Comrade Chris and the politics of the warm inner glow

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The politics of the warm inner glow is a phrase of Australian origin which applies to left activists.  It describes a state where lefties prefer feeling good about their activism rather than actually achieving anything.

One use of the phrase is attributed to former Labor leader Bill Hayden who said:

We are, as too often happens with the Labor Party, in danger of confusing the politics of the warm inner glow with the inspiration of the light on the hill. If we do that, we will get badly scorched by the electorate—and not just once but repeatedly.”

The phrase contrasts what is the ideal left wing position with what is actually achievable.  The ideal left wing position may be political suicide but some think that it should be pursued, no matter what.

And it is an unfair battle.  The forces of the right are completely indifferent to most areas of right wing principle.  The one aspect they struggle with, tax cuts particularly for the wealthy, is the one policy that makes politics a more even battle.  And they lack the activists although their monetary resources and friendly media mean that it is more than an even battle.

What really helps the right are self nominated left wing commentators who take every opportunity to attack Labour.

People like Chris Trotter whose prose in a recent blog post is extraordinary.

In a fit of literal verbosity he took exception to this passage in Jacinda Ardern’s speech:

On the 9th floor of the Beehive building in Wellington, sitting directly behind my desk, is a picture of Michael Joseph Savage. You could say he’s on my shoulder but also ever so slightly in my ear.

“Of course it was Savage and the first Labour Government that lifted New Zealand out of the depths of the Great Depression. Not by cutting taxes and services, but by investing in jobs, and building a social welfare safety net. They built the country’s first state home. And not long after these social reforms – New Zealand’s living standards were among some of the highest in the world. Not for the few, but for the many.

“The Finance Minister who supported Savage, Walter Nash, then led Labour’s second government as it continued to build our nation’s social welfare system, while advocating on the world stage for peace over war after World War 2.

“It was Norman Kirk and a Labour government who tilted the country towards a modern future with reforms of trade, health, the arts, and education. They worked hard to foster a renewed national identity and partnership with Maōri – all the while challenging global evil such as apartheid and nuclear testing.

“It was a fight David Lange continued, making New Zealand nuclear free, while also righting the wrongs of the past by legalising homosexuality, and fully abolishing the death penalty.”

Trotter confused historical accuracy with the glorious left wing revolution and said this:

Virtually every claim made by the Prime Minister in the passage quoted above is either historically contestable, or just plain, flat-out, wrong. For that very reason, it is a powerful illustration of the deeply flawed thinking that has led the Ardern Government to the brink of electoral ruin.

Which part of the speech is historically contestable?  None as far as I can see.

  1. Jacinda does have a photo of Micky Savage on her office wall.
  2. Savage and the first Labour Government did help to lift New Zealand out of the depths of the great depression.  The process may have been started before them but they sure did accelerate it.  Complaining that they were only 90% responsible is churlish.
  3. Labour did invest in jobs and built the social welfare safety net.
  4. Labour did construct the country’s first state home.
  5. Not long after the end of the first Labour Government New Zealand’s living standards were among some of the highest in the world.
  6. Walter Nash did lead the second Labour Government.
  7. He was also heavily involved in the League of Nations and the United Nations in attempting to achieve peace although admittedly before the second Labour Government was formed.
  8. Norm Kirk and the third Labour Government definitely tilted the country towards a modern future with reforms of trade, health, the arts, and education.  His position on apartheid and nuclear testing were very clear.  That Government was quite radical.
  9. And did David Lange make New Zealand nuclear free?  He sure did.  And homosexuality was legalised and the death penalty was abolished.

So I can see no statement that is flat out wrong, and few if any could be contestable unless you were to apply extreme interpretations of what was said.

Top of Chris’s list of dislikes is hate speech reform.  Before the details are even settled he says that reform of the sort of speech that influenced the Christchurch shooter is a very bad thing.

The other two, Three Waters and Co Governance suggest strongly that Chris has been sipping National’s kool aide for too long.

And he says that the Christchurch massacre and Covid “helpfully distracted the country from its government’s moral vacuity”.  One was an abject terror event and the other was a one in one hundred global pandemic that New Zealand handled remarkably well but not according to Chris.

Has Labour been moving the country in the right direction?  I believe so and you can consult this list of a hundred things the Government has delivered this year if you need verification.  There is also this list of things Labour has achieved while in Government.

Has it moved quickly enough?  No but three years of New Zealand First in Government followed by a one in one hundred year global pandemic have not helped.

A few examples will help.

Labour has delivered 14,000 public and transitional homes while in Government and if current trends continue the housing shortage should be eradicated within a year.  And housing prices are falling as Labour’s policies around ownership kick in and new stock comes onto the market.

In relation to child poverty Labour has lifted 66,500 children out of poverty so far, and the latest figures show all nine child poverty measures continue to trend downwards.

And in relation to climate change the Climate Commission has been created, the Zero Carbon Act passed and importation of electric vehicles is surging.

And the Government is moving to tax greenhouse gas emissions in the Farming Sector.  The political push back shows how resistant the right will be to this policy.

Could it have done more?  You bet.  Could this have happened quicker?  Given the limitations imposed by the Wellington bureaucracy I am not sure.

But here is the thing.  If National is elected the results will be very clear.  They will unwind a lot of these policies and hack into budgets as they try and find money for tax cuts for the wealthy.

Which is why Comrade Chris’s attacks on the Government are so unhelpful.  You would think that someone wanting a socialist nirvana would be patient as progress is made albeit somewhat gradually rather than want us to lurch back into the sort of New Zealand National gave us in the 1990s.

Chris is part of that circle of wanna be media personalities like Sean Plunkett, Ani O’Brien, Jordan Williams et al and clearly the media enjoy giving him space as a left wing contrarian.  But I question the logic of what he says.  Not reaching the socialist nirvana overnight may not be ideal.  But to present a completely inaccurate dystopian description of this Government when it is clearly achieving good does nothing but provide support for the left’s opponents.

Chris may feel that warm inner glow as he types his words of condemnation.  I prefer my political activism to actually achieve and improve things.

