Auto Kiwisaver

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 29th, 2015 - 60 comments
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As widely reported:

Govt considers automatic KiwiSaver enrolment

People will be automatically enrolled in KiwiSaver under changes being considered by the Government. All workers would be automatically signed-up to the retirement scheme under the change, unless they asked to opt-out.

National had previously considered such a move, but ruled it out as too expensive. Finance Minister Bill English said that mass enrolment was now more affordable in the wake of the Government’s snap decision to drop the $1000 kickstart, announced as part of Budget 2015.

[English:] “It would catch a whole lot of people who might want to reconsider being in KiwiSaver, because it is a pretty good deal – they get the employer matching subsidy, and the government subsidy. “There is really no other investment they can make – or no other form of savings – that can match the return of KiwiSaver.”

Nice to see English acknowledging the importance of Kiwisaver – thanks Michael Cullen, thanks Helen Clark! I certainly support default enrollment. But isn’t it odd, from those who went ape shit over light bulbs, there is not a word against this Big Government Nanny State PC Gone Mad idea…

60 comments on “Auto Kiwisaver ”

  1. Brutus Iscariot 1

    It’s a way of tackling super without tackling super.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      No, not really. The current rules is super is a certain amount of the average wage, and paid to everyone at 65, with no means testing or abatement.

      That policy is still unaffordable based on forward projections. If a future government then brought in kiwisaver balance as part of the eligibility equation (which seems quite likely), they would therefore have to change the existing super legislation, and therefore would be “tackling super” in doing so.

      So this is just more passing-of-the-buck to a future government, but this current irresponsible short-term government.

      • Brutus Iscariot 1.1.1

        Agreed – i should have said “appear to be tackling super”. As i’m sure that will be the rationale.

      • Colonial Rawshark 1.1.2

        That policy is still unaffordable based on forward projections.

        Do these forward projections take into account climate change? The end of the fossil fuel economy? If not, why are we even pretending to take them seriously?

        I mean, what does “unaffordable” even mean in an era where there are gigantic stock piles (hundreds of billions worth) of electronic currency and financial assets denominated in NZD?

        • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1

          No, they don’t.

          So if you take those things into account, then they’re “really unaffordable”.

          • Colonial Rawshark 1.1.2.1.1

            Which is why I am asking you to look at the problem not from the standpoint of whether or not the electronic ledgers and the spreadsheet cells balance out, but whether or not NZ can create and sustain a real physical economy able to deliver the quality and quantity of goods and services needed to maintain an older population at a reasonable standard of living. At that point, working out how to “pay for it” is simply a matter of financial contrivance, entering the required sums via keyboard strokes.

  2. Monty 2

    Kiwisaver is a good scheme, and this is essentially a move towards making it compulsory. I expect it will be compulsory before the end of the decade. And good news too, and it will generate wealth for both NZ, and as part of that for many people who would never have had the opportunity or inclination to otherwise save

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      If the government also repeals their previous change that allowed employers to saddle their employees with their contribution as part of a “total remuneration” package, then yes.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 2.2

      This is a terrible development right on the back of new rules being introduced to ensure that false claims made by providers cannot be prosecuted.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Kiwisaver is a good scheme…

      No it’s not. It’s more pretend and extend brought about by our present delusional financial system that most people pretend is economic.

      • HumPrac 2.3.1

        It would be interesting to see what investment companies are behind the various kiwisaver investors, and to see if anyone connected to any National Party persons have a vested interest in any of those companies.
        I could imagine many of those companies potentially failing in future economic crisis’ and many people losing their kiwisaver money. Imagine having your kiwisaver account, which you’ve saved into for your entire life, be emptied.
        As you would know, big companies can fail as evidenced by the bailouts of 2008 (or whenever it was).

    • Raf 2.4

      Would have thought it was a bit too “nanny state” for them … It’ll be compulsory unionism next.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    “But isn’t it odd, from those who went ape shit over light bulbs, there is not a word against this Big Government Nanny State PC Gone Mad idea…”

    Strangely it’s been Metiria Turei attacking the government, on the defense of low wage earners, who will be forced to lose some of their income “without knowing how to stop it”.

  4. Sacha 4

    Kiwisaver providers are concerned that without the $1k kickstart as a buffer, they either have to either insist on a minimum opening deposit or forego income in situations where enough money has not been added to offset the annual management fee deductions – eg: children, beneficiaries. Maybe it was originally included in the scheme partly as a concession to them?

