COVID19 Vaccine and New Zealand’s K-Shaped Recovery

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 11th, 2020 - 36 comments
Categories: covid-19, Economy, grant robertson, jacinda ardern, poverty, uncategorized, unemployment, workers' rights - Tags:

Just three days after the United States elections, Pfizer and BioNTech have announced that they are seeking emergency clearance for a vaccine for Covid19, just 3 days after the United States elections. For Donald Trump that has to be the meanest piece of political timing since Chamberlain flying back from Munich in [1938].

President Trump had been promising that a vaccine against the virus would occur before the election, multiple times.

On the strength of that one announcement alone, global sharemarkets have gone upwardly nuts overnight, and look set to continue.

But if this looks like a new dawn to those putting out the media releases today, let’s not forget that this is the accelerating point of the K-shaped recovery we have been dreading.

Our already rich are on the line heading upwards. They are getting richer because of a range of our Government policies.

On the way down are renters, beneficiaries and the working poor who are all getting poorer because their rents are rising, their incomes are falling, and they have received barely any more help than they got before the pandemic.

So there’s two upward parts to this fast sorting mechanism.

The first is property. If you have good equity and own property, you will be seeking to buy more now while interest rates are so low. Interest rates are, after this news of a potential vaccine, unlikely to go lower.

The second is Kiwisaver. If you have over $150,000 in Kiwisaver now, as the sharemarket goes through a boom for the next couple of years of economic recovery, you may well find yourself doing pretty well.

With those two elements in place, you may be simply feeling secure enough to ride out a job loss. Maybe help out relatives who are not in such a position. Maybe just cut back on expenses and retire early.

Then there’s most of New Zealand on the downward parts to the K.

Rents are going up. No one is getting salary increases. Job insecurity is increasing.

It’s softened from being a straight vertical fall by the $25 per week increase for those on the main benefit, and by the planned legislated increase to the minimum wage next year. So beneficiaries get about $500m more across all of them, and those on Working For Families get an extra $32m. The government supported businesses by spending $13 billion on wage subsidy payments.

Our Government gave business 26 times more direct support than it gave to beneficiaries during the crisis.

This assistance in recovery for business rather than directly to workers is set to continue.

The first Cabinet decision of the new Labour Government was as of yesterday a three year extension of the Small Business Loan scheme interest free for two years.

Nearly 100,000 businesses have received a loan to date, totalling $1.6 billion. During the crisis, each business owner got on average around $17,000.

So we can see the direction that this government is taking pretty clearly, and it is towards supporting business rather than workers, in the expectation that this will flow through to the economy generally.

So how’s the results?

From the September quarter, when the main policy actions were at their strongest, there were 37,000 more unemployed people – an increase of 32.5% since the June 2020 quarter. This is the highest quarterly rise in unemployment since these records began in 1986. The under utilisation rate grew to 13.2%.

With this amount of support for business, there will be few complaints from the business community spokespeople.

And now for the banks, who provide the most vocal commentators on our economy. In the last six months during the crisis, banks saw their capital requirements relaxed, their lending restrictions relaxed, and they were offered guarantees funded by the Government to encourage lending to businesses. We won’t expect them to complain then either.

Bank economists from ANZ show that it is the rentier classes who are doing great, and the actual workers – particularly women – doing really badly.

The housing market and anything to do with property such as building consents are doing great. And to be frank if you have a good job that is flexible and you can work from home, most businesses are giving more flexibility and it’s a breath of fresh air.

But those businesses outside of the rentier class and who earn us export dollars – like the devastated tourism, international education, and horticulture sectors – are facing significant economic and commercial headwinds. Young women who dominate employment in the retail and food services sector have seen 29,000 fewer people employed since March this year. And it’s going to get worse for them.

On top of that, the Reserve Bank pledged to print up to $100 billion to buy back Government bonds over the next two years in an attempt to keep those interest rates low. Business and property owners are destined to get cheap money for as far into the future as the eye can see.

In terms of shifting our economy to something more productive, more sustainable, and more likely to generate higher salaries and better prospects, Government’s main policy moves are taking us in exactly the opposite direction of where we need to go.

For those on the upward side of the K tick, those with property and shares in Kiwisaver, you are going to make bank on increasing rents, increasing property prices, and tax-free capital gains. Lest we need reminding from Max Rashbrooke, we are an exceedingly unequal society, with the wealthiest tenth owning about 20% of our net worth, and the poorest half of the country having less than 5%.

