Crash National’s Party – Protest for Fairness at Work

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, July 16th, 2010 - 52 comments
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John Key’s expected to announce drastic attacks on workers’ rights in his speech to the National Party conference in Auckland this weekend, and activists from all over the Left will be there to make it clear that attacks on working Kiwis will not be tolerated.

These latest attacks on wage and salary earners come, not surprisingly, as National’s financial backers are withholding their funding unless Key delivers faster and deeper cuts to our rights and protections.

As a result Key is expected to announce plans to give every employer in New Zealand the power to sack their workers for any reason, or no reason at all, within the first 90 days of a new job. This means every Kiwi starting a new job would face the risk of being fired, on the spot, with no fair process and no right of appeal. It is a policy that entrenches unfairness at the heart of our employment law.

He also wants to deny workers the right to see their union representative on the job. Under Key’s plan employers will have more power to refuse union organisers entry to the workplace. In reality this also means hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will lose the ability to join a union in the first place, as unions will be unable to go onsite and recruit new members. You can see what the end goal here is, and why National’s business backers might be demanding this change.

The Nats also plan to slash union education for workers (don’t want workers going and learning about their employment rights) and make cuts to our holiday entitlements.

The effect of all this, as we know from the experience of the 1990s, will be to reduce our wages and conditions and leave New Zealand falling even further behind Australia. There is no moral or economic justification for these changes, they haven’t even updated their spin. This is just good old fashioned class war from a party that exists to enrich the business elite at the expense of ordinary wage and salary earners.

You can stand up and fight back against this madness by joining the protest at 10am on Sunday at Sky City Hotel  in Auckland (Main entrance, 72 Victoria Street West, Auckland City). Key’s speech is at 11am and the idea is to make as much noise as possible, so bring your pots, your pans and your vuvezelas.

UPDATE: Facebook group here.

52 comments on “Crash National’s Party – Protest for Fairness at Work”

  1. jen 1

    If you live in Dunedin, there will be a similar protest at 12 pm in the Octagon, marching to the National Party office on Princes St.

  2. ianmac 2

    One of the Union commentators this morning said that the PM gave them an undertaking at the Conference last year that although the issues had been in the Election manifesto, he did not have it in mind to activate it, but if that changed he would get back to discuss it with the Unions. But he didn’t.

    Another example of just telling the audience what it wants to hear?

  3. eye saw 3

    My grandad was working on a work scheme during the depression.
    They were digging a drain on a rural swamp drainage scheme and there were a lot of men employed.
    Outside the fence was lined with unemployed men wanting work.
    The boss walked along one day,a man from outside the fence pointed at grandad and said how much are you paying that man.3pence an hour.
    I’ll do it for 2pence.
    End of job.
    The kind of job conditions national want.
    Push the sky tower over on sunday.

  4. nilats 4

    Can we borrow Len the Loudspeaker man to dish out the appropriate response?
    When the riff raff arrive I wonder how many rely on a benefit to keep their standard of living?

  5. J Mex 5

    It would seem that the introduction of the 90 day probationary period didn’t really bring on any of the horrific employment conditions that the opponents of the bill said it would. What makes you think the extension of the bill will?

  6. SHG 6

    The 90-day probation seems eminently sensible to me and I can’t see why it was initially restricted to small businesses.

  7. Sookie 7

    I have no time for ‘class warfare’ and other lame phrases from the old days of the left wing, but I loathe this government with a passion, and I do have time for unions. The modest resurgence of the union movement and improvements in employment law under the Clark government made NZ a less nasty, cutthroat, struggle of a place for poor to middling people. Most people in NZ are poor to middling, and they need their basic rights protected. The majority of humble Kiwis remember the bad old days of the Nineties quite well, and will kick Key in the nuts as soon as they get a whiff of that same bullshit starting up again. This is the Employment Contracts Act by nefarious, sneaky means. At least Bolger, Richardson, Birch et all were honest about sticking it to the peasants. I wish I could go to this protest, even if I had to hang with the uncool socialists, but alas, I’m in the Deep South where nobody protests nothin’.

