Class war

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One of the particularly unpleasant parts of the last budget was the cutting of funding for night school classes in conjunction with the increase in private school funding.

Apart from the grossly blatant transfer of taxpayers’ money from low and middle-income Kiwis to the rich the move represents the fact that this government has no interest at all in upskilling workers.

While silver-spoon Tory wankers like Anne Tolley might scoff at night classes as “hobby courses” the truth is they offer many workers the chance to acquire skills like dressmaking, languages or welding which may lead to further education and increased job opportunities.

And they can do them without having to take time off from the day jobs, jobs that they need to pay their rent and feed their kids.

Of course that kind of thing isn’t Tolley’s concern. She’d much rather the money went to a $35m subsidy for private schools such as Kings College (guess whose kids go there) than to ordinary working people getting on the first rung of the education ladder.

There’s a campaign to try to stop this at www.stopnightclasscuts.org.nz – I’d encourage you to fill in their petition and to get everyone you know to do so as well.

71 comments on “Class war ”

  1. The other really unfortunate repercussion is that it tears a hole in the budgets of many schools who rely on the further funding to make ends meet.

    It is very, very shortsighted. At a time when workers are meant to be upskilling themselves the ability to do so disappears.

    What does this Government have against eduction?

  2. burt 2

    IrishBill

    On state funding of private schools:

    Did you know that under the ‘rules’ associated with school zones that if you live “in zone’ you are entitled to attend the local school and the local school must accept you as a student. The school has no option but to make room for you. It cannot deny you a place on that school roll.

    Imagine if al the kids in private schools turned up at their local ‘in zone’ school and demanded a place on that school roll. Do you think the amount of money allocated to private schools would be enough to increase teacher/classroom resources to accommodate all the kids currently in private schools?

    Now consider that the majority of (certainly not all) kids in private schools have parents who are big tax payers. These people are paying taxes to fund state schools, paying taxes to provide capacity that they are not using. Therefore these people are paying for capacity for other people AND paying for their own education in the private system. They are paying twice is this a fair and equitable system?

    I need to be clear here, state funding of education is a fine thing, but I don’t see why state funding should only be for state schools when everybody is required to fund education from general taxation.

    This opens up the door to wider discussion on the ideology of how state as funder and state as provider is implemented. IMHO it is right to allocate state funds to private schools. I think the same amount per child should be allocated to whichever provider the parents choose for their child. If that state funding is all that is required for a state school then that would be good, this crap ‘compulsory donations’ BS would be a thing of the past and people would have real choice. Additionally there would be a much broader spread of people able to access private education if they were not required to pay the full price of private education while still paying for state education they are not using.

    I think looking at this as a class war is superficial and pointless. IMHO The real issue with regard to ‘class war’ is why the state schools are not able to match the private schools in terms of academic outcomes and why we perpetuate segregation of the classes via zoning. Most notable in regard to class war is the percentage of pacific island people at Auckland Grammar before zoning and after years of zoning. It makes a mockery of the intent of the zoning policy and this reality is being ignored because people only look at the ideological intent and not the real world outcomes.

    • indiana 2.1

      …equally you pay twice if you have health insurance and pay taxes to fund NZ health system. To make it fair, could those that wish to pay for private education and health care get a tax credit?

    • Daveski 2.2

      Unless I’m mistaken, the rich pricks actually pay in a third way through GST on school fees.

      In terms of the post title, I was likewise prepared to take up the battle before the penny dropped – it’s actually a very very clever post title as it has multiple meanings within the context of this debate. Kudos IB!

      While there are undoubtedly a small number of worthy causes, my experience with night school is that it is largely middle class types learning to speak foreign languages in preparation for overseas trips. That’s as bad a generalisation as saying that night school leads to jobs.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Therefore these people are paying for capacity for other people AND paying for their own education in the private system. They are paying twice is this a fair and equitable system?

      That’s their choice – they certainly don’t have to.

      • Jared 2.3.1

        And the public education system would collapse if they were to, its a lose lose situation

        • burt 2.3.1.1

          Jared

          If the state ran fewer schools of better quality and more people were taking their ‘social wage’ and topping it up in private/integrated schools resulting in an overall improvement in educational outcomes – win win.

          But hey – status quo is comfortable.