127 comments on “Comrade Chris and the politics of the warm inner glow ”

  1. Ad 1

    I can't stand Ardern but I'm pretty clear 3.3% unemployed and lowest recorded Maori unemployment mean Labour are achieving what their name stands for.

    Also I'm 100% with them on 3 Waters. Hang in there Maori caucus.

    • Anne 1.1

      Pray tell: why can't you stand Jacinda Ardern?

      Is she not bolshie enough for you? Is it because she smiles a lot? Do you not like the government's polices and blame her for them? Have you fallen for the right-wing memes and lies to discredit her? Do you oppose their Covid response despite the fact it saved many lives? Do you expect them to achieve miracles overnight after decades of mediocre governance with – granted – a few high spots.

      Or is it because she's too nice, and nobody trusts a 'nice' person?

      • Ad 1.1.1

        She's a 2 dimensional small c conservative who has no plan and no ideology beyond Hallmark bromides.

        And took a record mmp 20 point electoral margin and blew it.

        • Chris

          That's true, but it's not why her popularity's waning – that's way too complex an analysis for the average racist sexist red-neck voting kiwi to understand. All Ardern needed to do to stay afloat in the polls was to drop her condescending tone when trying to explain things. She's certainly, as you say, a conservative with a small c, and of course there are other factors at play – not the least being female – but if she ditched talking down to us as if we're naughty schoolchildren she would've had a decent chance of breaking the cycle of Labour being perceived as purveyors of nanny-state politics.

          • Tony Veitch

            From my pov that's crap. I've never thought Jacinda talked down to me (or us).

            Mind you, it might have to do with the fact that she's a woman, and a damned intelligent one too, and many males simple cannot handle that!

            • Incognito

              The sheer mention of her name seems to evoke unhealthily high levels of skirt phobia and reliving of naughty-step experiences in early childhood. However, I do have some sympathy for those who struggle with the PM’s press and public appearances although not as much as, for example, with John Key and Chris Luxon.

            • Patricia Bremner

              yes It annoys people that she is patient and answers questions as fully as possible.

              The PM keeps on top of issues, no matter how trying or how tired she is. She does a difficult job well.

              2 dimensional? Lol Why do intelligent Leaders in other countries not agree with you Ad, surely they like you and Chris can see how shallow she is. sarc

              Conservative.. yes she tries to keep the best and improve on it. We need more of that in a throw away easily bored world. imo.

              I am relieved to see you are not letting your personal feelings affect your sense.

              Chris Trotter belongs to the "Any Revolution is good" crowd.

          • Anne

            I don't see it that way Chris. She has never come across to me as 'talking down' to people. I remember her speaking at a Labour Party function when she was still a new MP. That was about 8 years before she became PM. She spoke in exactly the same way and no-one came away with that impression. We were all more than a little impressed.

            I'll tell you what she does do which may be what gives some that impression. She tends to speak a little slower than average, which no doubt is to ensure everyone picks up what she is saying. That could well be a family trait bearing in mind her father was a senior ranked police officer. Police officers speak like that as if we're all idiots. Mind you they do have to deal with a lot of idiots so I suppose you can’t blame them. 😮

        • Stuart Munro

          I like her – more real than 95% of Wellington.

          The majority was to deal with Covid, which she did.

          Some very foolish and unpopular social policy (most submitted against bill) will cost a normal electoral margin, but the triple bonus of a charisma free and essentially inept opposition with policies too ludicrous even for Britain may well see a third or maybe even a fourth term.

        • adam

          She's a 2 dimensional small c conservative who has no plan and no ideology beyond Hallmark bromides.

          That could well be one of the best definitions of Trump I've ever read. If you swap the cats mum for a he.

      • tsmithfield 1.1.2

        I think Jacinda is nice enough as a person.

        Political differences aside, I don't think she did herself any favours with the daily Covid announcements. Rather than just announce the facts, she seemed to feel the need to turn every announcement into a lengthily speech before getting to the point.

        She does seem to waffle quite a lot, as I noticed in the debate the other day. Luxon was asking her very precise questions about the wisdom of prioritising hundreds of millions in the TVNZ/RNZ merger while there is a cost of living crisis. She seemed to go all over the place without actually answering the questions.

        Also, I think she doesn't like confrontational type of interviews, hence why she avoids Hosking like the plague.

        And she seems to have a craving for fluffy photo opps.

        Taking all that together, I think she comes across as a bit of a lightweight, and I suspect that other voters are coming to the same conclusion.

        • Mike the Lefty

          Why should Jacinda subject herself to such a narcissistic git as Hosking ? She is smart to avoid people who have personal grudges. Would Chris Luxon appear on Martyn Bradbury's podcast?

          • tsmithfield

            "Why should Jacinda subject herself to such a narcissistic git as Hosking ?"

            Like it or not, Newstalk ZB has the highest radio ranking in the country. So, appearing on Hosking's show gives her an opportunity to reach a large audience. So, avoiding his show is a huge missed opportunity to connect with the public.

            Note, various Labour politicians subject themselves to Hosking when they appear on Politics Wednesday, and Grant Robertson is often interviewed by Hosking.

            So, your rationale doesn't make much sense.

            "Would Chris Luxon appear on Martyn Bradbury's podcast?"

            That depends on the reach of the show. If it is a left wing broadcaster with a similar reach to Newstalk ZB, or at least in that ballpark, then Luxon should definitely front up. It at least gives him the opportunity to sway voters more towards him, even if he isn't appealing to his natural constituency.

            But I don't think either Ardern or Luxon should appear on obscure media shows as there is very little in it for them. Not that I am saying Bradury's podcast is obscure, as I don't know the stats.

            • Stuart Munro

              Although Jacinda is pretty good at keeping the bris leftover at a distance, lending credibility to his toxic stupidity is self-defeating. Best left to marginalize himself.

        • Nic the NZer

          "hence why she avoids Hosking like the plague."

          I think Mike Hosking is clearly the unsung hero here. I mean without the inspiration of avoiding Mike like the plague how would Ardern have ever invented staying in your bubble and isolating NZ from the pandemic.

