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Bunnings trying for end run around employment law

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, March 18th, 2016 - 69 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, jobs, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

Oh this is “clever”:

In March last year a Bunnings’ Warehouse in Wellington put out a letter to community groups, asking for help with its six-monthly stocktake.

The company offered them $12.50 an hour for each person who signed up – payment worded as a donation, not a wage. The current minimum wage is $14.25 an hour, rising to $14.75 at the start of April.

The volunteers would start at 4pm and work into the night, and they all had to be over 18. One of those who received the invitation was Louise Blair. The offer gave Bunnings cheap labour and let it flout employment rules, she said. …

Naturally Bunnings has a spin to put on it – that it is a “goodwill gesture” and an opportunity for “community groups”. Which might even be believable if (1) they paid the “volunteers” the same as staff, and (2) they didn’t have such an appalling record of exploiting their workers. (Bunnings are currently suspending staff from 29 shops who removed their branded aprons in a “low level” industrial protest).

The piece quoted above notes from an employment lawyer that “it was unclear whether the practice was legal or not, he said”. Better get it clarified soon or no doubt the practice of using “volunteers” will spread.

69 comments on “Bunnings trying for end run around employment law”

  1. Sabine 1

    Stock take to volunteers.
    Funny in Germany all the large businesses employ people only for stock takes. Usually it is the over 16 years/student crowd that does these jobs, and they are all paid min. wage, it’s not a ‘volunteer’ service.

    But then why not, the NZ Fire only manages because of its ‘volunteer’ brigades. Without them NZ would burn. ( i spend 8 days over Christmas locked at home as the partner was on call 24 hours for 8 days starting 5 pm 25dec – 5 pm 1Jan – all volontary of course, cause paying times and half to a professional fire fighter would ruin the budget)
    St. John Ambulance Drivers are for the most part volunteer, tho i believe they get a few dollars for fuel etc.
    Marshalls at any of the racing events are volunteers, usually they get a really crappy sandwich/drink and a 10/15$ fuel voucher.
    And so on and so on and so on.

    Why should businesses not follow lead. I am sure Bunnings could run their business only with volonteers. Heck NZ is running many services with volunteers as the budget to employ people and the will to employ people is simply not there. Taxcuts, however are of utmost importance.

    • Jones 1.1

      I don’t think Bunnings and the NZ Fire Service are a fair comparison.

      The NZ Fire Service does not have the revenue to afford for all of its brigades to be full-time fire fighters. It’s revenue is restricted to what it receives by way of the fire and insurance levy (diminishing year on year) and whatever costs it is permitted to recover through legislation such as false alarms and hazardous substance call outs.

      Bunnings on the other hand is a large transnational profit-driven enterprise with considerably more revenue. They should at least be able to pay their stocktakers minimum wage.

      • Sabine 1.1.1

        NZ would burn without its Fire Service, and yet the large majority of them is not paid, does it in their own time, on their own dime, and the families ‘support their partners’ or leave. But in saying that, what I was trying to point out, that if it is ok for the Government to essentially refuse to pay for vital services as the Fire Services and hire enough professional fire fighters to have a full cover of the Holiday Period, and with that i mean a fully paid cover over the Holiday period, why would businesses not follow suit? Essentially the Stations over Christmas that were manned by ‘voluntary firefighters’ had staffed their stations very cheaply and did not have to pay wages, over time, night shifts and/or holiday pay.

        btw. i saw a call out for ‘voluntary police’ to patrol neighborhoods as obviously we don’t have enough paid cops anymore.

        Bunnings is quite right to point out that ‘its voluntary staff’ is still paid, and that it is an excellent cash resource for cash strapped ‘voluntary services’.
        What if we would pay our volontary services first, then maybe they don’t need to work for less then the minimum wage for Bunnings to find some cash to continue financing the services they voluntarily provide to the community.

        Or we raise taxes, and start funding on a governmental level our ‘voluntary services’ and hire enough man/women to do the jobs that are now being done unpaid by volunteers, and Bunnings would not have cash strapped community groups to work for less then the minimum wage in order to raise money.