    • Anita 2.4

      That the public system would struggle if a huge number of people made a sudden and unanticipated move is neither here nor there. If everyone over 60 moved to Rotorua the DHB would struggle, but that’s not an indictment on the DHB or the current health system.

      • burt 2.4.1

        Anita

        That’s a pretty shabby looking straw man.

        Kids today are walking (well probably being driven) past the local school their parents are paying for to go to prvate schools.

        I had major doubts that anyone would pick up on the noticable fall in pacific island student numbers at AKL Grammar under the zoning policy and rather they would focus on the “rich can afford it” angle.

        But I expected a more reasoned response from you !

        • IrishBill 2.4.1.1

          That’s a pretty shabby looking straw man.

          I’m pleased to see you admit it, Burt.

        • Anita 2.4.1.2

          My argument isn’t about your double paying argument (the maths I need are at home and I’m not 🙂 ). It’s about your point that if everyone going privately suddenly changed to public the public system would struggle and a different funding model would be needed – that’s not a particularly useful argument: if a big thing changed suddenly other things would struggle to compensate and would need to adjust is only a useful argument against anyone proposing a sudden change without planning. Which is not what the post suggested.

          I’m waffling 🙂 You created an irrelevant straw man, I countered it, you complained my counter was irrelevant – well who’d’ve thought? 🙂

          • burt 2.4.1.2.1

            Fair enough. I can afford to live in exclusive state school zones so I’m not fighting for my benefit. I’ll give up – it’s not effecting me or my family so why should I care. You lot will make a good lefty out of me yet.
            Bye.

        • Quoth the Raven 2.4.1.3

          It’s not a straw man burt – she’s not misrepresenting your position she’s merely saying your assertion is irrelevant to the argument.

        • burt 2.4.1.4

          Anita

          The Rotorua DHB example is nowhere near comparable because you are comparing people choosing between their local state provider or the Roto state provider. In this example the number of ‘clients’ requesting services of the state provider has not changed, just moved. In my example the number of people requesting services from the state provider changed.

          • felix 2.4.1.4.1

            You’re quite right burt. Anita’s totally unrealistic and irrelevant hypothetical was not a perfect parallel of your totally unrealistic and irrelevant hypothetical.

          • Anita 2.4.1.4.2

            Thanks felix, I was in danger of being sucked in to defending my unrealistic and irrelevant hypothetical, probably by making it even more unrealistic and irrelevant until it became unambiguously ridiculous. I’m sure our loyal readers are grateful for having avoided that 🙂

    • Quoth the Raven 2.5

      Since they’re subsidised by the government they’re not really “private” schools at all.

    • Ag 2.6

      There’s an easy argument against this. The education system has many functions, one of which is to classify students by their relative aptitude. When a child leaves school, their grade sheet is supposed to tell potential employers what they are good at and what they aren’t good at.

      An efficient society takes advantage of each student’s natural aptitude and develops each students capacities as best as possible. Ideally, what we want is for the academically bright kids (wherever they come from) to get the sort of education that will maximize their contribution to society (which has just forked out for a first world education for them), and the technically inclined kids to get the same and so on.

      Private schooling is simply a way for rich people to disrupt this system by buying their kids an advantage. It’s something that everyone else has an interest in stopping, because we don’t want places in law school or medical school going to stuffed shirts.

      I have no problem with having elite schools. I do have a problem with rich people buying their way into them.

  3. principessa 3

    There’s the old Private Health Insurance argument again:

    “If I pay private health insurance I should get a tax credit”

    If you collapse in the street from a stroke, or some other reason, the ambulance rocks up, and the ambo officer gets out, and does he/she go through your wallet to find out if you have Private Health Insurance? No, the ambulance takes you to the nearest Public Hospital emergency department, uses publicly funded lifesaving eqiupment, and you get the picture.

    Bring on the day when the ambo driver rocks up, scans the barcode on your body, which reads “Private” and then calls the Private Ambulance Service to come and collect your sorry behinds.

    Lol. I’m being faceacous. But yeah…

    • Daveski 3.1

      No you’re not, you’re being facetious and I’m being an pedantic tosspot 🙂

    • indiana 3.2

      …I don’t think anyone is asking for a total tax credit…perhaps a portion is recognition that you are reducing the burden on the state. You do make some valid points. Equally if initially the state gets me to a hospital so that I can breathe for the next few hours, but then I get transferred to a private hospital where my insurance kicks in, would that be ok?