          I mean I do worry constantly about being exposed to some novel variant 'Like Mike', and hope an effective vaccine is still being worked on, but to date I have managed to remain completely Hosking free.

          • Mike the Lefty

            Mike Hosking is a hero to people that can't think much for themselves. The rest of us think he's a git.

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          I think she comes across as a bit of a lightweight…

          Our PM is a successful politican. Only the one-eyed could convince themselves otherwise – that's “fluffy photo opps” partisan politics for you. Ardern's response to the Christchurch massacre was inspirational ("What a bawse!"), as was her leadership ("to go fast and go hard") of the team of nearly five million – "be kind."

          She will always come across "as a bit of a lightweight" to some (as leader of the opposition: "She's a pretty communist"; and as PM: "A part-time Prime Minister, a pretty communist, a sex assault conspirator and an anti-Semite all walk into a bar…"), but there are other factors at play when it comes to the declining popularity of this (unprecendented) one party-majority MMP government, not the least of which are falling living standards and rising economic instability as the fallout from global warming, the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, etc. etc. continues. If the Gnats have the opportunity to demonstrate their supposedly superior economic chops from 2024 onwards, look out – progressive they're not.

          Navigating the high-inflation environment [October 2022]
          Global financial stability risks have increased amid a series of cascading shocks
          Chapter 1 analyzes the policy response of central banks to high inflation, the risks of a disorderly tightening of financial conditions, and debt distress among emerging and frontier markets. Markets have been extremely volatile, and a deterioration in market liquidity appears to have amplified price moves. In Europe, the energy crisis is contributing to a worsening outlook. In China, the property sector remains a key source of vulnerability.
          Chapter 2 examines how to narrow the climate financing gap in emerging market and developing economies. Climate policies, including carbon pricing, climate disclosures, and transition taxonomies, are crucial for enabling private climate finance. Innovative financial instruments can help to scale up private climate finance, but the public sector—including multilateral development banks—will have to play a key supporting role.
          Chapter 3 analyzes the contributions of open-end investment funds to fragilities in asset markets. Open-end investment funds play a key role in financial markets, but those offering daily redemptions while holding illiquid assets can amplify the effects of adverse shocks by raising the likelihood of investor runs and asset fire sales. This contributes to volatility in asset markets and potentially threatens financial stability.

          • Patricia Bremner

            Thank you DrowsyM Kram, for an excellent post.smiley

            • Drowsy M. Kram

              And thank you Patricia. Perhaps tsmithfield genuinely can't perceive our PM's political nous, although imho it's more likely that he can, and that it would stick in his craw to acknowledge her leadership skills and dedication to service.

              I think both Megan Woods and Chris Hipkins come across with a lot more depth than Jacinda. So, my view isn’t so much a partisan thing.
              – tsmithfield @

              Whereas I think both Nicola Willis and Shane Reti come across with a lot more depth than Chris, and my political views are very partisan.

          • tsmithfield

            I think both Megan Woods and Chris Hipkins come across with a lot more depth than Jacinda. So, my view isn't so much a partisan thing. Perhaps it is just a perception thing, because she does seem to panic a bit in the headlights, especially when interviewed by Hosking. And she does a lot of fluff type of stuff. So, maybe I have misjudged her. But perceptions are important.

            And I agree, showing compassion is a great strength for Jacinda. And, I agree, she did very well after the Mosque shootings in Christchurch.

            • Drowsy M. Kram

              An ace in the pack [30 Sept 2022]
              Dr Ashley Bloomfield is ready to sit at a different table after his high-stakes hand in New Zealand’s Covid-19

              For more than two years, Bloomfield brought reassurance, complementing Ardern as they delivered the daily updates and the drastic measures needed to protect Kiwis.

              He was cool, calm and collected, and immediately embraced in living rooms and on social media channels around the country. As a public servant, he escaped most of the vitriol directed at politicians – and Ardern, in particular.

              Our PM’s leadership and communication during the first two years of the pandemic was well above average, imho.

              I think both Megan Woods and Chris Hipkins come across with a lot more depth than Jacinda. So, my view isn't so much a partisan thing.

              Of course your "view isn't so much a partisan thing" – no doubt you think Woods and Hipkins "come across with a lot more depth than" Luxon too.

              And she does a lot of fluff type of stuff.

              There's been "a lot of fluff type of stuff" about – that's politics, nuff said.

              So, maybe I have misjudged her.

              And maybe I have misjudged you – maybe.

              • In Vino

                And let us remember how well Jacinda polled in Australia's desired PM ratings..

                No doubt tsmithfield will have an outpouring of scorn readily available, but I think he fails to besmirch her as well as he wants to.

                • tsmithfield

                  I don't really look at this from a partisan perspective.

                  For instance, I actually rate Chris Hipkins as one of the best politicians in parliament, and better than most of the National politicians.

                  Probably Jacinda's biggest weakness is that she lacks people around her of that caliber. I see Jacinda as more of a visionary and communicator, but not so good at implimentation. That wouldn't be such a problem if she had plenty of MPs with that talent. But, from what I can see, there seem to be only a few she can rely on in that respect.

                  The fact the the same faces, eg Hipkins and Wood, tend to get called in to deal with problematic areas supports my view on this.

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    For instance, I actually rate Chris Hipkins as one of the best politicians in parliament, and better than most of the National politicians.

                    Better than Luxon? Chris v. Chris, Hipkins has more political experience.

                    I actually think both Nicola Willis and Shane Reti come across with a lot more depth than Chris (Luxon).

                    Probably Chris’ biggest weakness is his lack of political experience.

          • Louis

            yes Drowsy M. Kram

        • RosieLee

          Anyone with any intelligence and sense avoids Hosking like the plague.

          • tsmithfield

            So does that mean you think that Labour MPs who do appear on the show with Hosking, including Grant Robertson, are lacking intelligence and sense?

        • Patricia Bremner

          TSS 1.1.2 Please read your first sentence. It smacks of male condescension.

