Budget Smudgeit

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So the budget is now live and the analysis is now starting.

There are tax cuts. There are tax cuts, $15 billion of them. But there is also an increase in borrowing of $12 billion. And it will take a further year to reach surplus.

Can someone reconcile this with Willis’s claim that the budget is fiscally neutral?

Contrary to the previous expectations deliberately crafted by National not everyone is getting a $250 a fortnight tax cut.

1.9 million households will benefit from the overall relief package by an average of $30 a week. Households with children will benefit by $39 a week on average. That does not equate to $250 a fortnight.

A minimum wage worker can expect about $12.50 a week, while superannuitants will take home just $4.50 a week. For beneficiaries generally it is a big nada, nothing, zilch. They are excluded from the in-work tax credit rise, independent earner tax credit boost, and tax cuts.

Landlords will enjoy considerable largesse from the taxpayer and will be able to bank a tax free capital gain AND interest deductibility. And the bright line test is being cut back to a paltry 2 years. Landlords will be rubbing their hands with glee.

To afford these tax cuts the Government will be borrowing more, contrary to previous statements.

They will attempt to claim that the increase in debt is not related to the tax cut but the data would suggest otherwise.

This graph clearly shows what will be happening. Debt will track upwards.

It is the cuts side of things that will cause carnage. The cuts are brutal and random. The claims that the Government has “uncovered a layer cake of government initiatives – many of which we had never heard of before” suggests strongly they have not been doing their job. The information is available for all to see.

My first impression is that what we are witnessing an intense PR job which is at complete odds with National’s election promises from last year.

Comments welcome and obviously more analysis is required. The devil is always in the detail.

80 comments on “Budget Smudgeit ”

  1. I Feel Love 2

    Heh curious, this is repeated word for word on 2 articles by different authors,

    "Minimum wage workers don’t lose out on too much, they were orignally due to receive a tax cut of $12.50, that’s been revised down to $10 but when you’re dealing with such small sums, a $2.50 loss is relative." from Tova O'Brien here https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350295633/budget-2024-beige-budget & "Minimum wage workers also don’t lose out on too much, they were originally due to receive a tax cut of $12.50, that’s been revised down to $10 but when you’re dealing with such small sums, a $2.50 loss is relative." from Bridie Witton here https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350295846/budget-2024-winners-and-losers

    Tova also says that it is exactly as National promised & with absolutely no extra borrowing.

    • Incognito 2.1

      The difference between a peanut and half a peanut is only half a peanut, which is really peanuts.

      • alwyn 2.1.1

        Even half a peanut can have an enormous effect. Anaphylaxis is not a pretty sight.

        • Incognito 2.1.1.1

          People living in poverty earning the minimum wage, disabled, beneficiaries, that’s not a pretty sight. But what’s an even less pretty sight is people who are better off kicking down on those less fortunate. Anaphylaxis is treatable, being an a-hole is not.

    • Bearded Git 2.2

      I haven't read anything Tova says for a long time.

    • SPC 2.3

      I've picked it would $10 for a long time now.

      They also got a 25 cents an hour wage increase.

      Thus $20 a week in total – if there are two living together on this income – they might together afford their rent increase.

      But "next year", there is "no more room for unfunded tax cuts" and National will still not be generous on MW increases.

      1990'S old school (market rents in state houses) – tents and or caravans/cars on the front lawn or street (space in garages/carports), this allows two families a building or renting out access to the home cooking and shower for those in cars/vans.

  2. observer 3

    Never trust a politician who uses cancer suffering for votes.

    Luxon lied:

    Election 2023: National promises to pay for 13 new cancer treatments if elected | Newshub

  3. Tony Veitch 4

    The reality is: health cut in real terms, education, defence and police also cut.

    https://x.com/SEaqub/status/1796009483560189959

  4. adam 5

    Anyone not getting this is open class war at this point, is an idiot.

  5. SPC 6

    We did not get fiscally neutral tax cuts from the incoming 2008 government either (and that was with a 2.5% increase in GST not declared in the election campaign).

    They had form and so no expert believed Willis’s pre-election reckons.

    • georgecom 6.1

      all the talk from Luxon and Willis before the election about their costings, pretty much laid bare now as being lies. Even the guy who wrote half of ACT & Nationals policies, Hooten, states as much.

  6. Bearded Git 7

    This is the obvious weakness/line of attack in this uninspiring budget:

    "the Coalition of Cuts is borrowing to give tax cuts."

    Madness. Bring back Grant.

  7. aj 8

    Tell me I just nodded off and dreamed it.

    Just heard on News TV1 that the govt has budgeted for a tug boat big enough to rescue ferries.

    No plan to replace the ferries themselves.