      • burt 3.2.1

        NO – The state is the only option for provision of emergency services. It’s the way it is and the way it must stay – any other suggestion is SEDITION.

  4. Ianmac 4

    A few years ago (No I cannot reference it) a survey was carried out to see if it could be shown whether the claimed excellence of a private school was valid. It was no use comparing exam results because the intake from a Private school was already advantaged with high socio-economic pupils. So the target group was first year University students. The results showed that the most successful students came from Coed schools. Then the single sex State schools and lastly from private schools.
    No doubt the networking in private schools is an advantage but do I resent taking money from the Education Budget in order to prop up the Private schools? No!

    • JK 4.1

      You don’t resent proppoing up private schools? Are you sure that’s what you meant to say?

      • Ianmac 4.1.1

        You are right! Ah! Yes! I resent propping up Private Schools at the expense of State schools. Thanks JK

    • infused 4.2

      If that’s true, it makes a lot of sense. It wasn’t what I learn’t at private school, it was the networking I did. Hence how I have my business now and so many good contacts.

  5. Anita 5

    I think, but can’t easily check until I get home tonight, that the $35m is actually an increase in the total subsidy which is a lot higher than $35m.

    • Anita 5.1

      The existing subsidy cap was $40million, they’ve raised it by $35million  that’s right, in the midst of a recession they’re providing a 87.5% increase in funding to the schools of the wealthiest.

      To link whore for a moment, a while ago I wrote about the politics of state funding to private schools: the perfect crossover issue for the Christian right and the economic right.

      • burt 5.1.1

        Interesting. I do wonder if the 4.1% of students that ieuan quotes is just private or private and integrated schools?

        I assume the $75m you quote is for all state funding of both private and integrated?

        If the $75m includes integrated schools then I don’t think you can honestly say schools of the wealthiest. There are many christian based schools that are catering to a very different market in that school mix as well.

        • Anita 5.1.1.1

          Shit, ignore everything I said :-/ I checked the $40million but not the $35m: which is actually split over four years ($5m in 09-10, $10m in each subsequent) so the cap is actually being raised to $50m, a 25% increase. Still ridiculous under the current financial constraints and when surrounded by cuts to other education priorities, but not 87.5%.

          Anyhow, it’s $50m per year to only independent schools. In last year’s March roll returns that meant just under 31,000 students. This year’s figures aren’t up yet (and Education are moving things around their stats site to confuse me 🙂

          • The Baron 5.1.1.1.1

            Thanks for the link, Anita,

            Am I correct in reading that this $35m isn’t for “private” schooling at all, despite the hysteria in these comments?

            “Independent” schools are usually an entirely different kettle of fish – predominiantly the old religious formed schools, that still own their own assets but take a chunk of operational funds from the Government because they operate akin to public schooling.

            I was as surprised as anyone that private schools would be funded, climate or no. But this is entirely different. I think it is only appropriate for Irish to detract some of his earlier comments for being, well, frankly misleading.

            IrishBill: you are mistaking “independent” for “integrated”. Independent schools are private schools and they are in receipt of another $35m. I think it is only appropriate that you offer me an apology for claiming I lied.

          • burt 5.1.1.1.2

            IrishBill

            Can you provide a link that shows that finding going to independent schools rather than to integrated schools. See the way I see it “Independent” schools are independent and not govt funded and “integrated” schools are integrated and govt funded.

            IrishBill: the reply function doesn’t seem to be working for me so I’ll put this in your post:
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10575181

          • The Baron 5.1.1.1.3

            Ohhhh true true true – I respectfully withdraw and apologise

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.4

            Wow, the world clearly needs even more linkies 🙂

            This (which I linked to before) will say that the additional funding is going to independent schools, which are private schools.

            This will tell you about independent schools (i.e. private schools) and differentiate them from integrated schools.

            This should provide a list of fully registered private schools (i.e. the group we’re talking about getting additional funding). You will see the evangelicals (e.g. City Impact, Destiny, West City) as well as the traditional private schools.

            This talks about some of the politics of increasing funding to private schools.

          • burt 5.1.1.1.5

            This funding should be increased so that it is the same per student irrespective of state/integrated or independent school choice. The parents pay taxes and should have the ability to decide where they redeem their ‘social wage’.

