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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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    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
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  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
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  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
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  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
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  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
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  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
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  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
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  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
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  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    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. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
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  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
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  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
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  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
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  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
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  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
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  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
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  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
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  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
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  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
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  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
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  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
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  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
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  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
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  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
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  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
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  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
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  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
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  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
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  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
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  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
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  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
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  • Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
    As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially ...
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  • COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. “We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. ...
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  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
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  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
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  • Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow
    More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination. “It’s been ...
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  • Young people to have their voices heard in Youth Parliament 2022
    The dates and details for Youth Parliament 2022 have been announced today by Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for 141 young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to experience the political process and learn how government works. ...
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  • Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
    Students facing a hard time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be supported,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government is putting a further $20 million into the Hardship Fund for Learners, which will help around 15,000 students to stay connected to their studies and learning. ...
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  • COVID-19: Immediate relief available for Māori and iwi organisations
    The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund will support community-driven, local responses to gaps in access and provision of critical ...
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