          • tsmithfield

            Really?? I would make that statement about anyone I thought was a nice person whether they be male or female. There certainly was no condescension intended in the comment.

            • Shanreagh

              In my very first English class in my very first week away at boarding school at age 12. We were asked to do a quick essay on one of those topics du jour such as 'What did you do in your holidays?'

              Teacher looked at them and gave some class-wide comments one of which is now a family saying down to great nephew level….

              'Nice is a weak word'

              This was duly reported home and picked up in my family.

              Now I don't use it, it is used within the family in some contexts. I might use 'nice' to describe it but caveat it with the phrase 'but nice is a such a weak word…..' etc

              So no, in my family nice always has an edge, an unfavourable edge.

              I agree with Patricia that in this context it seems talking down PLUS

              'Nice is such such a weak word'

        • Anne

          "And she seems to have a craving for fluffy photo opps."

          That's not true tsmithfield. She does no more "fluffy opps" than any of the other leaders. But she is PM so she's going to be followed around by the media to a greater extent.

          Light hearted moments with members of the public are NOT fluffy opps.

          As for the light-weight meme. National Party projecting their own leader onto Ardern imo.

        • Louis

          "daily Covid announcements" The PM was doing her job during a one in one hundred year global pandemic.

          "just announce the facts" The PM did and she included context, which one would expect for a pandemic.

          What is the wisdom of National's inflationary tax cuts to the wealthy during a cost of living crisis that will cost billions? Luxon will get $18,000 and those on the lower end will get $2.15, so how does that help? Whereas the tvnz/rnz merger will be $327m (Luxon got the numbers wrong), in funding over three years and the PM said why.

          "Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Over the last 10 years, TVNZ's commercial returns have declined by millions of dollars. The member seems to not have noticed that people's access to what was traditional forms of media such as television has substantially declined.

          Christopher Luxon: What's that got to do with it?

          Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: You question what that's got to do with it. When people stop watching, it declines their advertising revenue. That means that their commercial viability declines, which means our ability to have public broadcasting declines"

          "she doesn't like confrontational type of interviews" Rubbish. The PM handled Mike Hosking very well in fact, he struggled to land the hits he was after. The PM adjusted her media schedule and said she would go on his show if needed instead of a regular slot, in the end Hosking said he didn't want her on his show.

          What "fluffy photo opps"?

          Jacinda Ardern is no lightweight, she has proved that time and again.

    • Muttonbird 1.2

      Yeah, she should keep her mouth shut and stay in the kitchen.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Chris Trotter has been out of the loop for a long time when it comes to the left. He still hasn't quite come to terms with no longer being allowed to play his guitar at Labour party conferences, and considers living in Dunedin in 1982 as the pinnacle of his life.

    He is essentially an increasingly irrelevant embarassment who is a right populist reactionary nowadays. His use of left rhetoric is just an echo of his past these days.

    He is just sad, him and Bradbury spend their whole time telling the world how left wing they are in meetings (that invariably dwell exclusively on culture war issues) with the floor sweepings of the right. They are all too disreputable even for the MSM to bother interviewing, which they interpret as being cancelled by the "woke" – a shadowy force that nowhere and everywhere, influential but marginal,and relentless yet inchoate.

    • Visubversa 2.1

      Ah, so you too suffered through his lamentable renditions of "Solidarity Forever" etc. Fortunately, I don't think he has been on the ticket at Labour Party Conferences for most of this Century – however much he resents it.

    • tc 2.2

      Great points however he does get trotted out by the MSM.

      If he appears to be sipping the nact koolaid that would be singing for ones supper like Pagani, Edwards etc.

      To further quote Dylan….we all gotta serve somebody.

      • Obtrectator 2.2.1

        "Great points however he does get trotted out by the MSM."

        They wouldn't trot him out if they figured he was any kind of genuine left-wing threat. Nope, gone to the dark side, deffo.

    • Phil 2.3

      considers living in Dunedin in 1982 as the pinnacle of his life.

      That might potentially be the most savage burn on a person's character I have ever read.

    • Bearded Git 2.4

      Agree all of that Sanc. What really sticks in my craw is Trotters hatred of the Greens. This means he can never praise them for successful CC policies or where they push Labour to the left on social issues.

      The dinosaur Trotter is intent on taking us back to the dinosaurs.

  3. Kat 3

    Couldn't agree more with this post. Chris Trotter has stated he intends keeping the Labour govt honest. Where he is failing to do that is when he descends into opposition attack style rhetoric a la National/Act who hide behind the guise of 'holding the govt to account'.

    Like the Mr Jones in Dylans Ballad of a Thin Man, Chris Trotter knows something is happening, he just doesn't know what it is…..anymore. Perhaps he just hasn't gotten over failing in his previous foray into politics.

  4. Corey Humm 4

    The endless negativity by some left wing commentators is unhelpful because it makes it seem like the government has achieved nothing.

    The endless positivity and cheerleading of the govt with no criticism by others is also deeply unhelpful, especially when the government needs to be pushed or self reflect.

    If a left wing economic policy was as unpopular as three waters, co-goverance in the implemention of govt services or hate speech are, it'd be tossed out like a CGT and fast.

    The fact that labour would rather lose the election than drop these policies is nuts and scary.

    What's the point in losing an election over policies that will immediately be overturned along with fair pay agreements and every bit of progress the govt has made.

    The govt needs to drop these policies like they did the capital gains tax. Ive been told by labour for years "we can't do xyz cos it's too radical and would lose us the election" , they should start listening to themselves.

    The PM has failed to bring people with her on three waters, co-goverance in services and hate speech, when questioned she tells journalists "I've not heard these criticisms"

    In NZ politics you need to bring people with you, we've spent two years trying and failed it's time to move on and focus on winning 2023 so that by the time of the next national govt fpas are deeply imbedded.

    Mainstream left voices need to call on the govt to drop these policies, if they aren't passed by next month.

