Chloe Swarbrick Needs A Reset

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, February 10th, 2022 - 42 comments
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The MP for Auckland Central Chloe Swarbrick has requested that the government help Auckland central’s restaurants.

Her letter is supported by more than 60 restaurant owners pleading for help. They want commercial rent reductions, more wage subsidies, extension of the IRD interest-free and government-backed loans schemes, and support for Auckland Council so the restaurants can get free rates, licensing, and administration fees.

Swarbrick says that “This is cultural infrastructure that if we lose is going to take a heck of a long time to try and build back and, frankly, will never be the same.”

Last year she called for funding to revive going to the theatre.

It is weird when even the youngest Member of Parliament, from the Green Party, doesn’t see a revolution when it hits them.

The revolution has evidently started without her.

The truth is that restaurant trade depended on a thin haute-bourgeoisie sector choosing to go out for dinner, and an even thinner sector of business executives with business credit cards to demand wine costing more by the glass than the staff serving them were getting paid by the hour.

Most diners were flown in as tourists. The bars and restaurants that used to teem with customers had a CBD full of … cruise ship travellers and package tour operators. And we used to have people going to mass concerts and sports events. They arrived on jet engines, marine diesel engines, combustion engines, taxis and buses, to eat imported food flown from across the globe, using people working precariat contracts doing 60 hours a week on minimum wage and tips: the people Swarbrick is defending who chose the CBD as entertainment are some of the most exploitative and energy-wasteful people we have. Swarbrick’s defence of the ultra-rich’s entertainment deserves a good solid fuck off.

The news Swarbrick and the rest of the elite rich need to get is that Auckland is never going to come back to what it was, and will be a speck of its former self for years to come. Whole industries have already died, like foreign language teaching, and others like cinema are rapidly dying. CBD restaurants: let them.

Even if we wanted to head in, petrol is rising to $3 a litre and rapidly inflating, on-street car parking is over $10 an hour, cycling remains terminally unsafe, no one is going to the cinema or orchestra or plays, the CBD club scene is dead, massed sporting events are void this year, Sky City is a husk, City Rail Link will suppress business through to its opening in 2025, the hotels will shrink down to a bare few once MIQ is stopped, and a large proportion of people will never work in an office again.

This is the revolution, and it has not been televised.

If you really wanted a revival of Auckland’s CBD, the Council could, like the Mayor of Brisbane recently has, make all on-street parking free, all train trips to the CBD free, and shut Queen Street completely to enable open-air dining permanently. They won’t. They have zero money left for anything.

The Prime Minister warned us this week that we needed to “prepare for winter.” We have multiple waves of this virus to come, waves of societal devastation. Waves of social dislocation: it’s a paradigm shift. In its place we are getting a leaner, safer, more productive, more networked, more efficient, less wasteful Auckland.

Minister Roberston could of course accede to central’s haute bourgeoise princess by finding further New Zealand taxpayer money to prop up the wealthy couples from Milford and Kohimarama draped in organic cotton overdue for their Lewis Road-butter-drizzled Stewart Island Paua for their plates at Ahi.

But while reading Swarbrick’s letter pleading for dinner outings, Minister Robertson would do well to reflect that 90% of Aucklanders will never feel comfortable in the CBD to go there, nor dare to afford to be entertained there, have nothing but contempt for those food businesses who have treated them with nothing but contempt for decades, don’t feel safe travelling or even being there, and won’t get anything for Saturday night  other than McDonald’s or Domino’s.

This really is the carbon reset the Green Party have been looking for. And it is devastating.

Chloe Swarbrick needs a reset.

42 comments on “Chloe Swarbrick Needs A Reset ”

  1. Barfly 1

    That Melbourne plan sounds like a cracker!

  2. arkie 2

    Bizarre.

    Electorate MP works to advocate for businesses in their electorate: …

    Advantage: “Swarbrick and the rest of the elite rich…”

    Meanwhile, the PM:

    Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick asked Ardern in Parliament how she could “reconcile her comments that the Government is ‘pulling all the levers’ on housing affordability with her statements yesterday that ‘we’re not considering rent controls’.”

    “Because we are pulling those levers,” Ardern said.

