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Challenging the divine right of kingmakers

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, September 1st, 2017 - 123 comments
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“We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.” 

That’s a quote from Ursula K Leguin, talking about politics of a different kind but I think of it every time I see people acting as if Winston Peters has some divine right to be kingmaker. I started writing this post some months ago when the Greens first seriously challenged this power in a Sunday morning interview where Metiria Turei happened to call Peters racist. This is where I got to,

This is a post about following on from the GP standing up to Peters. What lefties can do. Change the narrative. Get people out to vote. Push the reality that a vote for Peters is not a vote for changing the govt.

Surprisingly enough, I don’t mind if Peters is part of a leftwing government. I’ve been critical of him over the years, and still credit him with making MMP a clusterfuck of powermongering instead of initial steps towards representative democracy. I do still also believe that people are entitled to representation, so I’m not averse to NZF per se. There’s some decent policy there.

But I’m over the bullshit. Turei broke the spell when she called him racist and then Shaw got up and delivered a speech which said it’s not enough to change the government. If you want a truly progressive government then you have to vote Green to lessen the influence that Peters will have post-election. They will work with Peters if they have to, but would prefer an actual left wing govt.

It was a bold move at the time and I’m not sure how many people realised just what the Greens were doing in shifting the political landscape but I really want to give credit to them for having taken that stand and stuck to their position on this. So many things have happened since then, and the ability to really push the message about NZF vs a progressive government got somewhat lost, but here we are anyway with a chance.

I’ve changed my mind about not minding Peters in government. It’s true in principle but he’s looking politically tired and while I’m all for inclusiveness he’s had decades of opportunity to play well with others and I think it’s time for him to sit this one out. It’s still a volatile election, the Left isn’t out of the woods yet, and Peters might still be a key player in what happens.  But Peters as kingmaker is simply a human power that can be resisted and changed. What we do next is important.

James Shaw was on RNZ this morning reiterating what needs to happen for a progressive government. When asked about supporting a Labour/NZF government he said,

Well that’s not a progressive government. The only way to get a progressive government is to have a Labour/Green government, and we’ve said that we’re open to working with New Zealand First as part of that coalition, there are areas of policy overlap, I guess we’ll just have to see what the numbers are on election night.

Challenging the divine right of kingmakers. Shaw is saying that of course NZF can be part of a Labour/Green government if needed, but let’s not pretend that Peters is the one with all the power. Even if NZF end up with more MPs than the Greens this doesn’t trump the relationship that’s been developed between the Greens and Labour, nor the Memorandum of Understanding, nor the agreement that if they can Labour and the Greens will form a coalition and change the government. The MoU says,

lt is our intent to build on this agreement so as to offer New Zealanders the basis of a stable, credible and progressive alternative government at the 2017 General Election.

This was intentional strategy from both parties and has been clearly communicated to the voting public for well over a a year.

Ardern has said a number of times recently that Labour are still committed to a Labour/Green coalition. But for that to happen they both need the votes, and to get a progressive government we still need maximum Green MPs. So some of the votes are going to have to comes from elsewhere including from NZF.

While I appreciate that Labour are doing what they have to to gain power, it would be nice to see them adopt some NZF policy as well as what they’ve accrued from the Greens, and let NZF voters know that their vote is safe with Labour.

Beyond that, perhaps it’s time to get past the whole kingmaker roll entirely. MMP has so much more potential than this. Imagine what last night’s leader debate would have been like with Shaw included. The FPP duopoly broken, and NZ politics taken out of the combative stance that comes from only two parties in opposition. Instead of politics as a shouty match we could have an engagement of human beings and how they can work together.

Shaw demonstrated this when Paddy Gower cut David Seymour off and asked Shaw a question instead, and Shaw said to Gower that he needed to give Seymour the time he was entitled to. Gower did and later apologised. It was a small thing but it said heaps and people took note. These actions of changing how to do things are happening all the time with the Greens and this is core to the Green Party kaupapa. They are clearing a path to a different kind of politics.

Shaw said at the end of the debate that he’s there to not only change the government but to change how politics is done. Yet another good reason to have strong Green representation after the election.

Twenty-three days to go. The MSM are saying a progressive Labour/Green coalition is possible so it must be a thing now, right?

123 comments on “Challenging the divine right of kingmakers”

  1. Sacha 1

    Still too many supposed journalists last eve missing that Lab+Grn+Maori was a viable governing coalition in that latest poll – instead habitually fixated on Winston First, as you note.

    • weka 1.1

      I’m pretty bad at keeping an overview of the MSM because I don’t read/watch it every day. Is RNZ the only one that got it?

    • dukeofurl 1.2

      Lab + Grn + MP that was 52 +7 +1 =60 seats Thats not a majority Sacha !

      Lab + NZF = 62 . Now thats a majority

      You need to go to specsavers.
      The Governor General would send your combination back and say ‘Try again’

      • weka 1.2.1

        From the RNZ link,

        “If the trend continues through the next three weeks Labour could possibly govern with just the Greens and the Māori Party.”

        Which means that Labour could choose either, not that Labour has to choose Peters. Did you read the post at all?

        • dukeofurl 1.2.1.1

          He was talking about last nights poll on TVNZ, thats why I used the name Sacha

          In this election we are way past looking at some spiel about ‘trend continues’

          There hasnt been any to speak of, surely you know its some pretty big changes.

          Even the language RNZ used was clutching at straws, buried down in the story even though the headline ran with it- bizarre. ( What journalism school teaches that ?)

          If the trend continues through the next three weeks Labour could possibly govern with just the Greens and the Māori Party.”

          Another trend they have found!
          “The Greens were 5.6% on the latest average (6.7% in mid-August) and still trending down”

          I would have thought you were about surviving the 5% cuttoff at this stage

          • weka 1.2.1.1.1

            RNZ run a poll of polls so I do take them a bit more seriously, but my basic position on polls is that they’re useful frames for putting arguments. The post was about that attempt to change the narrative around kingmakers and to look at a progressive coalition being possible.