        • Rosie 1.1.1.1

          Sabine, I’ve always been baffled that our fire fighters aren’t highly paid permanent public service employee’s. Same with ambulance workers. Why does the group that our very lives depend upon do their work on an unpaid volunteer basis? I find it morally wrong.

          • weka 1.1.1.1.1

            Some firefighters in NZ are employed and do get paid.

            Do the volunteer firefighters want to be paid? Are they taking jobs from people who would normally get paid? Is the service struggling because it doesn’t pay people? Does the service maintain a high level of integrity? Let’s weigh that up against the value of having such core people in small communities organise themselves to to critical work without needing to be employed to do it. Not all worthy things need paying for. Let’s not mess with something that is working.

            You can add SAR to the list too.

            I don’t think any of that has anything to do with Bunnings. Bunnings would be ripping off their employees no matter what anyone else was doing.

            • Rosie 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, thats right, there are paid fire fighters. What worries me is that we take volunteers that save lives for granted. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have volunteers, they will always be needed and would provide an excellent back up to permanent employees if there were ever to be any.

              I’ve simply always been puzzled about this reliance on free labour for something as critical as saving lives. We don’t expect doctors to be volunteer workers when we turn up with life threatening vehicle injuries at 3am.

              There will always be people that give because thats in their nature to do so, and that is right, as individuals who act selflessly bring a sense of cohesion to a community.

              • weka

                I guess I don’t understand your point. I live in a small community that relies on a volunteer fire brigade (and have been dependent on them) and I definitely don’t take them for granted. How does them not being paid employees equate them being taken for granted?

                • Molly

                  “How does them not being paid employees equate them being taken for granted?”

                  Not really an answer to your question but it reminded me that not all community appreciates the value of volunteer fireservices.

                  Our local volunteer group is just down the road, and is called out five to six times a week.

                  For many years on Christmas morning, the volunteers get into their fire trucks – dress up a couple as Santa Claus, and deliver small bags of lollies to the local residents.

                  Due to the development of new subdivisions, this Christmas morning activity away from their families is taking longer and longer, and last year they decided to stop at the ends of the new culs de sac, and hand out the lollies at strategic points of the streets. (The number of houses in the community has more than doubled in the last five years).

                  The first week of January delivered a strongly worded complaint letter to the brigade about their failure to come to every residence, and how they would be writing about this disgrace to the local paper.

                  Another complaint letter was about the proximity of the fire station to the new houses, and how the alarm was too loud.

                  The football club then took umbrage at the decision to put Reserved signs on the three closest parking spaces (on council land), to allow volunteers to park and exit as quickly as possible during a callout, and then sent an invoice for a quarter share of resurfacing the 170 space council owned park.

                  I’m not one of those who think people only appreciate things they pay for, but I do think that some of these services should be reimbursed in some way. I haven’t really given this much thought, but do have a high regard for these and many other volunteers that provide the support services every community needs.

                  • weka

                    Those are depressing stories Molly. They reflect the loss of community and the rise of overentitlement that’s come with neoliberalism. I think the solution to that is to rebuild community. Paying volunteer firefighters won’t increase respect from those people and it just reinforces the idea that everything worthwhile has to be paid for (another neoliberalism). But I can see a time coming when volunteers will want to be paid simply because the wider society is so selfish.

                • Rosie

                  I was just flowing on from Sabines point about fire fighters in comment 1.1.1. My point is why do we value life savers differently in terms of payment and non payment, eg, Dr’s Vs. fire fighters. Your view of valuing fire fighters might be different in a smaller community to what I see in a city too. Even in our suburb the fire station siren is a frequent sound, so volunteers seem to be working around the clock. In a larger community there is less personal connection with fire fighters, so there is more opportunity for them to be taken for granted. (I’ve seen it first hand with some of the idiot behaviour on my street)

                  Fire fighters aside. I am thinking more broadly about the growing community volunteer sector. Theres increasing competition for donations from the public to fund their work – work that could arguably be governments responsibility. I’m thinking of Kids Can as an example. (Also look at the growing number of give a little type campaigns for medical care – that should be govt responsibility).

