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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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  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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