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Coalition Problems? Tell ’em they’re Dreaming!

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 pm, September 13th, 2018 - 82 comments
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The National Party and their paid stooges have been promoting the narrative that NZ First is the party that’s really in control of the new government. That’s bollocks.

What’s actually happening is that we have an MMP Government that is functioning in exactly the way it was envisaged to work. The three parties negotiate, they argue for their positions, they seek consensus and then they enact legislation. And, yes, it is a three way deal. The Greens have managed to find ways to build a relationship with NZ First that must be annoying the hell out of the Nats.

Much has already been agreed, as part of the post election bargaining. But much more has yet to be decided and if there is no immediate agreement on an issue, then there will discussions. Some issues will be bottom line matters for one or more parties, most will not be contentious. All will be agreed, in some form or other.

The fundamental difference between this Government and the three versions of the Key administration is that Labour do not have an outright majority with cling on parties entirely dependent on the whims of the Prime Minister.

Key had the ability to tell the Maori Party, Peter Dunne and the token Act MP to piss off any time he chose. Those parties were mere lapdogs, warming their fat arses on the heated seats of limousines only as long as they kept quietly obedient.

The Ardern led Government is going to be successful, and be re-elected, exactly because its policies are going to be strenuously tested in house before they go to a parliamentary vote.

Now, it’s fair to say, it’s not always going to be to be Labour’s liking. There will be disappointment, there will be disagreement, there will be disputes. However, when legislation goes forward, it will reflect the will of the entire coalition, not just the brain farts of the leadership.

Can anyone see this Government blowing millions on vanity projects like the flag referendum?

No, me neither.

Winston Peters gets it right when he notes that

“This is the first real MMP government and consultation and communication are what we do”.

That’s MMP folks.

Working as it should, working in the interests of the majority, not the parasitic minority.

Here’s a good example. The Tories have said that the proposed strengthening of the Employment Relations Act was going to fall over because NZ First was agin it.

Not so, as it turns out.

I’ve no doubt that the NZ’s worst employers, the Talley’s group, have been leaning on Shane Jones. These guys always expect a return on their money and they haven’t donated all that dosh to various MP’s down the years because they love parliamentary democracy.

But if the Talley brothers have reminded Jones of where his loyalties should lie, it hasn’t worked.

And that’s because the strength of this coalition is respect for different opinions and a way of working that emphasises consensus. How very different from the undemocratic FPP when a one seat majority ensured an effective dictatorship over legislation.

No, this is the modern way. No wonder the right can’t understand why they lost the last election.

They’re dinosaurs, watching the comets fall.

82 comments on “Coalition Problems? Tell ’em they’re Dreaming! ”

  1. BM 1

    The National Party and their paid stooges have been promoting the narrative that NZ First is the party that’s really in control of the new government

    They’re doing a great job because that’s what everyone’s thinking.

    Ardern really going to struggle to come back from this.

    • mike 1.1

      Yeah right!

    • Chris T 1.2

      Indeed

      Perception is everything

    • In Vino 1.3

      What a beautiful example of wishful thinking presented as fact. Dream on, Bullshit Mountain

    • Enough is Enough 1.4

      I am still working out whether the opposition is doing a superb job, or the media is doing the opposition’s job for them.

      Either way you are correct in the sense that the current narrative is we have a dysfunctional government. Some of that is warranted (e.g. the constant contradictory messaging), but a lot of it is just the reality of coalition government.

      What is clear is that the Prime Minister needs to step up and take control of the situation. Making herself available for this weekend political shows would be a good start.

  2. Kat 2

    The National Party and their paid stooges including pathetic wee blog trolls are fast becoming irrelevant and only serve as momentary amusement and as decreasingly interesting examples of a bygone era.

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    Reassuring to see the govt back on track on this issue. May not get visibly back on track on the other issues quite so soon? If not, must be taking a slow but sure approach, not in a hurry? Perhaps we can give them the benefit of the doubt for now. 🙄

  4. Chuck 4

    “The Ardern led Government is going to be successful, and be re-elected, exactly because its policies are going to be strenuously tested in house before they go to a parliamentary vote.”