            The rest of the argument is emotive ideology picking sides between rich pricks who apparently should pay taxes and receive no education funding and an ideology that allows choice.

            Thankfully the policies of envy party are not making the rules and some fairness has started to return to the funding equation.

            Once we make the same sort of changes for private health care we will be back on track steering a course away from guaranteed to fail socialist govt.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.6

            burt,

            The Netherlands has an interesting model: public and private schools receive the exact same funding, neither may charge compulsory fees, and neither may exclude students on ability to pay.

          • burt 5.1.1.1.7

            Anita

            That is interesting. Still the Netherlands have always been known for pragmatic policy rather than ideology over common sense.

  6. ieuan 6

    Let’s get a couple of things straight in this discussion.

    Firstly, what percentage of children go to ‘private’ schools?

    Answer 4.1%, that’s right 4.1%, so let’s stop the bullshit that the state system could not accept another 4.1% of pupils if there were no ‘private’ schools.

    Secondly ‘private’ schools are actually called ‘independent’ schools i.e. they are independent of the state system and can set their own curriculum. They do get some funding (more now that National is in charge) but the bulk of their income comes from fees.

    Thirdly, there are also ‘integrated’ schools that are mostly Catholic schools. These receive some state funding and must teach an agreed curriculum and let in some children outside their normal criteria. These came about because of a government bailout of the Catholic schools in the 70’s.

    • burt 6.1

      You miss the point that the majority of students in private schools come from high income neighbourhoods which have very tightly zoned state schools. These are the pseudo private schools that rich folk enjoy at the expense of the poor neighbours. But that’s OK because it is status quo and has no impact on me. Move on.

      • ieuan 6.1.1

        WTF?

        They might be desirable state schools but they are not ‘private’ or ‘independent’ schools. In fact if they are high decile schools they will receive less state funding per pupil than a similar low decile school.

        Move on? Move on to what? I’m sorry if a few facts upset the half truths and misinformation people like to throw around.

        • burt 6.1.1.1

          No, 4.1% is a national figure. Kids in private schools are not evenly spread over all state school zones. I would have though that was obvious.

  7. Helen 7

    has no interest at all in upskilling workers.

    It’s annoying when Labour activists like IrishCletus here presume to speak for “the workers.”

    They don”t.

    The workers are the victims of the Labour party; it’s us who are crippled by over-taxation to support Labour’s actual constituency; the welfare beneficiaries and the criminals.

    • Maynard J 7.1

      You are too stupid to be in paid employment.

    • Duncan 7.2

      Um… NZ’s tax wedge is the among the lowest in the OECD. Benefit numbers fell drastically under Labour. Crime has been on the decline for the last decade.

      Looks to me like you could do with some upskilling of your own Hels.

    • lprent 7.3

      Not according to the canvassing that we have been doing in Mt Albert. Sure there is beneficiary support especially amongst the elderly. But most support comes from what are clearly working families. After 9 years of Labour government, there aren’t that many other beneficiaries left outside of the superannuiants. I guess that is about to change as National starts retargeting benefits for the benefit of their favourite beneficiaries.

      Now if you want to look at where the Labour support doesn’t come from, ie the opposition in Mt Albert from the right. Try account managers, accountants, company directors, directors, general managers, marketing, personal assistant, project manager, sales rep, travel agent to pick off some of the more extreme examples.

      So what you’re saying in converse is that National represents those. I guess that is who wants funding from the bulk of the tax-payers (ie the ones that Labour represents) to fund their children through private schooling. Why should a factory worker fund any of them to pay for a luxury?

  8. Maynard J 8

    Course categories:
    Art and Design
    Business and Finance
    Computers and IT
    Dressmaking
    English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    Fitness and Recreation
    Food and Wine
    Home and Garden
    Languages a-i
    Languages j-z
    Literacy Skills/Writing
    Music, Dance and Drama
    Parent Education
    Personal Development and Health
    Photography
    Pottery
    Transport Certificates
    Workshop Technology
    Community Development and Training

    Apparently 80% of those are a waste of time and should go. I guess you could argue some are more likely to be taken out of interest but that overlooks the fact that getting educated for the sake of it is a good thing whether or not you use that education (fights dementia, alzheimers, stay healthy, more productive, live longer). Benefits of an educated society are an order of magnitude greater than the cost.

