. By the way Incognito your Superman looks awfully like Brownlee eek!! Perhaps it should have been Wonder Woman? Cheers.

      • cleangreen 1.2.3

        Correct Wayne. – 1.2
        Wayne said;
        “most of the key tenets of neo-liberalism are adopted by the current government (fiscal responsibility rules).”

      • Stuart Munro. 1.2.4

        The Key Kleptocracy fell lamentably short of the standards of good governance. Even your own portfolio proved incapable of delivering justice for the casualties of Operation Burnham. This is what you and your colleagues deserve, Wayne:
        [Deleted for really bad taste and crossing the line with inciting violence. Please never do this again when commenting on one of my posts unless you want an immediate ban without a second warning – Incognito]

        It wasn’t just the lies either Wayne. I suppose you “don’t recall” how many questions Key answered with “I don’t recall” – breathtaking contempt for his democratic responsibilities. But we, your citizens, have not forgotten.

        • higherstandard 1.2.4.1

          I thought calls for violence against person/s in comments on this blog was a banning offence ? Have the rules changed ?

        • Rosemary McDonald 1.2.4.2

          All due respect Stuart, and I get that there is way more footage of women being shamed, but I’ve found this….

          which may be more appropriate….in more ways than one. 😉 😉

        • Incognito 1.2.4.3

          Stuart, see my moderation comment @ 1.2.4. Thanks.

      • McFlock 1.2.5

        The fiscal responsibility rules are not the beliefs of the current government. They were a political expediency to silence the acusations of economic mismanagement from the party of the then government.

        This government chose to keep its promises. Strange days, indeed.

        True, it’s governing with one arm tied behind its back. But the question is whether people will trust an honest effort over nine years of lies. Once they get over the shock of seeing an honest effort from a politician, I think they might like it.

        • Shadrach 1.2.5.1

          “But the question is whether people will trust an honest effort over nine years of lies. ”
          Your a laugh a minute, McFlock. How many lies has the PM and her government told already? Remember when she claimed that NZ’s jails were full of “low-level criminals” (http://politik.co.nz/en/content/politics/1360/The-prison-dilemma-facing-Labour-Waikeria-prison-third-strike-NZ-First-Andrew-Little-justice-reform.htm), only to be shown up by one D Farrar (https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/06/prime_ministerial_porkies.html).

          Like some more?

          • Shadrach 1.2.5.1.1

            How about when she claimed that a committee of Parliament was formed to question climate change, when it was formed to review the ETS?
            https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/04/pm_lies_and_trash_talks_nz.html

            • McFlock 1.2.5.1.1.1

              kiwiblog links, huh.
              Good luck with them.

              • Shadrach

                I should have guessed you’d say that.

                Politicians lie, McFlock. They break promises. They use weasel words and deny doing things when there office actually did it for them. No side of politics is immune.

                • McFlock

                  ↑ no shades of grey, fifty flavours of moral vacuum.

                • Stuart Munro.

                  Key lied to parliament. Until his regime that was a career ender.

                  Democratic standards declined.

                  • Shadrach

                    Key had the highest personal ratings of any politician on record didn’t he? You still haven’t gotten over that?

                    • Stuart Munro.

                      Key debased the core principles of our democracy by lying to parliament, which represents his employers, us.

                      If he’s not in prison, it is not for want of wrongdoing.

                    • Shadrach

                      So take a case against him. If he broke any laws, go to the police. Seriously it would appear Key Derangement Syndrome is alive and well long after he left politics. Did it really hurt that much?

                    • alwyn

                      It really isn’t worth trying to debate the subject with old Stuart here I’m afraid Shadrach.
                      He is totally and incurably suffering from a terminal case of KDS. Poor old chap. It must be very hard for his nearest and dearest to have to put up with his drivel.

                    • Muttonbird

                      Weeeell. John Key was minister in charge of the two spy agencies who should have been doing better for the people of New Zealand and particularly the 50 victims of Christchurch.

                      Key’s GCSB and SIS will be his legacy. A very very poor one at that.

                    • Stuart Munro.

                      “So take a case against him. If he broke any laws”

                      All you demonstrate is ignorance of the cabinet manual. Cabinet ministers are to uphold the highest standards of behavior, not merely avoid criminality.

