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Business to Key: ‘You’re ruining everything’

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, April 18th, 2008 - 54 comments
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Business is starting to get worried. This was meant to, finally, be the year that they got the Left out of government and started making New Zealand work for the business elite again. But there’s a problem: the man they chose for the job. Sure, Key’s got a cheeky grin but on real ‘prime minister stuff’ he’s looking out of his depth and he doesn’t seem interested in giving business its payback. The NBR says:

John Key: Please shut up. Like, put a sock in it. Like, breathe through your nose. Please. After nine years of being the No 2 brand in the political market, business is in great trepidation that you will blow the chance of a successful takeover in November .[just] smile and wave, smile and wave Keep quiet and make the takeover play when it matters. New Zealand business is depending on it.

Every time Key opens his mouth either an unintelligible stream of ‘don’t reveal my conscience’ pours out, he mangles a statement on his party’s existing policy, or he adopts a Labour policy. And it is this last point that has business really worried; what’s the point of backing Key if he will just be Clark without the competence and experience? Again, the NBR:

‘John Key’s ban on asset sales is like the lady diner who follows Meg Ryan’s faked orgasm in When Harry Met Sally with ‘I’ll have what she’s having.’

As Chris Trotter points out today, there’s two possible reasons for Key’s constant adoption of Labour’s policies: either he wants to lull Kiwis into a false sense of security and then spring a right-wing agenda on them post-election, or he just wants to win whatever it takes and get to put ‘Prime Minister of New Zealand’ on his CV.

Many in the Left fear it’s the first, they remember National in the 1990s and Labour’s betrayal in the 1980s. But secret agendas are harder these days, especially in an MMP environment, and Key’s left himself very little wiggle-room with his wholesale adoption of government policy.

Business fears it’s the latter. They fear that the man who was meant to bring them back to power and get their agenda back on track, who they know actually believes in the things they do, wants power above principles; that he’s only in it for his own ego. And they fear that Kiwis won’t vote for a do-nothing candidate with no experience. No wonder they are starting to turn to ACT and Roger Douglas in the desperate hope of dragging a Key-led government to the Right.

54 comments on “Business to Key: ‘You’re ruining everything’”

  1. Benodic 1

    I have to agree with that analysis. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners who’ve said while they don’t like Helen Clark and Labour they’re concerned about whether John Key has the competence to handle an economy heading into a recession. At least with Helen they say they know what they’re dealing with.

  2. mike 2

    Of course another very balanced view for comrad Trotski.

    Steve – MMP is the reason for the main parties need for mass appeal.
    Labour offering tax cuts is all about staying in power and Nationals consessions on assets sales etc are a bid to gain power.

    Do you not think Labour have moved towards the right in order to hold on to Govt.?

  3. Steve Pierson 3

    The thing is you really don’t know what Key is going to stand for from one day to the next, and you don’t know what he believes underneath all the media-creation stuff.

    That’s a worry because a PM has to make real and important decisions, things that can’t always be decided beforehand in a policy or sent to the pollsters for testing first.

    We all know key’s grasp on policy and background information is flimsy at best but how would he react to riots in a south Pacific country? Would he understand diplomacy well enough to broker regional deals? Does he have the dignity and gravitas needed for leading the country when tragedy strikes?

    Are we looking at New Zealand’s own George W?

    A man who don’t know nothing about nothing, constantly contradicts himself, can’t get a sentence out straight, and has no clue when it comes to the deft touches of being a leader of a nation.

  4. Phil 4

    ” At least with Helen they say they know what they’re dealing with”

    I bet that view is changing post Auckland Airport fiasco…

  5. Steve Pierson 5

    mike. I don’t think Kiwisaver, the carbon emissions trading scheme, 20Free, subsidised doctors’ visits, cheaper perscriptions, interest-free student loans, income-related state housing rents, higher superannuation payments, active assitance into work, stronger labour laws, four weeks annual leave, higher minimum wage every year for 8 years, more state houses, welcome home loans, civil unions, decriminlaised prostitution, anti-beating legislation, no smoking bans in pubs, a 900% increase in public transport funding, more spending in health and education, more doctors, more nurses, more teachers, and Working for Families are rightwing policies. For example.

  6. Tane 6

    MMP is the reason for the main parties need for mass appeal.