    I needed a good laugh tonight…I admire you turning a pig’s ear into a silk purse!

    Ardern needs to take back control, but in reality, she can’t without risking everything. This is all about NZF staying above 5% come 2020.

    Watch NZF becoming even more assertive…its there formula not to go the way of a minor party when in Government.

    • BM 4.1

      Ardern can’t because she’s not a leader, she’s so far above her pay grade it’s not funny, she really is the accidental PM.

      Will NZ survive the next 2 years?, I can only hope.

      • Grey Area 4.1.1

        You really are tiresome with your repeated emphatic statements that are purely your opinion yet you seem to believe they are facts. Delusional.

      • Stuart Munro 4.1.2

        The concept of inclusive leadership flies above the heads of the Gnat faithful – they need a “strong” abusive leader who will punish them as they deserve. Rather like the frog’s king:

        The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. They had so much freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty, and rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled. No milk and water government for them, they declared. So they sent a petition to Jupiter asking for a king.
        Jupiter saw what simple and foolish creatures they were, but to keep them quiet and make them think… ~Phaedrus

      • RedLogix 4.1.3

        @BM.

        Yes I can understand why Adern does not look like the traditional ‘leader’ model that you are using here. By that measuring stick she’s not a good fit.

        But leadership does not have to be limited to a narrow uni-dimensional form, the classic ENTJ extrovert, dramatic and judgemental … always convinced and convincing of their own rightness and authority. It’s a top down strategy that works well in closely defined contexts and where speed of execution is critical.

        But the modern world is far too complex for any one individual, or even a small coterie of close advisors, to grapple with effectively. In the OP the phrase three parties negotiate, they argue for their positions, they seek consensus and then they enact legislation requires a different more subtle form of leadership.

        And by that standard Adern may well be doing something you appear to be blind to.

        • BM 4.1.3.1

          Can you tell me what Arderns leadership credentials actually are?

          I get it you’re a left winger, but fuck me this individual has never run anything, her time in opposition was nothing more than be the smile and wave happy face monkey for Labour.

          It fucks with my head that someone with no qualifications or experience in any sort of leadership roles can end up as the PM of NZ?

          Politics and political parties are crap and need to be done away with.

          • KJT 4.1.3.1.1

            Being a corporate drone in the right position to rort the NZ dollar, is, of course, qualification for leadership?

          • KJT 4.1.3.1.2

            There is another model of leadership than the autocratic, top down, authoritarian one that you hanker for.

            It is facilitative, democratic and co-operative.

            And, it is proven more effective.

            So much so, it is used by elite military units, ships officers and airline pilots.

          • Dennis Frank 4.1.3.1.3

            Yeah but that logic could be applied to anyone. Trump, for instance. Reagan was a B-grade movie actor, a sports reporter before that. Kirk was an engine-driver, Bolger a farmer, Muldoon an accountant, Obama a university lecturer. It’s not like there’s an established career path to becoming PM. Democracy was designed to allow anyone to get there!

            • BM 4.1.3.1.3.1

              Yeah, I get that.

              But really Ardern? I’ve been around this blog for a very long time, have a memory like an elephant and I can honestly say no one has ever rated Ardern anything more than just a shallow gimmick.

              All of a sudden everyones making her out to be this amazing leader with all these skills, blah, blah, blah. 🙄

              It’s just horseshit and actually quite scary something as ill-equipped as Ardern ends up running the show, madness!

              • Dennis Frank

                I understand your scepticism. I agree that the charisma or sincerity or whatever appeals to so many voters doesn’t mean she has leadership capacity. However she has actually showed some of that in her progress as Labour leader, and in the negotiations with Winston.

                As I’ve pointed out here, there’s also been a noticeable lack lately, but I’m reserving judgment. Let’s see how she represents the coalition tomorrow.

                • BM

                  she has actually shown some of that in her progress as Labour leader, and in the negotiations with Winston.

