Auto Kiwisaver

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 29th, 2015 - 60 comments
Categories: benefits, kiwisaver, quality of life - Tags: ,

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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    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    3 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    7 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    7 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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