    Mike, you say that like it’s a bad thing.

  7. mike 7

    Thanks to the member for The Standard for that answer.
    So you are saying Labours Tax cuts are not a me-too policy?

  8. mike 8

    “Mike, you say that like it’s a bad thing.”

    Its bad in the way it does not hold small parties to account – Both National and Labour cannot slam silly policy from the greens or Maori parties etc because they need to stay on side with them.
    In turn these smaller parties can release bizzare policy that only needs to appeal to 5% of the population (NZ first Immigration)

    Less robust debate is always going to a bad thing

  9. Monty 9

    Ho humm – more KDS – no doubt taken out of context – I bet they would prefer a National Government that undeerstands jobs and the economy rather than Labour who seem to put up every barrier imaginable to business and then wonder why they all bugger off to China / Mexico / India.

  10. Tane 10

    Monty: http://www.doingbusiness.org/economyrankings/

    New Zealand is extremely business-friendly and just keeps on getting friendlier. Witness the recent R&D funding and the 10% cut in corporate taxes from April 1st.

    Let’s cut the crap here – You lot will never be happy until New Zealand workers are treated like Mexicans will you?

  11. Patrick 11

    Monty, I really hope New Zealand never becomes as “business friendly” as China, India or Mexico. Sure it may be a far better place to be if you’re in the business of exploiting the poor and underrepresented, but I really think the Labour Party has ensured that New Zealand has achieved a good balance of workers and business rights. Can we do better? I don’t doubt it. Do I think the National Party under John Key would manage this delicate balance better? No fuckin way.

  12. Steve Pierson 12

    mike – your comments about parties needing mass appeal and then saying they are at the mercy of the 5% parties are contradictory.

    Perhaps you mean large parties need to become broader and broader churches in an effort to get close to 50% of the vote so they won’t have to deal with minor parties.

    captcha: backing York – well, I’m backing Lancaster, let the war of the roses begin.

  13. Mike Collins 13

    “Let’s cut the crap here – You lot will never be happy until New Zealand workers are treated like Mexicans will you?”

    Tane that is a very shortsighted and ignorant comment and I suggest you know it is infantile. It is not impossible to credit your opponents with a desire to do what is good for the country. Even if you disagree with what they would do to take us there. You are obviously (to me) interpreting wanting to do good for business as being the same thing as doing bad for workers. I think that such analysis is lacking.

    Politics is not a zero sum game. Enabling winners does not necessarily mean creating losers.

  14. Tane 14

    Mike Collins, if the complaint is that compliance costs like fair wages and decent health and safety are too high to compete with Mexico then the logical conclusion is that we should reduce wages and cut health and safety protection to Mexican levels.

    International capitalism is a race to the bottom, and Monty’s complaining that we’re lagging behind.

  15. Stephen 15

    I would be interested to know what they meant by ‘rising’ compliance costs. Does this mean extra (presumably frivolous) regulation that was not there previously?

  16. Tane 16

    Stephen, I think it’s something to do with this:

    Or more likely it’s an attempt to protect their brand by pretending they were victims of economic circumstance rather than a rapacious multinational that figured it could double its profits by exploiting cheap Mexican labour.

  17. Matthew Pilott 17

    Mike Collins – if you have a look at monty’s comment you’ll probably see where Tane is coming from – comments such as “…Labour who seem to put up every barrier imaginable to business…

    If someone thinks that is true, they probably think as Tane is suggesting. For a lot of people, their hatred of Labour and the Social Democratic movement has led to a zero-sum attitude, in which everything good for workers is bad for employers. I read a comment on Stuff today talking about maternity leave and meal breaks being a ‘fine’ for businesses (ref. Espiner’s blog).

    Some people (including from the right) are reasonable and realise that these benefits are part of maintaining a productive and healthy workforce.

    And, more on topic – I agree with Steve’s analysis in that I have no idea whether Key is shaping to be a genuine moderate conservative (oxymoronity aside 🙂 ) or is playing the wolf in sheep’s clothing game, and will unleash some hitherto unmentioned policy if he gets the chance.

    Can anyone honestly say, with any degree of certainty, that they know what he is planning? If not, why not – the election isn’t that far away, he’s been leader for a while now (‘scuse the necessary dig at “by National’s standards…”) and still hasn’t got much of a message or agenda across.

