Beyond the political showboating

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, July 7th, 2008 - 36 comments
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Ok. Now that the political theatre is done maybe National and its allies would like to engage in proper debate on the freight trucking industry.

Here’s some issues for debate:

Road user charges are less than 10% of costs and the increase, half what was recommended meaning petrol vehicles are still subsidising truck companies, is less than 1% of costs.

The price of diesel has increased 100% in the last year entirely due to the price of crude, and that is hurting the industry – the price of crude is only going up, so it’s only going to get more expensive to move freight by truck. So, shouldn’t we be looking at cheaper, more fuel efficient alternatives? maybe some kind of ‘super-truck’ that would glide on low-friction rails? hmm

Also consider this from the NDU, which represents truck-drivers:

If the industry is saying that other taxpayers should be subsidising its activities with lower road user charges then it has to be prepared to open all its activities up to scrutiny and debate … Cut throat competition has driven down both wages and owner-operator incomes.

“Rather than train new people into the industry and pay them decent wages, organisations like the Road Transport Forum want to bring in migrant workers to drive their trucks on the cheap.”

While we’re at it, let’s consider these two questions: Is it possible to organise a protest involving dozens or hundreds of companies, thousands of vehicles (that run on tight, pre-planned schedules) in one and a half days? And what is National’s ‘positive and ambitious’ plan for freight in New Zealand?

36 comments on “Beyond the political showboating ”

  1. vto 1

    I always thought Owen McShane’s idea of using the rail corrider (without rails) for trucking purposes was worthy of consideration. Would get the trucks off the road for large parts of their journey. Technical and practical matters would probably de-rail (boom boom) it.

    I suspect though that the movement of goods around the globe will follow other things in becoming more localised. For example, I see power supply moving away from large central generators that distribute it far and wide, to more localised smaller generators (e.g. one windmill per suburb, to be rough about it), or even within each home (solar and wind on the roof – this is the one).

    Similarly with much else of the economy – the globalisation trend will subside, or ease, as its weaknesses get exposed, in favour of more localised everything. As such the movement of goods should abate over time. Don’t hold me to it though.

    And similarly with political power – it has been centralising but I suspect its dissipating again to the nosybody local.

    a rough 2c.

  2. interesting – hundreds of comments on threads around the protest, but none of our righties (save vto) want to seriously engage on the issue of freight in nz… disappointing but predictable

    vto. I think that using the rail corridors for trucks wouldn’t be practical (not wide enough for two way roading for one) and the conversion would be enourmously costly, moreover, rail is cheaper over large distances.

  3. Stephen 3

    No one is mentioning ‘shipping’ these days either – perhaps because it isn’t worth mentioning?

    No ‘righties’ on this thread yet because no one was really contesting the rationale behind the increase, just the timing? I don’t really know, haven’t been following this too much on this blog.

    captcha: Locomotive be (haha!)

  4. vto 4

    SP, of course the obstacles would be probably insurmountable. But I like oddball suggestions.

    Re the actual issue – who should pay for road upkeep and cross-subsidisation. User-pays I think tends to lead to the best outcomes over time. The actual and true costs become very clear, and anomolies or problems within whatever is being paid for also become apparent and can be resolved more easily. In addition, user pays allows the costs to eventually be passed on so that the workers and investors within the particular industry will end up receiving a roughly consistent income over time. This will without doubt happen with these ruc increases.

    As for the detail about what the costs of the roads are and who uses the roads in what proportions I have no idea and no time to consider. That’s someone else’s job.

    But doesn’t cross-subsidisation occur all over the place?

    Several commentators over the weekend have described, correctly, the protest as a spark to the background fumes of discontent. It was not really about the ruc increases, but more about what they represent.

    I agree though there has been some hypocrisy over this protest – from both right and left. If it had been the cook strait ferry staff or the wharfies causing inconvenience the reaction would have been decidedly different – from both the right and the left.

  5. BeShakey 5

    The government recently released a shipping strategy aimed at increasing the use of shipping. I’m pretty sure the shipping industry will see the buy back of rail as a good thing too.

    Another question for the Nats: do you support the taxpayer subsidising business? If so, what do your backers in Federated Farmers think of this?

  6. Daveski 6

    In the short to medium term, buying back Rail is simply a political gesture and ironically one that certainly wasn’t explicit Labour policy. Funny that.