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      Originally there was a $40/year fee rebate from the government, which allayed those concerns of the providers.

      National scrapped that in the 2009 budget, leaving the $1k buffer as the backstop. Now they’ve scrapped that too.

      • Sacha 4.1.1

        Next Budget they’ll probably remove part of their $520/yr or tip the contributions balance further onto employees rather than employers. So ambishus.

  5. Sabine 5

    so will the government than also guarantee that the money saved compulsory will be paid out when people reach 65 or 70 or what ever the retirement age will be?

  6. Sabine 6

    What will happen if another global financial crisis happens?
    I recall that quite a few people with their 401k’s in the states that lost an afull lot of money that they set aside for their retirement to supplement their social security payments.

    This is what I would like to know, if someone starts contributing today as a 20 year old, how can the government guarantee that that 20 year old will see his savings paid out once he is a 70 year old (and yes retirements ages will raise – no matter how much crying is to be done, i fully expect to work till i fall in a box).

    • infused 6.1

      Well they don’t, and they wont.

    • Puckish Rogue 6.2

      Is there a quick summary of what americans 401Ks are?

      • Sabine 6.2.1

        it is not so different both employer and employee contribute, the money is invested and payout is made possible at the time one goes to retirement, or earlier albeit with penalty fees for early access.

        This is a summary from the IRS
        http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Plan-Participant,-Employee/401%28k%29-Resource-Guide—Plan-Participants—Summary-Plan-DescriptionI

        There is a similar system in Germany, where again both party contribute, and the money is invested but , and that is a big difference BUT, the money is available to the saver every 6 years in full. It used to be the building/dowry saving system.
        I think that every 6 years availability makes much sense, if you are an apprentice starting to work at 15 this money would be made availabe at age 21. Enough to buy a car, go to study, travel etc. Or it can be left where it is and will be made again available 6 years later at which time someone might want to get married, buy an appartment, has a child or start a business.
        No whinging and whining is needed, no reasons need to be given etc. The time has run out, the money is available in full to the saver.

        Again, i have a Kiwi Saver, and frankly the money that I have there would have been put to good use in my business but I can’t access it. It would have been put to good use when I was unemployed, but I can’t access it. Etc etc etc etc etc.
        I do think that for someone who has no debt, paying into this scheme is ok, however for someone who has debt, be it a student loan, a mortgage or any other form of debt it is financially unwise to save (longterm with no guarantee of payout) rather then use that money to pay debt and interest faster.

        Also, how will it factor in with minimum wage workers, those that only work a few hours per week etc. Will Winz make up the lack of available cash to these savers?

        So if the government wants to make this system compulsory, than they must to some extend assure the forced saver that at the end of the day (TM) it will be payed out. Unless and Until the government does offer that guarantee (and both Labour and National are not willing to do that obviously) it is nothing but a form of wage theft benefiting financial institutions.

        • Puckish Rogue 6.2.1.1

          Better choose your provider wisely then

          • Sabine 6.2.1.1.1

            mate, there is no such thing as decent financial advice.
            There are a lot of wanna be financial advice givers that pay themselves nice fees out of your savings, but if the go bust, so do you.

            Now, normaly i would not cry for someone who invests and looses, such is business and risks need to be assessed before entering any savings scheme or investment scheme to prevent any pitfalls.

            But we here are talking about people being forced into the scheme, people who may or may not be financially aware enough to actually make sense out of the banking gibberish, but i would assume that for about 30 % of the working population that is not the case.

            but well what do I know,…….the banks are already crying foul, the money give to the kiwi saver initially was to pay for fees and such, and now…that might eat into your savings.

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11456340
            : KiwiSaver providers could introduce minimum amounts for opening new accounts or minimum saving requirements in the wake of the Government’s snap decision to cut the $1000 kick-start.

            The incentive which was available to everyone who signed up to the retirement savings scheme had been a buffer should account fees or a downturn in the market eat into savings.

            But Bill English’s Budget announcement last Thursday instantly removed the $1000 grant, taking away that security and opening up the potential for low-balance accounts to be eaten up by fees.

            blablahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblah

            no if the government wants compulsory savings, the government must make it save or else the government should simply leave it to people to join or not.

            • Craig H 6.2.1.1.1.1

              And if/when you withdraw money to buy a house, you still have to leave $1000 behind…

              Default providers will accept no-deposit enrolments because otherwise they will lose their default status.