  18. higherstandard 18

    Tane in terms of the report you keep quoting a high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is conducive to the operation of business this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s fiscally sensible to manufacture locally.

    I aslo note we’re rated No. 1 in the world in protecting investors, I find this surprising.

  19. AncientGeek 19


    So you are saying Labours Tax cuts are not a me-too policy?

    Not entirely. Looking at the current market problems offshore in some of our major trading partner countries, it is starting to look like a good time for some Kenysian style economics. It will probably be a difficult year next year as the imported economic problems spread further into the NZ economy.

    Can’t actually think of a better time economically for a taxcut.

    And before you go into your usual rant. I’m sure there is a political component as well – but the economic basis now makes some kind of sense as well.

  20. Tane 20

    I aslo note we’re rated No. 1 in the world in protecting investors, I find this surprising.

    Well you probably shouldn’t. Protecting assets like AIA is commonplace around the world and recognised as a matter of national sovereignty.

    There are certainly issues around the Reserve Bank Act. The monetarist experiment has failed, and it’s time we worked out a more sensible strategy that took into account more than just inflation – because it’s killing our exporters.

    Ultimately though New Zealand business needs to start making the capital investment needed to create a high-skill, high-wage economy. Cutting wages and conditions while sending profits offshore is not the answer.

  21. Stephen 21

    I would agree with higherstandard there – sure it is easy open/close a business, employ workers, simple tax system – but I don’t think that *necessarily* translates to ‘good’ specific conditions i.e. doesn’t take into account the *level* of say, company tax. Cynically, I initially thought F & P were just engaging in an easy cop out i.e. ‘blame the government that ‘loves’ regulation’, but maybe theres more to it.

  22. Tane 22

    Stephen, those criticisms would also have to be valid for the US and Australia, where F&P plants are also being closed and moved to low wage countries.

    I’m sure there were a range of factors involved, but basically this is a simple case of it being much cheaper to employ workers in Mexico without proper wages and conditions.

    It’s hard to stomach for some, but that’s the reality of international capitalism. Fisher & Paykel ain’t some wholesome Kiwi business going through hard times, it’s a rapacious multinational out for a quick buck.

  23. Mike Collins 23

    Tane – “International capitalism is a race to the bottom, and Monty’s complaining that we’re lagging behind.”

    If you view capitalism in this way then of course you are going to view its proponents different to me. But you will know that others disagree with your view of capitalism and view it as a road to prosperity (for all). The point I was making is that it is possible to object to someone while still giving them credit for their intentions – namely that they want what is best for this country. Although countries are not run on intentions, there’s no need to sneer at people for wanting the worst.


    I agree that many see issues in a zero sum way, both left and right. And it is not helpful. Others express themselves in a zero sum way, perhaps because they lack the ability to do otherwise. Even if they can think more constructively.

    When people say things like meal breaks (example only) are good for both business and workers I agree. From a business owner’s perspective, productivity increases from refreshed staff and higher morale levels. This to many of us is blatantly obvious. I guess some on the right object to this being pointed out to business and being sold on the basis as good for them.

    I thought there was merit in the post itself. I am genuinely scared that Key is going to be Helen Clark in drag. I can understand those who disagree with me will be worried that he will implement policies I agree with. I think all round there is growing agreement that he needs to show some vision soon.

  24. Hoolian 24

    Steve Pierson, you slimy morsel of a person, you have once again totally misrepresented your sources to make a point. The article your refer to was not about shutting up John Key but stopping him from releasing policy before it was snapped up by Labour. And I quote from the same article:

    “Your clever competitor Helen Clark is exceptionally good at snatching any good ideas that pop up from any rival. Labour has long since dumped its unpopular leftist socialist position and is about out-selling everyone else in the New Century on the benefits of the Centre Market So its critical that you and your brand managers keep dead quiet from now on.”

    And then:

    “Meanwhile, your band image is just fine. It won’t get any better. So let’s cool it. New Zealand business is depending on it.”

    And finally:

    “Smile and wave, smile and wave. It will drive your competition nuts.”

    It’s not available online which is the only reason you can get away with your crap. You have edited the piece to fit it to your story. I’m sorry to burst your narrow-minded bubble, but as it happened I also had read that piece and knew at once that you had changed it with your abundant use of ellipses. Shame on you.