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/i-hear-nothing-from-that-side-pm-on-defence-over-eye-watering-rent-increases-skyrocketing-price-of-living/ar-AATDdX2?ocid=msedgntp

    This claim of action in the face of the reality deserves a solid fuck off.

  3. Keith Christie 3

    Fully agree. I have suddenly gone off her like I suddenly went off that Ian Taylor twat.

    What has really annoyed me with my small business accountancy clients is those who obtained the subsidy which made no difference to their business viability and have no conscience about paying it back.

    • happynz 3.1

      If I were in Auckland Central, Chloe would get my vote. She's got a good mind and heart and you know politics includes compromise, so even if she does some thing I may not behind, overall she's gonna do the right thing in the end.

  4. Obtrectator 4

    What's that phrase? …. ah yes: "going native".

    The Green Party member's hat is in the furthest corner of the closet; the local MP's one is getting a very ill-judged airing instead.

    As for the bigger picture, there'll be a lot more flimsy business models and largely needless "services" being exposed and swept away before we're finished.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    To be fair, she is the local MP and I imagine she wants to get re-elected so she'll lobby on behalf of her constituents.

  6. Sanctuary 6

    "… Lewis Road-butter-drizzled Stewart Island Paua for their plates at Ahi…"

    Now I'm hungry.

  7. Johnr 7

    Correct analysis in my opinion. No self respecting jafa goes within a bulls roar of the CBD. We leave it to the wannabes who go to be seen. That is why we need to support Efeso Collins for Mayor who I believe will be a Mayor for Auckland as opposed to the rest of the candidates, and the current one being a Mayor for the CBD

  8. lprent 8

    I've lived on the corner of KRd and Ponsonby Rd for nearly 25 years, just across the road from Central electorate. I was born here on the other side of the gully and seem 2/3rds of my life living on the edge of the CBD in Ponsonby, Grey Lynn or St Marys Bay.

    It is walking distance for me to get to the CBD. I never go there by choice. When I do I take a taxi – ~12 to go 3 km compared to the fortune used for parking or the tedium of trying to get there on the loop buses.

    I do go to the movies in the CBD if they happen to be on at the right times (otherwise I usually go to St Lukes or Newmarket). Obviously I seldom do that these days.

    It is even more seldom that I ever went into restaurants in the CDB. Invariably overpriced, cramped, and just not very good food compared to what I get on Ponsonby Road or Jervois Rd or K Road or Kingsland. The only exception for me for years has been The Federal which has good American diner food. Those places still look pretty busy.

    Mostly I eat in the CBD to meet up with (as Advantage stated) out of towners.

    The club scene still seems pretty active – on K Rd. I still see it when I ride past in the early morning. I wasn't aware that there was still much in the CBD 2 years ago.

    A lot of this might change once the central rail gets finished in a few years and it gets easier to get in and out of the CBD. But as Advantage says – the CBD has been getting deader for a long time and to a local only appeared to supported by visitors. It sounds like the visitor market is a bit dead.

    It will probably stay that way for quite a while. I know that I consider risk every time I go out these days. And we're going to keep getting waves of this virus sweeping through for a most of this decade. Probably others as well.

    Novel viruses have been popping up every 5 years or so for decades now. They just haven't triggered global pandemics. I'm not sure we're going to carry on being that lucky.

    I can't see the point of trying to prop up industries without a viable market for long periods of time. Perhaps some of the places that Chloe Swarbrick is supporting as a local MP should be just told to move to where there is still a market outside of the Auckland CBD.

    They can look at moving back when the CRL is finished and it becomes feasible for Auckland to get into the CBD.

  9. DukeEll 9

    "The truth is that restaurant trade depended on a thin haute-bourgeoisie sector choosing to go out for dinner, and an even thinner sector of business executives with business credit cards to demand wine costing more by the glass than the staff serving them were getting paid by the hour.

    Most diners were flown in as tourists."

    That's news to me and probably most of the population of isthmus Auckland. Also wouldn't explain the booming dining trade in wellington.

    Got any evidence to back that up?

    • lprent 9.1

      You could probably take my comment as part of the evidence.

      I can see a booming dining trade in Ponsonby, K RD and Herne Bay which lie outside the CBD and in the Central electorate. I am told that Parnell is pretty active as well. Auckland CBD is pretty dead.