              It’s not that hard to have a transition account which is then used to purchase units in the KS fund once the balance is high enough. The banks are just being obtuse.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 6.3

      There are increasing cries to get out of the financial system, the latest one I read was yesterday from Jim Sinclair.

  7. infused 7

    “But isn’t it odd, from those who went ape shit over light bulbs, there is not a word against this Big Government Nanny State PC Gone Mad idea…”

    Why do you say such stupid shit? They are not alike even one bit.

    [lprent: Banned for two weeks. If you want to attack what an author wrote, then explain your logic in disagreeing with the content. Don’t attack the author. ]

    • r0b 7.1

      Why do you say such stupid shit?

      For the fame and the money of course. Mostly the money. Doh.

      • Puckish Rogue 7.1.1

        Try posting on here for the VRWC then, it pays well but the cheques take a while to clear

        • DoublePlusGood 7.1.1.1

          An employer refusing to pay? That would never happen with the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, since it’s a unionised conspiracy. You should swap sides if you’re tired of your current employer messing you around. Also, free dental.

        • HumPrac 7.1.1.2

          Hahaha, I was going to reply to you in another comment thread saying the following – “Puckish, how much do you get paid to post on here?”.
          I doubt you are giving your masters their money worth.

          Do you get your brief either from a) the GCSB, b) directly from a person/company, c) from the National Party, or d) directly from the global elitists?

          How did you come to have contact with such entities?
          How long have you been being paid to do this type of “job”.
          Do you work out of NZ or abroad?
          Does the brief change, or is it always the same?
          How long have you been doing it for?
          What other websites do you attend for this purpose?
          Do you have a similar role to this, except without being internet based?
          Do you know other people who do the same?
          Is there an accredited qualification for such a role?
          Is this your only form of work?
          Are you a part of “The Brotherhood”? (you could know what I mean).

          All assuming my analysis of your purpose is correct.

  8. Tom Gould 8

    According to the KiwiSaver website “When you start a new job, if you’re not already a member and are eligible (aged from 18 to 64), your employer will automatically enrol you in KiwiSaver.” Then you have 8 weeks to ‘opt out’.

    So, what is it exactly the Tories are going to do? Auto-enrol those already in a job but who have already opted-out of membership, but still give them the option to ‘opt-out’ again once they are auto-enrolled again?

    The idiot media have been suckered again, by the looks. Too easy. Lazy craven fools. No wonder they are non 50% in the polls.

  9. Charles 9

    Kiwisaver – with no opt-out, it’s a (possibly inadvertant) compulsory tax on the poor. The working poor might actually die before they see any of it, and no one in Auckland signing up today is ever going to use any of it to pay for a house deposit.

    If Muldoon hadn’t ever existed, I could consider trusting a sane government to hold onto my money for 40 years. But alas, history exists. Would any of you trust a bunch who endorse the assault of hospitality workers? Who bribe old Saudis they tried to screw? Who break their own laws? What about several governments who only increased poverty in NZ? These are the people we should trust to hold our retirement money?

    I’m not saying don’t do it, you don’t have a choice now anyway, and finding an exempt employer might be hard for anyone low-skills and just trying to eat. (unless Socialism and Public Servants make a big come back) – I’m just saying I wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t cheerlead it either. The rot in our economic mindset is too advanced to be thinking about retirement savings. It’s like stacking yoga mats at the base of a cliff as the middle-aged lemmings start falling.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 9.1

      You are right of course. Many have other costs they would be better off paying down (credit card debt etc, medical bills because you may need to keep seeing the provider of treatment so best not to default).

      What about those who are permanently unable to work? At this point in time many disabled cannot use Kiwisaver because they already can’t afford to contribute due to higher costs. Q: Why should anyone pay, and pay…and then pay again in retirement because they couldn’t work earlier?

      • Craig H 9.1.1

        Bear in mind there are other allowable withdrawals besides first home and retirement, and if one scheme won’t do it, switch the funds to another scheme that will. Financial hardship and medical treatment are two such options.

  10. Colonial Rawshark 10

    Before we all go celebrating, just be clear in your own mind that Kiwi Saver is a funnel of workers monies into private hedge funds and the ticket clipping Wall St casino.

    Personally, I don’t think that this is anything to be celebrated, and in fact, puts a huge amount of NZ financial capital at risk.

    • weka 10.1

      Is there an easy to understand public record of the investments?