    Next time you quote something, kindly put the reference so all level-headed readers can see through your spin and analyse the source for themselves.

    I have to agree with that analysis. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners who’ve said while they don’t like Helen Clark and Labour they’re concerned about whether John Key has the competence to handle an economy heading into a recession.

    What a load of bollocks. Most businesses don’t even anticipate a recession as per the latest New Zealand Economic Institute of Research QSBO for March. And I can’t imagine any self-respecting business owner who would share their political foresight with you. And PM doesn’t lead economies the Minister of Finance does.

    “A man who don’t know nothing about nothing, constantly contradicts himself, can’t get a sentence out straight, and has no clue when it comes to the deft touches of being a leader of a nation.”

    You’re probably too young to remember Clark when she was first Leader of the Opposition she was bloody awful; she tripped on her words, made up policy on the spot, kept referring to Ministers who had long left National’s Cabinet, referred to 1980s Labour policy the list goes on. Key may not be the political machine Clark has evolved into, but he’s a damn far sight better and more popular than she ever was at his (political) age (less than 3 years as leader). Don’t let that get to you though.

    International capitalism is a race to the bottom

    Oh, give it up, Tane. We’ve moved on from the Cold War. No one is actually anti-capitalist these days; expect maybe you and your narrow group of friends.

    [Tane: I’ve unbolded the text of this comment as it was painful to the eyes]

  25. Tane 25

    Mike Collins, I wasn’t intending to sneer, but I do think Monty should be open about what he’s suggesting rather than using code. Discussions about economics would be so much more constructive if we dropped the pretence and discussed what was actually happening.

    My description of international capitalism is not particularly controversial I would have thought. If labour is a cost like any other then business will try to reduce these costs as low as possible, regardless of the social consequences.

    If that means moving your plant to a country where child labour is rife and trade unionists are shot then that’s just part of doing business.

  26. Matthew Pilott 26

    Not surprisingly, I’m worried about the other scenario regarding John Key.

  27. Hoolian 27

    Thanks for the “unbolding”. A technical error on my part.

  28. Steve Pierson 28

    Hoolian. Call me names again and you’re off the invite list for the LPG-M victory party come November.

  29. randal 29

    yes well keys was never a businessman as such…mostly he was engaged in turning large fortunes into small ones and retaining the profit!

  30. Hoolian 30

    “Slimy morsel of a person” is hardly a name. In some circles, its an honourary title. And what makes you think the Election will be in November (let alone think that Labour will win it)?

  31. Jay 31

    “mostly he was engaged in turning large fortunes into small ones and retaining the profit!”

    Really, can you post a link or are you talking shite.

    When you’re a prop trader your bonus is based on the profits that your positions accrue. If you think ML paid him when he lost money then you are a moron.

  32. higherstandard 32

    Tane I think painting the F&P who have put more money into this country and continue to do so, as you put it ….” rapacious and out for a quick buck’ to be very poor form.

    Quick question so I suppose all those disparaging F&P have until now exclusively bought F&P appliances ?

  33. Tane 33

    HS, F&P once was a New Zealand operation but the business model and ownership structure has changed. They now show all the elements of a rapacious multinational – how was their behaviour in outsourcing their work to Mexico any different from ANZ National outsourcing its work to Bangalore?

    And looking around my house, yes, all my appliances are F&P. Not sure what that’s supposed to prove though.

    Anyway, I’m off to dinner. Have a nice evening.

  34. randal 34

    jay you need a link to a therapist for your abusive tendencies

  35. Luke C 35

    If Key really was the centrist he was pretending to be National would have little money, as they did in 2002. Looking at at the (disastrous) Key DVD that obviously cost plenty of money, this is not the case. I am guessing it was paid for by the same lot who bankrolled the billboards in 2005.

    Many seem to forget, especially the media, that Key was Brash’s right hand man and was involved in the same racist politics.
    If Key was in govt now he would be in charge of the destruction of all Labours gains, and the selling of the remaining state assets.
    There is no way business has waited ‘nine long years’ for a fresh face and no policy change.

  36. Jay 36

    I’m like that when people say stupid things which are clearly wrong. Blame it on law school.

  37. randal 37

    take responsibility for your own actions dude especially irrationally abusing someone because you dont agree with them… is that what you learn at law school…funny law that is?