    Rail has never been profitable in NZ and by nature only suits a small part of the transportation as you note – large scale over long distances. The relatively small population of NZ combined with the topology makes it even more difficult.

    On top of that, apart from bulk going direct to say ports, every item needs to be delivered to rail by truck and picked up by truck.

    A slight digression.

    In terms of your post, every situation needs to be considered in context. In itself, the additional cost of the user charges is not huge – agreed. However the context is massively increased operating costs for businesses (Kiwisaver, 4 weeks leave etc may be good for employees but they add additional costs).

    The lack of consultation or notice did not help either so in the context of what’s happening in NZ, consider it a tipping point.

    The context of the timing is also significant. It may not have been unintended, but the timing suggested to some that the Govt was prepared to shaft one industry to benefit a State owned rail.

    The fact that the popular reaction to this was positive (read the papers) suggests that it is indeed a tipping point.

    Rather than question the authenticity of the response, Labour should be taking the above messages. However, the Laboru view is that it’s all a conspiracy, the polls are wrong, we are right so they continue to fail to listen to the message.

    I do accept your point re National’s policy. The answer though is politics not policy which I’ve discussed previously. Sadly, this is the reality of where we are at – Labour is just as guilty but I doubt the consensus will agree here. The electorate will however.

  7. Felix 7

    Technical and practical matters would probably de-rail (boom boom) it.

    Those pesky “technical and practical” matters have ruined 3 or 4 of my brilliant ideas already today.

    I tend to agree with much of what you’re saying though and I think this is something that has been largely overlooked in most of the public debate about transport: that while it’s very important to move stuff around as efficiently as possible it’s (at least) equally so to move less stuff around. Or not move it as far.

  8. BeShakey 8

    “Rail has never been profitable in NZ…”

    Of course one of the good reasons for the government owning the rail is that, as a business rail may not be profitable (although many would debate that), but it can still make an overall positive contribution to the economy in the medium to long term(taking into account the initial purchase price and subsequent investment). To do this it is likely to require investment with a return horizon that is beyond the scope of business, and of course for business the return is measured solely on business returns, whereas for the government a much wider range of returns can be considered.

  9. burt 9

    Steve P.

    interesting – hundreds of comments on threads around the protest, but none of our righties (save vto) want to seriously engage on the issue of freight in nz disappointing but predictable

    The road transport people engaged and were ignored – the message is clear – don’t bother trying to talk sense to people who don’t listen…

    Imagine the sky falling if people pre-purchased RUC in advance of a price rise… all that money up front is not good enough for the govt that like to run a surplus in a recession – I guess Labour can’t inflict enough pain on the productive if advance warning is given…

  10. From someone whose grandparents were both killed in an accident with a truck, I applaud any moves which transfer freight onto rail from road where possible.

  11. Daveski 11

    BS – agreed

    Profitability is not the only criteria for success – there is a public good element.

    I would still be peeved though if I thought my business was being increasingly taxed while a competitor was able to run at a loss propped up by tax payers.

    That’s not to say there isn’t a role for rail but it is also not right to say that rail is the solution to all our transportation woes given the other points I noted.

    It’s also true that NZ has relied significantly on state investment in a range of areas given the points I make, not just rail.

    I wouldn’t be so analytical if my business was tied up in a truck!

  12. Rob 12

    Steve Pierson

    You wont get to many righties commenting on here as you boot them off with Gay abandon (excuse the pun).

    Burt is absolutely correct Anette King broke a promise and caused the problem. Helen Clark had to go into damage control for her and all in all it wasn’t a good Look for the Government.

    There was no Crosby Textor conspiracy just like there wasn’t one for the Asian crime march. People are starting to say they have had enough and want to be listened to. This Government has been poor on the active listening front and is now paying for it

    [lprent: There are quite a few ‘righties’ here. I boot for behaviour not for opinions. The behaviour you exhibited (from memory) was to act like a badly programmed machine. Act like a human interacting with other humans and you won’t get booted..]

  13. bill brown 13

    That truck strike was nothing to do with a supposed broken promise, it was organised weeks in advance as a shaking fist in the face to the government. Truckies just got lucky because it was an interesting – and rare – spectacle in the middle of winter.

    And did the people on the Asian crime march know who their front person was really like? That guy makes the SST look like a bunch of liberal pussy cats.