                      Lying to parliament is to end a parliamentary career because it cannot contribute to good governance. Ministers are to curb their partisanship short of outright untruth. Untruth being the only thing that could allow the Key Kleptocracy to shamble on from day to day, Key broke that rule with great frequency, and Carter, festering pile of faeces that he is, normalized the practice.

                      ‘if he broke any laws’ He broke plenty, including lying to police with respect to his involvement in the Elders/Equiticorp collapse. It is however the job of police to unravel his extensive frauds and insider trades, not mine.

                    • Shadrach

                      “‘if he broke any laws’ He broke plenty,”
                      So go the cops with you evidence. Or get over yourself.

                  • alwyn

                    @Muttonbird.
                    You really didn’t keep up with things did you my little diesel sodden sea gull?
                    During the 2014-2017 term of Parliament the Minister in charge of the GCSB and the SIS was Chris Finlayson.
                    Please take your memory pills. They may also help with your KDS.

                    You really are showing symptoms that are nearly as severe as those of that poor fellow Stuart.

            • KJT 1.2.5.1.1.2

              Kiwiblog as a reference.

              Bottom of the barrel, much.

      • Gabby 1.2.6

        I don’t find you persnilly credibull waynee.

  2. SPC 2

    Government needs to be accountable, expecting less of those who lead it, or seek to lead it, is inconvenient. While humane, it’s not going to result in a better leviathon.

    In our age, expecting less of govenment has huge global risk.

    And it’s symptomatic of our circumstance. Labour and the Greens bowed down to the idol of mammon – small government, to be seen as fiscally prudent (with their 30% GDP spending cap and debt targets), so we have to be patient over glacial progress … .

    • cleangreen 2.1

      SPC

      “Labour and the Greens bowed down to the idol of mammon”

      Yes so where is Jacinda’s pledge to be a ‘transformational government then?

      • SPC 2.1.1

        In the direction taken, as this is affordable (a multi-term work).

        Doing more now and have the budget back in balance by the end of three terms was the alternative (debt looks cheap for awhile).

  3. vto 3

    Until the aggregation of power to government slows and reverses then the point is moot.

    For example, reversing the burden of proof in several areas of the law to require a person to establish their innocence. … The politicians have stepped right inside people’s lives with just this one example.

    Your posit is rejected.

    Get the politicians to stop stepping further into our lives first eh.

  4. Gristle 4

    With many politicians willing to describe themselves as technocrats, and then canvass on the basis of their expertise and competence (eg Key and English and Brash), voters are lead to expect that these passionless experts will effortlessly spout data and knowledge. Renouncing the technocratic mantle leaves politicians exposed in a environment that to a greater or lesser extent is still infused with Neo-liberalism.

  5. Chris T 5

    Pretty simple really

    If a politician doesn’t know enough about something, don’t comment on it.

    It isn’t up to the questioners to work out what questions they are allowed to ask, and how clued up people are.

    If a reporter for example talks about GDP and a certain PM doesn’t have a clue, say …. No comment.

    • cleangreen 5.1

      Chris T;

      Is that why National PM’s so often said “no comment”? – Brilliant

    • KJT 5.2

      Expecting one person to know everything is a stupid requirement.

      As is expecting a quick answer to a random question, even if their mind is elsewhere.

      Key’s ability to deflect was exceptional. Honest people find it more difficult.

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    A political leader ought to be able to demonstrate ability in team-management, delegation, guidance, exercise of a moral compass, a sense of timing to make tactics effective, a sense of trajectory to make strategy effective. You could throw in a sense of democracy as it ought to be (idealism) to complement actual representative democracy (the mechanics of the process).

    • cleangreen 6.1

      So Dennis – A ‘political leader’ needs to be a ‘leader’to be frank.

      Pretty simple eh?

      • Dennis Frank 6.1.1

        Yeah, they need to demonstrate that they’ve got what it takes. Like when the All Blacks are staring down the barrel of defeat, late in the game, the captain has to rally them to retain the ball, get down the other end of the field, and keep piling on the pressure until the defense of the opposing team cracks.

        That only happens when the team knows their captain has got the overview of the situation, knows what has to happen, and organises the team to do just that, fast.

        • woodart 6.1.1.1

          if you study All Black leadership in the last few years, you will find they have changed from having one leader to having a leadership group, and this has paid huge dividends. evenin a team of fifteen, having more than one leader pays off.