            But my response to your comment stands. If Labour have a choice there’s no good reason to automatically choose NZF. So sure, 62 is going to appear more stable to Labour than 60, but there’s still 3 weeks to go and it was just one poll and as you say, things are changing all the time (personally I think there are so many things changing that it’s too hard to attribute events to polling in the way that is traditionally done).

            • dukeofurl 1.2.1.1.1.1

              60 is not a government in a parliament of 121.

              Greens could do a repeat of NZF in 2005. It was 5.7% and 7 Mps. Just a confidence and Supply agreement with a single ministerial post – James Shaw as Minister of Environment or something like that.

              There is no automatic choice- its the numbers that decide results not ‘choices’

              I think Labour has learned that the largest party with much ‘allies’ its best not to have a formal coalition, especially with NZF and Greens.
              ‘keep your ( political) enemies close but not too close’

              • weka

                “60 is not a government in a parliament of 121.”

                Yes, and we didn’t have an election last night, it was a poll.

                “There is no automatic choice- its the numbers that decide results not ‘choices’”

                That’s a given and both the Greens and Labour have been saying this for over a year.

                But if the numbers go progressively and Labour have a choice, there’s no good reason to assume that NZF should predominate.

              • riffer

                A parliament of 121 is a big assumption. Dunne isn’t coming back, and who knows about Seymour?

                • dukeofurl

                  Seymours is coming back , he won by 5000 or so votes last time.

                  Anyway the whole exercise with TVNZ poll result was based on 121 seats. The other numbers would change as well its not just down 1
                  Could we please have some sense in what is written

          • North 1.2.1.1.2

            Duke of Earl you’re a nitpicking sourpuss. Does “if” not mean anything to you ? It’s conscious knowledge that any bloody thing can happen. Accordingly all bloody things are legitimately discussed. No need to ‘morph’ into Kelly Anne Conway. The freedom to discuss this most interesting election does not need your stupid hectoring. Kia Ora. Thank You.

    • eco Maori/kiwi 1.3

      I think thestandard has educated many people on the crafty shit that national does to keep in power.
      As you can not find this information in MSM corrupt media.

  2. Bill 2

    …nor the agreement that if they can Labour and the Greens will form a coalition and change the government.

    There is no such agreement.

    Are you getting that understanding or expectation from an interpretation of – “lt is our intent to build on this agreement so as to offer New Zealanders the basis of a stable, credible and progressive alternative government at the 2017 General Election.”?

    The basis from that could be more or less anything (given that NZ Labour views itself as progressive) and absolutely does not commit NZ Labour to include the Green Party in any government they form after Sept 23rd.

    As an aside. I agree with Shaw when he says NZ Labour aren’t progressive – “well that’s (NZF & NZ Labour) not a progressive government”.

    • NewsFlash 2.1

      Bill

      ” I agree with Shaw when he says NZ Labour aren’t progressive”

      This is the sort of rhetoric that can harm the MoU and turn voters off, Shaw is wrong with that statement.

      I know your skepticism is holding you back, but we live in a democracy, you know, where the majority unfortunately dictate to the minority, it’s the reality.

      For most, changing the Government is the most critical point, and we all need to keep sight of that goal.

      • Bill 2.1.1

        NZ Labour are a party of Liberalism and therefor cannot be either progressive nor left.

        Shaw stating that NZ Labour aren’t progressive is just an observational fact, and as far as I can see it’s a statement that’s got nothing whatsoever to do with the MoU.

        Also, for the life of me I can’t see how it can be said that such a statement could serve to “put voters off”.

        • tracey 2.1.1.1

          Bill

          I am taking from some Labour supporters here that the Greens must concede everything to Labour and Labour must concede nothing back. Apparently “might is right” or bullying as it is known elsewhere is ok in this context.

          • Ad 2.1.1.1.1

            The MOU isn’t a talisman for the Greens against a poor campaign.

            The Greens have 3 weeks to repair the impression that they have made with the electorate, and get back into parliament.

            The remaining Green supporters are understandably defensive, but they need to concentrate on mobilizing their own voters and not worrying about any other party.

            I support the Labour Party, so trust me I know this:
            sometimes you just suck, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Except your best.

            • tracey 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Ad

              Even when Greens were polling 15% this election and slightly lower in the last election, labour spoke against them… more so than NZF. That is why my comments that Labour are more interested in maintaining a neo liberal path than some here seem to understand or acknowledge. National covets ACT and Dunne (before resignation) but Labour views the Greens as an enemy, judging by some of their public statements and behaviour

              Reduce Poverty, Climate Change, Clean Rivers

            • weka 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Except they don’t suck. If you look at the policy being released and how how they’re functioning (see Shaw in debates for instance but also what the other MPs are doing), they’re professional, passionate, intelligent and caring, and come across as competent. All things good things for the Greens.

              As Robert points out elsewhere, the purpose of the Greens isn’t to be the most popular so there is always this tension between holding true to values and gaining power. I get the temptation to make it all about campaigning in the game to get the most power, but the Greens simply don’t do that. This doesn’t mean they will necessarily lose though, there are more than two options here.

              I think there have been too many things happening to know why they’ve taken a dip in the polls and seriously doubt that it can be attributed to either one thing (e.g. Turei) or that somehow this is a sign that they’re not good at what they do. Sometimes shit happens and this has been a very chaotic few months.

              • Ad

                No, the Greens need to own this one.
                Policies only make up a wee bit of elections in the last three weeks. Any good campaigner knows that.

                At T Minus 21 its mostly just mobilization and media responses.

                They will learn from it.

                They have to. Because there is no “Divine Right of Kings” to say that any party must survive.

                In this election and the last we have seen three parties die: Internet/Mana, Conservatives, United.
                And with Maori Party, Act, and now Greens having near-death experiences.

                Greens must fight for every vote, and take nothing including their very existence for granted.