  5. Terry 5

    Let’s be honest this Labour government is pretty lacklustre, they would have been a one term government if it were not for Covid.

    unfortunately the bulk of the voters have been turned off. You can’t make someone vote for you if they don’t want to.

    they should forget 3 waters, in its current form, rightfully or wrongly, it is way too divisive.

    As for hate speech, if you’re looking a suppressing and criminalising certain speech, then you’re on the wrong side of history.

    • Gabby 5.1

      They should put far more effort into showing the benefits of 3 wtrs. How it will make ppl's lives better. How it will work for everybody. How it will save money.

      • Incognito 5.1.1

        I agree that Nanny should spoon-feed us, change our nappies, wipe our bottoms, and teach us to sit up, walk, and speak. However, one would expect people who grace this site with their presence on an all too regular basis have reached that level of political maturity that is evident by doing self-research and making informed comments that have a foundation in a shared reality.

        For example, one could read the speech at the recent LGNZ Mayoral Induction Hui by Nanaia Mahuta:

        Without the reforms, the significant investment to upgrade and maintain the pipes and plants that provide safe drinking water, and treat and take away wastewater and stormwater, will be out of reach for communities.

        Ratepayers can least afford to foot the bill. It is estimated that between $120 billion and $185 billion is needed over the next 30-40 years to get water systems across the country up to standard.

        • Poission

          $120 billion and $185 billion is needed over the next 30-40 years

          Thats the assets depreciation,hilarious.

          • Incognito

            I know you come here to contribute to comedy but in case you have anything better to add, this forum is yours.

            • Poission

              Its standard practice to invoke hobgoblins in the form of large numbers to convince the populace of a crisis that is mostly imagined,and somehow only a complete transfer of management, will save NZ.

              The greatest thing that democracy received from the Greeks,was the replacement of violence with rigorous debate,and indeed rigorous argument against the sophists,

              • Incognito

                So, you’ve got nothing?

                • Poission

                  I called bullshit on the number,being trivial,(which it is ) do you not understand that?

                  • Incognito


                    You called it and don’t want to show your cards, which means you’re blustering & bluffing just like the likes of Luxon.

                    Why even bother?

                    • Poission

                      The problem was the number used by Mahuta,and repeated by yourself.The answer to the problem (almost obvious )was it was around the depreciation over 40 years,the solution being obvious was trivial.

                      Here is a problem.

                      The NZ housing stock is 1.6 trillion $,depreciation is around 3% pa,with inflation will the accumulated number exceed the Mahuta number by how many magnitudes.

                    • Incognito []

                      The problem is trivial or the solution is trivial? Never mind.

                      Can you stop speaking in riddles and avoid diversions and possibly string together a coherent argument as to why future investment in NZ water infrastructure is affordable or not if we’re staying on current trajectory, for example.

                    • Poission

                      The problem becomes trivial when a solution is available,ie there is an answer.

                      Investment in NZ water infrastructure,is necessary because councils ,did not meet their requirements for maintaining and replacing their infrastructure at the depreciation levels.The money being used to build other assets usually for entertainment such as Stadia.

                      There was also additional money that had been raised for rates and levy's by councils,and given to the government,by way of taxation (such as GST). This could have been used to fund capital works for population growth.

                      A good example of the additional funding was the GST (paid) in the Christchurch Rebuild where the rebuilds were funded mostly by EQC and insurance funds,and the GST was essentially used (returned the community ) as investment on infrastructure pipes,etc., and which became very much a zero sum spend.

      • pat 5.1.2

        "How it will save money."

        Quite simply 3 Waters will not save money so that is why the Gov struggle to 'sell' the benefit

        "While the maths might work in terms of the four new water entities being able to borrow sufficiently against revenues to fund this infrastructure, the practicalities of concrete and steel’s considerable climate impacts, environmental legislation and water regulation changes raising the bar, and a shortage of talented water experts in the country, are all significant constraints to their ability to do this in practice.

        To balance the ledger and make our future healthy waters affordable, demand mitigation such as metering, pricing and improved water use standards will be needed, as well as really effective strategic asset management by the water services entities. But in the short term, the flow of cash for Three Waters is unlikely to end soon"

        The solutions are the same irrespective of model and it is ultimately funded by the same people ….all of us.

  6. Poission 6

    housing prices are falling as Labour’s policies around ownership kick in and new stock comes onto the market.

    Heck the PM even brought down house prices in the US,UK,Sweden,China,Australia,…

    • Terry 6.1

      House prices are dropping due to affordability, the new financial regulations, the fallout from covid & the war in Europe. Seriously Labour Party supporters are even more one eyed than a Canterbury supporter

      • Phil 6.1.1

        As a Cantabrian, I demand you take back that slanderous accusation that anyone can be as one-eyed and parochial as a Cantabrian is about their sports teams.

        • Terry

          My humble apologies. You are right no one is more one eyed than a Cantabury supporter. As a Hurricane supporter, I am living for the moment we will two championships in a decade….

      • Charlie 6.1.2

        Seriously Labour Party supporters are even more one eyed than a Canterbury supporter……

        Yes but they just keep on keeping on and winning winning winning. That one eye must be bloody good aye!

      • Nic the NZer 6.1.3

        I think I detected a touch of humor in comment 6. It seemed intentional.

  7. Bryan Dods 7

    "Chris is part of that circle of wanna be media personalities…"

    Josie Pagani is another who claims to represent Labour but instead constantly puts them down.

    • Chris 7.1

      Probably because they deserve it. Being critical of a political party's policies doesn't mean you don't want that party to be in government. I'd be more concerned about the level of blind and unquestioning support political parties get from their party faithful.

      • Louis 7.1.1

        Trotter and Pagani haven't been anywhere near left in a very long time and they do not represent the Labour party. It's misleading to claim they do.

        "I'd be more concerned about the level of blind and unquestioning support political parties get from their party faithful"

        Like the National party? How many times have you heard Trotter and Pagani et al tear National to shreds and do it relentlessly?

    • Louis 7.2

      Very true that Bryan. Trotter and Pagani do not represent the Labour party.

