Capitalism losing its allure

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soc-vs-cap1The capitalist doctrine sure has taken a beating lately. Not only have its raw excesses created a global crash which shows no signs of abating, not only has it been bailed out and propped up everywhere by nationalisation and trillion dollar taxpayer funded handouts, but now it seems that the people are starting to lose the faith. Even in the supposed bastion of the free market, America itself, the people just aren’t quite so sure any more:

Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better.

In an ever more worrying sign for capitalism “going forward” as they say:

Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided.

It’s not a very big sample size, (1,000 Adults conducted April 6-7), and you have to wonder what Americans understand by such vague terms as “capitalism” and “socialism”. But even so, I can’t imagine a survey result like this even one year ago.

36 comments on “Capitalism losing its allure ”

  1. Bill 1

    That the small sample shows USers preferring socialism to capitalism comes as no surprise when you take in to consideration that over 50% ( I think it was over 50%) of USers believe that ‘From each according to ability, to each according to need’ is from the US Constitution!

    Disillusion has always been there, and sure, has waxed and waned to a degree. As has the action/reaction flowing on from it. But what to do? What actions should we take? What goals should we seek? Are our options really only between those two orthodoxes of socialism and capitalism?

    Offer me the choice of NZ as a Parliamentary Representative Democracy catering to the market or ( we’ll go for one of the more benign options) a Castro Dictatorship (sans embargo) catering to the market, and….yup, I won’t freely choose either.

    And yet all discourse seems to be trapped in the either/or dichotomy of state socialism on the one hand and capitalism on the other.

    As expressed on another thread, the problem appears that we are blind to the underlying commonality of these two systems: both are market economy management systems. And the crux of the problem is the market.

    Why is the discussion not focussing on whether we continue with market economies rather than the pro’s and con’s of the management systems, both of which will always be abject failures given the built in values and dynamics of the market economy they seek to manage?

  2. RedLogix 2

    As expressed on another thread, the problem appears that we are blind to the underlying commonality of these two systems: both are market economy management systems. And the crux of the problem is the market.

    Almost all mainstream socialists address this with a mixed economy model. The real question is, ‘what mix?” It’s an old question. (Who was the NZ Minister of Finance who famously asked a group of students about whether we wanted to nationalise corner dairies?) In my view the the answer are not necessarily cut and dried but a good first order sort can be made by addressing these three questions:

    1. Is this a high risk or low risk enterprise? Is this naturally ‘too big to fail’? A natural monopoly that society as a whole cannot afford to be without, eg water, roading, telecoms, money supply must be retained in public ownership, if only because in the event a bailout is required, at least public monies don’t finish up lining private pockets.

    2. Is the scope of this enterprise local or global? The wider the scope the more likely that it should be a public enterprise. A corner dairy can fail without major consequence, a national airline, maybe not.

    3. Is the risk/return profile short or long term? Investments that demand multi-generational payoffs are usually best kept in public ownership. This for instance is why private companies build cars, governments build roads.

    • Bill 2.1

      Your three questions revolve around financial risk. But financial risk can only exist in a situation where money has intrinsic value. What gives money intrinsic value is the profit motive embedded in the market economy.

      And that gives rise to all sorts of destructive mischief such as recessions, depressions, not to mention a ridiculous concentration of power.

      In cultures where the token of exchange has no value in and of itself ( shells for example) only a wanker would seek to accumulate excess tokens or excess ‘things’ gotten in exchange for those tokens. There would be no incentives flowing from such behaviour such as political power or any enhanced social standing. In all probability, such a person would be viewed as some sort of sad weirdo.

      Take away the intrinsic value of money by abandoning the concept of the market economy and we can build all the railways, bridges, houses and water systems we want limited only by the availability of raw materials, desirability and available labour.

      With the market in place, exchange values and trade signals get twisted in to weird and (not so) wonderful shapes that hinder social production and by extension human well being.

      Top down decision making also hampers all the above, but that’s another although not unconnected matter.

  3. djp 3

    Both those cartoons show the initiation of force.. pure capitalism does not have the initiation of force whereas socialism does (usually state mandated).

    I am sure the US public are getting sick of what currently masquerades as capitalism these days.

    At a most basic level I think capitalism is simply something along the lines of “I get to do what I want with my stuff”… most people can resonate with that sentiment

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      Like many, you don’t seem to get that defining ‘my stuff’ isn’t as straight forward as you might think. there is an enormous amount of force hiding behind that phrase dj.

      edit: what waldo said.

