Bosses move to drive wages down

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, February 27th, 2012 - 89 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, wages, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

John Key said he “would love to see wages drop“, and his government has achieved that (funny, can you think of anything else they’ve achieved?) but they’re just getting started.

This is the year when the gloves come off. Ports of Auckland is trying to slash its wage bill by 20% by casualising its workforce. Talley’s-AFFCO is locking out 750 workers indefinitely, also trying to casualise its workforce. And DHBs are trying to scare nurses ahead of their pay negotiations with the spectre of job cuts.

You won’t see John Key, the Talleys, Tony Gibson, and their ilk in the 1% suffer. The price of his economic failures falls only on the workers – those with jobs and those without.

89 comments on “Bosses move to drive wages down ”

  1. Can a RWNJ, any one will do, tell us how the Tally’s plan to totally casualise employment in the Freezing Works is for the common good?  Or why their holding the country to ransom by stopping workers from working can improve things?
     
    Any one will do.  Gossie, James 111 where are you?

    • Gosman 1.1

      Who determines what is the ‘Common good’?

      BTW interesting you demand answers yet have failed to answer my question to you about whether you support the readoption of compulsory Union membership as a Labour party policy. So do you agree this would be a good idea or not?

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Who determines what is the ‘Common good’?

        Since you don’t accept the concept of “Common Good” (but clearly understand the concept of “Good for Capitalists”) surely not you.

        • Gosman 1.1.1.1

          I’ve never made the claim that I should define what is the ‘common good’ so I am unsure why you bring this into the discussion.

          • McFlock 1.1.1.1.1

            He didn’t. Learn to read. Tool

            • Gosman 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Care to explain what he meant by ‘surely not you’?

              • McFlock

                You brought it into the debate by asking who defines common good.
                MS responded that “common good” could not be defined by people who don’t accept its existence. This includes you.
                Further discussion was unnecessary, because then you would have been asking who defines something that you don’t accept exists. Not that you would ever be that disingenuous.

                Tool.

              • Colonial Viper

                That you should not be the one to define the Common Good, as you have no interest in the Common Good. Merely the Good of the Capitalists.

                The fact that you agree with this is fine by me.

              • Gosman

                You are very much mistaken in the belief that I don’t have a view of common good. It is just different from yours. However I don’t think it is beholden on me to try and impose my view of what constitutes the common good on others. That doesn’t seem to bother hard core leftists like the two of you.

                • Colonial Viper

                  No you don’t have a veiw of the Common Good, you have a view of the Capitalist’s Good. And what capitalists do is exactly what you say you disapprove of – imposing what benefits the few as costs on the many.

                • McFlock

                  So Gos, you are one of the “good men” who will do nothing and let evil triumph. Not willing to pursue what you believe to be the common good even through regular democratic means.

                  I just love the way you’ve taken the liberal ideal of tolerance and relativism and turned it into an excuse for inaction in the face of injustice. God what a tool.

              • Gossie care to say what you think about Talley’s action #1?

      • mickysavage 1.1.2

        I did answer it Gosman. I said that I approved in the strengthening of the trade union movement because this will improve the plight of all workers.

        As for the common good well the 1% believes that the common good is served by a system that allows them to have an ever increasing share of the world’s resources. The rest of us would prefer that the world’s wealth was actually shared around more equitably.

        • Gosman 1.1.2.1

          You never answered my direct question which was whether you supported compulsory Union membership being made Labour party policy. A simple yes or no will suffice. Your lawyerish answer simply allows you too much wriggle room.

          I obviously diifer with you on your perception of what each of the groups, (that the left has divided the World’s population into for their own ends), regard as common good. Hence I don’t think I can answer your question. Perhaps you can find one of the mytical 1% and ask them.

          • McFlock 1.1.2.1.1

            A simple yes or no will suffice. Your lawyerish answer simply allows you too much wriggle room.

            Much lols – and demanding a yes or no answer without context is equally lawyerish.

            The fact is that most people will answer “yes and no” – e.g. they might say yes for doctors and lawyers to be members of professional bodies/advocacy groups, but no for mcdonald’s burger flippers, with the dividing line somewhere between the two. But of course if mickey said either you’d just paint him as being at one extreme or the other.

            I reckon you should have to join the tools union.

            • Gosman 1.1.2.1.1.1

              What further context is required in relation to the question? It is a pretty straight forward question. It used to be a cornerstone of Labour party policy after all.

              • McFlock

                The context within which someone believes unionism should be compulsory, tool. They are unable to give this in a simple yes or no.

