Cullen leaving Parliament

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The press statement from Michael Cullen on his departure from Parliament is here.

He will be missed, and probably not just by members of the Labour Party. He has been an outstanding Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. His attention to looking forward to circumstances such as the current world economic chaos has left us far better off than I would have believed possible in 1999.

However I’m sure that the targets of his wit in the house will be glad to see him leave for a less voluble position. It will provide less material for blogs such as ours.

67 comments on “Cullen leaving Parliament ”

  1. Pat 1

    “He will be missed, and probably not just by members of the Labour Party.”

    He will probably also be missed by members of the Green Party.

    Outside of those two groups, you might be hard pressed to find anyone else who will miss him.

    He was a polarising figure in NZ politics. Amongst the public he is probably well respected, but not well liked. Labour needed both him and Helen gone so they can move the party forward.

  2. IrishBill 2

    While I think Cullen was a good finance minister, I think he pissed away opportunities including the chance to reform the reserve bank act. Paying down debt etc was good but the failure to rein in monetarism left us with the housing bubble and an appalling private savings record as well limiting our ability to respond to the credit crunch.

    I also am uncomfortable with The Standard re-publishing Labour party press releases. I will remove it and replace it with a link.

  3. Pat

    He is someone the right wing have demonised because they realise that he is so talented. He did polarise but only between reasonable kiwis and the loud but small group of people who insist on a tax cut no matter what the repercussions.

    He has been an exceptional Minister of Finance and under his stewardship the books have never looked better.

    When people retire in 15 years time they should take the opportunity to thank him for the Cullen fund and for Kiwisaver, presuming that they are not gutted in the meantime.

    • The Baron 3.1

      Yes, well your opinion is evidently equally biased. Being a fan of Labour’s policies does not excuse you from looking objectively at the evidence there, my man.

      One can argue that it would have been difficult for the books NOT to look good given the economic times we had during the first 8 years of the 5th labour govt. Did he make the most of the fair weather? OECD comparisons say otherwise; interest rates grew high due to the fiscal stimulus he pumped into the economy, which lead to increased currency inflows, strangling out export growth as the dollar got higher.

      I think that the role of a finance minister is the most difficult to judge objectively – and I don’t think I will try… (though, I evidently lean to the right, but I’m not really too impressed by Billy either).

      What I do think is evident though is that Cullen misread the public’s mood quite disasterously towards the end. Surely his personal dogged refusal of tax cuts played a large part in Labour’s demise in 2008. I think there are lessons in that for Labour, even if you don’t want to go down the tax cut route.

      • lprent 3.1.1

        I agree that he was mistaken about tax-cuts. He shouldn’t have put them in. We weren’t in a position that the fiscal position into the future was covered for all liabilities. In particular the liabilities for increased superannuation with only about a third covered.

        They were a beat-up from the right selectively using the wrong fiscal statements that looked only at the current fiscal statement rather than one including forward liabilities.

        The May 27th budget will highlight this, because Billy has to give taxcuts AND to account for forward liabilities under the Fiscal responsibility Act.

        Basically you’re wrong for the wrong reasons.

        • The Baron 3.1.1.1

          Good points, though I’m not so interested in the rights or wrongs of tax cuts (at least in this thread) – the point was more one of PR, and how I think Cullen ended up with a shitty image by the end of that process…

          • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1.1

            Fair enough, and you’re probably right on the politics of it.

            The Nat’s and the media ran with tax cuts for years and years as a story. Cullen’s job as minister wasn’t to win elections though it was to look after the government’s books.

            I think anyone would be hard pressed to argue that the problem with the boom times was that we didn’t inflate the bubble enough… 😉

        • ripp0 3.1.1.2

          LP,

          The May 27th budget will highlight this, because Billy has to give taxcuts AND to account for forward liabilities under the Fiscal responsibility Act.

          How very interesting… AND… (for turned on monetarists along the treasury benches) a huge impediment to government economic/financial strategy. Basically in the current crisis with assets ‘locked’ and/or declining data relating forward liabilities (likely increasing).. puts the wrong folks in any PPIPs (public private investment partnerships) out front..