      • Colonial Rawshark 10.1.1

        I don’t think so, but even then I don’t think it would help. All the subprime mortgages which failed in 2008/2009 had fancy names and were AAA rated. So it all looked good from the top level. It was all toxic trash when it came out in the wash, of course.

        • weka 10.1.1.1

          I was thinking more about coal/oil investments and how visible that is.

          • Colonial Rawshark 10.1.1.1.1

            Well, there will be plenty of unethical/ungreen investing going on.

      • As far as I’m aware: no.

        If you’re not already in KiwiSaver you essentially have to approach every single KS provider separately and ask for the details of all their different funds.

        There’s a calculator on sorted.org.nz which “compares” KiwiSaver funds and providers but only on the basis of fees, returns, and “services” (like checking your balance online).

        I’m not in KiwiSaver myself for a variety of reasons including the ones CV has noted, but I’ve known several people who wanted to invest in “ethical” funds and had a hell of a time trying to find the information.

  11. Bill 11

    Y’know how AGW is going to take our economy away from us…?

    • Colonial Rawshark 11.1

      Yeah, exactly. Check out the disconnect. The Left is certain that AGW (and from my point of view, resource depletion) is a grave threat to our civilisation and that we are right on track for disaster over the next few decades. And the financial markets are going to do what at that time?

      • weka 11.1.1

        I don’t think the Left is certain of that. Most of the left believes we have time to change to avert disaster. But I agree there is a disconnect. I see it in people who understand about peak oil and what will happen with the GFC and they still take on big, long mortgages. Maybe they think that when the shit hits the fan they get to keep their houses.

        • Bill 11.1.1.1

          When our economy is trashed before our eyes, (I suspect it will be quick – certainly months as opposed to years and quite possibly mere days) I see no reason why people wouldn’t get to keep living wherever. It’s going to come down to, amongst other things, brutal numbers. How many people will be suddenly jobless? How many people will be unable to service their debts? How functional will those institutions be that are looking to repossess?

          I suspect priorities will be somewhat different to both now, or in the aftermath of the GFC seeing s how that didn’t involve either the collapse of physical infrastructures, or a wrecking of our systems of production and distribution.

          • weka 11.1.1.1.1

            A hard crash yes, I agree. Plus all those houses that currently stand empty around the country will be up for grabs.

            But I think it’s likely before then that we will go through cycles of instability that aren’t enough to collapse the economy but are enough to push many people towards not being able to pay their mortgages. And depending on how it goes and what sort of govt we have at the time, I’d expect credit checks to get harder, so people losing a mortgaged house might not be given tenancy. It might not go like that, we might get a resurgence in kindness, but I take Chch as a prelude and look how people there have fared in various ways.

        • Colonial Rawshark 11.1.1.2

          Most of the left believes we have time to change to avert disaster.

          That time ran out circa year 2000, IMHO.

          • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.2.1

            The 1970s was when we really had to start doing something about becoming sustainable. Instead we went for more money and we still here how being sustainable isn’t affordable especially from the goons on the right-wing.

      • HumPrac 11.1.2

        Yes, because people have let the money side of economics dominate the ‘ECONOMizing of resources’ side of economics, and the ‘ECONOMizing of resources has become a side effect.
        Rather than having the ‘ECONOMizing of resources’ as the prime driver, and money being a side effect.
        This WILL cause the planet to NOT be livable in the future.

        Basically we’re sticking our middle finger up at our future children and saying “F$#k you”, I’m getting my money no matter what I contribute to resource depletion.
        All under the guise of “economic growth”.

        I’m probably writing what you already know.

        • Colonial Rawshark 11.1.2.1

          It’s a sorry state of affairs. Do none of these 55 plus year old boomers in our nation’s senior leadership roles have grandchildren?

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2.2

          +1

          Our economic system is uneconomic.

  12. RedBaronCV 12

    Note that only a sub group of adults will face the compulsory sign on- those in salaried or waged jobs so that they can provide capital to the ruling classes.

    Also there is still considerable doubt as to when & how kiwisaver is protected from creditors. So someone loses job – defaults on mortgage – is left with an outstanding amount to the bank – who leave it there accruing interest until 65 or whenever and the bank step in and take the lot.
    Can also see a future government tapping it for fees, penalties and taxes that are owed to government – nice to have a little fund of peoples money to backstop those things. And where are the backstops for the low earners or non earners for part of their career. Australia shows that some groups can’t save enough and this will be the end of universal super.