                Let’s say that they believe in compulsory unionism for professions, but not trades. They’d have to answer “yes” to your question, but a “yes” would imply that they also included trades. Or maybe only compulsory unionism after six months employment. Or maybe compulsory unionism with an option to opt out after six months. Or compulsory unionism for e.g. sailors on foreign-flagged vessels in NZ waters. All of the above would have to answer “yes”, but are very different extents of the rule.

                • Gosman

                  The context is Compulsory Union membership as reintroduced by the Labour Government after 1984 and which was abolished by National after they were elected as Government in the early 1990’s

                  • McFlock

                    So you’re asking if MS supports the imposition today of legislation enacted 30 years ago (or more) with no absolutely variation to meet the needs of the current economic situation?

                    Well, that’s a perfectly reasonable question. /sarc

                  • Gossie care to say what you think about Talley’s action #2?

      • McFlock 1.1.3

        Wow – a RWNJ unfamiliar with the concept of “common good”. Quelle surprise.

      • Foreign Waka 1.1.4

        This may give you some insight – not the newest quotes but valid more than ever:

        John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 (on the constitution of America)

        Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

        Here is another thought:

        “How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
        Frank, Anne German-Jewish Teenager (1929-1945)

  2. vto 2

    Isn’t it about time the unions went on strike in support of each other across various industries?

    • Sympathy strikes were made illegal in the Employment Contracts Act, and were never re-legalised in the ERA.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        Another good question is whether sympathy strikes should be allowed again and if this should be a policy adopted by the left leaning parties.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Solidarity General Strike please. Across all unions.

          • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1.1.1

            No chance, CV. It would be madness in this environment to recommend illegal industrial action when there is no evidence of a groundswell of support for it, either from unionised workers or those outside union coverage.
             
            But never say never, the glorious day may come sooner than we think!

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Fair enough. Let’s wait and see. However, it is the union defenders who are besieged, and the well supplied corporates doing the beseiging. And the rules of war suggest where the advantage lies as time wears on.

          • The Baron 2.1.1.1.2

            Oh the Paratai Drive Socialist wants all his fellow workers to rise up. Won’t be a long line down at Euro for dinner tonight then huh CV.

            And just how many people did your in-laws fuck over on their way to keeping you in the lap of luxury? But you feel really guilty about that, so make up for your rank hypocrisy with endless blahing on online.

            Thanks for the solidarity, comrade!

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.2.1

              I personally don’t begrudge my in-laws for their wealth, and you shouldn’t be so envious.

              • The Baron

                No envy from me pal – I’m not the one coming online every two minutes to lament the rich bastard capitalists of this world whilst I live in the lap of THEIR luxury.

                A parasite and a hypocrite is what you are, CV. What do you do for the causes you so readily mouth off about apart from, um, mouthing off about them?

                • Colonial Viper

                  LOL, I’m buying shares in the power companies to keep them NZ owned. Also I’ve always wanted to run a school I hear that’s going to be good money now.

        • mickysavage 2.1.1.2

          Gossie care to say what you think about Talley’s action #3?

    • The Baron 2.2

      Oh noes, 8.8% of the private workforce is on strike. Great suggestion VTO!

      The age of the union is over, and thank fuck for that. One more nail in the coffin once PoA is finished with the outdated, inflexible, lazy racist dinosaurs on the waterfront.

      As for defending Talley’s lockout – not my job. I know nothing about how or why this is being done. I suspect that its either a wage drop or layoffs though.

      Cue a LWNJ raving on about how there won’t be a paycut at the top – probably not, no. Doesn’t the world suck? If you don’t like it, why aren’t you in North Korea?

      • Bored 2.2.1

        ….once PoA is finished with the outdated, inflexible, lazy racist dinosaurs on the waterfront.…I can only assume you are talking about the management?

        Please elucidate on the “racist” bit.

      • vto 2.2.2

        “The age of the union is over, Thank fuck for that”

        Yep, yahoo, back to the days pre-unions we slide.

        You’re such a brainbox aren’t you baron.

  3. muzza 3

    Well the hiring of Chinese , Auckland Based Air NZ employees http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10788109

    “The jobs for the Shanghai staff paid $570 a week, the same as most other entry-level cabin crew jobs the airline offered”

    So they wont re-hire experienced staff, because they cost more…Ok, well I guess we see the model NZ is moving to eh!

    • rosy 3.1

      I’m guessing that a need for speakers of Chinese languages might be a factor. Not many NZers speak Cantonese or Mandarin, and flights between China and NZ are not reducing. I reckon it might be bit of a media beat up – wish they’d save it for the real issues.