  4. Tim Ellis 4

    I wonder how Labour Party supporters feel about Cullen swallowing a few dead rats to do National’s bidding in those SOEs.

    • lprent 4.1

      I thought that was the whole point of the SOE’s. That the government acted as a shareholder with an ability to appoint directors. The government didn’t act as managers or even have that much of a role in governance apart from that. The issue shouldn’t arise.

      It certainly hasn’t been an issue for Bolger doing the same under a Labour-led government.

      If you know of plans to change this separation of governance and ownership, I’d be fascinated to find out….

      • Tim Ellis 4.1.1

        LP, Bolger’s appointment enraged many National Party supporters who saw the move as a sell-out on his part. Likewise I suspect many Labour supporters will be enraged with Michael Cullen.

        Yes, there is a separation of governance, ownership, and operational management through the SOE model. Yet SOEs are supposed to follow government policy–otherwise you wouldn’t have political appointments and “no surprises” policies with SOE boards.

        • lprent 4.1.1.1

          No surprises generally means that the board keeps the shareholder(s) informed on policies.

          They follow policy in the same way that the police do. If there are funds put in to help with a particular purpose, then that is what those funds are used for. Of course the shareholder can stop putting funds in for those (usually social) purposes. That however is less of a governance issue than a political one.

          The biggest area of conflict is in the shareholders ability to define the dividend from the SOE. That is something that looks like it is being abused in the case of TVNZ at present with the ridiculous dividend that Bill English is expecting when there is falling revenue. That should be looked at in the next review.

        • Felix 4.1.1.2

          Tim,

          That may well be true (about the enraged Nat supporters and equally enraged Labour supporters) but I don’t think it makes a blind bit of difference to the actual running of the SOEs, either by Sir Jim or Dr Mike.

          Hilariously, over at the bog they think Key’s master plan is to appoint Cullen because he’s a terrible economic manager, knowing that he’ll destroy Kiwibank in his ineptitude and fall right into Key’s cunning trap.

          • Tim Ellis 4.1.1.2.1

            I agree Felix… I think I agree at least. Are you saying that it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to the operational management of SOEs who the directors of SOEs are? Because if you are saying that then yes I agree.

            The Cullen-destroying-Kiwibank theory is quite far-fetched. Mind you, if the National Government does have major plans to reform Kiwibank, it will be very hard for Labour to whack the Board about if Cullen is the Chairman.

            That’s why I think Cullen will have enraged many Labour supporters.

            Personally I think Cullen has a range of very useful skills, as Bolger did, which will serve him well as an SOE chairman. But I can’t help but think that many Labour supporters will think of him as selling out.

          • lprent 4.1.1.2.2

            TE: getting back to this discussion…

            I don’t think that many labour supporters are going to have a big issue with Cullen on those boards.

            Personally I think that the sewer rats are pretty much falling into the trap of believing their own rhetoric. Given what Cullen intended to do with the economy (rather than what the sewer thinks that he should have done), he did a amazingly good job at balancing out the competing demands. After all Cullen had as his primary tasks something like this..

            1. to get rid of the systematic unemployment we suffered
            from the 70’s onwards. Thereby freeing up revenue.

            2. to get rid of the accumulated debt that was chewing up about
            a third of the fiscal revenue.

            3. start to deal with the forward liabilities of an aging
            population.

            4. start working towards a greater equality of opportunity
            – ie reduce the effect that the accident of your parents
            had on your opportunities

            5. make sure there was time to do these, ie get elected.

            Generally as far as I understand the arguments used in the sewer over the years, they evaluate down to
            “Me and people like me should get more because we are lucky”.

            The rule of finance ministers is that they have to make the hard choices for the whole of society both now and into the future – not just for the self-promoted cretins who think that they should be privileged than they already are.

          • archdupe 4.1.1.2.3

            1. to get rid of the systematic unemployment we suffered
            from the 70’s onwards. Thereby freeing up revenue.

            MC had little to do with reducing unemployment – he can be congratulated however for not making it worse and taking advantage of favourable economic conditions.

            2. to get rid of the accumulated debt that was chewing up about
            a third of the fiscal revenue.

            Here he did well and used the favouable economic conditions to goood effect in reducing debt.