  9. Trevor Mallard 9

    Rather than comment here you guys might want to have a look at my posting on Red Alert. It also has a link to Maryan’s petition. I’m pretty sure we are on the same page.:- http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2009/06/08/chopper-tolley-axes-night-classes/

    On the private school question there is a slightly older blog which calls for a more careful look right across the education sector and asks why we treat overseas owned corporate early childhood providers as if they are community groups_

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2009/06/02/education-ownership/

    [IrishBill: Trev, if I see this kind of blatant link-whoring again you’ll be banned for a week.]

    • burt 9.1

      Trevor

      You have had your hands on education in the past, you must know a bit about this.

      Two questions;

      How did we get to a situation where education outcomes are so badly balanced between genders and why do you think school zoning is a good thing?

      • jarbury 9.1.1

        I’m not Trevor but there are three reasons why zoning is essential:

        1) Allowing kids to go to their local schools. Zoning was actually reintroduced by National under pressure from Remuera parents who wanted their kids to be able to go to Auckland Grammar.

        2) Efficiency. It’s just not efficient to have some schools half empty and others bursting at the seams. It’s a waste of resources and money to have such imbalance.

        3) Planning. When planning for new schools or needing additional funding for existing schools one needs an idea about how many kids might be going there. Without zoning there is no certainty for planning.

        Remember zoning doesn’t say “you have to go to this school”. It says “if you live within a school’s zone they can’t turn you away”. There’s an important difference there.

  10. vto 10

    I don’t see the problem – whether the kids are in private or public schools they should be entitled to state funding I would have thought. Or is it that if you decide to educate your kids in some other fashion you, for some unknown reason, should not be entitled to state funding? Sounds like chips on shoulders to me.

    What is the argument against state funding of children who go to ‘independent’ schools? Is there one? Or is it the usual “class warfare” bollox that prevents a rational examination of the issue.. you know, rich prick like.. envy … etc

  11. insider 11

    IS there any actual evidence that these night school classes do help people into jobs? Any evidence of the socio economic groups they serve? I see a lot of emotive claptrap about how it makes people feel better etc but nothing substantive.

    I feel better after sports training. Can I have a subsidy for my fees please, they are coming due shortly. How about my music lessons? I’ve had to cancel as part of family budget priorities. Will Trevor fund them? Hell, I’ll never make a professional musician but I feel much better for them.

    Point is, a line has to be drawn somewhere, and there are plenty of vocational training avenues available for people needing training that can be far more targeted at those in need. I don’t think these courses in the main fit that bill.

    • jarbury 11.1

      There is evidence that you get good returns from adult community education. Read the report: http://www.crystaladventures.co.nz/ACE/ACEPrice%20Waterhouse%20Coopers%20%20FINAL%20REPORT%20June%2008.pdf

      The estimated economic impact of the ACE sector is between $4.8 and $6.3 billion annually. This equates to a return on investment of $54 – $72 for each dollar of funding. Each dollar of government funding generates a return of $16 – $22, but this is further leveraged through private contributions to the sector, including those voluntarily added such as unpaid volunteer labour.

      • insider 11.1.1

        Thanks Jarbury. To be frank I think those numbers are highly speculative (as I would of any venture making such a claim) and even PwC has some strong caveats on the results. SOmehow I doubt we will see a shrinking of the national pie by an equivalent amount if funding is reduced. I bet better economists than me could drive a truck trhough it

        But if true, then the benefits should be obvious to the participants and they would fund them themselves.

        • IrishBill 11.1.1.1

          That’s because you believe education is more of a private good than a public good. I (and I presume Jarbury) would disagree.

          • jarbury 11.1.1.1.1

            Insider, by that argument shouldn’t we be tolling users of the future Waterview Connection $14 a pop to use the road – as it’s (supposedly) such a worthy use of funds?

      • insider 11.1.2

        Actually Bill I am a strong believer in the right to free education as the great equaliser – so perhaps don’t fit your stereotype. But I also recognise that money is not unlimited and some of the gains claimed in that report appear tenuous to say the least.