                • weka

                  Yes, I agree with much of that. From what I can tell the Greens are very well mobilised, and also focussed on the repair via media (mainstream and social). They look to me like they’re fighting for every vote. The person I see in the MSM the most is Shaw, and he comes across well, I think he’s doing his job. Not sure about making him the figurehead, I guess time will tell on that.

                  Pretty sure they’re not being complacent about their situation either, not just the MPs looking at losing their positions in parliament but the whole party given the implications of that.

                  But the point about the MoU isn’t that they’re entitled to anything but that the relationship has been built so that if they get enough votes then Labour has a solid coalition partner in waiting. That was what the MoU was for, to present a govt in waiting. Thus, the push now needs to be to get as many Green votes as possible for the sake of the Greens obviously but also for the sake of getting a progressive govt.

                  For people like yourself who are just as happy with NZF, it’s going to look different.

            • Sumsuch 2.1.1.1.1.3

              ‘Support the Labour Party’, Courageous of you to say, morally.

          • Bill 2.1.1.1.2

            The Greens should have taken a very long spoon along when they sat down to sup with NZ Labour. Actually. Had Andrew Little not been deposed, I think things would be no where near as fraught for the Greens as they are now.

            As I mention below, the coup occasioned some fairly immediate triangulating of two out of the three major policies the Greens had already announced (water and transport).

            And then I look at the polling fortunes for those Liberal pretenders to progressive or left causes abroad (they’re tanking) and see tears welling in NZs near to medium term future.

          • red-blooded 2.1.1.1.3

            Tracey, who has said that “the Greens must concede everything to Labour and Labour must concede nothing back”?

            Plus, weka, your comment in the post about Labour accruing policy from the Greens needs challenging. Labour has built up its policy platform over a period of years. This has been an independent process, focused within the party. It’s hardly surprising that Labour (who despite the echoing cries of naysayers like Bill, are a progressive party of the left) will have environmental policies addressing issues like water quality and climate change. There were similar sets of policies in previous elections, although they always get tweaked a bit. Surely you don’t believe that only the Greens are entitled to develop serious policies on such issues? Just as any Labour Party member who feels that the Greens shouldn’t be featuring poverty and issues of homelessness in their campaign has to get the message that these issues don’t belong exclusively to the Labour Party.

            • Karen 2.1.1.1.3.1

              +1 red-blooded.

            • weka 2.1.1.1.3.2

              Fair enough rb, I’ll think about how to rephrase it (I think I used ‘accrued’ because I was in a hurry and didn’t want to use ‘steal’).

              It’s not that I think the Greens own the policy, it’s that Labour have made an obvious shift in presentation on those issues as a way of gaining votes. I don’t have a problem with Labour doing this, and I think it’s a win for the Greens if Labour become more overt about CC, water etc, and it opens up a space for the Greens to presented deeper change.

              I still think that the Greens have better policy on those issues in part because it’s their core work and I don’t entirely trust Labour, I think that some of what they are doing is rhetoric (from a green perspective it won’t be enough).

      • tracey 2.1.2

        The MOU is designed to ensure a change of Government. Explain to me how taking the Greens 3 tag lines but stealing none of NZF is any better a strategy?

        • Karen 2.1.2.1

          I don’t get this accusation of “stealing” policies. Parties develop their own policies and sometimes they overlap. Labour’s policy on clean water and on climate change are much the same as in the last election. The fact that Labour and the Greens have policies that overlap is good – it means that they will be able to work together. Labour also have policies in health and education that are different from the Greens that they are promoting heavily.

          The Green’s policies on benefit reform are the reason I will be party voting Green. I’d be very happy if Labour adopted something similar as it would ensure it happened.

          Labour’s policies are the same as when Andrew Little was leader – the difference in the polls is because Ardern is more appealing to many people as a potential leader than Andrew.

          • weka 2.1.2.1.1

            I think it’s more platforms than policies (most parties have a policy on water or CC for instance). But I agree that the word stealing is problematic. I’m happy that Labour have adopted a more progressive stance on the environment, and would also be pleased if they did the same on welfare.

            “Labour’s policies are the same as when Andrew Little was leader – the difference in the polls is because Ardern is more appealing to many people as a potential leader than Andrew.”

            And part of that is the change in how Labour is being presented including policy. There will be people who are more comfortable voting Labour now because of the shift on the environmental stuff, but I think ultimately it’s very hard to pin down exactly what votes have one where and why (far too many variables).

            • NewsFlash 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Yes, but also, Ardhern has made alterations to the some of those policies, put her own stamp on them, to make them more palatable, she is a little more to the left than Little I feel, and this has been successful for her and the party.

              I’m going to repeat this, I hope that Labour and the Greens can Govern on their own, and am positive that the Greens can gain some traction to improve their position to help achieve this outcome.

              • weka

                That’s my hope and belief too 🙂

              • North

                Hear Hear NewsFlash ! That is my hope too. So I decide for now to be less critical. Because critical right now is unfairly negative. Because Honour, Justice, Mana, and Karma say these people can’t be given a fourth term.

            • red-blooded 2.1.2.1.1.2

              weka, there hasn’t been a shift in environmental policy. That policy was already in place under Little and was already being strongly promoted. It wasn’t getting the same cut-though, but it was the same policy platform.

          • NewsFlash 2.1.2.1.2

            +1 Karen

            We need to put on a united front, to prove the combination of the two parties can work together, no driving wedges, the MSM will have a field day if they sense problems exist.

          • tracey 2.1.2.1.3

            I agree with most of what you say.

            I would prefer to see Labour more neutral toward Greens (in the past overtures have been made to NZF immediately after NZF has said they won’t work with the Greens).

            To be clear. The Greens announced a pithy election platform… It involved three pillars; Reduce Poverty, Climate Change, and Clean Rivers. Prior to Ardern becoming Leader of the Labour Party, through Little, the party did not express itself this way. By doing this it has left itself open to accusation (such as mine) that its true desire is not to collaborate or partner with the Green party but to bury them. the Greens and Labour reached an accommodation over Ohariu and one that has worked a treat. There does not appear to have ever been a credible suggestion that labour offer a deal to Green party over a seat. It cannot be because it opposes accommodations and depriving the electorate of choice because, well, Ohariu.