  38. Gooner 38

    Tane, labour is not just *a* cost of doing business, it is the number one cost. It is always the highest cost of any business.

    Captcha: any wright

    Nah, no one!

  39. Jay 39

    “take responsibility for your own actions dude especially irrationally abusing someone because you dont agree with them is that what you learn at law school funny law that is?”

    LOL Classic!!

    It’s not irrational when you’re clearly wrong. Cease being a douche and get your facts right and I’ll stop abusing you.

  40. Hillary 40

    “I’m like that when people say stupid things which are clearly wrong. Blame it on law school.”

    Jay, it is reassuring to know that at law school you learn to resort to personal abuse in order to express yourself when people say things you consider to be stupid and clearly wrong.

    Fortunately I did not go to law school, so I won’t call you a pratt.

  41. Razorlight 41

    The Standard shown to be the Masters of Spin once again.

    You repeat on a daily basis how Key is nothing more than smile and spin. Todays attempt to demonstrate this point is this grossly misleading post which has the end result of showing yourselves as the master of spin.

    As Hoolian had correctly pointed out, the story from the right you have referred to is not Business telling Key he is ruining everything. It was almost the opposite of what you have claimed. Thank you Hoolian for pointing this out.

    This is a great left leaning read but if you have to misrepresent a story to this level you will ultimatley lose credibilty.

    [lprent: I don’t write posts. You know my annoyance at comment attributing attributes (that don’t apply) to me. Refer to the author of the post]

  42. r0b 42

    Steve Pierson, you slimy morsel of a person, you have once again totally misrepresented your sources to make a point.

    Settle down Hoolian, Steve’s post is based on two sources, NBR and Trotter, and between them they support his claims.

    As to misrepresenting reality, Hoolian is living in something of a glass house there, as anyone who followed this thread will recall:

    A decent job with fair pay

  43. Hi Hoolian,

    Whatever your point I find you referring to anybody on this site as a
    “slimy morsel of a person” rather offensive.

    >I have to agree with that analysis. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners who’ve said while they don’t like Helen Clark and Labour they’re concerned about whether John Key has the competence to handle an economy heading into a recession.

    What a load of bollocks. Most businesses don’t even anticipate a recession as per the latest New Zealand Economic Institute of Research QSBO for March. And I can’t imagine any self-respecting business owner who would share their political foresight with you. And PM doesn’t lead economies the Minister of Finance does.“A man who don’t know nothing about nothing, constantly contradicts himself, can’t get a sentence out straight, and has no clue when it comes to the deft touches of being a leader of a nation.’International capitalism is a race to the bottom

    Oh, give it up, Tane. We’ve moved on from the Cold War. No one is actually anti-capitalist these days; expect maybe you and your narrow group of friends.

  44. God I hate this interface, I worked for most part of an hour on a response to hoolian only to have the first sentence appear. I give up.

    [lprent: try editing in something else, copy to the clipboard, and then paste into the comments box.]

  45. Ok I try again.
    Dear hoolian,
    Whatever your point, I find you calling anybody on this site a “slimy morsel of a person’ rather offensive and unnecessary.

    -I have to agree with that analysis. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners who’ve said while they don’t like Helen Clark and Labour they’re concerned about whether John Key has the competence to handle an economy heading into a recession.

    What a load of bollocks. Most businesses don’t even anticipate a recession as per the latest New Zealand Economic Institute of Research QSBO for March. And I can’t imagine any self-respecting business owner who would share their political foresight with you. And PM doesn’t lead economies the Minister of Finance does. –

    I have to confess to finding the New Zealanders incredibly uninformed about what is happening out in the real world. I blame it on the fact that most new Zealanders read only the New Zealand newspapers under the mistaken belief that these newspapers really try to tell you what is going on out there. They don’t. All except one newspaper are owned by Fairfax which is owned for 10% by Murdoch. This means you only get to read what they want you to know. I also find the average New Zealander singularly incurious and dangerously naive about the real situation in the rest of the world while thinking they know and all. You strike me as a perfect example of that mindset.