                  Good one fella, this is how it actually went

                  WP: Bill, I’d like a billion dollars to buy me a seat up north as well as 2 cabinet positions

                  BE: Lol, fuck off you drunken old cunt, you only got 7%

                  JA : Only a billion? how about 5 billion and 8 cabinet positions

                  WP; Jesus, steady on girl how about 3 billion and 4 cabinet positions, don’t want to look too greedy.

                  JA : it’s a deal

                  Press; Ohhh that Ardern she’s such a political maestro 🙄

                  • McFlock

                    Apparently, the reverse happened. It’s just that National thought NZ1 could be bribed with baubles of office but no policy concessions. But to be fair, that’s been true for their coalition peons partners over the previous nine years.

                    The mysterious leaking of Winston’s pension details might have helped Labour just a wee bit, too.

          • Sacha 4.1.3.1.4

            Ardern led a world socialist politicians’ organisation at one stage, didn’t she?

  5. R.P Mcmurphy 5

    they halfway down the runway and about to ignite the afterburners…

    • Chris T 5.1

      …..And Winston just took charge of the joy stick, decided to pull back into the terminal and reschedule take off till a later date, re-routing the flight path and leaving loads of frustrated passengers who chose that airline for the journey

  6. Nice post. So ‘on the mark’ and funny as usual. The right are in disarray at the moment, I’m sure they’ll get it together eventually, say 4 terms, anyway so funny watching the desperate attempts by the right to create a story. Im loving mmp and this government.

  7. Ngungukai 7

    Should be a 4 term Coalition Government.

  8. Ankerrawshark 8

    Actually labour is not going to win in2020 if the msm has anything to do with it. Fortunately social media will be what swings it and the youth vote. Note how ardern is often at schools around youth, swarmed by young women wanting selfies at suffer age event in Chch tonight. They don’t tune into beltway politicking.

    My son whose not left as such, lifted his head while jacinda was on the tellie and said yeah she speaks well…..the Curren thing went over his head. Not engaged by it.

    Jacinda is phenomenal. No one will remember any of these msm created dramas come the election. They’ll renember how cool she is and how they are not paying a student loan and how their relatives in their 30s won a kiwi build ballot

    • BG 8.1

      Sorry to tell you but Social Media ‘likes’ and progressive ‘tweets’ mean absolutely nothing as they’re confined to a very small self serving echo chamber.

      Remember the Internet Mana party? Their supporters were telling everyone from all their ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ they were going to romp past 5%…only to get to 1.4%

      Oh that’s right, it was the evil media that prevented them from garnering more votes, not the public at all, who just decided that they didn’t want them.

  9. Incognito 9

    Very good post! Bryan Gould wrote a similar post: http://www.bryangould.com/coalition-government-working-as-it-should/

    MMP is and always will be hard work, much harder than FPP and it isn’t for the fainthearted, it requires a different kind of politics & politicians so all kudos to Winston Peters.

    As far as I can tell, from a long distance, the coalition partners are working well together but to me they are still wearing their party hats too often and too ostentatiously and their Government hats seem to come second. The MSM, helpful as ever, does cultivate the party distinctions and beats up any perceived signs of simmering disagreement rather than accentuate the commonalities and team work based on consensus and shared views.

    Being in Government ought to transcend party politics IMHO, at least some of the time.

    • Kat 9.1

      Yes, certainly a lot of “beating” going on when it comes to the National Party and its stooges in the MSM………. and not last but certainly the least, the wee blog trolls.

    • Marcus Morris 9.2

      Great article, as always, from Bryan Gould. I doubt that the usual trolls who “trot their stuff” on this site would bother to read it or to even understand it. If they are old enough to have voted in the MMP referenda of the early eighties, they might recall that it has evolved exactly as it was designed. One of its champions, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, another intellect in the same league as Bryan Gould, called it the “curbing of unbridled power”. The more extreme in the right wing camp, with their incredible sense of entitlement, just cannot understand that any other approach to government than their own is either possible or desirable. In Britain it’s called Toryism.