            I want Labour to poll high. I want National gone but those who want a left-leaning government or an end to Neo Liberal policies are fooling themselves if they think NZF is the better bet than the Greens. And labour in the past has openly courted NZF far more than the Greens

            • Karen 2.1.2.1.3.1

              “And labour in the past has openly courted NZF far more than the Greens”

              In the past this was true, but it is not true now. As I have said, there are some in the Labour Party who do prefer NZF but they are definitely in the minority and they have been for some time.

              After the election there will only be 4 Labour Party MPs who were in the Clark government. It is time to move on.

              • red-blooded

                Plus, in the past, it hasn’t been possible for a Labour-Green alliance to govern without NZF, and NZF have said they wouldn’t go into any coalition that involved the Greens. Let’s try to make NZF irrelevant by making a coalition of two possible (or 3, if the Māori Party are in the position to play ball). Plus, notice that NZF isn’t being as aggressively anti-Green as they have been in the past.

        • NewsFlash 2.1.2.2

          You use the word STEAL, that indicates that Labour have some how stolen policies that they didn’t already have, not true, you know there is overlap in policy, that’s why they make such good partners.

          I haven’t seen or heard at any point any commonality between Labour & NZF, apart from reducing immigration, most voting for NZF are to the right, why would they vote for Labour, particularly under the Ardhern badge, which has positioned the party for a more successful outcome, which is what we’ve been seeing.

          You call it a strategy, to steal votes from the Greens, I haven’t seen any evidence of that, but if you can provide evidence, please do.

          What annoys me is that now the opportunity to change the Government is becoming a reality, so many are scorning the very Party that has driven this outcome, I think you’ll find they’re equally surprised at the success.

          The Greens made choices going into this election which unfortunately haven’t panned out for them the way they would of liked, don’t blame everyone else for their demise, it was their call, no one else’s, albeit, the MSM is viscous, perhaps you should look a little closer to home to find out why the voters aren’t supporting the Greens, after all the voters are the ones who get you elected.

          • weka 2.1.2.2.1

            Lots of things have contributed to Labour’s turnaround, including the seriously good performance as leader by Ardern. I also think that Turei’s speech was a significant factor because of the Green bump in the next poll and how that shook Labour. It’s a very complex set of dynamics.

            • NewsFlash 2.1.2.2.1.1

              Yes it is a complex set of dynamics, if we new exactly what they were we would reproduce them over and over.

              I will be honest, I don’t think the admission from Turei was well timed, as you know, Kiwi’s have been trained to dislike poor people and bene’s, it’s a sad indictment on our society, but it’s true, by the way, I admire Turei’s honesty and respect her for what she has done, honesty is a rare thing in todays society, and particularly in politics.

              • weka

                I think if she hadn’t done that Labour would still have Little as leader and we’d be losing the election 😉 But that aside, it was the right thing for the Greens to do because it broke the issue open and it won’t be put back now.

                • tracey

                  For over 200,000 children and many adults playing it safe won’t help them out of ill health and poverty. The Greens knew what it was doing and it was totally in accord with their values, Charter and vision.

                  • NewsFlash

                    Tracey

                    Neither will not getting into government, you can’t change anything from the cross benches, if you could, it would have already occurred.

                • NewsFlash

                  Weka

                  Quite possibly, but we’ll never really know, I saw Andrew a few days before the announcement and to me he looked ill, troubled and stressed, I think the change was becoming inevitable.

  3. Phil 3

    The Greens won’t get in their hands on the controls. Middle NZ finds them too much of a cult of personality party. The prolonged Turei fraud saga did deep damage which the Greens and a lot of their supporters seem to be almost proud of.

    • Carolyn_nth 3.1

      Seriously!? A “cult of personality party”?

      You mean, unlike Peter’s NZ First, or the recently rejuvenated Labour of Jacinda Ardern, or John Key’s (then popular) National Party?

      I do understand many of the dominant voices in society, politics and the media, do their best to undermine and disparage the Green Party in diverse, and often contradictory ways.

    • Robert Guyton 3.2

      “Almost”! Phil, ya tease! The Greens don’t need the bulk of New Zealanders to vote for them, only those who want a government that’s decent. 5, 8,10,12,15% will do just fine, thanks.

      • xanthe 3.2.1

        sorry but I am with Phil on this. yes there are those who will vote green but there is a larger number who wont vote Labour if they think that means the greens will have a voice in government. The greens have only themselves to blame for this , They need to get leadership that is focused on bringing New Zealanders together around an environmental cause, not self promotion at the expense of social cohesion. I have some hope of this now that Met (and some others) are gone but the public is not going to be convinced in this cycle. They need to sit this one out and sort their shit out

        • Robert Guyton 3.2.1.1

          The Greens “need to get leadership that is focused on bringing New Zealanders together around an environmental cause…”
          No, they do not, though your simplistic view is common amongst those who will never vote Green nor understand their purpose. In any case, which “environmental cause” do you believe, xanthe, New Zealanders could be brought together around? Water quality? Climate Change? Oil exploration? Protecting sea mammals? Long-finned eels, perhaps – do you remember Metiria’s crusade to save the long-finned eels from destruction? I’d love to hear your suggestion for an environmental cause such as you alluded to.

          • xanthe 3.2.1.1.1

            ” your simplistic view is common amongst those who will never vote Green”
            My point exactly! Why is it that it is acceptable to just discount “those who will never vote Green”? What is it about green campaigning that generates “those who will never vote Green”? When the greens reach out to those people and seek the common ground (there always is if you look!) with them then perhaps they will be ready to be part of government. Until then… nah.
            Just to be clear I was a loyal Green voter and volunteer for many years and would welcome a situation where I could be again so I am not one “who will never vote Green” Just (probably) not this time.