      As far as I remember, in the last year I have been in the CBD to eat at the Fed twice, and picked up rental car to go to Hamilton for a interview on Hobson Street in April.

      I live right next to the CBD. It is a dead zone – has been for locals for most of the last decade.

      In Wellington, it always appeared to me that it was places like Cuba Street that were really active. So are the equivalent areas in Auckland. They are round the CBD – not in it.

      • Belladonna 9.1.1

        If the entertainment industry (restaurants, etc.) is dead in the CBD – then what do we envisage replacing it?
        Because a giant dead no-go-zone isn't really an attractive thought.

        I, too, rarely dine in the Auckland CBD at the moment; but a big part of that is demographics (not part of the dinner-out crowd – except at kids restaurants), Covid consciousness (not really wanting to go into potentially Omicron spreading venues) and also the closure of the arts sector (dinner out was often tied to an event at the Aotea or Town Hall, or the ASB theatre).

        I devoutly hope that all 3 of those factors will change at some point (well, kids will grow up – though I might still be in the not-dining-out demographic through lack of cash ;-))

        But the biggest users of the CBD casual dining, bars, etc. have always been the 20 & 30-somethings – hanging out after work. [The fine dining is a different kettle of fish – and we've already seen closures prompted by the closure of international tourism]

        This might be affected by work-from-home being here for the long term – but even then, the CBD is the central point for people to meet up from all over Auckland. The centre-point for public transport options and/or reasonable carparking (in the evenings). It's the easy option. Not requiring a transit planning exercise just to get everyone there. [Your local options in Ponsonby or K-Road, for example, would require me to get 2 buses, or drive (and stress about parking in two very parking-unfriendly areas]

        I think the impact of the massive disruption of the CRL – with zero compensation – can't be underestimated.

      • DukeEll 9.1.2

        I go to the CBD. I used to go a lot more. the city council and police need to do something about the homeless there though.

        Queens Rise? great casual dining. Lorne St great korean, upper queen was starting to show promise and shortland st and commercial bay were good draw cards.

        I live just off K Rd, it's a great space and will get better. the CBD has no need to be dead. the council could get off its arse as could central government and start working to making it a great space again, and a great way to encourage that is through dining options. people, of all income brackets, need to eat

        • lprent 9.1.2.1

          Hey – around the corner a bit. You're probably been impacted by the CRL build and the redevelopment of KRd.

          I think that the CBD kind of lost its way quite a while ago simply because it focused far too much on overseas students, overseas visitors (especially the ocean going people transports), and skycity. Got too expensive to go down there because of parking, far too dangerous to bike, and the buses totally sucked unless you wanted to take 30 minutes to go up Queen Street or 45 minutes to get around the loop. Plus whatever time it took to get from the locals homes to the CBD.

          It has been in state of redevelopment now for the last few decades. The now old development down by Fort street and the Viaduct looks interesting. But the lack of usable transport means that I really can't get there except by taxi. Those are scared shitless of parking up anywhere for fear of tickets. Getting back home last time I tried was a freaking mission.

          The CRL will probably eventually fix a lot of it because it removes the more continuous building. Kicking the cars off parts of the CBD even more so – so that the public transport can flow even more so and reduce the load on the surrounding remaining carparks.

          But concentrating on local visitors will be the next real need. Isn't going to be viable until after the CRL finishes – should have been done a couple of decades ago. For the moment it is as much of pit as when the bottom of queen street was being used as a rubbish dump.

          • DukeEll 9.1.2.1.1

            I have been. All for the Bette though. If CRL is half as good as what they’ve done with K rd it’ll be amazing. But it still connects the cbd with the ring suburbs, so the CBD is as important as K road, mt eden etc.

            I think your comment about the focus on overseas customers has merit, but ignores a huge swathe of the cbd that benefits from, but doesn’t rely on them as sole trade. So many great little places enjoyed by locals on the way to or back from whatever they’re doing.

            A vibrant CBD is a microcosm of the city as a whole. If it’s dead the decay will spread. And no one will go if they can’t eat. So go Chloe

            • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1.2.1.1.1

              The CBD has been far more alive and meeting the needs of all Aucklanders in previous decades

              Its laugable if you think it currently does ..apart from foreign tourists ( see the 2% high end brands at the bottom of Queen St) or the masses of students and until recently foreign students who populate the mid-upper Queen St and Symonds St.