  10. greywarshark 10

    It’s good this MMP. It is true, I think, that MMP tends to stabilise and make it hard for revolutionary thrusts a la Douglas, Bartlett, Quigley, Prebble – Gang of Four or Five was it? I don’t count david Lange, he was good, but they had lines as good in Boston Legal.

    However look at our baby now, flourishing and with a healthy brown skin. I don’t think though that Maori should ever give up those four seats. It is good training for wannabe pollies, and there are lots of issues. There always will be because of the myopic view of many MPs on the Right, and some on the Left. Perhaps drop the threshhold to 4% but then leave it a-lone!

  11. infused 11

    I guess you can keep telling yourself that. But the way it’s playing out in public says something else.

  12. veutoviper 12

    Great post, TRP. Well said.

    It has really frustrated me this week seeing the Nats playing their BS games trying to promote the perception that there is major dysfunction in the Coalition Govt – and seeing much of the media and many here swallowing the BS Koolaid.

    Ardern and Peters have very much worked as a team in the House despite Bridges and Bennett trying their hardest.

    Sure, the reality is that some Labour Ministers need to pull their heads in and get with the Cabinet process, and not expose the Govt as has happened once or twice this week. but overall the coalition process is working.

    For example, just before readiing this post, I posted a reply to Dennis Frank on Daily Review re the Electoral (Integrity) Bill aka the waka jumping Bill which of course Peters really wants through – and the Employment Relations Amendment Bill which Labour wants through.

    Daily Review 13/09/2018

    As noted in my reply the Waka jumping Bill went through its 2nd Reading and halfway through its Committee stages in the House in August, but has been sitting in what I call the “so close but yet so far” part of the daily Order Paper since then with quite a few other Bills moved up above keeping it in that zone since then.

    With the reporting back to the House of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill last Friday by the Education and Workforce Select Committee, this is now also on the Order Paper – and as of today’s Order Paper, currently right below the waka jumping Bill.

    Who gets to decide the order of Government Bills on the daily Order Paper and what gets into the House and what doesn’t ? The Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins.

    So one bill that NZF really wants through right next to one that Labour wants through …. Quelle coincidence! LOL.

    Forget all the stirring by National in the last day or so. Both Bills will get through. And National knows it.

    And Labour holds the Order Paper card.

  13. ianmac 13

    I think that by the end of Question time today Trevor was fed up with the constant repetition of the “NZF alleged being in charge” type questions. Winston refused to answer the last two questions and Trevor sided with Winston.
    From about 1:47
    https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=202686

    • veutoviper 13.1

      I agree, ianmac. And Bennett also tried baiting Peters on the Winston Peters led govt in Question 1 and got slapped back strongly by Mallard. Peters also put her in her place on the process for the Employment Relations Bill which she damn well knows but kept trying it on.

      PS – Loved the Russians bit in your link at about 5.00. LOL

  14. Antoine 14

    > Can anyone see this Government blowing millions on vanity projects like the flag referendum?

    is this a joke?

    A.

  15. Antoine 15

    And when Winston vetoed an increase in the refugee quota, was that “the will of the entire coalition”?

    A.

    • Incognito 15.1

      Read the Post or else, re-read it, and your ignorance will melt away like an ice shelf in Antarctica.

    • Winston hasn’t vetoed it, Antoine. It has yet to be discussed and a final figure has yet to be decided. That figure, when it is announced, will indeed be the will of the coalition. It may not be the will of individual parties, however. Which is a point I made in the post.

      Think of it as a marriage. The partners are individuals, but the couple act as one. One partner might fancy a surfing holiday. The other might want to go skiing. As a couple, they might decide to compromise and holiday in Christchurch, where both options are easily available.

      • Dennis Frank 15.2.1

        Ha, synchronicity! (see 16.1) 😄

      • Antoine 15.2.2

        It’s not a couple, there are 3 of them

      • Antoine 15.2.3

        But seriously. Your comment is uncontroversial. Of course the 3 parties want different things, and each get some of the things they want. Everyone acknowledges this, whether left or right. The actual points of controversy are:
        – whether the process is well oiled or a shambles
        – whether one party is exerting a disproportionate influence, and
        – whether the overall effect is good governance or not.