  8. Obtrectator 8

    Like it or not, they're going to have to drop 3 Waters for the time being. They've allowed it to be framed by its opponents as an asset-snatch, rather than its true purpose, which is guaranteeing the universal human right to fresh water supply of appropriate standard – a task that's becoming (or already is) beyond the capability of most if not all local bodies. It'll take a few more years yet of soaring rates bills and major pipe failures to convince the gammons that this could be an idea whose time has come.

    • Visubversa 8.1

      If they had any PR type smarts they could have framed 3 Waters as the best water related Public Health initiative since Dr John Snow took the handle off the Broad St pump. Instead they left it lying around until the vacuum was filled with racist assholes saying that Labour was stealing your water supply to give it to millionaire Iwi.

    • Yvonne Charsley 8.2

      I believe that is an insult commonly used by the wealthy directed at the 'working class' in the UK.
      Please don't use it here or you just might get a whakapohane back.

      • Muttonbird 8.2.1

        It's an insult commonly used to describe the British political right and Brexiters. So not all working class.

  9. Reality 9

    Have not bothered to read Chris Trotter for some time other than to look at his headline and then move on. He is so enthralled with himself and what he sees as his cleverness. He has become nothing more than a crotchety has been wanting to forever be in the public eye.

  10. Right is right 10

    All political parties need to be criticized for stuffing up. Blindly supporting any party and not calling them out on their failures is stupid. Good on those who are pointing out Labours faults and failures. There are too many to even note here and the arrogance of the PM and her deputies is not good for the country.

  11. Tiger Mountain 11

    Chris Trotter has been in the crap with some on the broad spectrum of the left ever since the mid 80s when he began writing for the National Business Review. He was then involved with various retail unions and the Distribution Workers Federation among others. Unionists did not appreciate his apparent class collaboration, but he did make up for it somewhat during the New Labour and Alliance years–which of course simultaneously lowered his stakes in NZ Labour even more.

    He was probably an early cross class “pundit”, of which the world seems to be infested by now in their multi thousands, and is certainly a long distance columnist in terms of work. So to get paid he needs to have a ratio of left/right oriented columns depending on the publication and the audience.

    I prefer my pundits to be doctrinaire with a definite class position one way or another, right opportunism rarely has a pleasurable end.

  12. Incognito 12

    This Post’s title is so misleading that it makes for a great headline. I was fully expecting it to be about Chris Luxon promoting some kind of makeup in a Suzanne Paul-like fashion for the porcine policy platform of his party. Sadly, it is about another Chris [not Bishop or Hipkins] promoting the trougher policies for the rich of the Nats & ACT.

    This Chris has built a brand from his iconoclastic idiosyncrasies with himself leading his fan club, generating a similar foul and putrid smell that emanates from Elon the Musk when he charges and stomps around like a herd of wild elephants in a woke China shop in the name of freedom for the proletariat masses.

    This Chris is the quintessential historical determinist who will be yearning until the end of time for an Honorary Doctorate from Otago University.

    Recently, I had the intense displeasure of reading one of his blogs about racism in NZ healthcare because a Trottee (aka Trotter devotee) was raving (and ranting) about it on this forum. Once I get off the ventilator, I have no plans in letting him suck my oxygen away again.

  13. Sacha 13

    The warm inner glow is the erratic trickle into the Colonel's hushpuppies.

  14. mosa 14

    " Has Labour been moving the country in the right direction? I believe so and you can consult this list of a hundred things the Government has delivered this year if you need verification. There is also this list of things Labour has achieved while in Government ”

    Great then why are they dropping like a stone in the polls and why is Adern now despised and not trusted two years into her triumphant second term.

    An historic MMP result , a majority government not seen since 1990-93

    The promised transformation not the incremental change we have had and Adern should have chosen her words more carefully. Trotter is well within his rights to critique this government who had the opportunity to be bold , change the narrative that was being cried out for in 2020 and no NZF handbrake to slow or impede the change so desperately needed.

    They have had nine years in opposition and five years in government to package and sell three waters and at least have an understanding of the likely opposition that would eventuate and plan for that. No political skills no nous !

    Robertson the conservative is more concerned about his legacy than being bold and changing the economic narrative. Where is the vision and the urge to fight so many injustices that their supporters vote Labour to stand up for them.

    He is certainly no Cullen !

    They could of been in government for four terms and kept the Nasties out so they could not unwind the economic reforms that could of been undertaken.

    Of course M.S is happy with what has not been achieved because he is a supporter of neo liberal kindness and these gains he talks about are nowhere near enough on what needs to be done so instead of attacking Trotter write a post on the huge social and economic deficit that they haven't addressed and you know what those are because I have listed the them ad nauseam . Therein lies the problem with LINO and this rubbish about Savage whispering in Adern's ear. Its all an insult to the Savage and Kirk governments and offensive to so many that Adern solicited votes from that this is as good as it gets after promising something very different.

    That warm inner glow has more to do with you MS and your government but does not exist out here in the real world.

    All noise and no action

    • observer 14.1

      why is Adern now despised

      And then you provide a link that shows she is not.

      Compare these global approval ratings. Ardern would be near the top. If you don't know what is happening all over the world, start reading about it to get some perspective.

      • mosa 14.1.1

        " But alongside them is "incompetent", "fake", "unreliable", "liar", and "evil". A few even went as far as "deceitful" and "dictator".

        Read it again ! the above was what I was referring to. Despised fits the bill.

        International approval is wonderful but that won't win her the next general election.

        She is great on the international stage but totally inept where it counts and that's here.

        • observer

          This is the wordcloud (poll) that you cited (your original link is down).

          So readers here can decide for themselves if your description of "despised" is accurate reporting of the voters' overall responses. Cherry-picking your fringe faves doesn't cut it.

          • mosa

            I think you are the one " cherry picking " and I stand by my description despite your obvious sympathy for the satus quo.

            Fringe faves ? no that was New Zealanders replying to a question and you are obviously another member of the warm inner glow which does you no credit when it comes to life outside your perception of reality.

            • observer

              If you could engage with the facts that would be better.

              You made a claim, and you cited a poll to support your claim.

              I have linked to that poll.