    For your information:
    The world is in full economic meltdown, the dollar is collapsing, there are food and fuel riots (even in up and coming superpower China) and the Western Financial System is crumbling as we speak thanks to the machinations of the privately owned corporate New York Federal reserve. The housing bubble created by the same New York Federal reserve has burst and this is forcing thousands of Americans out of their homes, into abject poverty and destitution. The bubble which was actively engineered by Alan Greenspan was initiated in 1999 after the repeal of a law preventing different kinds of banks from merging. This law was put in place to prevent banks with conflicts of interest from merging and the repeal enabled them to make obscene profits by creating bubbles (IT and housing).

    It turns out that John Key was one of only four advisers to the New York Federal reserve in his function as global head of the foreign exchange department of Merrill Lynch. This is an upon invitation only job and put him very close to the epicentre of the financial world.

    We need all our wits about us to survive the next ten years of economic mayhem. If finance ministers lead the economy then I would have to bet on Mr. Cullen. Mr. English with his angry narrow mind doesn’t strike me as having the common man in mind. Mr. Cullen is the only finance minister in the Anglo Saxon world who managed to accumulate the surplus until of course the subprime, Bonds and Derivatives crisis ate that away.

    Oh, did I mention that John Key during his tenure with Merrill Lynch also did a stint as the European head of the Bonds and Derivatives department for them, dealing in exactly those products that are now causing the Word wide financial mayhem? And while I am at it, did I tell you that John Key also worked for the Bankers Trust, the bank that in the early nineties bragged about the development of a series of new Financial Products, yep you guessed it, bonds and derivatives. The bank collapsed after a series of scandals in which it was proven that they committed fraud with these bonds and derivatives that was euhh??? In 1995 when Johnny boy left for Merrill Lynch. Or was he perhaps head hunted for his knowledge about the bonds and derivatives trade? You can find all of this on his personal website by the way, let me correct that, there is nothing about the Bankers Trust on its website, I wonder why?

    -“A man who don’t know nothing about nothing, constantly contradicts himself, can’t get a sentence out straight, and has no clue when it comes to the deft touches of being a leader of a nation.’-

    The fact that John Key was invited to become one of only four advisers to the York Federal Reserve means they must have valued him highly. One of the qualities they must have valued in their “Smiling Assassin’, so named by his colleagues because he smiled pleasantly when he fired hundreds of people and because he could close deals with the most difficult (read suspicious) clients, was his loyalty. When you get that high up your dealing with a very small group of insiders and to be part of that group must mean that you have an undying loyalty to them.

    As a private citizen looking for someone to vote for I want to know where our politicians loyalties lie: with us the New Zealand people or with some shadowy financial elite. The fact that John Key met with his former bosses around a formal breakfast in October 2007 at one of their posh offices in London makes me wonder. While I understand that when you work with people for a long time you will befriend some of them and you will stay in touch with them but to meet with your powerful shadowy ex bosses in a formal setting after you’ve left your previous profession for seven years while you’re running for office is the opposition leader of a small country strikes me as odd.
    So, I would very much like to know what was discussed at this meeting. Was John Key perhaps bringing out a report to his former task masters, or are they perhaps still this task masters?
    Is his bland cheeky persona perhaps meant to blind all of us, not just the labour voting suspicious of National people but even local business people who want to vote National? He has been known to use an exaggerated Kiwi accent to lull people into trusting him, so we know he can act.

    National politics don’t seem to interest him all that much considering his flip flopping and constantly changing middle of the road politics. Perhaps his real interest is aiding and abetting his shadowy masters in order for them to get their hands on our resources such as the black sands, gold, gas and oil? We know that Rio Tinto and Exxon are circling New Zealand already. I mean we are after all living in a global capitalist world where a small group of very rich and very powerful people can decide were the factories are, where the food is grown, what the price of oil will be and so on and so on.

    -International capitalism is a race to the bottom

    Oh, give it up, Tane. We’ve moved on from the Cold War. No one is actually anti-capitalist these days; expect maybe you and your narrow group of friends.-

    You know, you should look up what Ron Paul has to say about global capitalism and the banking world. He calls it capitalism for the poor and socialism for the rich, meaning: that if it all goes well for the bankers and corporate elite everybody has to look after himself including the poor but when it goes bad (like now), even when they get themselves in trouble with speculative and risky banking adventures, the banking and industrial elite feel it’s perfectly normal to hold out their hand to the government and fully expect to be bailed out by the taxpayers.