          • Dennis Frank 6.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, I made that point onsite here last week. In permaculture, it’s called designing for redundancy. Multiple sources of water in case one falls over, etc. I think the All Black’s coaching staff got there somewhat by accident (injury insurance policy) but they’ve been designing for it specifically in recent years.

        • KJT 6.1.1.2

          That is not how high stakes leadership actually works.

          In the elite military, well run aircraft, and ships, the bloke barking orders is almost redundant.

          An extremely high level of training, ensures they know what to do, almost seamlessly.

          There are extensive courses on making the best use of the whole team. They person in charge at any point, may not even be the overall leader.

          Very unusual for a ships Captain, for one, to give any orders. They just inform and co-ordinate. Stepping back, monitoring and keeping an overview is most effective.
          In a fire, for example, they trust the team on the spot, to know what to do. The bosses job is to ensure they have what they need, and the support is in place.

          Much less lonely than the old days, of one old man, ordering every action in detail.
          One person decisions, under pressure, are a well known cause of stuffups.

          In many ways management, and leadership, in corporates, teaching and Government has gone backwards, from what we know is best practice.
          http://kjt-kt.blogspot.com/2011/04/kia-ora-corporatism-and-neo-liberalism.html
          “Many corporations and State or private enterprises run despite management, not because of them. In fact the constant parade of new brooms trying to make a name for themselves, with rapid changes and cost cutting, cause competent staff to resign and demoralise the rest”.

          If you want to find a really effective leader, don’t look at them, look at how everyone around them, is doing.

          • Dennis Frank 6.1.1.2.1

            Quite right. However, the essay was about political leadership in our current system, so my comment was directed at that context. Fluid organisations, thus the All Blacks fits better than the military.

            An interesting comparison would be guerilla warfare: to what extent does teamwork produce crowd-sourced leadership in that context? I suspect to a considerable extent. Where command is distributed, and information flow severely restricted, we would expect operational autonomy in small groups.

            I gather that the online social ecosystem inhabited by the Chch shooter worked in this self-organising manner. He just up & decided to lead from the front…

        • cleangreen 6.1.1.3

          Dennis good point there.
          “they need to demonstrate that they’ve got what it takes”

  7. Cinny 7

    Have always thought that the PM should be akin to a parent of a nation, they should genuinely care about the people they represent and their well being.

    I deeply struggled with john key as PM, as his focus appeared to always be about money, power, self and profit over the people.

    Jacinda on the other hand genuinely cares, personally to me this is one of the most important values a person, especially a leader can have.

  8. patricia bremner 8

    How do we perceive our parliamentarians? A fair and reasonable person would admire their efforts, as often their hopes and plans get waylaid by events beyond their control.

    We, swayed by political tribalism blame the other team(s), when plans go awry. Real leadership is owning an event or failure, fronting up and putting plans and actions in place to mitigate the situation.

    People who lead hopefully showing humanity strength and depth of vision give us hope and belief in the future. This task is monumental when in the background lurks the constant fear of the damage done to our eco system.

    At times grown adults want their leaders to switch a “night light on” and smooth away fears. Like fractious four year olds who can’t pass the gratification test, solutions must be instant, or the voters fly into a name calling rage.

    These are difficult global times, where excesses of the past intrude sharply on the present, as global powers jockey for position using or swamping smaller states.

    Personally I believe we have great good fortune to have this Government at this juncture. We have had to self examine at a time of tragedy, and find our humanity grace and strength, and that coupled with a sense of purpose will see us through.

    For every action there is a reaction, and let us hope it is to strengthen the current mandate for good and not a swing back over the abyss of hopelessness.

    This current government is working for the greater good imo.

    • cleangreen 8.1

      Patricia; said “This current government is working for the greater good”.

      We hope so very deeply for this, – as we have much invested in this Government.

      But to not even stop the sale of our assets still going on under their noses, for instance the sale of our asset we see now called the ‘Napier Port’ is being half sold off by HB Regional Council while this Government sits back and watches it happen.

      WTF!!!!

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12203472

      • Dukeofurl 8.1.1

        Good point . But not government owned so nothing thay can do, apart from the ‘sensitive land’ provisions.

        • Stuart Munro. 8.1.1.1

          This is just baked in neoliberalism – the privatization and then offshoring of public assets. If the government ‘can do nothing’ it’s time it changed the rules.