    • toad 7.1

      Hey, there was a pretty good one in Invercargill against mining a couple of weeks ago.

      • Sookie 7.1.1

        Dunners is pretty pathetic for protests, Toad, very low turnouts. Not like my old student days. However there is one organised for tomorrow in the Octagon at 12PM I have just heard- “A Dunedin protest at the National Party announcement of attacks on unions and workers rights.” Would be nice if they did get some people turn up, since our economy is depressed and our workers quite low on the average wages scale, but apathy rules in this fair city.

        • loota 7.1.1.1

          Hopefully I’ll make it to that protest in DN tomorrow Sookie.

          Yes ‘Class Warfare’ is a lame phrase from decades past but I am tempted to think that it best describes what is going on at the moment.

          Ironically, many of the poor and middling have been told to expect nothing better from life, believe it and still support National.

          People who are in reality labourers – but now work in a shirt and tie for minimum wage or a couple of dollars per hour more – cannot even recognise that they are the new proletariat.

    • michaeljsavage 7.2

      not many people want class warfare. most would abhor it and it isnt a hallmark of socialism in its purest form. the class warfare is coming from the right wing and the new right economic theorists who play fast and loose with economics and return to centralised socialist policies when the brown stuff hits the fan.

      The old left wing got in place the benefits of a fair and equitable society … at great personal cost often … the clark government only restored what others fought for and won – and the new right stripped away.

  8. Rex Widerstrom 8

    I’m with J Mex and SHG above… abuses of the law seem to have been few and far between and provided strong snactions agsinst abuse are written in I think there are significant advantages that outweigh the risks. Mind you, that’s only on the proviso of their being sanctions, and I don’t trust NACT to ensure fairness in that way.

    I agree the intent here is negative… but the outcome needn’t necessarily be. New Zealanders generally have an innate sense of a “fair go” (something that bloody Australians keep claiming as uniquely theirs, much to my annoyance). If an employer put staff on a 90 day revolving door, then the reaction to that would be almost uniformly negative and either force a change in policy by that employer (most likely) or a law change (less likely).

    On the other side of the coin, I’m sometimes in the position of trying to find a job for someone who has a criminal record. In fact having just won a case which allows a convicted murderer to serve out his parole in WA and take care of his ailing ex-wife and be near their children, I now have to try and find him employment.

    The murder was committed over a decade ago, under extreme provocation, and was a crime of passion. His record in jail and on parole in another state for several years is perfect. In other words he’s a danger to no one, and comes with glowing references for his work in prison industries and on the outside. But who wants a murderer on their staff?

    Being able to say to an employer “Give him a go… if he’s any trouble in the first 90 days you’ve lost nothing” would be a huge boon.

    Okay that’s an extreme example, but for “murderer” insert “someone who’d been out of the workforce for years”, “some wanting a chnage of career”, “someone wanting their first job”, and so on.

    • Tiger Mountain 8.1

      Well Rex even murderers get a “day in court’, unlike workers in New Zealand soon. Natural justice is out as far as Johnnie and the hollowmen are concerned.

      • Rex Widerstrom 8.1.1

        Yep TM, a law only works if it’s written with fairness in mind, and the judges appointed to referee it are impartial. Sadly I don’t think either will apply in this case (though I’d happily be corrected by the outcome).

        Which is a pity, because done correctly and fairly it could work to advantage as I’ve mentioned above.

    • SMSD 8.2

      Rex, what do you mean by “sanctions against abuse”?

      The entire point of the law is that employers can sack anyone, anytime within 90 days with no reason. There is no way that kind of law can be checked, given that there is no requirement for employers to give any reason for a sacking, so there is no way an employee can have any recourse, ujnless the employer is dumb enough to say “I am sacking you because of your race” (for instance).