  14. Rob 14

    Bill

    So you think 15000 Asian people would have still marched if their hadn’t been two high profile murders in their communities. The crime is the problem not a supposed conspiracy on who might have the audacity to march against the Government

  15. bill brown 15

    I’ve nothing against people marching against the government, or anything else for that matter, so long as they know what they’re getting into.

    How many of those people agreed with the things that the organiser was saying this morning on the radio? How many would have marched behind him if they knew what the guy was really like?

  16. trucker 16

    Is it possible to organise this in two days, and did we plan in advance?

    Yes it is possible, in a motivated and angry industry. Did we have advance notice: given that the protest was about being given no notice it is hard to see how that could be. The truth is simply: no we did not have notice. We found out on Tuesday morning, and went to the streets on Friday. I hope that clears up Bill’s concern.

    Petrol vehicles do not subsidise trucks. Both pay their amounts to the government, and have done for years. In fact the RTF has argued, without rebuttal, that the amount paid has been too much. The Government accepted that argument until last year, and increased RUC without either justification or notice. The Minister agreed to rectify both issues and consult and give notice before any further increases. She did neither and that was the cause of our anger. The subsidy issue is a hoary old chestnut dragged out regularly, but based on a now discredited Booze Allen report. It says little for people that they continue to regurgitate a report that has been proven to be based on disproved theory.

    Your argument about using rail is valid, and provides a theoretical argument that sadly hgas no basis in reality. Currently our Rail system is working at capacity, and to increase that capacity will require HUGE investment. In a country the size of NZ we do not have the volumes of either freight or passengers to justify the size of investment needed.

    In percentage terms NZ now carries more rail freight per head of population than they do in the UK. That is not a bad achievement.

    Much was made of Tony Freidlander’s past job with National. That was 20 years ago, and he was then the Minister of Works, in the Government that introduced Road User Charges. It was his department that introduced them. He has pretty good knowledge about them, as his job with the RTF has kept him well informed. I don’t believe that it is a crime to favour one or another political party, and to try and shoot him for his previous employment is somewhat irregular.

    As one of the people heavily involved in the organisation of the protest I know that Tony’s role was one of a CEO carrying out the directions of his Board, not one of directing his members to take any particular action.

    Sorry guys, no conspiracy, no hidden agendas at all. Just seriously angry people who were let down by the government who happened to be Labour. Had National done the same thing they would have got the same message.

    Cheers

  17. trucker 17

    Sorry I missed a crucial word in my post above:

    In percentage terms NZ now carries more freight per head of population than they do in the UK. That is not a bad achievement.

    should read:

    In percentage terms NZ now carries more RAIL freight per head of population than they do in the UK. That is not a bad achievement.

    [Tane: Fixed.]

  18. T-rex 18

    Trucker – Interested to read.

    What is the RTF’s basis for arguing that they’re paying too much?

    I agree that Kings failure to give notice of the rises was a betrayal. As well as politically inept. And poorly founded. I support truckers in their objections in that regard.

    The increases seemed reasonable in themselves though. On what basis are you arguing they’re too high?

    If Rail is running at capacity isn’t that cause to increase capacity? If demand is there…

  19. burt 19

    T-rex

    If Rail is running at capacity isn’t that cause to increase capacity? If demand is there

    Demand will be there if the price of road transport is pushed up and up and capital for increasing that capacity will be available via the same mechanism….

    But I guess I don’t need to explain that – Annette King made that strategy obvious for all to see.

  20. bill brown 20

    Demand will be there if the price of road transport is pushed up and up

    Surely one of the main causes for this is the increase in the price of fuel, which no-one in NZ can control. Therefore an alternative is necessary.

  21. T-rex 21

    Stop being so bloody stupid Burt. Annette King has done SFA to the price of road transport, and it’s worth noting that what she has done is TO PAY FOR MORE ROADS.

    I would fully support cutting RUC’s and cutting development of new roading. Improve utilisation of the existing ones. Ounce of efficiency vs Ton of stupid outmoded strategy.

  22. burt 22

    T-rex

    and it’s worth noting that what she has done is TO PAY FOR MORE ROADS.

    Incorrect, she has allocated public funds to build more roads. You might want to thank the govt for that without thinking where that money came from, I’d rather thank the people who paid for it. Cheers trucker – you pay for maintenance today AND pay money for roads that may never be build and you may never use.