            • McFlock 3.2.1.1.1.1

              “Never vote Green” means “never”. Not if they abandon all social policy, not if they have different leaders, but never. They will never be persuaded to vote Green.

              So why even try to get the unattainable? Just ignore ’em.

            • tracey 3.2.1.1.1.2

              What changed you from supporting the Greens? Were you a disgruntled Labour voter who switched to Green or something else?

            • Robert Guyton 3.2.1.1.1.3

              xanthe – others here are highlighting the faults in your approach pretty well, so I’ll not labour the point. The Greens oughtn’t, in my view, ever become a large party representing the views of the majority – their very purpose would be lost – theirs is not an issue-based kaupapa, but one of position and that will change as the “bulk” move toward where the Greens were. If the Greens don’t move in response, they will be absorbed into the mass and will cease to exist as a unique “body”. Some would like that, I would not. I’m interested though, in why you won’t vote Green this time, when the party needs you most? Have you got the huff because of naughty Metiria? Is James too suited for your taste? What reason do you have/can you give for your failure to support The Greens?

          • Robert Guyton 3.2.1.1.2

            Still wondering which environmental cause you are suggesting, xanthe.

        • Carolyn_nth 3.2.1.2

          Goodness, xanthe. You clearly don’t take notice of what the GP actually do and say.

          xanthe wrote: They need to get leadership that is focused on bringing New Zealanders together around an environmental cause, not self promotion at the expense of social cohesion.

          That is so far off target it’s a joke. Maybe you have been paying too much attention to ant-GP propagandists? try looking at their website! If there’s one thing the GP are really focused on is social cohesion.

          And social justice has always been party of the GP vision, as it does for the international Green movement.

          Look at the GP Charter, Vision, values, etc, and you get an idea of where they are coming from.

          there’s a high value on consensus building, social responsibility and collaborative ways of working.

          • tracey 3.2.1.2.1

            I am always surprised by some Labour voters desire to bury the Greens and to swallow whatever the media prints about them.

            Labour has had 4 leaders in 4 years but Greens need to sort their Leadership problems.

            • Karen 3.2.1.2.1.1

              I don’t think Xanthe is/has ever been a Labour or Green voter based on his/her comments over the years.

          • xanthe 3.2.1.2.2

            I am well versed in the GP charter, vision, values etc thanks carolyn. I dont believe that they follow them! That to me is worse than not having those values at all!

            • tracey 3.2.1.2.2.1

              Please be specific about them “not following” their charter.

              The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand accepts Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand; recognises Maori as Tangata Whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand; and commits to the following four Principles:

              Ecological Wisdom:
              The basis of ecological wisdom is that human beings are part of the natural world. This world is finite, therefore unlimited material growth is impossible. Ecological sustainability is paramount.
              Social Responsibility:
              Unlimited material growth is impossible. Therefore the key to social responsibility is the just distribution of social and natural resources, both locally and globally.
              Appropriate Decision-making:
              For the implementation of ecological wisdom and social responsibility, decisions will be made directly at the appropriate level by those affected.
              Non-Violence:
              Non-violent conflict resolution is the process by which ecological wisdom, social responsibility and appropriate decision making will be implemented. This principle applies at all levels.

        • tracey 3.2.1.3

          I guess that explains Labour stealing

          End poverty. Address Climate change. Clean Rivers from the Greens

          • Bill 3.2.1.3.1

            Hmm. Straight after the leadership coup, NZ Labour traingulated the hell out of two of the three major Green policies that had been released.

            They triangulated Green’s transport policy. And they did the Green’s fresh water policy too. But the Green’s policy on poverty? Funnily enough…nah.

            • tracey 3.2.1.3.1.1

              Exactly. labour is tinkering at the edges of poverty in their announcements. Greens propose ways to address it at source.

              • weka

                I suspect compared to the Greens they’re tinkering on water and CC too. We’ll see how it comes out in the wash but I don’t think its a secret that Labour adopted those position from from a lite place.

          • red-blooded 3.2.1.3.2

            tracey, that’s just bullshit. No-one owns policy, just as no-one owns votes. Labour has had policy on these issues for years. Get over yourself.

            • weka 3.2.1.3.2.1

              There’s been a very obvious repositioning on water and CC since Ardern took over.

              • Karen

                The policies have not changed since Ardern took over. The difference is that they have had media attention because of Ardern.

                • weka

                  Yes, not policy, but the positioning has definitely changed. Ardern is using lines that previous weren’t being used and are very similar to what the Greens use. Not saying she is wrong to do that (it’s actually smart), but it is happening.

                • tracey

                  Can you point me to links showing the grouping of Poverty, Climate Change and Clean rivers as the lynch-pin of labour policy, prior to Arden’s ascension to the Leadership?

                  • red-blooded

                    Policy doesn’t get released all at once, at the start of a campaign, tracey. Pay attention to the issues Labour has highlighted throughout the last term in opposition and to the suite of policies from the last election. Plus, how about trusting those of us in the party who have participated in the policy development process?

            • tracey 3.2.1.3.2.2

              Thank you for your well-reasoned counter.

            • Robert Guyton 3.2.1.3.2.3

              I agree with red-blooded. Declaring a policy first doesn’t give rights to challenge any other party describing the same policy at a later date. The Greens do without doubt, come up with good policy earlier than any other party, but should keep doing that as the sands shift.; that’s a primary role for the party; preparing the ground. It’s hard work and often goes unthanked, but there are ways of forging change and there are ways.

        • tracey 3.2.1.4

          Given Labours recent Leadership issues your critique of the Greens is risible.

          • NewsFlash 3.2.1.4.1

            Tracey

            I don’t think all of your comments are fair, I’ve watched the Greens grow and evolve over the last twenty years and have a lot of respect for there values, but over the last few years of modernizing the party to make them more attractive to the main stream voters, I feel they’ve lost some of the genuine values that existed prior to the change.