    Got to be a dream . .

    • Bearded Git 8.1

      smiley

    • SPC 8.2

      There is health and safety concern as to the continued operation of the existing ferries – there is no rail freight alternative on the horizon … No 8 fencing wire (like having option on leasing a plane for a week if the aging PM's jet is unfit to fly).

  8. aj 9

    RNZ Checkpoint: BBM Community Kitchen and Foodshare operator David Letele; former Labour MP and now CEO of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa Sue Moroney; and managing director of the consultancy Iron Duke Partners, Phil O'Reilly.

    Right at the end asked for a score out of 10, last one was O'Reilly who gave it 7/10 – 'a budget for the battlers'

    Letele shot back 'do you know any battlers'

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018940669/political-panel-debate-budget-2024

  9. Ad 10

    Pretty sad that Labour's opposition finance person didn't generate a memorable line over the whole day, and nor did the Greens.

    Good on TPM for helping organise marches in opposition.

    Beneficiaries getting so little in the tax cut is cruel to the poor.

    • Kat 10.1

      Memorable line's have a tendency to embellish……the budget is a cruel script that should be duly noted but unceremoniously dumped in the round filing cabinet……

      • Ad 10.1.1

        Without looking it up, who is the Labour finance person?

        This was the day they'd been practising for their entire political life.

        • newsense 10.1.1.1

          Hate to agree with you too much, but I think you’re spot on. They had a lot of time to get ready for what was coming.

          However, a consistent line a day or two after that is agreed upon by all is probably fine.

          I fear the main directive is don’t upstage the boss.

        • Craig H 10.1.1.2

          Barbara Edmonds.

    • bwaghorn 10.2

      I don't know ! I saw Swarbrick at one point selling a wealth tax , and I'm thinking why not , fuck it it can't make things worse than the slow circling of the bowl we living .

      • Ad 10.2.1

        I'd rather have a wealth plan than a wealth tax.

        ie one in which the government has a plan to massively increase the number of people earning over $100k, so they can save towards their own home.

        Budgets used to be about the place of the public accounts within the entire economy. That's what they should be.

        • SPC 10.2.1.1

          There was no economic plan in the budget.

          They cut science (CRI) funding. No R and D, they are making it hard for university to attract and keep grad students, no industry plans, no venture capital formulation, no cheaper finance for business development.

          Nothing on the strait, nothing on coastal shipping.

          Grifters.

  10. Policy Parrot 11

    This budget will go down badly amongst those who were expecting tax [sic]"relief".

    They would've been better off saying that conditions weren't right now because of the previous govt (not true but they have got this far with that lie), and that tax cuts will have to wait until 1 October 2025.

    That campaign promise of Nicola's to resign really busted any chance National could've delayed the meagre tax cuts, which as one commentator put it, is pretty much "all hat and no rabbit" and actually laid the ground for more meaningful “relief” closer to the next election.

    I also note that many of the intended beneficiaries of the targeted portion (i.e. working families with young children that have young children in paid care) are now almost certainly having to face increased costs at their childcare provider, whom coincindentally happen to have a brainwave that now is a good time to increase their rates ;))

  11. SPC 12

    TVNZ reckons it is about $50 a week for the average income household.

    1.9 million households will benefit from the overall relief package by an average of $30 a week. Households with children will benefit by $39 a week on average.

    Stats which would suggest, one income households lower on average and sole parents with children also.

    The thing about the boast of the size (when including a tax rebate of up to $75 a week max on child care for 2 to 3 year olds) it would not have been been counted as a tax cut under Labour – funding directly to the provider.

    • mpledger 12.1

      I hope someone is keeping an eye on the cost of ECE. With parents getting more money with that ECE tax break, ECE providers can increase the prices because they know the parents have the money. It's one of the most stupidist sink holes for government money ever – private providers are going to take every cent and parents will end up being no better off.

      What's the bet that in two years time, ECE prices will have risen to exactly the amount of the tax break for parents.

  12. dv 13

    dis I see they are going to pay 22m per year to train 25 more dr per year?

    • mpledger 13.1

      Interesting. Labour funded 50 news places in the 2023 budget and National promised 50 more places in this budget. I guess giving tax breaks for landlords was more important than providing health care.

  13. Grey Area 14

    Superannuitants get to take home $2.15 a week, not $4.50.

  14. Grey Area 15

    It really irks me that people like Brad Olsen are trotted out as experts when they are just neoliberal talking heads repeating CoC lies. How can people be expected to understand what is happening when he spouts crap like this about what to expect in future budgets in an RNZ article tonight:

    "Anything new will have to be met with a cut in other areas. The government has enough money each year to keep the lights on but not a lot more than that."