  4. waldo 4

    of course capitalism requires force – the system of property rights that underlies capitalism could not exist without the coercive power of the State.

    The cartoon is clearly anti all statism, socialist and capitalist.

    • Felix 4.1

      Shhh!

      They don’t like to see it as coercion unless it conflicts with their interests. Until it does, it’s out of sight, out of mind.

      And now you’ll have to spend the rest of the day walking them through your statement. In baby steps. Again.

  5. djp 5

    Well you could be right waldo, of course you could also say that the system of personal rights could not exist without the coercive power of the State.

    I would say that personal (and property) rights are not existent because of the exclusive power we give to the state but simply supposed to be protected by the power of the state.

    Is there the threat of force behind the statement “do not molest me”? No more so then “do not take my food/house/clothing/money”

    Capitalism arose out of common law.. taken to the logical extreme socialism and feudalism have no difference in their power structure

    anyhow.. felix! watch out you dont get too smug or you may lose the ability to walk.. or sit comfortably

    • Felix 5.1

      I would say that personal (and property) rights are not existent because of the exclusive power we give to the state but simply supposed to be protected by the power of the state.

      I would agree entirely. Without some mechanism for enforcing (protecting) them, any rights are just ideas about how we think things should be. That goes for property, personal, human or any other kind of rights we might want to make up. Of course, some do insist that there are such things as “god-given” rights, but until a god starts enforcing them it seems reasonable to question the authority of such a god to bestow them in the first place.

      • Paul Walker 5.1.1

        “Without some mechanism for enforcing (protecting) them, any rights are just ideas about how we think things should be”

        The question Felix is, Does this mechanism have to be the state? I give one example that suggests it doesn’t here and another two examples here.

        • Felix 5.1.1.1

          Most of us believe that some form of democratic selection is an essential element of a legitimate government. Would you agree?

          The reason I ask is that in your first example of 18th century Caribbean pirates you recognise this, indeed this idea is central to the entire article.

          The other two examples you give are a commercial entity where seats in government are bought and a hierarchical religious order – both profoundly anti-democratic institutions.

          I’m not sure you can use all of those examples to make the same point and still claim to hold democratic principles.

          • Paul Walker 5.1.1.1.1

            My point was not about democracy as such. It was about the fact that rights can be enforced without the state. All three examples show this, even if we don’t like the particular mechanism used to do the enforcement. After all there are many states who enforce rights which we would also not like.

          • Felix 5.1.1.1.2

            Of course rights can be enforced without a state, who ever argued that they couldn’t? The question is one of preference.

            Do you prefer democratic control over whatever enforcement mechanism is used? If so your last two examples are very weak.

          • Paul Walker 5.1.1.1.3

            “Of course rights can be enforced without a state, who ever argued that they couldn’t?”

            Actually almost everyone. It is one of the standard arguments for the state.

            The example of Japan isn’t one of much in the way of democracy, but it is one of competition. What in effect occurred was that “government services” were provided not by central government but in a competition market by private suppliers. This private provision was effective enough to allow economic growth to take place. The medieval Iceland example is one of democracy, it just doesn’t mention that in what I wrote.

            Do I want democratic control over whatever enforcement mechanism is used? Like Saddam Hussein’s democracy in Irag? Don’t much care for that. Competition among providers may be better than democracy. Competition and democracy may be even better still. It depends on what democracy actually means in practice.

          • Felix 5.1.1.1.4

            What a load of dross. Anyone with the power to do so can enforce “rights”, that much is self evident. If you find someone who disagrees with that then argue it with them.

            From there on you’re simply arguing preference. If you want to keep providing examples of anti-democratic systems and try to convince people that they’re a valid alternative, good luck.

            To recap, so far you’ve come up with buying and selling parliamentary seats (awesome) and medieval religious hierarchy (brilliant).

            And you’re comparing them not with well-run democracy, but with the corrupt, nepotistic regime of Saddam Hussein (sensible).

            I suggest you might want to look at feudalism next, but I won’t be joining you.

            Good luck with your crusade, brave warrior.