For those on the downward side, the consequences of the Government’s 2020 policies are that there’s little here National wouldn’t have done to them.

This Government is supporting the rich to get richer, not the poor. And it’s accelerating.

36 comments on “COVID19 Vaccine and New Zealand’s K-Shaped Recovery ”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    The Munich deal was in 1938… 😉

    [Thanks I have corrected – MS]

  2. I just posted this on Open Mike but it's just as applicable here.

    From No Right Turn:

    "Meanwhile, Labour has ruled out a wealth tax, a capital gains tax, or any increase in taxation beyond their derisory re-imposition of a (low) top tax rate on people who earn more than backbench Labour MP's. The message is clear: their "kindness" extends only to rich people, who will be exempted from paying their fair share of the costs of the pandemic (or society in general). As for poor kids, they can keep on starving. Which once again invites the question: what is Labour for, exactly, if they're not going to ever deliver anything?"

    My bold.

    A government with an overwhelming mandate delivering underwhelming 'change.'

    • Stunned Mullet 2.1

      In your opinion what is rich people's fair share ?

      How do you define a rich person ?

      • Drowsy M. Kram 2.1.1

        Nice one Stunned, two 'critical' questions that will be exercising rich and poor unalike. The wealthy will generally be pretty comfortable waiting for answers; the underclass not so much.
        https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/2018743986/the-salvation-army-says-covid-19-will-create-a-new-underclass

        In her essay below, Liang describes poverty as a “heritable condition” that perpetuates and amplifies through generations: “It is also not hard to see how individual poverty flows into communities and society, with downstream effects on economics, crime and health, as well as many other systems. Loosen one strand and everything else unravels.

        A Kete Half Empty

        Poverty is your problem, it is everyone’s problem, not just those who are in poverty. – Rebecca, a child from Te Puru
        https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/118809656/why-poverty-in-new-zealand-is-everyones-concern?cid=app-android

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2

        Rich person = anyone with passive income.

        Passive income = income that they didn't work for i.e, shareholders and owners of rental property.

        Paying their fair share is wrong as the government doesn't even need an income.

        Instead we should be looking at a fair share of the total income of the country which would require a maximum income, the removal of passive income and the closing of loopholes in the tax system that allow rich people to avoid paying the taxes that they should be paying.

        Do that and then we could have a fair income system and the removal of income taxes.

  3. Rosemary McDonald 3

    I guess the honeymoon is over then?

  4. Pat 4

    They are trapped by the (developed) worldwide credit growth model and lack the courage (and imagination) to row against the tide….and in the medium term I'm not sure they would be thanked by anyone if they did

    Until such time as one of the major players changes course I suspect the lack of courage will remain.

  5. Sabine 5

    The government supported the workers of this country with the 'Wage Subsidy'. Honestly it can not be so hard to finally get that right.

    The wage subsidy did "benefit" a few very large businesses – all smaller and micro businesses used the wage subsidy as it was intended, pay the wages of its staff and keep them on the books rather then send them all into unemployment starting with the first lockdown. Same with the two – class system of unemployed, Covid or not, that increased Covid unemployment benefit will now run out in December – just for christmas – for those last lucky ducky that lost their jobs in October, loose it in November and yer shit outta luck.

    It is called 'flattening the unemployment curve' and it did what was expected. It was never fair, ripe for abuse, but hey, such is life, and no one could have predicted that the big box businesses would abuse the Treasury. s/

    Labour was quite clear what it was not going to do,

    – it was not gonna raise taxes in any meaningful way – the increase in the taxes for those at 180.000 is laughable in its mendacity and will never make any meaningful money for the treasury – but surely Robertson felt good when he announced it,

    -it will not increase the benefits for beneficiaries in any meaningful way,

    -it will not decouple the right to unemployment benefits from a partnership/marriage – thus harming mainly women who lost their jobs( and so far the biggest impact of unemployment is born by women- but we don't talk about that too) but have a partner still with a job – an archaic rule if ever there was one – sorry lady, you go ask your partner for your next mealticket, but it will dispense kindness and gentlenessness with a catapult for all those that don't like what they see happening

    – and the poor kids of this country, the kids that are poor because their parents are poor, will maybe get a free meal in school – hopefully before next year when the full roll out to freed some 200.000 kids is to be completed.