            3. start to deal with the forward liabilities of an aging
            population.

            Kiwisaver, Cullen fund will be remembered as his greatest achievement while finance minister – even Ket has remarked on this.

            4. start working towards a greater equality of opportunity
            – ie reduce the effect that the accident of your parents
            had on your opportunities

            Meh

            5. make sure there was time to do these, ie get elected.

            Meh

            Generally as far as I understand the arguments used in the sewer over the years, they evaluate down to
            “Me and people like me should get more because we are lucky’.

            Your understanding seems to be limited to bitter political claptrap and a view that people who earn a better than average wage do so because they’re lucky.

            • lprent 4.1.1.2.3.1

              archdupe: Your understanding seems to be limited to bitter political claptrap and a view that people who earn a better than average wage do so because they’re lucky.

              As a gentle warning. You’re probably just a simple idiot with the usual set of unthinking preconceptions of a wingnut about who votes and argues left. That is, I suspect that you consult the lint in your navel for guidance rather than using your brains (or doing a google search).

              Just for your information (if you can find space in that pealike thing you call a brain to store it in).. I’ve been in the top five percent of taxpayers since I left uni 28 years ago, except when I went back to university to get an MBA in Dunedin.

              Just to remove the other standard blinders that unthinking wingnuts like you use. I’ve also worked almost entirely in private industry as a manager and as a tech, helped set up a successful businesses exporting what is now known as SAAS, and spent a lot of the time at the bleeding edge of programming – because I like programming. I’m almost 50 years old, I’m not gay (for some reason wingnuts are obsessed by sexuality – I think they spend too much time massaging themselves), and I like the opportunities to be nasty to people who waste my time (so they don’t do it again).

              In various areas there are a lot of left (and right) commentators here with similar levels or better skills and life-skills. You learn whose opinions to respect. Your ones currently look like those of a voluble idiot.

              Now the probability is that you are just another low-skill (by my standards) wannbe. Is there any reason that I should consider your opinion as being anything apart from another foolish wingnut? I’d suggest that writing comments that show some use of intelligence or skills would be a start.

              In the meantime I’ll call social trends as I see them – without your idiotlogical blinkers.

              {now if this guy follows the usual form, he’ll start muttering about defensiveness or something similar. Where do they stamp these idiots out from ? Clay from Mordor?}

              • archdupe

                Lprent

                “Generally as far as I understand the arguments used in the sewer over the years, they evaluate down to
                “Me and people like me should get more because we are lucky’.

                The rule of finance ministers is that they have to make the hard choices for the whole of society both now and into the future – not just for the self-promoted cretins who think that they should be privileged than they already are.”

                “Just for your information (if you can find space in that pealike thing you call a brain to store it in).. I’ve been in the top five percent of taxpayers since I left uni 28 years ago, except when I went back to university to get an MBA in Dunedin.”

                Guess you’re just lucky eh ?

                • lprent

                  Yes I was lucky. My genetics, early health care, parents, public services like water and sewers, and schools contributed an enormous amount. I’d like that everyone had at least those opportunities.

                  Then I did some hard work. It is a pity about you though… such a waste of effort by society and your parents.

                  We write the posts, you’re welcome to argue with them. However if you want to argue climate change here, then you have to know something about the science of the topic and be prepared to defend your assertions with linkages to something that also relies on science. Simple faith isn’t sufficient, because I don’t value it and nor do most of the commentators.

                  • archdupe

                    “Yes I was lucky. My genetics, early health care, parents, public services like water and sewers, and schools contributed an enormous amount. I’d like that everyone had at least those opportunities.”

                    “Then I did some hard work.”

                    Congratulation on your hard work and the efforts of your parents as early health care, public services are a freeish education are reasonably uniform across NZ I’m sure you can admit the level of bombast in your comments regarding people who do well just being lucky.

                    “It is a pity about you though such a waste of effort by society and your parents.”

                    Not sure what you’re on about IMO I contribute to society rather a lot both in my professional and personal life not to mention my taxes.

                    “However if you want to argue climate change here, then you have to know something about the science of the topic and be prepared to defend your assertions with linkages to something that also relies on science. Simple faith isn’t sufficient, because I don’t value it and nor do most of the commentators.”