        Much of the analysis appears based on studies of the benefits gained from courses like literacy and ESOL (i’m all for prioritising funding of these). But when you look at the profile of courses taken the two largest areas are arts and crafts, and fitness and health. I just do not believe that billions in value is being created by those courses.

        And I was amazed at the low value course participants in the PwC report seem to place on the benefits of those courses.

        • IrishBill 11.1.2.1

          Sorry insider. A gross generalisation on my part. Given the fact the dollars are finite I’d be interested to see a report justifying the increased funding of private schools. In fact I’d be interested to know if such a report existed.

          • jarbury 11.1.2.1.1

            Yeah it would be interesting to see a “return on investment” analysis for that $35 million wouldn’t it Irish?

            I agree that there are limited resources to go around, but education HAS to be a priority if we are to grow in the future and compete on the international stage effectively. You know, knowledge economy and the like.

  12. torydog 12

    I thought tories believed in letting the market decide….so if private schools arent getting the students then they should close…..simply really.

  13. Chris G 13

    I cant believe they’re increasing funding the poor-wee private schools. Well I can actually, its the nats of course they were going to. What a waste of my tax.

  14. Mark M 14

    Everyone in this country is entitled to a free education.
    Every child who goes to a private school is freeing up money for those who go to public schools because their parents are paying for an education that they have already paid through taxes

    If private schools closed there would be a major increase in the education budget.

    Unfortunately the losers in this country who have a bitter hatred of those people who work hard and are successful , dont have an understanding of simple economics.

    • Sarge 14.1

      Mark,

      I would be quite happy to see my tax dollars go towards private schools, provided they began teaching the National Circulum and began accepting every student which is in their zone. If they wont follow the same rules as everyone else, why should they get the same funding.

      • Artie S 14.1.1

        The state is responsible for providing and maintaining a network of state schools, that are open for any young student in NZ to attend.

        Private schools reserve the right to SELECT only the students they want, and to control all manner of policies and indoctrinations in their own way.

        Private education is a very viable (but small) financial investment for the rich, and the general taxpayer does not need to be subsidising the rich.

        As it stands, the private schools seek to scoop off the “cream”: of our country’s academic, sporting and cultural talent with their scholarships – plus the children of the rich with their blank cheques. Leave them to it.

  15. torydog 15

    Mark M, God we are all soooo stupid. Thank god for the rich who can afford to put their kids in private school and get a top up from the taxman, and afford private health care……you know we should organise a rally where all those on benefits get to kiss your feet!!! Doesnt matter the 35 mill could be better spent on say more hip replacements, more knee replacements, or public schools that could have long overdue maintenance done on them. Thank you Mark.

    • indiana 15.1

      You don’t have to be rich to send your kids to private school, I know may people who sacrifice their income/life style to give their kids a better chance as they perceive private education is better that state education.

  16. Quoth the Raven 16

    I think a quote related to this topic from Murray Rothbard would serve this thread well:

    Take, for example, the State universities. This is property built on funds stolen from the taxpayers. Since the State has not found or put into effect a way of returning ownership of this property to the taxpaying public, the proper owners of this university are the “homesteaders”, those who have already been using and therefore “mixing their labor” with the facilities. The prime consideration is to deprive the thief, in this case the State, as quickly as possible of the ownership and control of its ill-gotten gains, to return the property to the innocent, private sector. This means student and/or faculty ownership of the universities.
    As between the two groups, the students have a prior claim, for the students have been paying at least some amount to support the university whereas the faculty suffer from the moral taint of living off State funds and thereby becoming to some extent a part of the State apparatus.
    The same principle applies to nominally “private” property which really comes from the State as a result of zealous lobbying on behalf of the recipient. Columbia University, for example, which receives nearly two-thirds of its income from government, is only a “private” college in the most ironic sense. It deserves a similar fate of virtuous homesteading confiscation.
    But if Columbia University, what of General Dynamics? What of the myriad of corporations which are integral parts of the military-industrial complex, which not only get over half or sometimes virtually all their revenue from the government but also participate in mass murder? What are their credentials to “private” property? Surely less than zero. As eager lobbyists for these contracts and subsidies, as co-founders of the garrison state, they deserve confiscation and reversion of their property to the genuine private sector as rapidly as possible. To say that their “private” property must be respected is to say that the property stolen by the horsethief and the murdered [sic] must be “respected”.

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    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    1 day ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    1 day ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
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