                  If theres an opportunity to exploit the needs of an organisation in a competitive community sector then Bunnings have seized upon that.

            • Sabine 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Weka, the queston is not do the volunteer firefighter want to get paid.
              The question is should the volunteer firefighter (after putting in an 8 hour workday to pay the bills) replace paid firefighter to keep costs down.
              The question is, is it fair on the families of the volunteer firefighters to have their partners, fathers, mothers do a job in their own time (cutting short family time) and run the risk of getting injured on the job, or heaven forbid die on the job. Who will look after the families if that happens, or are we happy to send them to deal with WINZ?

              The question is, is it fair for a volunteer firefighter to be ON CALL, 24 hours for 8 days straight over a holiday period covering Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,New Years Eve and New Years Day, while not getting paid, nor even getting a dinner at the station.
              I am not sure you know what it means to be ON CALL, it means that you have to be within a certain time frame from the station, something like 2 – 3 min from the time the beeper goes off. That means, not going anywhere unless it is situated next to the station.

              The question is, why do we not have a paid force that is capable of covering a normal business period, and have volunteers for back up in case a to large fire is happening.

              My partner, and the partner of a fellow ‘spouse’ spend a full week of their holiday period sitting at home waiting for a beeper to go off, while the paid force was on holdiay i guess. We did not get to spend time with our families, we did not get to have a glass of wine on Xmas eve, or New Years eve, and we did not get a thank you card.

              What i am alluding to, if you care to re-read my comment is that i am referring to a certain mindset. Namely why pay for a service if you can have someone do it for free.
              Fact is that there are Cities in NZ that depend wholesale on a volunteer force to cover basic emergency services.
              Fact is that there is a large part in NZ that would vote for a Tax Cut anytime, and refuse to pay for certain services cause they don’t use them, or they ‘could’ pay for it in an emergency.
              Fact is that there is a large part in NZ that has no issues with Bunnings undercutting standard wages in order to get something for free.

              Maybe in the future the voluntary emergency personel will do Stock Take at Bunnings at cut price to ‘fundraise’ for a new Fire Truck or Ambulance. And guess what, fundraising for these things is already done, as the Government does not pay fully for it.
              I am talking about a mindset, and I use an example that i am familiar with.

              BTw. My partner will give up another week of his life, and mine 🙂 to make sure that no ones house will burn down, he will happily run into a burning house to make sure no ones comes to harm, and he will do so for the next full week.

              Its the mindset Weka. Why pay, when you can have it for free or cut throat price.

              • weka

                “The question is should the volunteer firefighter (after putting in an 8 hour workday to pay the bills) replace paid firefighter to keep costs down.”

                Are you saying that there is a move to replace paid firefighters with volunteer ones?

  2. dv 2

    So what is the tax situation?

    • Excellent question! I assume that Bunnings will make a bulk payment to the charities concerned, rather than pay the workers individually. Which I guess may have tax benefits for them as well.

      It is still getting actual work, that should be done by staff members, done on the cheap.

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        They won’t be paying PAYE or ACC, and any other relevant taxes, either.

      • alwyn 2.1.2

        An organisation my wife belongs to used to do this, although not for Bunnings.
        The organisation gets all the money which is paid. The people doing the work don’t get anything. It is a very easy way to raise money for the organisation. The people doing the work aren’t liable for any PAYE, so the charity, community organisation or whatever gets to keep the lot.
        That is probably why it is classed as a donation rather than pay.

        People are saying that the employees get out of doing it. They don’t. They will all be there during the count and working. The mass of other people are there so that the count can be done in a reasonable length of time. I don’t know how many people a store employs normally but I doubt if it is as many as 100 in even the biggest. Imagine how long it would take to do a count in something as large as a Bunnings store. They want to get the count done in a day, not a fortnight.

        I can’t see how it would have any particular tax implications for Bunnings. Whether they pay people or give a donation to an organisation it would still be an expense which is deductible from their income wouldn’t it?

        This is supposition on my part of course. I have absolutely nothing to do with Bunnings.

        • weka 2.1.2.1

          “The people doing the work aren’t liable for any PAYE, so the charity, community organisation or whatever gets to keep the lot.”