                    Yet people here will still argue that NZ should proceed with a local carbon neutral policy which would have a sever impact on our main export earner and would do close to nothing in relation to global climate change.

                    • lprent

                      …early health care, public services are a freeish education are reasonably uniform across NZ…

                      Bullshit. If you think that then you are severely mistaken and completely out of touch. For instance just look at the ERO rankings for schools and ask any teacher.

                      Yet people here will still argue that NZ should proceed with a local carbon neutral policy…

                      Yeah – point to one – I’ll bet that you cannot.

                      What we’re concerned about is that NZ is currently doing absolutely nothing effective to reduce emissions. Consequently our emissions keep rising. Each time a proposal is brought forward, narrow vested interests block it. The latest is the stopping of the ETS stopped by those morons in ACT.

                    • archdupe []

                      [Tane: Higherstandard, you’re still banned under this handle and every other handle you’ve posted under.]

                • Kevin Welsh

                  You’re my hero Archdupe.

              • Chris G

                archdupe just got owned.

          • Felix 4.1.1.2.4

            Ah no Tim, I meant the insane baying of fringe nutters like your mates over at the bog have no impact on the likes of Bolger and Cullen.

            So far it’s all Nact supporters who seem to be throwing their toys out of the cot – haven’t seen any lefties annoyed at this and I can’t really see why they would be.

        • r0b 4.1.1.3

          I suspect many Labour supporters will be enraged with Michael Cullen.

          Not this Labour supporter. Cullen is a good man who will work hard to serve this country in whatever he does. Thanks for everything Michael!

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.3.1

            I’m pretty much of the same view. Absolutely no bad feelings about this appointment, and think it’s a good call on the part of the Nat’s.

            The reaction from starboard is hilarious.

          • r0b 4.1.1.3.2

            The reaction from starboard is hilarious

            It certainly is. My god they’re a hateful bunch of little weenies.

            I was amused to see our own Tim Ellis posting over there: I think it’s a good move. Replace that traitor Jim Bolger who swallowed so many dead rats to do Labour’s bidding, with Michael Cullen, who will be seen as a traitor by the Labour Party for having to swallow dead rats to do National’s bidding.

            So sorry to disappoint you Tim!

            • lprent 4.1.1.3.2.1

              rOb and others looking at that extraordinary whining at the sewer:
              Generally voters on the left tend to be more rational than those on the right (in my experience). It comes from having a wider range of opinion to deal with as far as I can see.

              The voluble ‘right’ has been collapsing into a sort of a black hole of required shared opinion for decades. Rather than embracing diversity, they keep trying for extreme conformity. They huddle together like sheep on a cold night for comfort against the diversity of ideas in the world. I keep expecting them to start instituting the use of thought police (or karma points).

              • archdupe

                “I keep expecting them to start instituting the use of thought police (or karma points).”

                mmmmm bit like the climate change posts on this site ?

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.3.3

            That’s delicious.

            Everything seems to be so personal. It’s all betrayals, treachery, dirty rotten bastards and revenge.

            How exactly is Cullen needing to swallow dead rats do you think? Or Bolger for that matter? Isn’t it just a matter of having to work with people that you don’t agree with politically?

            oh noes! and. cooties!!

            Tim: Dead rats is what you swallow when you do things you hate, for the higher aim of getting power to do other things.

            Like supporting kiwisaver, the Cullen fund, wff etc and promising not to privatise stuff, all to get part one of a tax cut package. That’s a dead rat feast.

            Cullen isn’t doing anything like that.

          • r0b 4.1.1.3.4

            Everything seems to be so personal. It’s all betrayals, treachery, dirty rotten bastards and revenge.

            Well after all, it was one of the Nats own insiders (Keenan) who refered to the rank and file of National Party supporters as “barking mad”. Welcome to Kiwiblog – woof woof. Even so I’m a bit surprised to see that DPF himself brought in to the whole personal hatred thing completely. I thought he was smarter than that. Guess not.

          • BLiP 4.1.1.3.5

            Yeah – they really are a barbarous bunch of babbling baboons over there. I seldom bother with the sewer but your comments piqued my interest – far out – they really are quite rabid on this one.