          • Paul Walker 5.1.1.1.5

            You should realize that if you can enforce your rights, without competition to doing so, then you are the state. To a large degree that is what the state is, a monopoly provider of force to enforce, or not as the case may be, rights. You get non-state enforcement of rights only when there is competition in the “rights business”. What the three examples I gave show is such competitive provision of rights enforcement is possible. Democracy is another issue. As to whether democracy is a help or not to rights enforcement depends on the form and institutions of the democracy. What you want is free individuals, free markets, free trade, free thinking, and institutions that support all of the above and democracy can help in achieving this, but by itself it can not guarantee doing so. There are too many examples of states with “democracy” but without free anything to be able to say that democracy is the one and only answer to rights enforcement. Political scientist Brad Taylor gives a nice description of democracy here

    • Quoth the Raven 5.2

      djp – I think there is a lot of talking over each other and a misunderstanding of the concepts here. It’s perfectly understandable because in common discourse these words capitalism, socialism, free market, property rights are so misused. Captialism can be defined in different ways but I prefer to use the original meaning of capitalism before people like Ayn Rand started redefining for there own purposes. When people like Rand say capitalism they mean it in the sense of the free market something as yet unattained. Capitalism to others is not the free market because it inherently involves state interference in the market. If you think the system we currently have is capitalism then you’d have to concede that capitalism is not the free market. Capitalism is a product of the state, granting privileges and interfering in the market on behalf of the capitalists.
      Socialism is an even worse word to define. I prefer not to use the word at all. The only thing you could say is that self-described “socialists” have some things in common. What’s important though is that socialism is not synonymous with state socialism. Many socialists are anarchists or libertarians. Socialism does not always mean opposition to the market. In fact many socialists throughout history have been supporters of a free market. Coercion is what the state does and so if you accept the second definition of capitalism it is capitalism and not necessarily socialism that is coercive. There is a good article here on the different definitions of capitalism: Anarquistas por La Causa and here is a discussion on the definition of socialism: Socialist Definitional Free-for-All: Part I and Socialist Definitional Free-for-All, Part II
      I think this quote is good and relates to the picture:

      Let’s postulate two sorts of robbery scenarios.
      In one, a lone robber points a gun at you and takes your cash. All libertarians would recognize this as a micro-example of any kind of government at work, resembling most closely State Socialism.
      In the second, depicting State Capitalism, one robber (the literal apparatus of government) keeps you covered with a pistol while the second (representing State-allied corporations) just holds the bag that you have to drop your wristwatch, wallet and car keys in. To say that your interaction with the bagman was a “voluntary transaction’ is an absurdity. Such nonsense should be condemned by all libertarians. Both gunman and bagman together are the true State.

      On the issue of propety rights it must be understood that property rights are not an absolute and that there are different definitions of what is a legitimate right to property. One person’s property rights may be illegitmate to another.

  6. dean 6

    “Is there the threat of force behind the statement “do not molest me’? No more so then “do not take my food/house/clothing/money”

    but those statements aren’t capitalism.

    in capitalism the capitalist has a right to the product of the use of the capital over which he has ownership rights. Those rights will be guaranteed and enforced by the state. capitalism, like any system, backs up rights with force. without force behind them, rights are nothing but words,like felix says, and someone with force can ignore them.

    if there wasn’t a state, then control over property would fall to whoever had the power to keep it from others who would have it. again, the ‘right’ over property is actually only the ability to stop anyone else taking it away. That argument can be extended to rights more broadly – we like the fiction that rights are inherent or inalienable but in fact they only exist so long as the right holder or someone else has the ability to stop them being infringed or force reparation/retribution when they are infringed.

  7. Brett Dale 7

    As long as there are people who believe that you should make it on your own and no one owns no one else a living, then capitalism will survive.

  8. The situation is more complex than you suggest. I try to explain why here.

    Also Dean argues that “Those rights will be guaranteed and enforced by the state”. But they don’t have to be. I give an interesting example of where rights are enforced without the state here.

  9. Peter 9

    The captions are the wrong way around.

    Socialism – well, the US version – is doing its bit to ensure the US remains in a bust for a lot longer than is necessary.

    What they should not be doing is creating money out of thin air. Because they can’t. We’ve tried Keynesian economics in Japan. It failed there, too.

    The market will work it out, if they let it.

    • Quoth the Raven 9.1

      What they’re doing in the US doesn’t even approach socialism of any creed. What they’re doing has been criticised time and again by those who call themselves socialists. What they’re doing is the epitome of capitalism – interfering in the market to benefit the rich at the expense of everyone else. Private gains social losses

  10. eldo 10

    a right without power is no right at all

  11. Lew 11

    Those numbers are fucking scary.