    • Rosemary McDonald 8.2

      “How do we perceive our parliamentarians? A fair and reasonable person would admire their efforts, as often their hopes and plans get waylaid by events beyond their control.”

      Much better have have zero expectations of our elected representatives and those being paid from the Public Purse, the other direction leads to bitter disappointment.

      This administration is little different from the last despite Ardern’s profile. Behind the scenes its pretty much SSDD.

    • KJT 8.3

      So many things have deliberately been put outside the power of Government, or voters, to change.
      Part of the Neo-liberal”unfortunate experiment”.

  9. KJT 9

    There is the problem in a nutshell.

    We elect “representatives”, then we allow them the delusion that they are “Leaders”.

    Instead of being the representative administrators, of our wishes, we elect them to be, they are allowed this fantasy that they are super humans who can decide policy, “because they think it is a good idea”.

    Expecting the Messiah has never worked.

    The excess of power is too much for most human beings. Placing too much responsibility on politicians, is not fair on anyone, even when they seek it.

    • SPC 9.1

      I would have thought most policy came from the party members, and representatives are at their service – based on their electoral mandate and related coalition arrangements (an exception the TINA “period” between 1984-1993 led to MMP).

      • cleangreen 9.1.1

        SPC Good comment there.

        “policy came from the party members, and representatives are at their service – based on their electoral mandate”

        We voted for local MP to change things and now when you go to the MP’s office you often get a ‘caution that MP’s cant intervene in Government agencies’

        WTF is wrong here; – so the agencies and boards and others hold all power over our elected politicians now?

        I posted an article no this issue on Scoop about Government being stymied by Bureaucrats and it is true, – so government now needs to take the reins and lead again not follow.’

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1902/S00113/government-is-being-stymied-by-bureaucrats.htm

        • woodart 9.1.1.1

          once local and central government was corporatised, and CEOs came into power, the voters, citizens, ratepayers etc, became powerless, and our elected members also ended up with a watching brief. some of this was deliberate as certain MPs were keen on having the buck stop short of there office, now its the CEO (in theory) but as with “the junior staffer”, the buck usually stops well down the line…..

      • KJT 9.1.2

        You would think so.

        But in reality the Greens are the only party that tries to democratically develop policy, from the ground up.

        Labour, to give them credit, appear to be getting better.

        • Dukeofurl 9.1.2.1

          When you arent in government thats how its done.

          Governing has far more issues come up than party activists can possibly deal with .
          As well you forget we have ‘representative’ government, ie MPs are elected to represent the voters , not a direct democracy where the voters themselves decide.

    • Politicans are employees and servants of the State however the Press portray them with God Like Status ?

    • Brigid 9.3

      Exactly.
      I have never regarded any head of state my leader. I don’t need leading. Do any of us?
      What I need is for the elected representatives to run the country in line with good governance.
      Ministers of the state are our employees; we are not their servants.

  10. Siobhan 10

    Yet they are ordinary people like you and me“…if that’s the case maybe we should just have a lucky draw system of picking our leader..names in a hat maybe.

    Or we could simply pick the most likable, seemingly relatable person who happens to want to be the most visibly powerful person in the country…or is that the system we already have?

    The biggest danger we have is portraying our Leaders as being beyond criticism…Key’s fans did this while he was in power.
    His ability to meet and greet at a barbeque seemingly out weighing his dismal financial and social stewardship…and now Jacinda Ardern fans, endlessly obsessing over her ability to deal with one or two issues..while ignoring the wider picture of her leadership and delivery of a supposedly transformative Government.

    We can only blame Key for absolutely everything thats wrong for so long…or we risk turning him into some sort of blandly Satanic demiGod..and after all…he simply took NZ’s journey further along the path already set by previous Governments…

    We should in fact expect MORE from our Leaders.
    We need to stop picking salespeople and start looking for visionaries.
    Whatever our Political allegiance .

    • Skunk Weed 10.1

      Key’s ego was something else however 54% of New Zealanders fell head over heals over him and loved him to bits.

      Richie McCaw and Dan Carter were his best buddies and Obama thought he was just the “ducks nuts ?”.

      NZ MSM had a love affair with John Key and the National Government, it just goes to show how politically naive most New Zealanders are ?