              • mosa

                " If you could engage with the facts that would be better "

                The facts that suit your opinion ?


        • observer

          International approval is wonderful but that won’t win her the next general election.

          My link was not to international approval of Ardern. It was to domestic approval of leaders in other democracies.

          This is very relevant because leaders in all democracies are facing the same problems. So incumbents everywhere are (naturally) taking a hit. By that measure, Ardern's approval rating is higher than most of her counterparts, except for very new leaders like Albanese.

          Those are the facts, which you presumably know already if you have been following world politics.

          • mosa

            Observer why are you so arrogant and a supporter of the Labour party.

            Oh hang no that would be correct.

      • mosa 14.1.2

        " If you don't know what is happening all over the world, start reading about it to get some perspective "

        I have plenty of perspective and you aren't the only one who follows international events …that comment we could have done without but I digress.

    • Kat 14.2

      Ardern, mosa….Ardern…….

      Keep it up mosa, the blue suited shiny top may well be along in his black limo to sort out your "real world" soon enough…….

      Why turkeys would vote for an early Christmas in this "real world" is baffling to say the least…….

      • mosa 14.2.1

        " Keep it up mosa, the blue suited shiny top may well be along in his black limo to sort out your "real world" soon enough……

        Yes Kat I work with the most vulnerable in our community and I see the destruction , the poverty , the empty promises , the hard viscous outcomes of this neo liberal economy on so many.

        I despise the Nasty Natz but I despise this economic system more that seems to be protected by both major parties.

        What infuriates me is Labour talking about transformation and that implies hope but then does not deliver , the inequities of this market economy are savage and unrelenting and when you campaign offering transformation but get more of the same under a " Labour " government then transformation begins to sound hollow.

        • Kat

          Well mosa political revolutions are just not the style here in little old NZ, a pale shadow of one happened in the mid 1980's and look at the pain that caused.

          Incremental change that sticks is the Kiwi way. Just look at the new fuel regulations announced today to curb profiteering…..Labour are making changes.

          Keep up the good work…

    • Louis 14.3

      Your links to a hundred things the Labour government has delivered this year and the long list of what Labour have achieved contradicts your link to no right turn's all noise no policy.

      The word cloud is more favourable to Ardern than Luxon.

  15. DS 15

    Which part of the speech is historically contestable? None as far as I can see.

    Trotter is over-egging the pudding, but his underlying point is valid. The historical details of the speech are contestable. Not outright lies, but still showing evidence of spin.

    1. The Depression ended in New Zealand in 1934. By the time Savage was elected in 1935, a strong recovery was underway – albeit there was still very severe poverty.
    2. John A. Lee was responsible for the state-housing… and ask Savage what he thought of Lee.
    3. Certain important measures of the First Labour Government, notably compulsory unionism, are overlooked.
    4. Peter Fraser was far more important than Nash on the international stage. It's rather like the speech can't identify what the Second Labour Government actually did.
    5. One ought to not confuse Norm Kirk with his actual Government. Kirk himself was deeply socially conservative, and his stance on apartheid South Africa at the 1972 election was really just hoping that the "tour question" would go away. Bill Rowling was far more progressive.
    6. Focusing on the Lange Government for nuclear free is rather missing the point of the Lange Government, of course. The legalisation of homosexuality was a conscience vote, supported by several National MPs and opposed by a number of Labour ones. And while abolishing the death penalty for treason was nice and all, the important abolition (that for murder) was done in 1961, when Keith Holyoake put the matter to a free Parliamentary vote. Labour in 1961 voted en-mass for abolition, together with ten National MPs, including the young Robert Muldoon.

    In short, not lies… just spin. I would be much, much more interested to see Ardern denounce the Fourth Labour Government for its economic policies than to see her praise the ultimate irrelevance that was Nuclear Free.

    • mosa 15.1

      " In short, not lies… just spin. I would be much, much more interested to see Ardern denounce the Fourth Labour Government for its economic policies than to see her praise the ultimate irrelevance that was Nuclear Free.

      Yes DS that would have been a transformative moment at the start of their 2020 government !

      But no.

    • swordfish 15.2


      And while abolishing the death penalty for treason was nice and all, the important abolition (that for murder) was done in 1961, when Keith Holyoake put the matter to a free Parliamentary vote. Labour in 1961 voted en-mass for abolition, together with ten National MPs, including the young Robert Muldoon.

      Yup … the key abolition occurred during the Holyoake National Govt (albeit mainly via the Labour caucus) and let's remember a range of activists had spent years intensely campaigning to end the death penalty … in 1956 my grandmother co-founded the National Committee for the Abolition of Capital Punishment and the group’s various activists were subsequently involved in publicity campaigns & the lobbying of MPs (the NZ Howard League for Penal Reform also played a role).

      The intimation that the Kirk Govt worked hard to push a (purely post-1987) notion of a Treaty "Partnership" is also beyond risible.

      • Craig H 15.2.1

        Let's not forget that while the key abolition might have been during the passage of the Crimes Act 1961, it was also originally abolished by Labour in 1941 and reintroduced by National in 1950.

    • Craig H 15.3

      Abolition of the death penalty for murder was originally passed by the First Labour Government in 1941 (along with abolition of flogging and whipping) and was reintroduced by the First National Government in 1950 (although flogging and whipping were not reintroduced).

      NZ was also one of the first signatories of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1990, which is why we finally abolished the death penalty for the last remaining offenses (treason, mutiny in the armed forces) at that particular time rather than just leaving them unused on the statute books.

    • Louis 15.4

      Not lies and not spin either. The PM just covered a few points, it wasn't meant to be an in depth history lesson on the Labour party.

      • Belladonna 15.4.1

        Agree not a history lesson (it's a political speech).

        But, yes, it is spin. That's what politicians do – highlight the bits of history that support their narrative, and ignore the bits that don't.

        • Louis

          Disagree with your opinion, as MS said "no statement that is flat out wrong, and few if any could be contestable unless you were to apply extreme interpretations of what was said"

          • Belladonna

            Really. So highlighting the Nuclear-free achievement of the Lange government, while completely ignoring the neo-liberal Douglas economic reforms, isn't spin?