    L

  12. Pascal's bookie 12

    Wuss 🙂

    Must say though, that I’m finding the new Fox ‘ganda interesting.

    ‘Inflammatory rhetoric’ is usually a metaphor right?

    More thoughts from Digby here.

    I think I’ll have to start reading Dave Niewert’s blog again.

  13. If individuals have no right to control their own bodies and the fruit of their own minds (property) then they cannot exist, except as slaves. Capitalism in its purist form defends the individual’s right to decide what to do with one’s own body, and as the extension of the acts of your body and mind, your property – which humans need for survival.

    You either believe that adults should interact voluntarily or not. Socialism does not, capitalism does. However, capitalism is not about evading reality. Reality is that to survive human beings must use their minds and produce for themselves or to trade with others, or sell their time (minds and bodies) in exchange for money, or convince others to give money/property to them.

    Socialism (and all other statists) approve of using force. Pure capitalists believe people should be convinced first.

    • Chris G 13.1

      Pure capitalists believe people should be convinced first.

      Spose thats what Dubya thought when he told everyone Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

    • Quoth the Raven 13.2

      LibertyScott – Read my comment above on the definitions of capitalism and socialism and follow the links. You are conflating state socialism with other trends in socialism. I think you’re definition of capitalism is mistaken (merely a semantic/historical quibble though). I believe in voluntary society like you do, as do many of those that call themselves socialists. I believe in a voluntary society and that is why I am an anarchist, that’s why I support a free market and since I support a free-market I am an anti-capitalist.

      • The Baron 13.2.1

        I’m intrigued Raven… how exactly do you describe your beliefs then? Sounds almost anarco-capitalist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho_capitalist

        • Quoth the Raven 13.2.1.1

          I don’t like to add any adjectives just plain anarchist. I’m quite influenced by the left libertarians. As I said the anti-capitalism is merely a semantic and historical issue of which I’ve taken one side, the side I believe to be correct. Rothbard I believe came up with anarcho-capitalism. Rothbard had some great ideas – in the sixties and seventies at least – but I believe him to be mistaken in using the word capitalism. Just because I support a free market does not mean that I hold market forces up as some divine faultless thing as some seem to though.

          • Tane 13.2.1.1.1

            Rothbard? Dude, the guy’s a nutbar. Have you read his stuff about privatising the police force?

            [Disclaimer: I haven’t followed this thread. Just noticed Rothbard in your comment while I was in the backend]

    • Tane 13.3

      Libertyscott:

      The fundamental argument between capitalism and socialism is about control of property, not bodies. Private property ownership, and the right to behave as a fascist dictator on your own property and to those whose labour you have hired, is “capitalism in its purest form”.

      Through the accumulation of property capitalism concentrates power into the hands of those with economic resources and creates systems of coercion of its own. Indeed, the entire system of property ownership capitalism relies on is based on state coercion.

      The rest of your talking points simply reflect the mythology that the beneficiaries of capitalism have created to justify the current economic system.

  14. Quoth the Raven 14

    Tane – I did qualify it with some great ideas and in the sixties and senventies. On the issue of the privatisation there is private and there is private. As Roderick Long says:

    Another is so-called “privatization,” not in the term’s original sense of a transfer of services from government provision to free-market provision, but in what has come to be the prevailing sense of a conferral of governmental privilege and patronage — subsidies, monopolies, and the like — on private contractors. To the Rothbardian, far from stripping government of some of its powers, such “privatization” simply transforms private firms into arms of the state.

    So Rothbard wouldn’t have supported the kind of privatisation that the neo-liberals and conservatives in National and Act support. Rothbard’s ideas on privatisation (in the sixties at least) are miles away from the vulgar ideas of say the National party or Douglas or mentally deficient batshit crazy Randians. Rothbard’s idea of privatising the police would be more like devolution of services to the community level. In Confiscation and the Homestead Principle Rothbard discussed privatisation:

    Take, for example, the State universities. This is property built on funds stolen from the taxpayers. Since the State has not found or put into effect a way of returning ownership of this property to the taxpaying public, the proper owners of this university are the “homesteaders”, those who have already been using and therefore “mixing their labor” with the facilities. The prime consideration is to deprive the thief, in this case the State, as quickly as possible of the ownership and control of its ill-gotten gains, to return the property to the innocent, private sector. This means student and/or faculty ownership of the universities.

    and he most interestingly he goes on:

    The same principle applies to nominally “private” property which really comes from the State as a result of zealous lobbying on behalf of the recipient. Columbia University, for example, which receives nearly two-thirds of its income from government, is only a “private” college in the most ironic sense. It deserves a similar fate of virtuous homesteading confiscation.