    And yes, international capitalism is a race to the bottom. When you move factories and other production facilities to poorer countries to make more profit it leaves the workers you leave behind to fend for themselves and take pay cuts in order to find new jobs. In fact only a week ago car workers in Chicago were told they would only get half the wage they were used to just because they could.

    In America tens of thousands of people have been forced out of their houses in the last month alone because they’ve been tricked into buying houses with mortgages with only a small teaser rates to begin with and a promise that their property would only go up in value. With wages, after correction for inflation, much lower than what their parents earned and borrowing against the excess value of their houses they have become slaves to their debts. America once the richest nation on the planet now find their country has been squeezed dry by the global elite and with the bubble bursting tens of thousands and in the near future millions of Americans will be roughing it around the city limits of the city’s they once lived in.
    They can’t get back on their feet because there are no jobs left because they have all been, yep you guessed it again, exported to Mexico, China and India. Globalization or global capitalism only leaves behind broken communities, broken countries, horrendous poverty and destitution. The only people getting richer is the global elite, like the people John Key worked for or perhaps is still working for.

  46. higherstandard 46

    Yes Eve

    Clearly John Key is working for an international cabal who want to take over NZ because of our massive financial and mineral resources

  47. AncientGeek 47

    travelerev: Writing smaller comments would be easier to enter. And easier to read. And probably more effective.

    Writing longgggggg…. comments is a waste of time. Most people scan the first couple of paragraphs and decide is it is interesting enough to continue. If not then they skip the comment. If you put multiple theses in the same comment, then you’re likely to lose the effect of the later ones.

    Or you get very short comments in response that take the mickey out of part of your thesis. But you don’t get engagement.

    Just my opinion. But you could do worse than look at how the posters write their posts and consider how many comments they get to them. Or look at the technique of various comments to see what sort of response you get.

    captcha: concerned Few
    🙂 Sounds like politics

  48. Jay 48

    Eve sounds like a left wing version of Trevor Loudon.

  49. infused 49

    I run a business and I don’t anticipate a recession. This is going to be good times. The fear is unnecessary.

    The businesses stressing with be retail related.

    Oh, and nice spin once again.

  50. Fred 50

    travellerev – on the other hand, yours is the sort of comment I like to find, (apologies to ancientgeek). A bit of thought as opposed to the “soundbite”. First point. Capitalism, sure beats the alternative. Property rights, the right to risk what you have and take the consequences, I think, is a fundamental part of modern society. When this is done with other peoples money then there must be the right of redress and the investor has the right to be fully informed. A level playing field is critical and last minute policy changes like the AIA debacle is not what good governence is about. I assume that you watched the “money masters” (all three hours of it). The fact that John Key has been part of that system, come out of it with enough money for perhaps you (and definitely I) to say ‘time to relax on the beach’, but instead to to get involved in little old NZ politics is not cause for fear but cause for optimism. Sure he’s finding his feet in politics especially when put on the spot. Helen, not too many years ago, I think was worse, but where did she cut her teeth? I’m prepared to wait to hear what Key has to say when he’s given a genuine chance, rather than through the lens of rabid “slippery” spin we get from the media.

  51. AncientGeek 51

    …yours is the sort of comment I like to find, (apologies to ancientgeek).

    Doesn’t worry me. I was suggesting a possible better delivery. I don’t agree with much of what travellerev said. Some I do.

    But I’m not interested in debating so many arguments simultaneously. Makes it hard to focus on a single idea and chew it looking for the value.

  52. Wellington Observer 52

    The increasing pressure placed upon John Key and the Nats to provide greater policy direction comes at the same time as a rumour that floats around Thorndon saying the National caucus is becoming increasingly disillusioned with the ability of its leader. Anyone who has recently observed the House debate must have noticed the National benches has been fairly deflated. Perhaps the Nats aren’t producing policy because the caucus can’t decide on what the Party should stand for.

  53. Hoolian 53

    OK, OK, I apologise for my comment on Steve Pierson (sorry Steve). But please take it with a grain of salt I exposed Pierson’s gross inaccuracy in portraying the NBR against Key, purely by editing out all the bits to make the article fit a certain context. If this was real media, I would have taken Pierson to court. I am very sorry that my insult has resulted in a massive tangent from my key points.