      • muzza 3.1.1

        How are we to know if any of those made redundant who re-applied for jobs, did not speak one of the chinese languages? Bit of an assumption to make I suggest..

        Saving it for real issues! What, are reduncancies, being replaced by entry level paid staff members not important enough for you?

        • rosy 3.1.1.1

          Yes, redundancies are a real issues – you’re right. The issue of Chinese cabin crew, in the context of growing passenger numbers on NZ to China routes, is not – it’s a dog whistle wrapped as ‘news’.

          The reporter might have investigated whether these were entry-level positions given they are on entry-level pay, checked to see how many Mandarin/Cantonese speakers in NZ had been made redundant, checked on Air NZ’s plan to improve numbers on uneconomic routes – how is that agreement with Virgin Airlines going? Discussed it in terms of asset sales – anything other than a hint that NZ workers had been replaced by Chinese, not that the Chinese crew might have been additional workers on these routes, don’t you think?

          International capacity growth for the Northern Winter period (November 2011 – March 2012) on the airline’s China routes will be up by 21.6%, with increased frequency to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
          Capacity on the Auckland – Beijing route will be up 38.6% with the addition of a third year-round Boeing 777-200 service from early December.
          The airline’s Auckland – Shanghai route will have a capacity increase of 22.7%, with the addition of a fourth Boeing 777-200 service operating between December and March.
          “In addition, following strong demand for the overnight service from Auckland to Hong Kong, this route is up by 15.6% with a Boeing 777-200 operating daily services from November to mid-December, increasing to nine services per week from mid-December,” says Air New Zealand Deputy CEO Norm Thompson.

          I realise I worded that post badly, and apologise. I was going to change it but was on a slow internet connection that timed out.

  4. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4

    How is John Key’s government driving down wages at the Port?

    Isn’t it the shareholder unreasonably requiring a reasonable return on its investment? Who is the shareholder again?

    Do you really mean that Len Brown is driving down wages?

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Isn’t a corporate’s responsibility to serve all its stakeholders? Or is it permissible to stuff workers in the interests of owners, because workers don’t count as stakeholders in the enterprise?

      • Gosman 4.1.1

        Management of a company doesn’t have to treat all stakeholders equally though. If satifying the needs of the workers means the owners aren’t getting the returns they expect then ultimately their jobs are on the line because the owners have more influence on that than the workers.

        I am amazed that the left as a whole seems to be ignoring the fact that they have the power to influence this dispute directly. Via the Auckland City Council and the left leaning Mayor you can bring this dispute to a stop with a simple couple of meetings. Yet people on the left seem to be ignoring this and instead are continuing to focus on the industrial action. Stupid, stupid thinking in my mind.

  5. Bored 5

    Interestingly Mickey has succeeded in drawing out all of the usual RWNJ suspects to express their anti union and anti worker bias….unpleasant I must say Mickey.

    For my quids worth I reckon we will see a lot more pressure on the employers / employee interface (wages) as the economy contracts. Yes folks CONTRACTS, DIMINISHES etc. We will see belligerence from both employers and employees as the un-iced sugar free cup cake and associated crumbs get thoroughly thrashed by all parties.

  6. Bored 6

    Now for a real world view….a company I manage lives in a technical equipment sales and service environment (sell / install / maintain), we supply systems businesses must have in a fairly competitive market with mature technology.

    Our costs for kit are compressed and lack margin, service is where we make the cash. And that’s a people issue. Our market is declining with the overall economy so to stay competitive and to maintain continuity we have to cut costs….and that’s mainly a people issue.

    We like any other company to adjust to the new trading conditions are going to have to ask people to do more for less, and cut our workforce when revenues / profits dictate that we cannot afford people. Where I think I differ with the usual RWNJs is I believe that management and shareholders are just as liable to take the negative impact of the new conditions.

    What we are seeing at POA and elsewhere is the owners and managers driving their workers conditions down whilst believing fairy tales about how they don’t need to take any downside themselves. I don’t give a monkeys about equability, I do care about continuity.

    At POA I see well paid managers with no personal shareholding, no immediate employment risk or dollar risk. I suggest they need to wake up, smell the coffee, read the old fashioned texts on supply and demand and understand that they (like the workers) are not in short supply.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      and understand that they (like the workers) are not in short supply.

      Motivate workers by paying them less, stripping them of long held conditions and benchmarking their wages against the Chinese.

      Motivate senior management with lavish bonuses and benchmark executive salaries with US CEOs and Wall St execs.