    But if Columbia University, what of General Dynamics? What of the myriad of corporations which are integral parts of the military-industrial complex, which not only get over half or sometimes virtually all their revenue from the government but also participate in mass murder? What are their credentials to “private” property? Surely less than zero. As eager lobbyists for these contracts and subsidies, as co-founders of the garrison state, they deserve confiscation and reversion of their property to the genuine private sector as rapidly as possible. To say that their “private” property must be respected is to say that the property stolen by the horsethief and the murdered [sic] must be “respected”.

    But how then do we go about destatizing the entire mass of government property, as well as the “private property” of General Dynamics? All this needs detailed thought and inquiry on the part of libertarians. One method would be to turn over ownership to the homesteading workers in the particular plants; another to turn over pro-rata ownership to the individual taxpayers. But we must face the fact that it might prove the most practical route to first nationalize the property as a prelude to redistribution. Thus, how could the ownership of General Dynamics be transferred to the deserving taxpayers without first being nationalized enroute? And, further more, even if the government should decide to nationalize General Dynamics—without compensation, of course—per se and not as a prelude to redistribution to the taxpayers, this is not immoral or something to be combatted. For it would only mean that one gang of thieves—the government—would be confiscating property from another previously cooperating gang, the corporation that has lived off the government.

    And more interesting ideas from him; in sixties he saw as did the New Left the New Deal for what it was a corporatist rort. I’ll quote:

    Every element in the New Deal program: central planning, creation of a network of compulsory cartels for industry and agriculture, inflation and credit expansion, artificial raising of wage rates and promotion of unions within the overall monopoly structure, government regulation and ownership, all this had been anticipated and adumbrated during the previous two decades. And this program, with its privileging of various big business interests at the top of the collectivist heap, was in no sense reminiscent of socialism or leftism; there was nothing smacking of the egalitarian or the proletarian here. No, the kinship of this burgeoning collectivism was not at all with socialism-communism but with fascism, or socialism-of-the-right, a kinship which many big businessmen of the twenties expressed openly in their yearning for abandonment of a quasi-laissez-faire system for a collectivism which they could control . Both left and right have been persistently misled by the notion that intervention by the government is ipso facto leftish and antibusiness.

    So you see he did have some interesting ideas and wasn’t all that crazy.

  15. Chris G- GW Bush never claimed to be nor ever was a laissez-faire capitalist.

    Quoth the Raven- Ah well you DO have an interesting perspective, the difference is probably in the philosophy behind it, but all power to you supporting voluntary adult interaction!

    Tane-” Private property ownership, and the right to behave as a fascist dictator on your own property and to those whose labour you have hired, is “capitalism in its purest form’. No it is not. You cannot be a fascist dictator, you have no right to initiate force against individuals who you allowed onto your property, you have no right to breach any contract or commit criminal acts against individuals whose labour you have hired.

    Voluntary adult interaction is the key.

    Individuals accumulate property because they have created wealth or convinced others to give it to them. “Capitalism” doesn’t do it, it is done through individuals trading value for value. Of course property must be defended. If there is no such thing as private property rights, human beings are slaves to the law of the jungle where “might is right” and you are subject to people stealing from you or using your property. Property is simply the fruit of your own labour.

    Of course if you take the Marxist view that property is theft, as you apparently do, then presumably you think some institution should control all property, which is of course just a collection of individuals.

    What would you do instead Tane? Who do you think should own the proceeds of an individual’s efforts?

    • Maynard J 15.1

      Interestingly enough, LS, you made an agument for property rights, but then added in the “Private” parts (so to speak) without justifying why they must be “private” after all.

      James – don’t waste your time either.

  16. James 16

    Don’t waste your time Scott…..you are the only one here arguing from a consistent,non contradictory position,….the others are mixing terms and attacking strawmen….which they have to as they can’t deal with your points.

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    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    3 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • You do have the power to change things
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
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    4 days ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    5 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    6 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    6 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    7 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
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    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
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  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
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    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago

  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
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    1 week ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    1 week ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
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    1 week ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    1 week ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    1 week ago

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