              Queen St 1957

  10. Stephen D 10

    So some hospitality business will go under. Sad for all this involved
    But another will spring up in its place. Chloe will still be able to get her smashed avocado on toast. Just served by someone being paid a decent wage.

    • Belladonna 10.1

      Talking to my friends in hospo – no one is even thinking about setting up a new business, they're hanging on to marginal cashflow in the hopes that they can keep their heads above water and get through this. And, that's just as much the cafes, bistros and bars in the local areas as the ones in the larger cities.

      If Omicron isn't the last of the restrictions and/or closures – as some have been signalling, an awful lot of them are simply going to close their doors.

      Even (or, perhaps, especially) the really wealthy people are simply not prepared to pay $10 for a flat white, or $35 for smashed avo on toast. Which is the price point required, if you halve the number of people seated in the restaurant to meet Covid safety limits.

      Most hospo businesses don't make a huge profit (even in non-Covid times), but they add immeasurably to our social fabric.

      • Craig H 10.1.1

        I sympathise greatly with people losing businesses and livelihoods in this. Having said that, if people stop spending or change their spending habits and/or locations, it's a legitimate question as to how far government support goes, and at what point it's a permanent change rather than a temporary one.

        Hospo tends to be an industry which doesn't treat its workers or even many owners well as it is reasonably thin margins once overheads are taken into account. Maybe if numbers of venues stay static for a bit or slightly reduce, it will help the others by spreading the customers round better.

  11. Corey Humm 11

    I don't like defending Swarbrick because I agree she is absolutely an elite (but sadly she's one of the only vaguely moderately economically left mps in NZ) but as the Auckland central MP she has to represent her electorates wishes, she can't let her electorate wither and die without a fight. She'd get voted out. Labour mp's in city centers are noticably very very quiet and aren't listening to their constitutents pleas (although none of them are quite frankly)

    Not all bar and restaurant owners are wealthy a lot of them are decent people who have always struggled to keep the lights on but do it for the love of entertaining.

    Gen z and gen y overwhelmingly work in hospo too.

    Minority communities, performers artists all depend on those venues to be open.

    And there's nothing like going on a date or night out and despite how tough times are it's not just the wealthy who like to do this and without restaurants and bars we'll be going to maccas for a date.

    But again… Who can afford to regularly go to them! Getting in is expensive and nearly impossible, food, drink is astronomical.

    While this matters and is a big deal for mps in city centers (even though labour ones block their ears) the cost of living groceries and rents is the great pressing issue economically atm (although labour mps many of them whose voters are almost entirely renters, block their ears and avoid thier constitutents there too)

    • Obtrectator 11.1

      "She'd get voted out."

      Likely to happen anyway. 2020 was an electoral king-tide that probably won't roll round again.

      • Belladonna 11.1.1

        Maybe. However, it was predominantly a 'Jacindamania' king tide.

        And Chloe was elected over the top of Helen White, the Labour candidate, who might have been expected to benefit most from the reflected glory. The rising tide of Jacinda-voters lifted all Labour boats.

        Chloe has a high personal profile – which, sadly, seems to matter a lot more than policy to most of the electorate. ATM, despite the fact that she's in parliament, most voters would say "Helen who?"

        It is possible that the left vote will be split, letting a strong National candidate through the middle – I guess it will depend on who National stand in that electorate. Last time was newby Emma Mellow. Don't know if they'd parachute in a candidate with name recognition, in order to grab the seat back. Politics, politics….

        I have heard that Chloe has been a good electorate MP – from those who've had dealings with her. But this has mostly been carried out personally, or via email, rather than through parliament or the press.

        • Craig H 11.1.1.1

          For an electorate MP, policy is a lot less relevant than personality and ability to actually serve the local electorate. Policy is for party votes.

  12. coge 12

    Anyone taken a stroll through old Wellington lately? Hardly anyone around, many businesses permanently closed. Decaying, shut unmaintained buildings, The Duxton covered in graffiti. Old town Hall, the Library. Five years ago the place was pumping, what happened??