      Up until now, the law did allow for trial periods, but there were checks to ensure they weren’t a sham. This law gets rid of that, for more workers than before.

      • Rex Widerstrom 8.2.1

        I’d define abuse as a queue of people saying “I was employed for 89 days and then given the sack”. And maybe someone else saying… “and I took over his job and did 89 days”.

        Unless it’s the most unskilled work I can imagine I can think of no reason why an employer would take on someone for 89 days and then sack them for a reason other than that they weren’t performing. Even the most minimal employment and induction costs involved in employing that person’s replacement would leave the employer out of pocket.

        I know employers will abuse loopholes – in Australia the requirement to pay 9% superannuation on top of the wages of permanent staff leads some to abuse the “casual worker” loophole – but I just can’t see an advantange to them in abusing this one and nor have I heard of them so doing.

    • Luxated 8.3

      …abuses of the law seem to have been few and far between…

      I know I’m pulling this slightly out of context but I think it needs to be addressed. Since there is effectively no legal oversight of the law how can we be sure that the law isn’t being abused (much)? With no legal recourse the only other alternative is to go to the media and then you have to be damned confident that the law was abused and a very confidential individual to be able to go to the papers or on TV and say “I’ve been sacked”.

      • Rex Widerstrom 8.3.1

        These things become known Luxated. People approach CABs or Community Law Centres to see if they have any rights in these situations, or end up on a benefit and some welfare organisation hears of their case, and it’s these organisations that highlight the abuses… scum always rises to the surface, and any scum employers get found out.

        • Luxated 8.3.1.1

          It would be nice to think so. However I’m not so sure that this is the case at least in this situation. Say something often enough and it becomes the truth, so if people keep telling probationary employees that they have no rights (fundamentally true with certain exceptions) they will believe that and not attempt to find out what few rights they do have.

          Also in my layman’s view of the law it seems particularly difficult to abuse it in a strict legal sense (I’d say designed to, but I’m not quite that cynical yet). If no reason has to be given to fire someone the only way that dismissal could be proved to be illegal is if the ex-employee could demonstrate that either the 90 probation period wasn’t applicable or that their dismissal contravened the BORA. The first scenario seems quite unlikely to occur unless the employer is careless, the second scenario is more likely but difficult to prove.

          From an ethical standpoint it is obviously much easier to abuse the law, but for that to show up you would need a case of systemic abuse for it to come to the attention of the appropriate organisations e.g. 90 day rolling rosters or similar. The thing is, smaller companies can’t really pull that off, lower number of applications per position, low staff turnover, small staff size (probates constantly leaving is obvious).

          • Carol 8.3.1.1.1

            There was a young woman who talked on camera last night on TV3 News, about being laid off through the 90 Day rule. She was told she could get an explanation as to why she was laid off, so wrote a letter to the employers concern asking why. She got no reply. So she has no idea what she did wrong, how she could improve etc.

  9. I try to avoid Nats as much as I can however we all get stuck with them sometimes .And thats when you can listen to their ideals and beliefs.
    Listen to what the farmers say about workers,listen to the BRT and the employers Fed and worse off all listen to the working class Tories. The former say “It does the worker good to have to tighten his belt.Whilst suffering from overeating .The latter whine that the “unions have done nothing for me” but are first in the queue to recieve the benifits . Im sick of them all .I will fight them and oppose them until the day I

  10. OleOlebiscuitBarrell 10

    Go for it. The public will get to see you all “crashing” and frothing. Then you guys will wring your hands and ask again why the public haven’t “woken up” as National’s popularity continues to rise.

  11. bobo 11

    Very appropriate venue for a National Party conference, put the economy all on red John.. will the mole be attending this years do?

  12. Tanz 12

    Julia Gillard was darn lucky that the egg thrower was a bad shot. Not that I condone such desperate behaviour. National will have their conference and laugh behind closed doors. Since when did they listen to voices of dissent? They have the power now and care for public opinion not one jot. Roll on 2011, maybe Winston will really be back!