          Not quite. Bunnings are paying less than they would if they were employing people. They could have paid the same hourly rate as they pay their employees and given the lot to the community group. But they chose a lesser rate. This could all be circumvented if they weren’t calculating it on an hourly basis. Because they are, it looks like cheap labour.

          • alwyn 2.1.2.1.1

            I’m not trying to justify the quoted rate weka.
            I am just pointing out that there could be good reasons, other than trying to get round minimum wage rates, for wording it the way they do.
            There was also someone suggesting that the permanent staff would get out of the job and they certainly won’t.

            • Lanthanide 2.1.2.1.1.1

              “I am just pointing out that there could be good reasons, other than trying to get round minimum wage rates, for wording it the way they do.”

              That might be the case, but the fact is they ARE getting around the minimum wage rates.

              So surely, whatever those “good reasons” are, like helping out a community group, would be even further enhanced if they paid the minimum wage rate.

        • vto 2.1.2.2

          “I have absolutely nothing to do with Bunnings”

          besides buying your brain from the Bunnings bargain bin

          with 15% off

          • alwyn 2.1.2.2.1

            My God you’re funny. Well actually you aren’t. You just think you are.
            Your comment is best summed up by a statement of your own

            Interest rates and banks

          • left for dead 2.1.2.2.2

            No vto, he then ducks around to that other large store for a further 15 %, still think he’s been over charged. Ha

      • NZJester 2.1.3

        Can they use that to claim money back from the government on the so called donations?

  3. maui 3

    Had a couple of jobs in recent years where the contract was a verbal lump sum for a set piece of work. In each case it ended up in me mostly working for well below the minimum wage.

    If they could find stats on how many kiwis (I’m not even talking about migrants here) are working for below the min wage, I think it would be frightening.

    • adam 3.1

      It seems back to the situation with contract work that the Clark lead government dealt with.

      This is why I loath Tory governments, they always changing the laws back to the stupid ones that did not work in the first place.

      Like the changes to the RMA they are spouting, utter fail.

      This government is perpetually stupid when it comes to employment, and workers rights.

      They have made a mockery of minimum wage laws, in essence they have become a sick joke.

      • maui 3.1.1

        Yeah man, we know how this Gov works, exploit workers for profit. That’s the religion many of their rich business owning funders follow.

        Some people would say well you have choice on who you work for. But employers have a lot of control and power over their workers, in effect if they control the money flow to a person then they control their lives in lots of ways. We need to explore more aspects of a sharing economy I reckon to remove that power dynamic.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1

          A UBI removes that power dynamic which is why National will never support it. A UBI would pretty rapidly have all their rich donors out of workers and out of money real fast.

          • Graeme 3.1.1.1.1

            I’m not sure a lot of them are open minded enough to see it that way. Most I’ve spoken to see it as a subsidy of wages, they’re expecting a corresponding reduction in the minimum wage, and removing any responsibility to provide 40 hrs. I haven’t done anything to dissuade them from their perception, could be quite entertaining if it comes in and they have to get people to want to work for them.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      If they could find stats on how many kiwis (I’m not even talking about migrants here) are working for below the min wage, I think it would be frightening.

      Yep. Contractors doing piece work in construction often end up getting less than minimum wage.

      There was a woman on TV a week or two ago whinging about not being able to get pickers for her orchards. She mentioned that she was paying $25/hour which sounds good but it was contract work for a fixed amount. If you picked the amount stated in one day then you would get $25/hour. If it took you two days, which is more likely, you’d get $12.50. And then you got to take out tax, holiday pay, ACC and a few other expenses. Chances are you’d probably end up paying to go to work on the rate that she was paying.

  4. slumbergod 4

    Shame on Bunnings! I actually emailed them and told them my family would no longer buy anything from their stores until they follow fair practises.

    It’s simple. If there is work to be done it should be paid for fairly.

  5. kiwigunner 5

    I often wonder why we spend so much time raising money for Starship and Hospice etc. I’m a bit tired of the amount of times the flag money could have been spent on something else by a minimum of $26m for either of these two places would have done wonders. Surely this type of thing is core govt.