            Just one last comment, and sadly, the Green vote globally, over recent years has been on the decline, note in both Australia and the UK, partially due to voters wanting to address the gross inequality that has been growing under corporate direction, the climate still matters, but more importantly, putting food on the table trumps all else.

            • tracey 3.2.1.4.1.1

              Can you be specific about the values they have lost?

              The Greens have had impact around the world because we see main parties becoming Green. Unlike some parties I believe the Green Party would be thrilled to not exist because all their policies had been adopted. I am not sure I can say that about many parties.

              “Green Party Values

              G+
              Contact:
              Green Party
              Charter
              Vision
              Values
              Purpose
              Aspirations

              As a party and as members of that party, we aim to:

              Act according to our Charter
              Respect the planet and the web of life of which we are one part
              Take the path of caution in the face of serious uncertainty about the consequences of human action
              Think long term and holistically
              Make decisions by consensus whenever possible
              Engage respectfully, without personal attacks
              Support ideas on their merit, regardless of where they originate
              Actively respect cultural and individual diversity and celebrate difference
              Maintain a community focus
              Enable participation with dignity and challenge oppression
              Encourage new voices and cherish wisdom
              Recognise our duty of care towards those who cannot speak for themselves
              Foster compassion, a sense of humour and mutual enjoyment in our work”

              • weka

                Less hippy more urban (to grossly generalise). You can see this in the 1080 position, also the focus on science. Not that that is bad, but that there has been a change in the culture and I feel a little bit concerned that something is being lost there. That’s the price for being in a position to change the mainstream though 🙂

              • NewsFlash

                Values, perhaps this is an example of what I’m talking about

                Perhaps it is the individuals that have been forced or jumped from the party over the last 2 or 3 years, strong, long term Green supporters, with very strong values from the old days that no longer align with the current party values, if you’ve been a long time Green party supporter, you will know straight away the individuals I refer to, that’s what I’m referring to.

                The list and charter you kindly presented is admirable and I agree with, but the Greens can not gain sufficient to votes to govern alone, not in NZ anyway, I’m a realist, and want to see a definite change of Govt, and I suspect you do too.

                You indicate that Labour are just another neo lib party, and to an extent that is true, but you know what, neo liberalism can be made to work for society in a positive way, we just need a government to start working for their constituency and not for the corporations, it’s deliberate and unacceptable, but we can only change that from a position of power, by being the government.

                • tracey

                  I know the Greens will never rule alone. I am pleased with Labour’s resurgance. My glasses are not rose tinted.

              • Sans Cle

                And might I say Weka, that you embody this charter so wholeheartedly in your approach and moderation on the Standard.

      • dukeofurl 3.2.2

        Just getting over 5% is the mission now. If it all goes well on election day 6% would be nirvana as the usual Greens dropoff from the polling figures cuts in- that could be 1-1.5% .

        • DSpare 3.2.2.1

          dou
          That is only if you go off the polls immediately preceding the election.
          If you take the ones from a month out, the dropoff was less noticeable in 2014
          (except the 16% Roy Morgan, all the rest are nearer to the 11% the GP ended up with). In 2011 there was actually a surge from a month out, with few of the polls then having them in double digits.

          This time, only Colmar Brunton has them below 8%.

          • dukeofurl 3.2.2.1.1

            There are not many polls so far that have captured all the political changes.

            Both polls in the last 2 weeks have them at 4-5% range

            The last poll with Greens on 8% was held 2-8 August- Today is the 1st Sept.
            Its so out of date its ridiculous

            I think there is another 3 Newshub poll coming soon. Well see how the ‘above 8%’ looks then.

            As for last election, you havent looked at the facts
            Greens poll numbers in last month were:
            13.0
            11.5
            14.0
            13.0
            13.5
            14.4
            11.1
            12
            12

            Actual result was 10.7. Consistently higher poll result for Greens is evident. In theory it should be above and below final numbers.

            2011 had the same result, only one poll had them below final result, last polls were around 2% higher
            Sigh

            • DSpare 3.2.2.1.1.1

              dou
              A “month out” not; “in [the] last month”. Also; ” the dropoff was less noticeable”, not undetectable.
              Sigh.

              Well if you need someone to do the work for you, in 2011:

              9.5% Roy Morgan 26 September – 9 October
              9.5% Roy Morgan 10–23 October
              9.5% Herald-DigiPoll 20–27 October
              9.4% 3 News Reid Research 30 October
              9.7% Fairfax Media–Research International 27–31 October
              10.1% Herald-DigiPoll 28 October – 2 November
              9% One News Colmar Brunton 3 November 2011
              12% Roy Morgan Research 24 October – 6 November

              You can average across those polls if you like, it is not a practice that I encourage because of the differing sampling methods.

              • dukeofurl

                From the 2011 wikipedia page where you got the numbers

                “Summary of poll results given below up to and including 11 November 2011. … Lines give the mean estimated by a Loess smoother, with shaded grey areas showing the corresponding 95% confidence interval for the estimate. Figures to the right show the estimate from the smoothing line at the date of the most recent poll, with 95% confidence interval. ”

                For 2005 the Loess smoother number for Greens was 8.7+- 1.2% Actual result was 6.72.

                And the Loess smoother number for the Greens in 2011 polls 13+- 1%

                Election result 11%

                The GAM smother number for 2015 was 12.2 +- 0.7% , actual result 10.7

                All results from Wikipedia pages. And the final numbers were specifically for the last polls, We are 2-3 weeks away from getting the polls to compare with final result.

                There is the proof. Its a better than NCEA level 1 methods you used.
                Improve your maths with better ways to understand mixed polling numbers
                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalized_additive_model
                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_regression

                Sigh

                • DSpare

                  dou
                  A “month out” not; “specifically for the last polls”, that; “We are… 3 weeks away” is precisely the point that you so spectacularly missed. Also note than we had an election in 2014 not 2015; even primary school level reading should be able to tell you that (especially if you were cut and pasting from an open Wikipedia tab).