  13. tsmithfield 13

    The reason that Labour is doing so poorly at the moment is that they are picking issues that don’t gel with public sentiment. For instance, kicking up a fuss about tax cuts, arming police etc. I think this 90 day issue is in a similar category. From what I have heard on talkback etc, people generally seem to understand the concept that employers are more likely to give people a go if there is less risk for them in doing so. Screaming, heckling protestors outside the National Party conference is just going to confirm what a lot of people already think about Labour.

    That doesn’t actually mean I think Labour is wrong about everything they take a stand on. But there is a difference between being right and being popular. In the end, like it or not, politics is a popularity game. Labour needs to learn this lesson fast.

  14. It will be interesting to see how the Maori Party reacts to this attack on workers rights. Is Tariana Turia /Sharples going to just let it go bye without comment. We seen the Maori Party support the Nats on all their anti-worker legislation so I expect they will ignore this attack on workers rights, However this is so serious this could well be the end of the Maori Party.

    • Jenny 14.1

      EMA has no evidence of 90 day claims

      While the right wing EMA have no evidence. As Carol points out, the Maori Party cite statistics that show that Maori youth unemployment in particular has grown worse since the introduction of the 90 day law.

      Turoa Flavell:

      The level of Maori youth who have participated in the workforce, between March this year and last year, when the scheme came to effect, has dropped by 1.5%. Over that same time, the Maori youth unemployment rate has increased by 6.4% to 27.7%.

      As opponents of this bill will there be a Maori Party presence at the protest on Sunday?

      Will the Greens rally their supporters be there?

      Will there be a large Labour Party contingent and their supporters there?

      If they organise together, could they build a flax roots campaign big enough to defeat this bill?

      Who knows?

      The only way to tell, will be to rock on up.

      • Jenny 14.1.1

        .
        On Friday morning the Employers and Manufactures Association was challenged by Combined Trades Union President, Helen Kelly to come up with evidence that trial periods create jobs.

        Rather than provide any numbers or factual data the EMA reply with 5 anecdotes.

        Anecdotal evidence is not hard evidence, because used selectively it can be used to justify any position, but even with this low level of evidence the EMA is stretching.

        1) ‘I am a manager of a childcare centre who employs nine staff. We have had previous ladies take on this role but with little success, both for themselves and us. We were hesitant and cautious when employing someone to fill this role but have recently employed a young lady. As it turns out everything is going extremely well and the employee is very happy, as are we.’

        Anecdote 1) A childcare agency says that they have hired a new start and it is going well. In this anecdote the 90 day trial is not even mentioned. Was the new employee working under the 90 day trial period or not?

        This employer doesn’t say.

        If this worker was employed under this scheme, did it influence this employers decision?

        The employer doesn’t mention if it was.

        Result?

        A mystery.

        2) ‘We have employed a young person who was advertising for an apprenticeship in an engineering company. So far he is doing very well and we are planning at this stage to offer him a full apprenticeship at the end of his 90-day trial period.’

        Anecdote 2) A young person was advertising for an apprenticeship and was given a start under the 90 day scheme by an engineering firm.

        “So far he is doing well and we are planning at this stage to offer him a full apprenticeship.”

        Notice the qualifications, “So far he is doing well”, and “at this stage”.

        A win for the 90 day trial law?

        A “qualified” maybe.

        3) ‘We have hired a staff member on a trial period and are very happy with the relaxed attitude about 90-day trial period. Prior to this being introduced we were reluctant to take anyone on. Times are tough with imports taking away most of our work. However, the position offered was one that required a specialist machinist. Here’s hoping all goes ok and thanks for the help offered recently.’

        Anecdote 3) An employee taken on under the scheme by an employer who said they are “happy” with the “relaxed attitude”.

        Would they get a job?