    • Sabine 5.1

      it should be, like the Westpac Helicopter Rescue, the Fire Services, the Ambulance Services, Hospice Care, Councelling Services, Domestic Violence Shelters, Police and the myriad of other ‘voluntary services’ that people manage on their own because Government refuses to do their job, and raise the funds via taxes.
      Bunnings is simply just doing what Government is doing, and what Citizens are doing, not paying for a service received.

      Bunnings – not paying a wage
      Government – not hiring needed emergency staff – cause to much costs, must reduce tax
      Citizens – voting for a government that cuts tax, and then waiting for someone to volunteer to save their house in the case of a fire.

      all the same symptoms of greed that slowly but surely destroy the community.

      • vto 5.1.1

        The irrigation fund farmers should be getting volunteers to build their dams, instead of taking money for their business which should be going to your said organsations.

      • weka 5.1.2

        Some of the things you name are core funded by the govt (eg the Fire Service). And they’ve used volunteers from within those communities for a lot longer than neoliberalism has been around. Best ask those communities how it’s working before lumping them all in with an ideologiy that says voluntary work is somehow inherently wrong.

  6. Guerilla Surgeon 6

    Dammit, I need some paint. Oh well, mitre 10 mega here I come.

  7. BM 7

    I’m guessing the $12.50 is cash in hand.

    For a employee on minimum wage after you take off tax and stuff the take home pay per hour is around $12,40.

    No one is getting ripped off and Bunnings is helping community groups to raise a bit of money.

    • vto 7.1

      BM, this undermines labour laws and working people.

      Do you not care about working people? Eh?

      Bunnings need to be thrashed by the law over this – dragged over the coals and punished to the maximum extent possible

      • BM 7.1.1

        No it doesn’t.

        Stock take sucks arse.
        I bet the Bunnings employees were stoked they didn’t have to do it.

        Happy employees and community groups raising money, a win win for everybody.

        • vto 7.1.1.1

          Of course it does.

          By volunteers doing it means less jobs are available for working people.

          • BM 7.1.1.1.1

            It would have been get some people from a Labour hire company or get a community group.

            • vto 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Community group wins

              At working people’s loss

              It undermines labour laws and working people

              Don’t try to argue that grass aint green BM, it does you no good. You know, I was reminded of a great saying earlier today which goes….

              “it is difficult to win an argument with an intelligent person, but impossible to win an argument with a stupid person”

            • Lanthanide 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Or, they could pay the community group the minimum wage. Community group wins even more!

        • weka 7.1.1.2

          “I bet the Bunnings employees were stoked they didn’t have to do it.”

          I bet it doesn’t occur to you to ask them though, because hey, we all live in a world where people are grateful to have less work and no-one needs overtime just to pay the bills.

          Bunnings are ripping people off. The taxpayer by not paying tax and ACC levies, and their employees by giving the work to someone else because it is cheaper.

        • millsy 7.1.1.3

          There are probably people who wouldn’t mind a second job stock taking at night to top up their income…

  8. Rosie 8

    Yeah, Bunnings again. Definitely a “badwill gesture” to hire staff below minimum wage and use community groups as a front for exploitative and illegal behaviour. Am surprised that their PR people can not see how this is a bad move for them.

    Nothing goodwill about it. If they wanted to demonstrate goodwill all they need to do is DONATE to an organisation (s).

    As for the suspension for the temporary removal of a uniform item (apron) this really isn’t in the spirit of good faith bargaining. Bunnings have dug their toes in in this long running negotiation and at the moment are starting to look more and more like Talleys. Remember Talleys spat the dummy about staff wearing Union T shirts – so both being heavy handed over attire.

    • adam 8.1

      Good faith, is not something Tories of any strip understand when it comes to employment.

      Both the companies you mention have a fetish with having to be right.

      I just won’t shop at bunnings after witnessing a manager acting like an ass to a worker, then him getting more upset when I called him on it. Just typical of small minded people with a modicum of power, and a system which encourage them to abuse it.