      • The Baron 6.1.1

        Oh yeah, how much do you pay the cleaners in your mansion there, CV? Or do you leave it to the inlaws do source the minimum wage labourers?

        The man in the biggest glass house of all can’t stop coming online to throw stones. Solidarity forever workers – the Remuera branch is here to help!

    • Gosman 6.2

      Talk to the owners of the company then Bored. They might not be easy to track down but you might luck out and they will agree to listen to you. Admittedly it’s not like you have any influence over them so you will have to make a very persuassive case and let them know what’s in it for them.

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.1

        Capitalists profit by taking dollars away from workers.

        • Gosman 6.2.1.1

          Do you mean the wider community of Auckland via their democratically elected council C.V?

          • mickysavage 6.2.1.1.1

            Gossie care to say what you think about Talley’s action #4?

            • Gosman 6.2.1.1.1.1

              As an independent contractor you wish me to comment of a firm wishing to employ independent contractors? Generally I’m in favour of this.

              I presume you are comfortable with Talley’s having the ability to use the lock out as a bargaining tool are you?

        • The Baron 6.2.1.2

          Just like you and the in-laws huh CV. Thanks for your support to the cause, Comrade!

          • fender 6.2.1.2.1

            How clever you are “The Baron”.
            Someone divulges a little info on their living arrangements and to you its just treated as ammo for your RWNJ gun.
            Unless you really know the facts I suggest you just STFU.
            Could be your fault someone is down on their luck if thats the case and is staying with the inlaws. The Barons will be the first to enjoy the sharp guillotine.

            • The Baron 6.2.1.2.1.1

              Tut tut, took you two seconds to get onto your fantasies of killing fields following the beautiful revolution of the caring left.

              And you call me a nut job.

              CV gets my goat cos he is a complete and utter hypocrite, bemoaning the wealthy while noshing it up with the best of them. In your simple parlance, he is a class traitor. Would he be before or after me in wearing the black hood?

              And what is it with the left and killing people? Has the millions of deaths from every single socialist revolution in history not sated your bloodlust yet?

              • fender

                Any bloodspilling will be the result of their failure to learn from history.

                If I lose my job,house etc and go stay with my “rich” inlaws thats hypocracy is it? And you would just be envious of my situation, you must be a booze baron sampling your product too much.

                • The Baron

                  Interviewing your keyboard AND calling for death. And you call me a drunk.

                  I’m curious to know who else is on this death list of yours there fender. I imagine that you’re a typical caring lefty who has a massive list of enemies of the people/revolution to murder as soon as you have the chance – but how do you decide where to start?

                  • fender

                    Oh don’t worry your drunken head over where the barons/speculators sit on the list, it’s fluid as events unfold. They will very likely all be in line at nearest airport heading to Hawaii and the like.

              • Colonial Viper

                Ohhhhhh well off people can’t be concerned about the struggling working class and underclass because that would be “hypcritical”

                You’re a moron, Baron.

                In your simple parlance, he is a class traitor. Would he be before or after me in wearing the black hood?

                I’m of the working class, and I’m still fighting for the working class, so I think that’s Loyalty mate 😉

                • The Baron

                  Buying privatised shares and moaning all day on a lefty blog is helping how exactly? Noshing it up at expensive restaurants and driving a Q7 makes you working class how? Marrying into it excuses your hypocrisy in what way?

                  Start walking the talk then CV – you’ve created yourself a pretty lofty set of standards for you to live up to as one of the wealthy, capitalist elite in this country (or at least as someone that is all to happy to live off their fat).

                  Or is this just yet another case of do as I say and not as I do?

                  • felix

                    Revealing quite a bit about how your mind works, Baron.

                    Why do you you think everyone with money has to be a prick and try to fuck the rest of society over?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    driving a Q7

                    Q7 meh. You even know it’s an X5.

                    http://thestandard.org.nz/no-aroha-for-key/comment-page-1/#comment-295898

                    you’ve created yourself a pretty lofty set of standards for you to live up to as one of the wealthy, capitalist elite in this country (or at least as someone that is all to happy to live off their fat).

                    You’re repeating the politics of envy mate, it’s so sad to see you turn and become like this. Look with a bit of hard work and upskilling I’m sure you’ll be able to afford the bi-turbo version like mine.

                    If it makes you feel better, I have to pay out of my own pocket for the insurance costs and the fuel, the in-laws only pay for the monthly lease and the maintenance. It seemed a fair way to go.