        A.

        • Antoine 15.2.3.1

          By the way, why are we not getting large cuts to immigration? I thought all 3 coalition parties wanted that.

          A.

          • Craig H 15.2.3.1.1

            Still to be worked through, but the changes announced to post-study work visas will decrease visas to some extent, and apparently student visa numbers are down as Immigration NZ have tightened up how they apply the criteria.

      • Nick 15.2.4

        Nice simple explanation from you TRP for Antoine, unfortunately he/she will refuse to accept (because these rwnjs simply can). That clown hoskin is an exact image of that mentality, They prefer ignorance…. And frog king.

        • KJT 15.2.4.1

          Natural “authoritarian followers” want “leaders” that tell them what to do, and what to think. They are uncomfortable without a tyrant.

    • veutoviper 15.3

      Winston has not “vetoed’ an increase in the refugee quota.

      Rather, in answer to a question/comment from a journalist, he said that the current quota was 1000 – not 1500. Which is technically correct.

      Why? Because a formal proposal to raise the quota to 1500 has not yet been considered by the joint Labour/NZF Cabinet.

      Peters’ comments do not constitute a veto or an absolute that NZF will oppose an increase. In fact they have already agreed to the financial provisions for the increased facilities at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre through the 2018 Budget.

  16. Ad 16

    If it was all sweetness and light Ardern would not have to do a speech that she herself is advertising as a “strategic reset for the coalition”.

    TRP you will probably have got the invitation to go to it at AUT this weekend.

    This government has plenty of middle management, but not enough momentum.

    • Dennis Frank 16.1

      I hope she provides an outline of when each major piece of legislation in the coalition program is likely to be enacted. Uncertainty signalled produces ongoing media speculation. Commentators here have made much of the tail-wagging the dog effect and that has become a trend in the media too, driven by Winston reacting to Labour’s attempts to hijack the coalition agenda.

      The assumption that NZF ought to behave themselves due to only getting 7% of the vote is unrealistic. The two parties are partners in the coalition. Success requires agreement between them. It’s actually a parity relationship. Everyone ought to think of it as analogous to the bicultural equality produced by Te Tiriti.

    • It’ll be an interesting speech, Ad and as I suggested on an earlier post, the PM should probably be looking at an early cabinet reshuffle.

      I think of the first year of any NZ Government as the pre-season warm up games, where you test out your playing combinations. The season proper starts in year two with a settled team and the finals are in year three with your proven performers running out onto the paddock with joy in their hearts and glory on their minds 😉

      • Ad 16.2.1

        Yes agree with you on the coalition. Key had a few duds as well which were cleaned out early.

        I worry less about the personalities and more about the policy strength, coherence, and delivery. That’s where they’re uneven and suffering for it in the coming year if they don’t show they have a plan.

        Also, though we will fruitlessly call for the MSM to understand mature MMP, advice on any relationship is:

        Don’t argue in front of the kids.

      • james 16.2.2

        “the PM should probably be looking at an early cabinet reshuffle”

        Perhaps she will get to her 50/50 gender split like she wanted.

        Should be easy with the talent pool.

      • Alan 16.2.3

        problem is there are very few proven performers in this team

  17. Kat 17

    Hoots over at the Herald: “No new Prime Minister has had an easier ride than Jacinda Ardern”………… yet another deranged angle to attack the PM.

    • rod 17.1

      Perhaps Hoots forgot about Blinglish, anyway, he will still get paid for his usual bullshit, by Granny Herald.

  18. Dennis Frank 18

    Danyl Mclauchlan: “most of the items in the New Zealand First coalition agreement are things Labour and the Greens want to do anyway, so if they block them they’ll be blocking their own policy agenda.” https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/13-09-2018/jacinda-and-the-winston-dilemma-do-nothing-or-take-the-nuclear-option/

    “Labour currently has 67 bills in progress through parliament; New Zealand First has eight. This asymmetry gives Peters enormous leverage over Labour, and he’s using it to implement a novel – for New Zealand – opposition-in-government strategy in which he appeals to soft National voters by routinely obstructing and embarrassing Labour and its ministers.”