    • KJT 10.2

      There is good reason to believe that a “Citizens jury” picked at random, and expertly informed, would do just as well as our present system, of picking the person best able to bullshit, in TV sound bites.

      I like the system some Polynesian cultures had. The “Chief” was the most competent in whatever the tribe needed at the time. Whether it was crop growing, Navigation or warfare. The orator, “talking chief” was simply the one best at talking. Subject to the eye rolling from the back.
      Not dissimilar from the most effective, modern leadership processes.

  11. Sacha 11

    I expect good leaders to be moral people – not to know everything but to know what is important and what is right.

    • Skunk Weed 11.1

      Agree Like +100%

    • alwyn 11.2

      I fear that anyone who allows Shane Jones to continue to be in the Cabinet has not the slightest idea of right and wrong.
      Our current PM has forfeited all authority in the moral field by her ignoring his behaviour.
      Sack the man and sack him now.

      • Stuart Munro. 11.2.1

        “I fear that anyone who allows (insert your own joke here) to continue to be in the Cabinet has not the slightest idea of right and wrong.”

        There might be something in what you say about Jones, but you don’t have the standing to say it – after all, you supported Key, Brownlee, Sabin, Smith and Collins.

        • alwyn 11.2.1.1

          The only even remotely comparable people in a Key Cabinet were Williamson and Collins.
          Key fired them both from the Cabinet, although after a prolonged period of penance Collins was chosen again at a later date.
          Neither of their misdeeds was anything like the scale of Shane Jone’s breach of the Cabinet Manual rules.
          Sabin of course was dumped from Parliament.
          But facts never bothered you did they?
          Saying that Helen Clark’s driver was part of the Diplomatic Protection detail for example. I expected an apology for that little effort.

          • Stuart Munro. 11.2.1.1.1

            It seemed appropriate – you having created this tremendous myth about Clark’s zeal for rugby out of whole cloth – a myth you have yet to substantiate.
            You really must try harder, Alwyn, if you want to reach your full trolling potential.

            • alwyn 11.2.1.1.1.1

              Oh dear, you really are in a bad way Stuart.
              I never claimed that H1 had any particular interest in Rugby. Helen’s only real interest was in the promotion of Helen. You are just trying to change the subject because you are to embarrassed to admit that she had you completely and utterly conned.
              What I demonstrated was that your claims that it wasn’t Helen who wanted to get to the game but her driver, who you thought was in the DPS, was simply some crazy figment of your deranged imagination.
              Very sad of course.
              Give up laddie. As I suggested on the other discussion why don’t you give up digging your own grave with your b*s and spend the energy helping an old pensioner with her vegetable garden?

              Anyway when is your current flame going to follow John Key’s example and fire old sad-sack Jones from the Cabinet?
              Is she really so terrified by the antics of Tsar Winston that she will ignore anything from his mob?
              Or does he have a whole lot of extremely embarrassing information about her and her friends?

              • Stuart Munro.

                No, you were just trying to make a major case out of the speeding cavalcade, rather like the over-egged ‘fake painting scandal’. You have no knowledge of who motivated the speeding, and assigned it to Clark as an expression of your demonstrable ill-nature. I merely pointed out that cops notoriously enjoy both speeding and rugby more than the average pol studs lecturer.

                As the perpetrator of this particular slander, the onus of proof lies with you, to validate your assertion that it was Clark that made those decisions. Not that anyone really cares, though I like the exhortation to give up — the only way I am sure, that you could ever conceivably win an argument.

                I’m sure I don’t know who you might assume is my current ‘flame’, Winston lacks the qualifying attributes to fall within the ambit of my desire. Jones to be sure is a dodgy character, but infinitely straighter than Key, which is no achievement whatsoever, but readily explains why that reptile disposed of him – misdeeds being counted a virtue within the inner circle of the Kleptocracy, your explanation fails.

                • alwyn

                  I suggest you have a nice cup of Milo and a chocolate biscuit and then get yourself off to bed.
                  Your KDS is clearly beyond control. Sad, very sad.
                  The only thing you talk about that appears to fall within the realm of reality is your belief that the only person who has any power to decide who will be in Cabinet is Tsar Winston.
                  The PM is obviously, and accurately, only a figurehead with no actual power in the operations of Government as far as you can see.
                  Have a good nights sleep and try and relax in the morning. John Key really isn’t the incarnation of Beelzebub as you obviously believe.