  9. gsays 9

    the way i see it this is mainly two stories.
    it is the foreign company undermining kiwi jobs and being evil etc …

    the other story as a volunteer in a few organisations is this is a wonderful way to get a few more dollars into the always empty coffers.
    inside, set times, reasonably well renumerated, older teens can help…

    i would be careful over reacting to this as i think you will find in many towns around the provinces, supermarkets, building supplies, the warehouse etc do this and it is generally well received.

    • Rosie 9.1

      I think a line needs to be drawn g. Bunnings are blurring the lines between legitimate legal employment and “community work”. It’s simply exploitative. Like I said, if they “want to be seen to be supporting community organisation” then just stump up with the $$$.

      In all my long dreary years in retail, stock take has always been undertaken by student job search staff – shitty minimum wage but legal and clear. Work sites are for workers not for charities.

      • gsays 9.1.1

        tis a hard one rosie, personally when it came to stocktake in a hospitality envoronment, i made stuff up.
        hated the job.

        the other irony is that the parents that turn up to help with these fundraisers are often coming out of an employment environment that is not too dis-similar to the bunnings one.

        • weka 9.1.1.1

          I’d have less of a problem with it if they weren’t being bad employers. Hard to trust their motivations re the community thing when that is going on.

        • Rosie 9.1.1.2

          Yes, I’d run for the hills any time “stock take” was mentioned g 😀

          • gsays 9.1.1.2.1

            hi rosie/weka,
            have had a few days to mull this over and have a coupla korero.
            ironically on a scout camp.

            your comment rosie, “Work sites are for workers not for charities.” has really resonated.
            beautifully succint.

            have come to see that things are different to as they were 10 yr ago.
            the changes to the workplace and the conditions under which labour is done has tipped a balance away from the worker.
            bunnings recent behaviour to unpinnied team members being a brilliant example

            therefore (as in pokie funding) a bunnings stocktake is a no go in my eyes.
            cheers for the exchange

  10. Tiger Mountain 10

    “Bummings” have to go to facilitated bargaining apparently under the ERA, after April 1 when new Labour Standards Act comes in i.e. no zero hours
    https://www.facebook.com/firstunionnz/?fref=ts

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    The piece quoted above notes from an employment lawyer that “it was unclear whether the practice was legal or not, he said”. Better get it clarified soon or no doubt the practice of using “volunteers” will spread.

    Can’t see how it could be unclear. It’s a commercial business getting commercial work done.

  12. Rosie 12

    PS. The RNZ piece mentions the minimum wage is $14.25 an hour. It’s rising from $14.75 to $15.25 in April.

    http://employment.govt.nz/er/pay/minimumwage/

  13. UncookedSelachimorpha 13

    A simple ripoff and I suspect illegal. People can donate their wages to charity if they want. Consider:

    Situation 1 (normal). Person works. Pays Tax. Donates to charity, all tax rebated assuming charity registered. Charity gets $14.75 per hour worked at minimum wage.

    Situation 2 (Bunnings scheme). Person works. No tax. Money donated directly from employer to charity. Charity gets $12.50 per hour worked. Only person benefiting compared to (1) is Bunnings, which saves themselves $2.25/h

    Less goes to charity per hour worked due to the breach of minimum wage.

    Oh wait – Bunnings probably also claims a tax credit on the $12.50 going to charity, ripping off the tax payer and making even more profit for themselves.

    Bunnings makes large and growing profits, yet they rip off workers and charities for $2.25 per hour.

  14. grumpystilskin 14

    They’ve lost my business now, I know that probably won’t hurt them but if everyone reading this page did the same the impact will soon mount up.

    • gsays 14.1

      yes grumpy, or if we as a populace got it together to only buy caltex petrol for the next three months…
      watch competition emerge in that market!

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    2 days ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
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    2 days ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
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    4 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    5 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    6 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 weeks ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Asking for it …
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
    It's been a great week of progress: we've celebrated Children's Day, we've made communities safer with 1800 new police, and we've seen almost 90% of eligible schools take up Government funding to scrap school donations - taking pressure off the families of more than 416,000 students. ...
    18 hours ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    20 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    2 days ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    4 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    4 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    4 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    3 weeks ago

  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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