  23. T-rex 23

    Y’know, I’m just going to leave that one.

  24. Draco TB 24

    Trucker – bring out the report that truckers pay more than their fair share and I’ll believe you. Until you do I’ll continue to believe the previous report that says you don’t.

  25. trucker 25

    Draco

    You may believe as you wish. The response to the Booze Allen report was lodged with the MOT. I have read it, but I do not have a copy.

    Suffice to say that the Ministry accepted it and have acknowledged the accuracy of it, and have stopped referring to the Booze Allen report. That in itself says heaps.

    The only people who continue to refer to it are those who liked what it said, and were not interested in a contrary view.

    As I said you may choose as you wish.

  26. trucker 26

    duplicate post

  27. T-rex 27

    Trucker – do you have a link?

  28. Draco TB 28

    I would assume this is it.

    ATM I would say the ministry is taking it under advisement. If the ministry had accepted the response report then the minister would be using the figures from the new report instead of the one commissioned by the ministry.

  29. trucker 29

    sorry that is not the report I refer to.

    I do not have a link, or a copy.

  30. T-rex 30

    Ok… well until I see otherwise I’m going to stick with my present understanding, which is that trucks pay less on a per-ton basis than light vehicles, and do more damage per ton.

  31. Kevyn 31

    T-rex. I haven’t seen the report trucker refers to but I have read the full STCC (Booze Allen) report and nowhere does it claim that trucks don’t pay for all of their road damage. All it says, and it says this about cars too, is that if the railways have to earn a profit then so must roads. The study is GST exclusive which makes no sense when road externalality costs to the Crown are included. Either both have to be excluded or both have to be included. The study doesn’t provide enough information to work how much GST carsor trucks pay.

    Since the railways are no longer required to make a profit we can safely remove the return on capital figures from the STCC report and discover that trucks are paying 101% of their costs (GST and externalaties both excluded).

    I think your present undestanding is correct for all other OECD countries because they all rely on diesel taxes and gross weight registration fees. New Zealand is the only country where costs are recovered using the axle weight cubed (on top of the petrol tax equivalent distance charge paid by light diesel vehicles).

  32. Kevyn 32

    Trucker, Was Feidlander really the Minster of Works in the Muldoon Goverment? That means he was chairman of the National Roads Board when funding for highway improvements was cut from $360m a year under Big Norm to a mere $100m (inflation adjusted) when the rogergnomes took over. That means HE is the man responsible for the humungous backlog of roadworks that Transit is currently trying to catch up on.

    During the debate of the bill that replaced the NRB with Transit Richard Prebble had the gall to blame the appalling road toll on mismanagement by the NRB instead of accepting that SFA funding was the problem.

    If the rate of traffic growth hadn’t exceeded the rate of inflation during the 90s the situation wouldn’t have improved under National either.

    [I guess that rules me out for the “rightie troll of the year” award]

  33. Kevyn 33

    SP, You should know better than to take any politician’s assertions about the findings of study at face value. Politicians and lobbyists love to cherry pick from these studies and ignore any caveats the authors might have included.

    Until I see the study I will remain unconvinced that a 20% increase in RUCs was needed. Anyway, isn’t a 75% increase in RUCs needed to match the hypothecation of the petrol tax? Maybe that’s what Annette means – the 10% increase in the weight/distance component plus a 75% increase in the distance component.

    I know the construction price index has increased by more than 30% since 1999 but that followed a fall in the CrPI after the asian financial crisis, so I don’t know what the change has been since 1989. Maybe a further 10% increase is justified to cover cost increases. Equally, RUCs were not reduced after the asian financial crisis so maybe they were being overcharged 10% to begin with. It could all be rather a moot point anyway when you look at the engineering knowledge about various causes of road damage. Engineers don’t understand the interactions between dynamic loads and environmental factors well enough to be able to assign costs between trucks and cars with 100% precision. A +/-5% error margin in the amount truckies should be paying for road damage is the best the experts can come up with. (FHwA Highway Cost Analysis Study)
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/hcas/final/index.htm
    [Yes it is a pretty good cure for insomnia and, yes, it is 11 years old, but thats the Bush administration for you.]
    Any politician who argues otherwise is pushing their own agenda – King or Friedlander as the case may be.