    All of this was known before the election. Why so surprised now?

    • Rosemary McDonald 5.1

      All of this was known before the election. Why so surprised now?

      Agreed. Beggars belief that those Labour loyals didn't see this.

      Too late now…another three years of the most vulnerable being told 'Wait, your day will come…'

    • And Air NZ (sorry Walmart Airlines) is using Government Money to pay bonuses.

      I thought that they were told that they couldn't have the wage subsidy and pay bonuses.

      • Tricledrown 5.2.1

        Facts please the govt set up a $900 million loan facility for Air NZ they haven't used much of it only $100 million.

        The fact air NZ paid dividends to shareholders is misunderstood because the govt is a 51% shareholder so while they give Air NZ a cheap loan to help keep them afloat because going bankrupt the govt would loose even more money but the govt gets 51% of the dividends plus tax from GST and profit.

        Air NZ going bankrupt would have dire consequences for our economy.

        The Walmart comment is an ignorant comment The former CEO of Walmart changed the employment culture at Walmart from Zero hrs and minimum wage to permanent and decent wages.

  6. weka 6

    It’s softened from being a straight vertical fall by the $25 per week increase for those on the main benefit…

    Is that true though? Labour increased the base rate of benefits, but some beneficiaries getting TAS won't get the full $25. I remember at the time beneficiaries saying they got a few dollars.

    What useful economic analysis would look like if we want to understand the actual situation for beneficiaries:

    1. the figures of how many beneficiaries got how much in their bank account (do it in brackets of $5 or whatever)
    2. how much rents have gone up since then.

    Not sure if other supplementary benefits affected the 'in bank account' amount, or earnings/abatement, it's a complicated system (how benefits get calculated).

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      I remember at the time beneficiaries saying they got a few dollars.

      What's published is called the headline rate. What's not published is the formulation that determines how much of that headline rate that a person will get.

      Pretty close to nobody will get the headline rate.

      A large problem with the headline rate is that after its published the rentiers will put rents and other prices up to capture that $50 for themselves thus ensuring that the majority of people that receive it will be worse off.

      What useful economic analysis would look like if we want to understand the actual situation for beneficiaries:

      ZOMG, you want the government to make decisions based upon facts rather than reckons and feels.

      /sarc

  7. weka 7

    This Government is supporting the rich to get richer, not the poor. And it’s accelerating.

    No shit. What do you think should be done about that? Because it was obvious before the election that this was the state of play, so I can only assume that Labour voters are in fact ok with the situation, or they believe that Labour can be convinced to change its fundamental approach. I'd love to know how.

    • Rosemary McDonald 7.1

      I can only assume that Labour voters are in fact ok with the situation,

      I await with bated breath a response from the on- site Labour/Jacinda supporters, especially now they can no longer blame Winston.

  8. AB 8

    These trends were present pre-Covid. So the brilliance and rigour of Labour's response to Covid – for which we should be grateful and for which they were rewarded at the election – has enabled BAU to continue and perhaps accelerate. A deep irony, given how those who benefit most from BAU lambasted Labour's Covid response as excessively harsh and damaging to business – they couldn’t even recognise that their own arses were being saved.

    Ardern (as I have said before) is the most talented third-way politician seen anywhere – but her brilliance doesn't make it any less of a dead-end. I don't see any way out of it, unless some pennies drop as Ardern thinks about her legacy, and they surprise us.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      /Agreed

      The only way out of it that I see is the inevitable collapse of society brought about by capitalism.

      Going to kill a lot of people but it might alleviate climate change somewhat.

    • greywarshark 8.2

      As Sir Humphrey explains to PM Jim Hacker government's purpose is to enable government to continue.

  9. RedLogix 9

    Well a lot depends on whether you want to bend the upper K branch downward, or lift the lower one up.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    On the strength of that one announcement alone, global sharemarkets have gone upwardly nuts overnight, and look set to continue.

    Bludgers looking to bludge on the desperation of everyone else.

    So we can see the direction that this government is taking pretty clearly, and it is towards supporting business rather than workers, in the expectation that this will flow through to the economy generally.