        “Here’s hoping all goes well” says the employer.

        Another maybe.

        4) ‘The applicant was put through a fairly demanding two hour interview with some basic math and computer tests – just to check they can do what they say they can under pressure and that the results are as we want. The applicant was informed that we would like her to go through the 90 day trial period. She agreed to the trial and that it was no problem. She said she expected it and had confidence in herself to succeed.’

        Anecdote 4) After a “demanding two hour interview” to check that the employee could do the job.

        Will this employee get a permanent job?

        The employee herself said she was confident she would succeed.

        The employer gave no comment.

        Was this a win?

        Who knows?

        5) ‘We are delighted with the new legislation as it has meant that we have been able to employ an additional two fabrication engineers full time without having to take the chance and run the bureaucratic gauntlet if we made the wrong decision. This change in the regulations gives us a fair chance at candidate selection without the risk of a lengthy and expensive litigation process should we employ an unsuitable person in error. In my 25 years in business it has occurred to me that making it successfully through a 30 minute interview is relatively easy for a candidate but keeping a facade up for three months is a different ball game.’

        Anecdote 5) After taking on two workers under this scheme, the employer raves on about how great this legislation is.
        Saying that it was easy for workers to get successfully through a 30 minute interview, “but keeping up a facade for three months was a different ball game.”

        OK we get it. Employers love this scheme.

        But whether either of these two workers would achieve a full time job was not even mentioned. This was obviously not an important issue for this employer.

        This employer obviously needs these two vacancies filled, and if he deems his current hires are not performing to his satisfaction he will dismiss them and replace them with two more.

        The net affect on unemployment?

        Zero.

        Since this policy is being sold as an answer to rising unemployment this must be counted as a fail.

        To sum up the results. One mystery outcome, Two maybes, One no comment, and One fail.

        I would like to ask David Lowe of the EMA:

        Yes you made it clear that employers like this scheme, But did anyone at all, actually get a permanent job from any of the five anecdotes you submitted as ‘evidence’?

        Is this outcome even important to you, or your organisation?

  15. Rex Widerstrom 15

    there is a difference between being right and being popular

    “There go my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” (M. Gandhi, quoting Alexandre Ledru-Rollin (1848))

  16. tsmithfield 16

    I guess there is always a certain amount of this in politics Rex. Politicians are supposed to be sensitive to the concerns of the people they represent.

    I guess the skill in politics is to understand the essence of those concerns, come up with a solution that actually achieves some positive outcomes, and frame the answer in a way that connects with people.

    I think National is doing much better in this respect than Labour at the moment, as the polls suggest.

  17. Herodotus 17

    “Trevor Mallard says:
    July 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    The NZEI made claims based on teachers with better qualifications getting paid more the government agreed. Get over it.”
    So we have a lab MP after supporting the abolution of youth rates, so anyone performing a work task is paid the same rate, now we have this MP now supporting a differential of pay not from performance or ability to perform that task (In this case teaching) but on qualifications. Be it a degreee or a certificate in teahing both have achieved the technical ability to teach yet at there is a continuing pay differential exceeding $12k p.a. at the top of the scale. So does this indicate that some in Lab also believe in Fairness at Work?
    For what it is worth only crap coys would play the rolling of staff every 3 months to save money, and they deserve that they get named and shamed with the eventual result of going under, or modify their behaviour (Then we all win in sorts). Most though invest in their workforce and why would you flick on workers that you and they have jointly made an invesment in the coy (Be it financial or emotional). Yet there should be some balancing safeguards with the ability of unions to have axcess to workplaces so as to guage the coys work conditions, inform staff of (diminishing) rights, even assist management (?????) and to be as mentioned above to name and shame the bad apples.

    • Gosman 17.1

      As I have stated previously on this issue the UK has had a variation of this 90 Day trial thing for a while (certainly much longer than in NZ). When I started work for an IT firm in London I was put on a 90 Day trial period and had less ‘rights’ and even compensation than people who were not on this. Noone seemed to have a problem with how this worked over there so why the fuss here?