      • Bored 6.2.2

        Gooseman, I do talk to the owners…a major shareholder is (you guessed it) .. me. And the rest of the shareholders do tend to listen to me (yes I have influence well in excess of what you might expect because of the results I get) if the issue is put in terms of continuity and long term return to their capital. I would not expect you to understand that concept.

        • Gosman 6.2.2.1

          Ummmm… I’m not sure we are discussing the same thing. I am talking about the owners of the POAL not your company.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.2.2.1.1

            Why would you be talking about the owners of PoAL in a thread talking about Bored’s business?

            • Gosman 6.2.2.1.1.1

              Really??

              So his last two paragraphs (see below) weren’t actually about the problems with the POAL?

              “What we are seeing at POA and elsewhere is the owners and managers driving their workers conditions down whilst believing fairy tales about how they don’t need to take any downside themselves. I don’t give a monkeys about equability, I do care about continuity.

              At POA I see well paid managers with no personal shareholding, no immediate employment risk or dollar risk. I suggest they need to wake up, smell the coffee, read the old fashioned texts on supply and demand and understand that they (like the workers) are not in short supply.”

              Funny because I swear he was making a point about how bad POAL was in terms of management’s handling of their work force.

              • Draco T Bastard

                He talks about two businesses but primarily his. If you wanted to talk only about the PoAL part then you should have said so. What we’re actually seeing here is your inability to communicate.

              • Bored

                Goose being a goose…whats new! Yes goose I was taking a dig at management that has no shareholding or interest other than bloated salaries, no capital risk. In the case of the POA I watched on TV tonight a shameful exhibition of worker demonisation by the CEO. I would not pay this trog a cent to represent my company, and I resent him being paid any wages by a Council owned company. I doubt the prat would last a moment in a competitve environment, he is hjust another wannabee corporate jesuit pretending to be a capitalist.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.3

      “We like any other company to adjust to the new trading conditions are going to have to ask people to do more for less, and cut our workforce when revenues / profits dictate that we cannot afford people.”

      What’s the alternative? The fewer salaried workers, the weaker the local economy. I appreciate that you can’t conjure work out of thin air, and there is a limit to borrowing to maintain staff levels etc, but if the only response to a market downturn is to degrade everyone’s salary and conditions doesn’t that imply the same old race to the bottom just with more starters?

      Certainly not a problem one company can fix.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.4

      At POA I see well paid managers with no personal shareholding, no immediate employment risk or dollar risk.

      Agreed. If their wages were dropped to something more realistic, say $60k each, PoA would easily make the required excess profits without screwing over the wealth creators (otherwise known as the workers).

      I suggest they need to wake up, smell the coffee, read the old fashioned texts on supply and demand and understand that they (like the workers) are not in short supply.

      Actually, in this day and age, the skilled workers at PoA probably are in short supply (I suspect that the only ones available are the ones working there now) – lots of managers about though.

  7. Kotahi Tane Huna 7

    Take this as hearsay. I heard it said over the weekend that Talleys are looking for “greater flexibility” etc – the usual race-to-the-bottom shopping list – but also that they want 40-odd personal grievances called off.

    If this is true, can someone explain to me how a majority vote can cancel a legal action?

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    I/S gets it right over at NoRightTurn.

    Trying to get people off welfare into work makes sense (for non solo-parents) in good times, when jobs are plentiful. In a recession, its just an exercise in pointless sadism. But National doesn’t care if this policy works. They don’t care if its effective in improving the lot of solo parents, or beneficiaries generally. They certainly don’t care about the long-term social effects. Instead, its all about further stigmatising those on benefits, and getting headlines for kicking them. Plus, of course, increasing competition in the labour market, and lowering wages even further for the benefit of their rich mates. This isn’t a welfare policy, its a spin exercise and labour-market policy. And we will all lose if it is enacted.

    • infused 8.1

      No, he misses the point.

      • felix 8.1.1

        Which is what, infused?

        That $8 a week from a handful of beneficiaries will balance the budget? That the poor have it too easy? That kicking solo parent and widows gives you a warm tingly feeling?

        What what what? Don’t be a hold out, tell us what the point is.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.1.2

        I’d say that you miss the point except that you’re a RWNJ and know exactly what the point is – driving down wages so that a few rich pricks can make more profit.

  9. Bryan 9

    Getting the story right is important. In fact there are only a couple of days left in the nurses two week ratification process (my pick is they will accept the current DHB offer). The NZNO plan (??) via ratification bulletin on their website seems to be a long deal to avoid as long as possible whatever National’s legislative attack on bargaining is until after the next election.

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    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    23 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago

  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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