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Pique from Advantage perhaps, still smarting over Helen White going down down down to Chlöe? Sure the petit bourgeoisie are in for a further hammering, but she is doing her job as local MP just as Nicki Kaye used to.

    Ms Swarbrick is a business person as well as many other things. I like the fact that with her personal issues she charges on in a public role, and advocates very articulately.

    • Ad 13.1

      I prefer businesspeople who can make a business work.

      Good on Chloe for beating Helen White. Belladonna is dead right there.

      Swarbrick generates more useful debate than the rest of the Green Party put together. She should be leader for the 2023 election.

  14. Siobhan 14

    The general consensus here seems to be let the CBD die…but I cannot think of any well thought of city that has let the CBD die ..without then suffering massive regret …and then having to pump untold dollars to get the whole thing up and running again…certainly when the borders reopen and tourists are flooding back they will be left wandering the CBD like lost souls ..I guess maybe someone could direct them to the light rail so they can visit the restaurants along Dominion Road…

  15. Stuart Munro 15

    I'm not sure that the demise of inner cities is a terrible thing. Plant a few trees and let nature re-establish itself.

    • lprent 15.1

      Do a Cuba street on them like the section between Manners and Ghuzee

      Kick the cars out. Plant trees. Add places to sit down. It is about the only place I like going to in Wellington.

      • Stuart Munro 15.1.1

        Seoul has done great things with Hangang Park recently – a strip of riverside has been remade into a family recreation area. The simultaneous cleanup of the river has made it a popular place for exercise and picnics. The city employed previously unemployed folk to do it too – it's a hard project to criticize.

  16. Whispering Kate 16

    With rising inflation, grocery bills climbing, power bills rising, petrol sky rocketing and rents increasing restaurant outings have become a fiction to so many people. Its the first thing that gets knocked off their budget. What planet is Chloe is on. Sure she wants to help her constituents but she is an intelligent young woman and must be aware of the poverty and distress of many people these days trying to make ends meet.

    In the old days restaurants were considered a luxury now they a weekly/biweekly event. Times are a changin', this virus ain't going anywhere soon. Like the 19980's farmers when their subsidies disappeared they diversified and thought outside the square. Restaurant owners will have to put their thinking caps on and take up a new career. Its no use trying to flog a dead horse.

  17. Tricledrown 17

    Unless your dining in the carmarge region of France where its on the menu

  18. Treetop 18

    The reality is that when income gets tight the first off the list is restaurant dining or the frequency. Inflation is increasing the price of a meal. As for enjoying a restaurant meal, the risk of being infected goes up as a person cannot eat wearing a mask.

    I know that some people have put their heart into the food industry. It is important for restaurant owners to get free sound business advice and support to make the hard call.

  19. vto 19

    I think you are miles off the mark Advantage.

    It will all come back again

    If the bigger picture is viewed as opposed to the short picture

    You will see an increasing concentration of human beings into the future, not a decreasing concentration

    And it will happen, this getting back to before or more, near instantly

    Under your very eyes

    says my 2c

    a wager shall we?

    2c?

    • GreenBus 19.1

      Yup, were not opening up the borders for nothing. We all need a downtown to go too, and hopefully be proud of. Eating out is required in a relationship even if you can't afford it. Just every now and then. Besides, home cooking is damn expensive too.

  20. georgecom 20

    my own view is no, times about done for across the board government financial support for business. there was two years of support whilst we got ourselves ready to ease and open up. Now however we are in a new phase of no more lockdowns, more emphasis on people taking responsibility to look after themselves and not grinding to a halt when covid rears it's head. I get it things are not easy for many many people, cafes and restaurants included. I do have to say however no, I don't agree with swarbrick on this.

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  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
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    3 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    4 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
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    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    6 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
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    6 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Strangers and others
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
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    2 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
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    3 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
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    3 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
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    3 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
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    4 days ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
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    4 days ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
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    4 days ago
  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
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    4 days ago
  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
    The Government is progressing a requirement for building consent authorities to use remote inspections as the default approach so building a home is easier and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Building anything in New Zealand is too expensive and takes too long. Building costs have increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government aligns Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia to reduce vehicle prices for Kiwis
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    4 days ago
  • NZQA Board appointments
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    5 days ago
  • More support for Wairoa clean-up
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    1 week ago
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