    It's government priorities that mean things are tight for them Brad. Tax breaks for landlords and tax cuts they are funding with borrowing are the problem. The government is sewing up it's own financial straitjacket around itself but Brad chooses to ignore this.

    • gsays 15.1

      We are not served well by the media landscape here.

      Along the lines of Brad Olsen's reckons, I had the misfortune to hear on RNZ, Mary Holm's disconnected utterances in regards tax cuts. Pop them into Kiwisaver.

      In relation to the removal of the first home buyers grant, she opined that maybe, get used to the idea of renting for life. That way you can save money for your retirement. So out of touch with reality, she went on to compare renting in Germany and Belgium with Aotearoa, and reckoned you just get a long term lease. Then you can decorate how you like and plant gardens…

      From about half way through. A word of warning it may make yr blood boil.

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018940651/your-money-with-mary-holm

  15. Michael 16

    “the Coalition of Cuts is borrowing to give tax cuts.”

    Do correct that spelling mistake.

  16. newsense 17

    It doesn’t cover the rise in costs and the cuts in services.

    It’s a budget that doesn’t cover its own arse. $10 or $70 or whatever.

    Rents and rates are up. Local council borrowing cost will be up in the future. Prescription charges are up. Cost of living is up at the supermarket. At the petrol pump. Public transport is being scaled back and delayed. We are likely to see tolls on some roads. Welfare will go up as employment decreases.

    It ignores the known climate change bill and the unknown one.

    It gives us insecurity.

    We have no idea if the government will help us if there is a disaster or if they’ll sell us out to the insurance industry. Or worse as the insurance industry wants less and less exposure to the increased risks in many places they’ll just abandon us as they’ve abandoned smokers. As they’ve abandoned prisoners, gang members and responsibility given how many gang members have grown up in state care. These are members of our society.

    We have no idea if the police, education or health will keep pace with our needs or if their salaries will allow them to lead a basic happy middle class existence in a NZ city. They’ve attacked the police who can’t collectively bargain the same as most industries, attacked protest as illegal because you should be at work, and decreased benefits and the minimum wage in real terms. They’re attacking the job of teaching. They’ve failed the journalism profession and the RW sharks smell blood.

    We don’t know if they’ll shell out enormous funds to join this AUKUS defense group, or if they’ll turn on the defense force personnel next, as they too agree to give up their right to ordinary collective bargaining.

    Like all their work this budget is an attempt to say we kinda met our election promises. But underneath is the evidence- money to their chums, forgotten or hidden donations and meetings with those winning big and avoiding the checks and balances democracies impose on capital. Particularly tourism reliant economies.

    And don’t forget they’re all landlords in parliament, by and large, voting themselves tax free capital gains in their property.

    The sugar hit has gone, be an it never really was and with the glee of the razor gang there was no honeymoon for this cynical bunch.

    Can the opposition reform and drive them into one term obscurity?

    • roblogic 17.1

      What happened to the "cost of living" budget?

      Higher prescriptions, higher rates, health system failing, more expensive power and food.

      Any 'tax relief' is totally soaked up by higher cost of living.

      Winston's retiree constituents get shafted. But at least they keep their precious capital gains (which were never in danger anyway).

  17. mpledger 18

    I wish they wouldn't say $5 per prescription because it's $5 per prescription item. If your doctor prescribes 4 medicines then that it is a $20 hit.

    People won't see their GP if all that is going to happen is they will get prescribed medicines they can't afford. The $100 threshold for free medicine isn't that helpful if you can't afford to get to the threshold.

    • Belladonna 18.1

      If you can't afford the prescriptions, then you almost certainly can't afford to go to the GP. Prices there are a lot higher.

      From a conversation with our local chemist (who's in competition with the big chains – who already offered free prescriptions) – the majority of the prescriptions which are not picked up at our local pharmacy, are not the standard antibiotics, etc. (at $5 a pop) but the unfunded ones which can be $60 or more each.

      • mpledger 18.1.1

        Prices for GPs are incredibly variable. If you attend a VCLA practice then the fee is around $19 (IIRC) so getting 4 medicines costs more.

        • Belladonna 18.1.1.1

          And if you get your prescriptions from Chemist Warehouse (or any of the other budget operations), there has been no prescription charge for many years (and this will presumably continue).

          It doesn't makes sense to claim that families have the option to shop around for cheaper GPs, but not for cheaper prescriptions.

          • Kay 18.1.1.1.1

            You can't shop around for cheaper/free prescriptions when you don't have one of those bargin pharmacies locally. Or even cross town to get to one when the cost of petrol or bus fares (assuming busses exist) has to be weighed up against the prescription charge.

            Just accept there is NO choice for many.