    Methinks Danyl hasn’t noticed that Labour’s behaviour provokes Winston into doing this. Cause & effect, Danyl. If the PM doesn’t like it, all she has to do is impose effective discipline on her ministers – don’t keep allowing them to call press conferences to announce policies that the government hasn’t adopted. Duh!

    • Antoine 18.1

      Danyl is a darn sight smarter than you, I don’t think you should be in a hurry to make assumptions about what he has or hasn’t noticed

      A.

      • Dennis Frank 18.1.1

        Huh?? Where’s evidence for that? I provided the evidence that showed he’s only seeing one side of the story. Elementary competence requires consideration of both sides. He hasn’t got there yet!

      • veutoviper 18.1.2

        I used to have a lot of time/respect for Danyl but lost most of that a few years ago, when he seemed to lose his previously clear thinking and analysis.

        Re this article, it is obviously he has brought in hook, line and sinker into the diversionary BS Koolaid National has been pushing for the last week of so of Peters running the show. (How is that investigation going into who the leaker was, Simon?)

        Having just read the article again, I have also concluded that Danyl has absolutely no understanding whatsoever of Peters and his personality, values etc – again a very one dimensional view on Danyl’s part. I am sad about that as Danyl held so much promise a few years ago.

    • Ad 18.2

      Danyl also hasn’t noticed that 67 bills to 8 means Labour has at its disposal most of Crown Law, most of the Departments, all of DPMC, and the PCO, and of course four times as many MPs and Cabinet Ministers to do the freaking work for those bills.

      Danyl should just toke up and inhale.

  19. cleangreen 19

    Yes te reo putake.

    MMP must now fully work under Jacinda’s watch;

    100% correct and here is why just in one occasion as an example we need to make MMP work.

    As a guest said on News hub this morning on the Duncan Garner AM show” this is the first real ‘fully functional’ MMP Government since its introduction in the 1990’s, he said he believes that NZ should follow UK model where the coalition parties firstly hold a deep weekly ‘inclusive’ caucus discussion around all the agreements made by Jacinda and her Labour Government and come to a common set of agreements before making any media statements.

    I voted labour/NZ First and we are still waiting for our ‘Minister of transport to come to HB and discuss the overuse of trucks in our regions that are now suffering from highway two roads being wreaked by continual pounding of the overuse of trucking to move freight around without any rail freight being considered by this Government yet so NZ First have the best rail policy of any party in coalition with Labour and we are not yet hearing from either Labour nor it’s own “Transport Minister to encourage moving at least some of the road freight back to rail as NZ First has the policy to do this in ‘ ‘RONI’ “Rail of national Importance”.

    http://kiwirailblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/nz-first-rail-policy-announced-railways.html

    Phil Twyford is totally absent from any involvement with any local community such as HB/Gisborne or Northland,

    Do we need a new mInister OF rail?????? -as we have asked Mr twyford to come on multiple emails but he still refuses to come so Minister of transport Phil Twyford needs to now front up and come to these regions and meet with residents who are all fed-up by “truck noise vibration and air pollution affecting their lives and residential well-being”.

    Are you listening Phil or Jacinda???????

    When we asked Helen Clark to send her transport Minister in 2001 she sent her Transport minister and the Finance minister and also the ‘Transit NZ’ (now NZTA) CEO to meet with our committee at the HB Expressway, which was a local commuter road is now gridlocked by trucks that was causing so much truck noise vibration and air pollution then and Helen Clark with her ministers fixed our problems but now since ‘National damaged the rail here and moved all freight onto roads’ we have a new public health issue to deal with.

  20. Michelle 20

    what a bunch of cry babies some of the people are on this site what’s a matter you haven’t got your way so you are throwing a tanty bloody bunch of I know best whinging
    self serving hypocrites.

  21. cleangreen 21

    NZ First are the ‘environmental party’.