  13. millsy 13

    There would be a lot of low wage workers who would find that having 2% of their wages each week whipped from them to be handed to the financial services industry, is going to make paying their bills a bit harder.

    • Colonial Rawshark 13.1

      Brilliant move from the Tories though, Labour cannot speak with any strength against the measure.

    • dv 13.2

      Yes Milsy

      And will the contribution be enough to pay the fees.

  14. linda 14

    is kiwi saver subject to open bank resolution policy?
    national has shifted the goal post every budget i just keep thinking when the real crash arrives these pools of capital the Cullen fund and kiwi saver funds could be confiscated in an emergency. the savers will be used to bailout the speculators and pushers of vapour wealth.
    the 1000 dollars kick starter is a confiscation as is the tax on the employers contribution and loss of 1000 dollars year tax credit .

  15. Richard McGrath 15

    Hardly surprising; remember this is a Labour-lite administration, too scared and unwilling anyway to back away from anything the previous Labour Government did, leaving everything Labour created in place, backing away from RMA reform, embracing the AGW religion, etc. True conservatives – without an original idea in their hollow heads, tinkering around the edges but essentially changing nothing.

  16. Foreign waka 16

    As the government is running out of tax funds new avenues have to be found to a/ get more cash (like the air port tax) or b/increase kiwi owed shareholding against it can borrow. No employer is obliged to pay into it, the government has opted out of a contribution and the ordinary taxpayer is once more ready to be taken to the cleaners. The debt will eventually nullify the fund but really who wants to look at the fine print. All the good intentions are down the drain as the farmers need to be bailed out and the asset sales have done nothing other then depleting the cash pot even more. The endless chain of gimme gimme has started and I am really surprised that anyone wonders why no one want’s to invest into – just about anything.

  17. Kiwisaver is nothing other than a subsidy for the sharemarket – and have you seen what that is doing lateky – it is a PONZI scheme – the sharemarket is being force fed with money from every working stiff’s weekly pay packet to fund the excesses of the few and we are competing for earning assets with every other retirement scheme across the planet. Kiwisaver is taking 6 – 8% of the weekly wage of everyone in NZ and giving it to the speculators. It is a rort. Kiwisaver is making John Key’s mates richer and everyone else poorer.

    Gareth Morgan made $58 Million from selling “his” kiwisavers to Kiwibank – yet he was running one of the poorest performing schemes in the whole show – his victims would have been better off with their money deposited in kiwbank term deposits

    Your Kiwisaver will, if it survives that long, be nearly worthless by the time you retire – if it does si=urvive that long maybe you will have saved enough to buy a casket and pay for your funeral – you certainly will not have saved enough to fund anything like a decent retirement.

    you are better off paying off your mortgage because once your mortgage is gone it is gone and you have a real asset – plus you are paying the interest on the loan at after tax income – your Kiwisaver could go up in smoke tomorrow and the system knows that and admits it as is illustrated by the following extract from the kiwibank disclosure statement …

    “Investments made in Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver are subject to investment and other risks, including possible delays in payment of withdrawal amounts in some circumstances, and loss of investment value. No person, including Kiwibank, NZ Post or any other member of the NZ Post Group, us, Gareth Morgan Investments Limited Partnership (GMILP), Public Trust as trustee of Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver, or any of their respective directors, or the New Zealand Government guarantees the repayment of members’ interests in Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver or the payment of any earnings or returns on investment in Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver.”

    In the average wage earners lifetime there will be three or four sharemarket crashes and financial crises any one of which could result in a substantial write down in the value of your kiwisaver savings – but your mortgage wont go away – indeed the interest on that will go through the roof aright at the time your “savings” that you can’t access have gone through the floor.

    more one this at ..
    http://howdaft.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/kiwisaver-conned-confirmed.html

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

  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
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  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
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  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
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  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
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  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
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  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
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  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
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  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
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  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
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  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
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  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade and cooperation
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
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  • Visit to Viet Nam strengthens ties
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  • Government delivers funding boost to fix potholes
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to boost funding for pothole prevention, with indicative funding levels confirmed by NZTA showing a record increase in funding to help fix potholes on our State Highways and Local Roads, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The NZTA Board has today confirmed indicative ...
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  • Government making fuel resilience a priority
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will halt work on procuring reserve diesel stock and explore other ways to bolster New Zealand’s diesel resilience, Associate Energy Minister Shane Jones says. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will also begin work on changes to the minimum fuel stockholding ...
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