                  I can see why they moved from a LOESS to a GAM smoother between 2011 and 2014, it is just a shame that it didn’t work out for them. Having a 5% chance turn up three times in a row does seem to indicate that something is seriously off with political polling in this country (or their analysis). Also, the 2005 numbers you quote are actually from 2008 (that pesky reading again huh? Protip – differently shaped letters and numerals actually mean different things).

                  8.7 – 1.2 = 7.5: 2008 GP Election result 6.7%
                  13 – 1 = 12: 2011 GP Election result 11%
                  12.2 – 0.7 = 11.5 GP 2014 Election result 10.7%

                  • dukeofurl

                    Election in 2014 , yes I made a typo.

                    Im not predicting the final result from the the latest polls, its too changeable over the last 3 weeks to be confident over the next 3 weeks. Taking about trends this year is just high class bullshit.

                    But since we dont have an election this saturday to check the results, Im using previous correlation between final polls and results for previous elections to estimate the bias in current polling to over estimate the Green vote if the vote was held this weekend.

                    In 3 weeks we can do it all gain and see if the same bias occurs but have an actual election result.

                    Your final numbers just prove my point about the overestimate of the Green vote being 1-2%

                    It is what it is .. sigh.

                    • DSpare

                      dou
                      You started off; “predicting the final result from the the latest polls” for the GP. That is exactly why I have been discussing the period a month out from the election:

                      on election day 6% would be nirvana as the usual Greens dropoff from the polling figures cuts in- that could be 1-1.5%

                      If you’re just going to retrospectively claim otherwise, I can’t be bothered with you anymore.

    • tracey 3.3

      Sigh.

  4. tracey 4

    If you just want National gone but dont want real change then wish for Labour/NZF . If you want real change, rebuilt faulty systems, genuine efforts on climate change, then wish for Green/Labour.

    Some of the haters on the Greens suggest to me that many people are happy to keep tinkering around the edges and actually pretty happy with the status quo. Different clothes but essentially the same thinking. NZ needs bigger change. The slow creep of 30 years of current thinking cannot be allowed to keep creeping.

    The Greens are not really on the fringe it is just that the Centre has moved so far right since the 80s… I suspect even Muldoons government would barely be todays Centre(possibly slight left)

    • weka 4.1

      Yep. Those that want change will vote Labour or Green. Those that want serious change will vote Green. The people that are hating on the Greens are interesting. Some are centrist or tribal Labour so it’s understandable although still unfortunate in a kind of shoot yourself in the foot kind of way. But the ones that profess to want serious change and that are hating on the Greens, that’s a real eye opener.

      • xanthe 4.1.1

        Glad your eyes are being opened here weka
        I very much do want social change and i am very much opposed to the neoliberal agenda and I am staunch and understanding environmentalist, and I was a long time supporter and volunteer for the Greens. and I seriously think they are holding back the development of a more egalitarian and just and sustainable future for NZ. That is my view you can reject my view as “an enemy” or you can try to understand how I have (rightly or wrongly!) come to this view

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          I would try and understand your view if you explained it rather than just asserting things.

          • xanthe 4.1.1.1.1

            ahh doing that seems to get me banned usually 🙂 , I have tried!

            • weka 4.1.1.1.1.1

              you don’t get banned by me for doing that. Haven’t noticed other moderators banning for people explaining their politics either.

            • tracey 4.1.1.1.1.2

              It shouldn’t if you use examples and connect it to Green charter/values.

          • xanthe 4.1.1.1.2

            Ok one very small step at a time!

            Do you accept that it is theoretically possible to campaign for a cause and make things worse ?
            weka?
            tracey?
            carolyn?

            • Bill 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Focusing on short term gains can kill long term prospects. So yes. (Not that you asked me.) Campaigning for a cause can make things worse.

              • xanthe

                “Focusing on short term gains can kill long term prospects. So yes”
                Thank you Bill I wish i had asked you. You have hit the nail square on the head there!

                • weka

                  what short term gains are the Greens focussing on that are killing long term prospects?

                  • xanthe

                    so you are agreeing that it is possible weka?

                    • weka

                      I have no idea what you are talking about, and if you’re not going to say what you mean or think then this is just another stupid conversation.

                    • tracey

                      Are you alluding to a desire to confront and end poverty with an audience that is uncomfortable with the notion as being a short term notion that will kill the long term prospects of ending poverty?

                      How long do you think the Greens should wait for the mainstream to like the notion of ending poverty. or put another way, how many more people have to die before it is taken seriously?

                      You maybe talking about something else entirely because it is not clear to me what your precise point is.

                      You said
                      “I am well versed in the GP charter, vision, values etc thanks carolyn. I dont believe that they follow them! :

                      I will ask one last time; can you give examples of how they have breached their own vision, charter and values?

                • xanthe

                  So it being the case that it is possible to campaign to negative effect it is proper in entering into any campaign to consider the possible ways you might end up making things worse?

                  • weka

                    One could equally apply that to political debate. Just saying.

                    • xanthe

                      Absolutely! weka , One could and one should

                    • McFlock

                      and at least one doesn’t, it seems lol

                    • weka

                      Lol, I’ve given up.

                    • xanthe

                      So lets consider a form of campaigning that could have negative outcome.

                      Polarization. with polarization (intentionally of unintentionally) you remove the middle ground and force people to “take sides” this is an example of short term gain for longer term loss.

                      lets look at a hypothetical example. you have ten people in a room 1 supports you, 1 opposes, and 8 are uncommitted,

                      now remove that middle ground (“if your not with us you are against us, racist, misogynist, neo-liberal” whatever)

                      now look at the room 3 support us, (short term gain “yay we only needed three more to win the vote”), 5 now oppose us (long term loss), and 2 “will never vote for us!” (disaster that will taint further campaigns!)

                      You can see in this example how using polarization in a campaign may appear to make a gain but actually be a serious long term loss.

                      As well it is offensive to those who are led by conscience.