    • patricia bremner 11.3

      Sacha, 11, Excellent point.

  12. Ad 12

    On the contrary: we don’t expect enough.

    90% of Cabinet decisions are approved according to the recommendations.

    The public service machinery is uneven in execution. See: MBIE, MoE, MPI, SIS, MoH, NZTA, Stats, Corrections, and more. And yet it’s operating near 40% of our economy.

    We have not seen the improvement in government services that we should have expected. Even with a strong economy, and plenty of taxes.

    We should demand much, much more.

    • On the contrary: we don’t expect enough.

      Agreed. If you want to run the place, you’d better be a cut above the average when it comes to intelligence, integrity, work ethic, strategic thinking and organisational skills, or why should we grant you that level of authority?

      • Skunk Weed 12.1.1

        Agree +100% we appear to have career Public Servants who appear to be absolutely hopeless hopping from one Department to the next ?

        • cleangreen 12.1.1.1

          Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Political Leaders?

          Jacinda needs to read what her educator Helen Clark had planned in 2007 to combat climate change, as it appears Helen was more ‘active’ than jacinda has been to date.

          Particularly when it came to targeting transport by reducing the carbon emissions 40% by 2040.

          Today we have increased air travel and increased truck freight 200% since then; – so we are going the wrong way now.

          We need all regional rail back again Jacinda.

          Thursday, 20 September 2007,
          “Govt takes next steps to fight climate change a goal to reduce per capita emissions from the transport sector by half by 2040”
          http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00339.htm

          Govt takes next steps to fight climate change
          Thursday, 20 September 2007, 11:34 am
          Press Release: New Zealand Government
          Rt. Hon Helen Clark
          20/09/2007
          Government takes next steps to fight climate change
          Prime Minister Helen Clark and other ministers today outlined plans for an emissions trading scheme and for new forestry and environmentally friendly land management initiatives.
          “There is strong public sentiment for measures to reduce New Zealand’s impact on climate change. The Labour-led Government has carried out extensive consultation with many sectors of the economy. Today we are focusing on the solutions,” Helen Clark said.
          “Climate change is one of the most important global issues facing us. It affects us all, and our way of life. Taking action against it is not only the right thing to do; it is also the smart thing to do. Sustainability is a key competitive advantage. To protect our markets and our nation’s reputation, we need to act pre-emptively.
          “Our plans have been driven by the need to be fair to all sectors of the economy, while ensuring that our nation as a whole reduces pollution from greenhouse gases.
          “An emissions trading scheme is a significant part of our plan. It is important that we put a price on greenhouse gas pollution to encourage businesses and households to become more energy efficient.
          “We recognise however, that some sectors and groups in society are less able to adapt quickly. For that reason we are proposing that sectors of the economy are brought into the scheme gradually. It is also our intention to compensate low and modest income earners for the increased cost of electricity, and to encourage all New Zealanders to change their energy use patterns.

          The Labour-led Government’s policies to fight climate change include:
          · the establishment of an emissions trading scheme to put a price on greenhouse gas pollution
          · measures to encourage forestry and more sustainable land use
          · a goal to increase renewable electricity generation to ninety per cent of New Zealand’s total electricity generation by 2025
          · improving fuel and energy efficiency in buildings, homes and business
          · a goal to reduce per capita emissions from the transport sector by half by 2040, and to be one of the first nations to widely introduce electric vehicles
          · making the public sector carbon neutral
          “Reducing greenhouse gas pollution also offers us the opportunity to have a healthier environment and a more efficient economy.
          “Already some businesses, such as those in the tourism and wine sectors, have reduced greenhouse gas pollution and are marketing themselves credibly as carbon neutral and/or sustainable. There are opportunities across the economy for innovation and investment in low-emission, energy efficient products and services.
          “The announcements we are making today will protect New Zealand’s clean and green reputation, and support our economy moving further along the path to sustainability,” Helen Clark said.
          NOTE:
          Copies of the reports – New Zealand’s Climate Change Solutions – an overview, The Framework for a New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, Forestry in a New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change: Plan of Action, and emissions trading factsheets – can be accessed from the website http://www.climatechange.govt.nz.

      • KJT 12.1.2

        Being silly enough to want to be a politician, is probably grounds for disqualification, alone.