    Winston advocated during the election to use rail and to use wool carpeting in all Government buildings to support farmers as they reduce dairy farming.

    Greens have never mentioned increasing wool use????

    Wool is the global gold standard for insulation against the “cold damp homes” and Greens only ever encouraged using fibre bat, or polystyrene insulation and these are all made from petroleum products!!!!!!!!!

    Green Party; – please learn ‘chemistry’ and ‘chemical composition’ firstly please.

  22. Ngungukai 22

    This Coalition Government proves MMP is working at this appears to be one of the most constructive Government’s NZ has had for a long time ?

  23. Ffloyd 23

    What gets me about Winston is his need to wait until the deed is nearly done then he hauls off and delivers a sucker punch. A king hit. Has he never heard of discretion. A time and a place. Everything is done for maximum effect to feed his ego. Worrying when it’s giving the quivering mass on the other side a perception they will twist and turn to suit themselves and feed the media. Kia kaha Jacinda.

    • Dennis Frank 23.1

      No, he’s had to do that due to Labour ministers developing a pattern of behaviour: trying to do an end-run around him. If they played by the rules he’d lack a pretext for such reactions. Typical Labour idiocy. I’m hoping their boss will acknowledge the mistakes on sunday but she may not see the need for Labour to be credible.

  24. Brian Tregaskin 24

    These msm created dramas are created by older people for obviously other old people not really relevant any more.

  25. JustMe 25

    I and probably so many others are now totally fed up to the back-teeth with having to ‘hear National MPs Pearls of Wisdom’ on every subject under the sun on the telly etc thanks to the fact the main stream NZ media appear to be thoroughly in the NZ National Party pocket.
    I cannot be bothered listening to Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett or any of the others. They have lost complete credibility and so has the mainstream NZ media.
    Their ‘warnings’ of doom and gloom just isn’t smart let alone mature. But then too many National MPs have over the past 9 long years they were in government behaved with an arrogant bullying behaviour especially to those that a National supporter would often call ‘the great unwashed’ i.e ordinary low income people in the streets of NZ.
    A couple of nights ago TVNZ resorted to a fake scaremongering ‘breaking news’ item that the Coalition government had collapsed. They, TVNZ, failed to ask Jacinda and Winston if this was correct. No. Instead TVNZ went to Simon Bridges and allowed him to give his tuppence worth on NZ wide TV News. That action by TVNZ showed pure and utter stupidity on their part. They also showed they are firmly in the NZ National Party pocket.
    New Zealanders are completely fed up with constantly hearing, seeing and reading the constant assault by the mainstream NZ media that is deliberately biased towards National.
    The behaviour by National and their supporters now edge onto the Sour Grapes/Poor Losers Syndrome. It’s a sickness NZers do not want to contend with in the NZ media.
    I have been more confident of this Coalition government that I ever was of the previous National government who ruled with lies, deception, denial, blame games, greed, arrogance, self-ego whilst at the same time treating ordinary NZers like Store High In Transit(SHIT in other words).

  26. Despite any shortfalls, despite any blunders ( or ones imagined by the Right / National) we are fortunate to have this coalition govt. So very fortunate. A consensus govt.
    Its been a long time arriving.

    Look, when the council of chiefs gathers to sit around the campfire and discuss issues, they come to that gathering with all manner of ideas and preferences. Yet they thrash it out to get an answer that suits the majority. And this is how it should be.

    And in a fashion , in a much grander style, this is what we have got.

    Long may this coalition be in power.

    A return to National would be just too much for this country to undergo. It would destroy us as a nation.

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    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
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    11 hours ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
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    16 hours ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
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    2 days ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
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    2 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
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    2 days ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
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    2 days ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
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    3 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
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    4 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
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    4 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
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    4 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
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    5 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
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    5 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
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    5 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
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    6 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
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    6 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
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    6 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
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    6 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
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    7 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
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    7 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
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    7 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
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    7 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
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    1 week ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
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    1 week ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
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    1 week ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
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    1 week ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
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    1 week ago