    But I do encourage everyone to return to my main point and debate that, not the merits of whether or not slime morsels is an insult.

    Settle down Hoolian, Steve’s post is based on two sources, NBR and Trotter, and between them they support his claims As to misrepresenting reality, Hoolian is living in something of a glass house there, as anyone who followed this thread will recall.

    r0b, I just don’t know what to say to you, other than:

    No, he lied. Blatantly. And I think this is enforced by his distinct lack of reply. I think it’s shameful for anyone, in any party, in any situation, to take a piece of information and edit it to remove it out of its original context. It’s deliberate misinformation and it’s disgusting.

    If finance ministers lead the economy then I would have to bet on Mr. Cullen. Mr. English with his angry narrow mind doesn’t strike me as having the common man in mind. Mr. Cullen is the only finance minister in the Anglo Saxon world who managed to accumulate the surplus until of course the subprime, Bonds and Derivatives crisis ate that away.

    Obviously you have some blind allegiance to Cullen and while that may float his boat, it certainly won’t resound with swing voters who will decide who the next Min of Finance is. To credit Cullen with the virtue of holding a surplus is not actually a good thing he overtaxed New Zealand and then wasted his surplus. While you may argue that over-taxation is a good thing, it certainly isn’t a good thing to waste it. If he had reinvested the 11 billion into infrastructure, or pumped it into research, I might agree with you. But he didn’t. He wasted it.

    Also, to add to your insightful depiction of ‘angry narrow’ English, English has a First Class Honours in Economics and was handpicked to join Treasury straight from University for his brilliant economic policy work. That is a fact. Cullen, on the other hand, is a historian by trade. No doubt he will return to that discipline post-November and make a total bollocks of that too!

    As a private citizen looking for someone to vote for I want to know where our politicians loyalties lie: with us the New Zealand people or with some shadowy financial elite.

    All that you have listed above is an assertion on Key’s character and it’s pretty shoddy. I think you should admit that you are in love with Cullen and can’t see of the shockingly obvious evidence that shows how incompetent he has been as Minister of Finance. You are evidently a Labour supporter and I can happily claim that no swing voter is going to hear your arguments and think, “Oh God, Key is just party to a massive conspiracy to destroy New Zealand and install Merrill Lynch as the next “. Please, if National is going to lose the election, it will have absolutely nothing to do with your contribution.

    So, I would very much like to know what was discussed at this meeting.

    That’s none of your blinking business. I want to know a great deal of things, like what Clark said to the CCP Premier on Tibet, or what she talked to the Queen about, or Rudd in her first call to him as PM, but unfortunately people are going to have private conversations without me, so you too will just have to come to terms with that.

    Globalization or global capitalism only leaves behind broken communities, broken countries, horrendous poverty and destitution.

    Um, Clark, Cullen and Goff are the triads of globalisation. I think it’s all a very good thing, and so does the Labour Party. I think you too are selecting what you want from Labour and ignoring the whole picture. If you think globalisation is such a terrible thing, then you ought not to vote for anyone, except maybe the Greens. And Cullen isn’t a member of the Greens Party, but no doubt Pierson can find you a article cleverly edited so that Cullen is in fact the covert Leader of the Greens, all you need to use is ellipses which is actually derived from a Greek word meaning ‘omission’, in this case, an omission of the truth.

    Perhaps the Nats aren’t producing policy because the caucus can’t decide on what the Party should stand for.

    Nothing worse than a rumour mill fuelled by the saliva from wagging Leftie tongues. Thank you for totally ignoring the other policy announcements from National is order to perpetuate this dry piece of gossip, and please enrol in Politics 101; the first lesson being on not releasing election policy too early so that your opponents can steal it for themselves. Rumours about leadership really don’t do anyone any justice particularly in this case, as no party, and I stress NO PARTY, is going to be unsatisfied with a leader who leads a party on 53%. By the time the election comes around, there will be plenty of policy from both sides. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it.

  54. Hi Hoolian, I will get back on your post, but I’m writing this on a friends computer since my connection is down for a couple of days due to some technical problems with the telephone line and it takes the bloody telecom people three days to fix it.

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  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
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  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
    1 day 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
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  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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    24 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The 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. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    2 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    3 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    4 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    5 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    6 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    7 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    7 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    7 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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