    One thing I do know is that air suspension dramaticly reduces road damage (OECD DIVINE study) and that two-thirds of new trucks sold last year were fitted with it. I think it may be standard when ABS is specified and insurance companies seem to be encouraging the use of ABS. Assuming the OECDs lower estimate of 20% less damage on smooth roads that uptake of airsuspension could very well have offset a 10% increase in maintenance costs over the last several years.

    Until either the Minister or the RTF release the study we will never know what the extra 10% was justified by, or even if it was a core recommendation.

    Mind you, there is one concealed problem with our roads and bridges that the government might finally have woken up to. We have enjoyed a maintenance holiday over the last dozen years. By a fortunate set of coincidences a major bridge replacement program was begun when the petrol tax was introduced in the 1920s. Almost half of our current length of highway bridges was constructed between then and the outbreak of war. The remainder were mostly constructed in the two decades after the petrol tax was hypothecated in the mid 50s. That same period also saw two-thirds of our highway kms sealed for the first time. Three-quarters of local road sealing and bridge building occured during the same period. Since the design life of these pre-Napier quake ferro-cement bridges was 75 years (100 years was considered an extravagant waste of precious resources) we are now running into a period of a couple of decades of extensive and expensive bridge renewals. To add to this the design life of traffic pavements is generally 35-60 years depending on the type of subsoil. So we are also running into a period of needing to rebuild a huge amount of roads and highways from the ground up. That is one reason Transit has been fighting to limit the Auckland-centric funding arrangement to the ten year timeframe stated by the government when the regionally ollocated petrol tax was introduced. That will allow the pavement rehabilitations to be replaced with realignments where on black routes thus making a major step to belatedly act on the recommendations of the National Road Safety Committee. When this rebuilding phase becomes unavoidable you can bet that whoever is in government will be pushing the “truck damage” line for all its worth to get public support to slug heavy vehicles. There has already been a dry run of this tactic with regional funding for the “wall of wood”. Most of the roads being rebuilt to cater for these logging trucks were built prior to the first cut of plantation forests and weren’t expected to survive beyond a second cut harvest. The original logic was that the mileage tax collected during the second cut harvest would pay for the reconstruction. So the work that’s being done now is premature and being done mainly to influence ill-informed or misinformed voters.Although pavements do disintegrate at an exponential rate so I might be wrong, it might be engineers who are pushing this solution, but if they are then there are politicians hiding them from view.

  34. trucker 34

    Kevyn,

    Tony was certainly “a” Minister of Works under Muldoon, but not the only one as far as I can recall. I have no knowledge as to whether he was the Chairman of the National Roads Board under Norm Kirk, but I would doubt it.

    The current backlog in infrastructure spending has been perpetuated by many governments, both National and Labour, over many years.

    The current Government has done the best of any in recent times to address this.

    The same underspending has been mirrored in Public Transport also, as well as in many other areas of infrastructure which have been under-funded for many years. As a nation we have failed to invest in the infrastructural future of our country.

  35. Ari 35

    Petrol vehicles do not subsidise trucks. Both pay their amounts to the government, and have done for years. In fact the RTF has argued, without rebuttal, that the amount paid has been too much.

    What about the claim that trucks cause disproportionate damage to the road compared to their RUC? Because I’d generally say that paying less than you cost someone who is responsible for maintaining something you’re damaging is a subsidy.

    I’d also like to point out that the promise was that a bill would be introduced to allow them to give warning on RUCs- that has been done. Unfortunately the bill is held up by other important legislation so you didn’t get any warning this time. I’m not sure you can exactly call that a broken promise- disappointment perhaps.

  36. trucker 36

    Ari,

    The claim that trucks do disproportionate damage is one trotted out, and justified by the Booze Allen report, which has since been discredited. RUC for trucks is calculated on the basis (simply) that a car is one, and a truck incurs damage to a power of 4 of the car figure, and this increases as the weight increases. Note that is a “power” of 4 , not “times” 4.

    There is no doubt that trucks to more damage to roads than cars, and they pay for it accordingly. In our industry’s view we overpay. That was the basis that the Minister promised to review RUC and failed to do so.

    The promise that warning would be given was not kept. The Minister did progress some changes we were told, but they were never delivered. Saying that we started on something is not the same as finishing it. I call it a broken promise however you look at it.

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 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. ...
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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