        • cleangreen 12.1.2.1

          Yes KJT;

          I would never want to be a ‘politician’ as I enjoy being free to speak my mind and know I am not deceiving anyone as politicians do often.

          Today watching the parliament channel the politicians in Q+A at 2pm they all looked tired and stressed and not comfortable in their own skins, so perhaps you are right as some look lost and confused.

  13. CHCoff 13

    Leadership in politics is of lobbying or rorting nature, whether situationally to public or private sector.

    Political leaders talk then, without some understanding, or on some level recognition, to that is misplaced, which comes back to the divide in the sensible application of the collective democratic principle between that of intention and knowledge.

  14. Ridiculous topic,… we expect integrity and adherence to common decency and as elected officials to carry out their duty’s for the public good to the best of their ability’s.

    In that they must be beyond reproach , not double dealing, not there to promote self interest , not there to further their ideology’s , … in short ,… a person of sound and honest character .

    Is this so hard to grasp?

    Im sure even Micky Joseph Savage or Norman Kirk made some mistakes. Does this mean we would come down hard on them for that? Contrast that with the John Keys and Roger Douglas’s of this world , – the compulsive liars. The neo liberals.

    The far Left and far Right are the same wings of the same bow , which , when twisted round so far that they meet in the middle become totalitarianism. Whether overt or in more subtle forms.

    Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ (Lyric Video) – YouTube

  15. WeTheBleeple 15

    Leadership aka Herding Cats.

    A good leader understands their true value is their team. They are not micro managers or control freaks. Their job is to make it as easy as possible for their team to do their job.

    A good leader encourages individuals to shine, while communicating clearly and honestly the goals and expectations for each individual, and the team entire. These expectations are checked for understanding aka safety inductions, certification, asking questions, etc.

    A team becomes more than the sum of its parts when it works in sync. A good leader actively discourages anti-social behavior and encourages team participation. A good leader is interested in the ideas of all the team.

    A good leader does not participate in idle gossip. A good leader laughs at themselves. A good leader admits when they’re wrong.

    A good leader acknowledges everyone else in the room.

    A good leader is a servant to the team.

    • cleangreen 15.1

      A good leader inspires the community group it represents to get involved and that begins with ‘inclusion’.

      Most MP’s now will not participate with communities, for fear of being given the task to advocate for the community.

      That is where the breakdown begins between community and Government.

  16. Pat 16

    the main problem politicians of western lib democracies have is ‘explaining’ the lack of representation of the majority interest….and increasingly that is becoming untenable.

    It is not possible to serve the interests of a narrow section of society ad infinitum without push back

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    5 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    5 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    5 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    6 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    6 days ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    1 week ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate 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 How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The rise and collapse of classical political economy
    The feature below is the conclusion of A History of Economic Thought, whose author was a leading Marxist economist in Russia in the early 20th century, Isaac Ilyich Rubin.  The book arose from a course he ran at Moscow University following the Russian Revolution.  First published in Russian in 1929, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2472) Bradman
    There are many thousands of asteroids with formal names, some humdrum but other more noteworthy (depending on your predilections). One of my favourites, the name of which I was involved in suggesting, is (2472) Bradman, named for the Australian cricketing great.  As a minor planet (synonym: asteroid) spotter, I have ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Some cheap soundbites i thought up while reading about the underwhelming Conservative manifesto
    Tory manifesto: big on austerity, low on promise, non-existent on delivery. The Tories: the party so big on ambition they couldn't be arsed writing a manifesto. MLK: "I have a dream!"BJ: "I'll just have a nap." Labour: Broadband!Tories: Narrow minds! Labour have hope, dreams and ambition. The Tories will save ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles vaccination required to travel to islands and Phillipines
    The Ministry of Health has announced that “people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji” are now on the list of national priorities for MMR vaccination. Given the outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health is ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Giving the finger to Beijing
    Hong Kong has been protesting for six months for, demanding democracy, human rights, and an end to police violence. Today, they went to the polls in district council elections - a low-level of government with virtually no power, similar to community boards in New Zealand. But while the positions themselves ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia’s national strike
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On Friday 22nd of November a curfew came into effect and troops were deployed on the streets, here in Bogota. It was the first time since September 1977 that a curfew had been imposed on the city. The decision was a cynical pre-planned ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
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