      • Lanthanide 17.1.1

        There’s actually no reason that a company can’t do that under the existing law, if they so choose.

  18. Gooner 18

    Fairness in the workplace?

    Life’s not fair. Get used to it and get over it.

    • loota 18.1

      Quite right Gooner, I think at this rate a few business owners and senior managers will find that out before too long.

    • michaeljsavage 18.2

      No it isnt fair – and the right to protest isnt fair either is it.

      I think everyone has gotten over it – except some of us it seems

  19. Bill 19

    Kind of funny that all you ‘right wing chappies’ have jumped all through this thread repeating the drivel you dribbled on the other thread.

    So, lets try this again. You lap dog hero didn’t want to do this. But your lap dog hero’s master was withholding the treats (Party donations). So he’s done this even though he reckons it might well be the end of him.

    Smart guy.

    Always chasing that buck no matter where it takes him; attempting a blatant theft from all workers to feed party coffers.

  20. Adrian 20

    ” You might like him, but he doesn’t like you !” For all who voted for Key against their better judgement.

  21. big blouse 21

    I thought you got rid of the sick comedy act big bruv.

    [lprent: He is on holiday for a month (currently the only person on a non-permanent ban). Why do you ask? And before anyone asks, I checked the IP. ]

  22. ak 22

    Where were you that Sunday, Grandad
    When they brought in Fire at Will
    Were you standing upright then
    Was your voice your own, still?

    Did you see the pearls and furs
    As they sipped their crystal flutes
    Did they cackle in their glory
    Wiping spittle from their suits?

    Did a shadow pass their eyes
    When they felt your firm reproof
    Did you give them pause that day
    Or did they spit upon the truth?

    Do you think they glimpsed it then
    In that gilded plastic den
    The coming storm before the calm
    The beginning of their end?

    Where were you that Sunday, Grandad?

  23. Emp 23

    haha you socialist labour lapdogs are so predictable. Losers have nothing better to do than protest a party conference. Shows nats still in charge and setting the agenda and you labour flunkies are reactive, you dicks won’t get near government if you keep letting national set the agenda. But you’re too stupid.

    Oh and when you dicks say national’s backers refused funding and use your own post to back it up then that’s not blogging that’s making shit up. Read your about policy losers. Ooooh look I just channelled PRENT.


    IrishBill: and that’s you banned.

  24. Jenny 24

    The CTU call for a protest rally outside the National Party conference being held in the Sky City casino complex this Sunday at 10am.
    But as yet, not one of the parliamentary parties of the Left have posted information on the CTU called protest. As a simple act of solidarity with the union movement. Does anyone know why this hasn’t been done?

  25. Jenny 25

    From stuff.co.nz

    Florence Cohen did not realise anything was wrong at her Saturday job at Waikanae’s Take Note stationery shop till the last day of her 90-day probation period.
    “I was working eight or nine-hour shifts every Saturday. On the final week [of the 90 days], five minutes before the end of my shift, they took me out back and gave me a letter saying I was dismissed.”

    Florence, a 17-year-old in year 12 at Paraparaumu College, said she enlisted the help of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, which challenged the dismissal.

    In a second letter, her employers listed faults with her work, which she says were never raised with her previously. “They didn’t say that I was doing anything wrong at the time and so I thought I was totally fine.”

    She believes that extending the 90-day provision will allow more workers to be dismissed without being told there is a problem.

    “I think it’s going to hurt anyone who wants to go for a job. A lot of people are going to get dragged into this and if they only go for jobs where there is no 90-day trial, then that’s going to limit them, and if it goes to bigger companies, then that’s going to limit them more.”

    capcha – signals

  26. Xiao Banfa 26

    Has Labour said they’ll restore the right of entry once they’re in power?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    3 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    3 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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