                      Do the greens engage (deliberately or not) in polarization? look within yourself for that ! i cant answer for you.

                    • weka

                      No they don’t (I looked inside me), and you still haven’t made any case that they do, you’ve just made some assertion base on your philosophy about polarisation. I could easily point to how and where the Greens don’t do that but it’s a waste of time because you refuse to engage on any actual detail. People have asked you for examples, I can only conclude now that you have none and are instead projecting your own stuff onto the Greens.

                      You probably have some interesting things to say about how people organise but fucked if I know what they are. I remember having interesting conversation with you in the past, but this pattern of insisting that people have to follow your way of debating is problematic because no-one appears to like it. Perhaps you’d be better off putting the theories out in Open Mike as general talking points, because they’re not making much sense here beyond some *very general idea about possible realities.

            • tracey 4.1.1.1.2.2

              xanthe

              You have been asked for examples to back your loss of faith in Greens and the strong statements you have made. I am not going on a question and answer trail with you. The others may choose to but I won’t. State your position, give examples and link to the charter you say has been breached. I know that would help me to unerstand your position. Do or do not. It is up to you.

              • xanthe

                Ok Tracey i wont ask again, you may ignore any ensuing discussion if you prefer.

                • tracey

                  So you are not going to give an example of how the Greens breached their charter and lost your vote? Fair enough.

            • McFlock 4.1.1.1.2.3

              how does that apply to the Greens?

      • DSpare 4.1.2

        The one advantage I can see to voting NZF is that they are solidly against the TPPA, so are the GP of course, but not so much Labour.

        https://itsourfuture.org.nz/ten-demands/

        If Labour have the option it would seem most likely to deal with both; the GP (with ground already prepared via the MoU) ,and NZF (whose position is still to talk to the party with best election results first). Finding common ground with the Māori and MANA parties would be sensible too if they get their electorate seats (you don’t want them in opposition after all).

        The problem with the GP for many Labour supporters seems to be the perception that the Greens are taking; “their votes”. Which is ridiculous, as the votes are the voice of the people in a representative democracy. But it is easy when you are looking at endless charts and graphs to confuse numbers and reality. Then again, I’ve noticed that the GP supporters had a tendency to regard the IMPs as stealing “their votes” last election, and similar feelings towards TOP this time.

        Proportionality of representation is important in our democracy. So, it is important that doddering alcoholics with deepseated bigotries have a voice in our parliament, as they are such a large part of our populace. On that basis alone Peters would be worth having around. If every party had lists like the GP then there’d be a disproportionate number of smart and talanted women MPs – but NZF balances that out with only three females in their top 15.

      • red-blooded 4.1.3

        weka, there are a lot more comments on this site from anti-Labour haters than anti-Green. Most of us who defend Labour try hard to do so without attacking the Greens. Doesn’t seem to work the other way, though… I don’t include you in that comment, but others like Bill or tracey just seem to attack. Considering the only way for the Greens to have an input into government is through a coalition with Labour, that seems pretty dumb. It’s also very wearying.

  5. mary_a 5

    The role of supposed “kingmaker” only inflates Winston Peters’ big ego. The power of being in such a position gives fuel to his already arrogant persona.

    I’m looking forward to a Labour/Green (and maybe Maori Party) government after the election. However, like the NZF leader, I can’t fully trust the Maori Party to do what’s best for impoverished Maori, instead of Maori elite, which includes the hierarchy of the party!

    • North 5.1

      Maori Party’d have the shackles taken off them if they coalesced with Labour and Greens. Dame Toryana Torya wouldn’t like it but…….

  6. Whispering Kate 6

    Well for my pennies worth – I am voting for he Green Party this time, Labour needs their support and the Greens certainly need support right now. One only has to look at the news right now and see the seriously horrendous extreme weather events happening right in front of our noses to see that its imperative that the Greens get a voice at the table. We are getting 100 year events now and Houston will take many years to clean the mess up. The India/Bangladesh flooding is disastrous and the loss of life unforgiveable. Even Wellington will sink into the sea at the rate the earth slips almost on a daily basis down there.

    Our kids need to be lifted out of poverty and people need homes and shelter. Labour seems light on poverty but Twyford’s house building is admirable and although I am glad that they are doing well in the polls and the recent debate I feel the Greens are more progressive and will keep Labour honest if they can get back in again.

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      Wellington wont slip into the sea, slips are common on steep slopes.
      The previous earthquakes generally in that area have been lifting the city above the sea level
      On the Kaikoura coast the slips were in the steepest cliffs and the sea coast/beaches was raised up.

    • Sumsuch 6.2

      Enjoyed and agree with your moderate comment.

  7. Incognito 7

    I fully agree with the message of this post that words and the meanings we give to them are so important in the way we conduct politics and public-political discourse.

    The word-concept “kingmaker” is so thoroughly misplaced that one wonders why MSM keeps feeding this meme.

    Obviously, Winston Peters is more than happy to wear this mantle – it bears his initials WRP after all – and claim the titular rights.

    Unfortunately, challenging the dominant narrative meets resistance, sometimes hostile and aggressive in nature. Rather than critically examining all possibilities (or lack of evidence) they try to shoot the messenger and/or query his/her motives.

    To change how politics is done, as suggested by James Shaw, appears to rule out relics from the political past. Perhaps this is one reason why are cynically manipulated to ignore the Greens as a fringe party purely focussed on the environment.

    Anyway, in the meantime, every time I hear “kingmaker” I cringe and every time I hear “Winston” in the same sentence I wince. Populist vs. value-based politics is like comparing ice lollies vs. porridge for breakfast; the former will give you an instant rush that will make you crave for more as soon as the ‘hit’ wears off while the latter tastes great (especially with berries or Manuka honey), once you get used to it, and sustains you for hours.

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  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    7 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    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 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    11 hours 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 ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    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 ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    5 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
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  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • 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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    1 day ago
  • Making progress for our kids
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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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    2 days ago
  • 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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    2 days ago
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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