            • Belladonna 18.1.1.1.1.1

              The same argument presumably holds for GPs. And, actually is even worse, as mpledger points out – there is very limited scope to choose your GP; whereas there are a lot more chemists available.

              Again, if you have NO choice – then you're unlikely to even go to the GP (because of cost) – so the cost of prescriptions is not even relevant.

          • mpledger 18.1.1.1.2

            People actually don't have much option to shop around for GPs. Outside of Auckland, it's actually tough going to swap general practices. The general practice my family attends recently opened their books but only those living in nearby suburbs can enrol.

            And shopping around means being willing/able to travel to the pharmacy/general practice. It's costs money (and time) to save money. That’s why being poor is expensive.

            • Belladonna 18.1.1.1.2.1

              However, you were claiming that people could access a 'cheap' GP but not access a 'cheap' pharmacy. There are a heck of a lot more of the latter than there are of the former.

      • Graeme 18.1.2

        If you can't afford the prescriptions, then you almost certainly can't afford to go to the GP. Prices there are a lot higher.

        It's not an either / or expense, it's the GP charge and the prescription on top of that. That get to be an impost on most personal budgets.

        Down here it's $67 to see your GP, that's enrolled, so put 4 items on the script and you're over $100. That more than discretionary for most people I know.

  18. SPC 19

    For mine,

    Labour should index the top of the second tier to the MW level (with the third tier rate above the MW). And have the IETC across the third tier.

    It should consider adjustment to tax bands at the higher rates to afford the cost of this.Thus indicate a focus on affordable change to help the many.

  19. tWig 20

    Big Hairy news and Craig Rennie discuss the budget. Craig points out that tax cuts to poorer people does not cover the losses due to inflation, and to reduction, below inflation in minimum wage increase by National. Going backwards for the poor.

    • SPC 20.1

      The Greens want a max or cap on rent increases.

      An alternative is a rent freeze and or rent controls – as per market comparison.

  20. They should have taken the $15B tax cuts and divided it evenly amongst the $5M population.
    We all go to the supermarket and pay the same for a sack of spuds.

    • Maurice 21.1

      There is nothing to 'give' – the Government is TAKING less from tax payers only … not everybody.

  21. georgecom 22

    One thing Willis has done by borrwing $15 billion for her tax cuts is smooth the way for a Capital Gains tax. The Cullen working party a few years back suggested one thing the proceeds of a cgt could be used for is lowering tax rates. Willis has borrowed to do that now so when a cgt comes in 3-4 years time the govt can point back to now to the tax switch, no need to do it. Sadly she has decimated the governments finances to do it but this post isn't about her lack of financial competency.

  22. Louis 23

    Here are a few snippets from Craig Renney, for the full thread https://x.com/CLRenney

    "Nicola Willis said that her tax package would not “require any additional borrowing”. Treasury says the government will now borrow an extra $17.1bn by 2028. Tax cuts cost nearly $10bn. Without cuts, borrowing would be lower. Future taxpayers are going to pay for tax cuts today"

    "That might be okay if tax cuts were going to those with the highest needs. A couple on Superannuation ($4.30 a week) will get around a tenth of the tax cut being promised to a couple earning $300,000 ($40.09 a week). Only tiny numbers of people will get the full $250 a fortnight"

    "Meanwhile, 47,000 more people will be unemployed since this government took office. That's an increase of 39% in unemployment since Q3 2023. Yet there is nothing in the budget to support people back into work or training."

    "The Budget also fails the test of not cutting the front-line. Real terms cuts are made to operating grants to education. Customs sees only cuts, The same is true for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries, and Food Safety. It is cutting 240 lines of expenditure in total."

    "It would be easy to blame this Budget on malice – to frame the Government as being simply indifferent. That would be the wrong. Rather, what this Budget demonstrates is that the current Government places its political survival over the very real investment needs of the country."

  23. Louis 24

    William Brown @harbottlesmythe

    The CTU have summarised the shortfall, the real cost behind the landlord freebies $3.83 billion

    https://x.com/harbottlesmythe/status/1796664716397584742

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
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  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
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  • National says “fuck you”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
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  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
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  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
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  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
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    6 days ago
  • Cancer
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
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    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
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  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
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    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
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    1 week ago
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  • Some “scrutiny” II
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
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    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
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  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
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    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • You do have the power to change things
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    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
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    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
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  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
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  • Sunday Morning Chat
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  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
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  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
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  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Still doing a good 20
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
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    21 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
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    1 day ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
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    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
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    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
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    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
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    6 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
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    6 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
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    6 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
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    6 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
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    7 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
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    7 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
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    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
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  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
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  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
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  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
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  • Making it easier to build granny flats
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  • High Court Judge appointed
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    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    2 weeks 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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