            Yes it's true. But it's not all of the truth. That's what spin is. Picking the bits which support your narrative.

  16. DS 16

    For myself, my irritation with the Labour Government has been centred on Chris Hipkins at Tertiary Education. It is not a matter of wanting socialist nirvana, but simply wanting Labour to undo the damage of the Key Government, and take us back to 2008, when postgraduates could still access student allowances, students could access student loans for more than seven years in their lifetime, and where students associations were not completely at the mercy of their institution for funding.

    Hipkins has done nothing to fix any of this, and frankly seems to be blocking it.

  17. Shanreagh 17

    Recently, I had the intense displeasure of reading one of his blogs about racism in NZ healthcare because a Trottee (aka Trotter devotee) was raving (and ranting) about it on this forum. Once I get off the ventilator, I have no plans in letting him suck my oxygen away again.

    Yes that was an odd blog from Chris Trotter.

    Don't let anyone with big feet stomp anywhere near your ventilator, trip hazard and blocking the tubes hazard. Trotters and trottees alike. In days of old he had a preciseness that seems to now be gone in favour of barging in with big feet. smiley

  18. pat 18

    of course we could all shoot the messenger if that allows us to ignore the message….

    "Twelve months from now, when the actual voting papers, as opposed to responses to pollsters’ questions, are counted, Labour’s tally is likely to be much lower than 32 percent. Why? Because the level of voter abstention will be higher than it has been for many elections. Higher than the pollsters at Reid Research and other agencies are willing to assume, which means that the pre-election polls will flatter the Left by a significant margin. When the true level of abstention is revealed on Election Night – especially in relation to Māori, Pasifika and Pakeha voters under 30 – the vicious destruction of the Labour Party by older, whiter and righter voters will be explained."

    I suspect he will prove correct that we will not achieve an 81% turnout (2020) again in 2023 especially when we note the level of engagement in local body elections recently…and that reduced turnout historically impacts the 'left' more.

  19. mosa 19

    Greg Preslend aka Mickey Savage and his tribal LINO desperation and attack on Chris Trotter.

    The rebuttal Greg.

    " To be honest with you all, I never read The Standard because it’s politically irrelevant, tedious and oh so safe. Ironically the last time I had anything to do with Greg Presland was when he, Chris Trotter and I were plotting to get Cunliffe in as Labour Leader (I know, I know, I know – not one of my greatest strategic ideas) so I don’t visit The Standard, I don’t read it and don’t rate Greg much as a writer.

    I’d call him a hack, but that requires an edge and Greg is too dull for that

    • Anne 19.1

      Oh dear, oh dear, they have got their knickers in a twist. I stopped reading that blog because they spend most of their time running everybody down, but when anybody runs them down… oh dear, oh dear. surprise

    • Muttonbird 19.2

      In the comments, countryboy threatens to beat up Mickysavage in a pub carpark as an offering to his master, Chris Trotter.

      The state of Bradbury and his blog…

    • Ad 19.3

      Greg Presland has sustained western Auckland from New Lynn to Avondale to Glen Eden to Titirangi to Piha as one of the three strongest Labour areas in the country. And done it selflessly over 30 years.

      Few can claim his sustained political success, certainly not Bomber Bradbury or Chris Trotter.

      • Sanctuary 19.3.1


        …Greg Presland has sustained western Auckland from New Lynn to Avondale to Glen Eden to Titirangi to Piha as one of the three strongest Labour areas in the country…


        "…I never read The Standard because it’s politically irrelevant…"

        Someone ought to ask Bomber how Internet-Mana is going, or how anything he has ever done has actually achieved anything outside the usual suspects and blowhards he hangs out with.

        One of the big difference between a lot of the people on this site and the immature shit show of Bradbury's site is this one has a lot of people who have actually achieved success in the complex real world (dull I know), whereas Bomber and co appear to permanently stuck in an undergraduate common room and have a world view to match.

    • mickysavage 19.4

      Let me tell you about that campaign. If Bomber and Trotter were plotting with me to get Cunliffe elected I must have missed it. They were nowhere and totally irrelevant. Claims that they were at the centre of things are weird.

  20. Darien Fenton 21

    A new low reached with his interview with Sean Plunkett on the Platform. What I observe is Chris (and Bomber) have a lot of right wing cheerleaders these days.

  21. Mike the Lefty 22

    Whatever your misgivings about Chris Trotter, the fact remains that he is a very knowledgeable and skilled writer. He is probably the best informed historian on New Zealand workers and the union movement. His books are very readable and, although Trotter himself is unashamedly left of centre, they are generally quite politically balanced. Plus his language is restrained and not vindictive – unlike others such as David Farrar.

    I find myself agreeing less and less with Chris Trotter nowadays but I still respect him for his work as one of New Zealand's best historians.

    • mickysavage 22.1

      14 years ago I would have agreed with you. Now, no way. Check out his claims about Jacinda's speech.

      • Anne 22.1.1

        Funny thing. I've been reading an article about narcissism this evening. One of the identifiers is: they truly believe they are better than everyone else, but when somebody comes along and says no, you are not better than everyone else they can't take it and get really upset. wink

  22. Darien Fenton 23

    I was told by Trotter I'm a post modernist because I commented on his interview with that bastion of the Left Sean Plunket. A bit like the other language of woke, cancel culture, etc. I had to look it up. We have to speak a language most people understand and beware intellectual snobbery. I know if you talked to most working people, they would be bewildered.

  23. roblogic 24

    TDB commenters are indistinguishable from WhaleOil/ BFD these days. I responded to this silly rebuttal but my comment wasn't published.

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    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    4 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket. to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    6 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    7 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 week ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago

  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    32 mins ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    2 hours ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    2 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    2 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    3 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    3 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    4 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    4 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    4 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    4 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    4 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    5 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
    5 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    5 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    6 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    6 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    6 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    7 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    1 week ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
    1 week ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    1 week ago
  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins

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