    Based upon the very wrong assumption that its business that supports the community rather than the fact that its the community that supports business. If a business has no customers then it collapses and those customers are the community. The community cannot collapse except through stupid decisions by government or natural disasters.

    In terms of shifting our economy to something more productive, more sustainable, and more likely to generate higher salaries and better prospects, Government’s main policy moves are taking us in exactly the opposite direction of where we need to go.

    The government is moving in the way that capitalism demands that it move – to protect the capitalists. It will, inevitably, destroy the community as capitalism has always done.

  11. ken 11

    And kiss goodbye to all that cannabis tax money too.

  12. greywarshark 12

    In case Ad didn't explain:

    A Kshaped recovery occurs when, following a recession, different parts of the economy recover at different rates, times, or magnitudes. … This type of recovery is called Kshaped because the path of different parts of the economy when charted together may diverge, resembling the two arms of the Roman letter "K."Sep 30, 2020 K-Shaped Recovery Definition – Investopedia

    I haven't read much of the post because I suddenly thought of my conclusion that we have been moving in different directions for years. House prices are outside the inflation measure that applies to the rest of us. And seeing that Treasury and the Reserve Bank's main mission is to control inflation, that means that house prices can jump up to the moon and our spending power goes down when it comes to housing which we all need.

    So some financial PR thinking up a new jazzy name for some theory is just a crock of recycled rubbish.

  13. WeTheBleeple 13

    So much of the government's 'relief' is just paying off the mortgages of those who have property, then they in turn make money hand over fist doing nothing.

    Sure seems to be deepening the divide, while heating up the housing market.

    Two tiers of benefits.

    No CGT (Winston as scapegoat)

    No cannabis (Public as scapegoat)

    No idea?

    Where is the transformation?

    Where is the nuclear moment?

    Housing is the only game in town. Our movers and shakers are a tedious pack of pot bellied pretenders.

  14. left_forward 14

    global sharemarkets have gone upwardly nuts overnight, and look set to continue

    The premise of your OP seems to depend on your claim that the market went nuts – a little upward correction after weeks of significant decline – definitely no nuts!

  15. Ian 15

    The covid queen is talking marraige. It's all going fine folks. I notice that the Auckland council is down a bit in income. Apparently the Divi's from the airport and port are not what they used to be. Don't worry,Adrian will just print more money to fill the gap.

  16. Tricledrown 16

    Most of the rise in unemployment is from tourism and hospitality to say the wage subsidy and business loans are a waste of time have no factual basis small businesses employ 85% of NZers.I know many small businesses and most would have shut up shop by now if not for these initiatives ie the fruit and vege shop lost all his stock due to the shutdown they couldn't claim the wage subsidy but were able to claim the interest free loan to restock their shop and stay in business.

    NZ hasn't faced an economic shock of this magnitude since the great depression 1920-1936.

    The countries economic indicators are looking much better than any Bank economist or National ACT talk back host doomsayers.

    NZfirst had a big say in how benefit increases were handled still they were the biggest permanent increases in the OECD Australia gave much higher short term increases which are running out now.

    Grant Robertson has barely put his feet under the table let's see what they do with this massive majority before bagging them.

    But if they don't then I will be in the chorus giving them hell.

  17. Cricklewood 17

    Unless drastic action is taken this inequality is going to be locked on for generations.

    If you aren't in the housing market now you are fucked and so are your kids, my shitty townhouse has sky rocketed in so called value by 300k in the last 3-4 years, way more than my wages in the same time period. In the same complex rent is far greater than my mortgage payment. When the time comes i'll be able to leverage to help my daughter into a home. If i didnt have this I wouldnt have a hope in hell.

    As I see it Labour has a mandate to help the working classes, the under employed and the unemployed.

    If a majority Labour govt sits on hits hands supporting the land owning/business owning class this term i'm done with voting. Will prove its a complete waste of time.

  18. Maurice 18

    $100 BILLIONS dumped into the 'economy' … where else do we expect it to wash up but into the housing prices?

    • Tricledrown 18.1

      The number of building permits is at record levels so there is one positive out of the negatives of record high Rent and house prices. Housing supply is increasing at a rate to go beyond the demand for the first time in 20 years so if the number of house builds keeps up to this level eventually house supply will meet demand.Forcing prices down.The other positive is this level of house building will keep unemployment down.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS (ANZMIN) 2024
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago

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