            And I thought my comments were sometimes a little harsh . . .

  5. Pat 5

    Looking back at his legacy as Finance Minister there are a few bouquets and brickbats:

    The Cullen Fund and KiwiSaver. These will be his biggest legacies.. Both were far-sighted proposals which were needed and will be proven correct in the long term. Although I agree that contributions to the Cullen fund should be suspended until we can have some confidence that the investment markets have returned to some stability. Cullen should have allowed 2% contributions to KiwiSaver from the get-go. Once 50% to 70% of Kiwis have joined KiwiSaver, it needs to become compulsory and employee contributions stepped up gradually until they reach minimum 8% to 10%.

    For me his biggest disappointments as Finance Minister were his inaction and inability to intervene when the first finance companies started to collapse. Secondly he effectively engineered a recession by keeping the Reserve Bank focused on an inflation target instead of a growth target. 9 years focusing on a growth target may have seen NZ businesses profits and workers wages increase, thereby reducing reliance on supplementary benefits such as WFF. Thirdly he could have called the Banks to task to maintain a large proportion of lending to businesses instead of letting them just focus on the easy stuff e.g. housing sector.

    If he had done these, then he would truly have been the greatest finance minister. Alas, for me, he was far from it.

  6. BLiP 6

    Its reassuring to see Cullen heading to KiwiBank in that I suspect he would fight tooth and nail any privatisation maneouvering John Key and his mates may have in mind.

    Thanks to Michael, he’s done a good job. And good luck to him. He’ll need it.

  7. His wit??? He came off as childish, almost mocking people who thought different than him. It was extremely embarrassing the way he use to laugh off serious questions by members of the public, he was a jackass if you ask me, poor NZ post.

    Oh well at least he didn’t lie about his sexuality because he doesn’t have one.

    • Pascal's bookie 7.1

      wtf?

      • lprent 7.1.1

        I think Brett has a strange obsession that erects itself on occasions. It hasn’t been enough of an issue to warrant a striking off of the offending behavior. Although I have had to do it once recently like this for something that was even further out of context.

    • Chris G 7.2

      Gee Brett settle down

      Are you alright after hearing this news? Couple a panadol and a lie down perhaps?

  8. vto 8

    I wont miss him. At all. As someone said above his wit was a caustic type that made nasty fun of people.

    He also had envy bones – witness his maiden speech and his ‘rich prick’ comment to name but two.

    In addition his approach and words reflected a belief that people’s own money (read: working lives) was not their own but rather the govt’s, for taking and spreading around to his own whims. Proven by his constant reference to tax cuts as a ‘spend’. Nobody else in the world refers to a drop in income as a spend.

    On top of that Cullen, and the entire govt, rode the riches wave that resulted from 80s and 90s reforms and from world growth. I cannot see any measure of growth NZ experienced that is a result of his actions. In fact the reverse occurred – dropping down the OECD ladder, contrary to his own aspirations and endeavours.

    Time must pass before he can be judged objectively. Imo he will end up being assessed in the same light as Clark – didn’t really do much at all during a time of golden weather.

    I know many will rate him very highly. I would suggest tho that this adulation is similar to that which shone around Muldoon when he first left office – such was his similar band of blinkered fans.

    captcha: prime credit. ffs!

    • Kevin Welsh 8.1

      “I wont miss him. At all. As someone said above his wit was a caustic type that made nasty fun of people.”

      Better make sure you steer clear of KiwiBlog then vto.

    • aj 8.2

      Muldoon? adulation? were you around then?

    • George Darroch 8.3

      Yeah, he was smart, witty, and often nasty. He certainly wasn’t alone in that regard.

      I was hoping the departure of his generation would see an improvement in the institutional culture of Parliament, but looking at the frontbenches I think I was wrong.

      Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the best people in Parliament are those that are quiet and polite, and work well with others.

  9. Just trying to stoop to his level, its not wit if your not being nice.

    • lprent 9.1

      Like your writing that I struck off the other day? It was out of context, unfunny, and not nice… I was not amused, more appalled at the level of inherent stupidity displayed.

      But I have noticed that you expect a different standard to be applied to you than you apply to others.

    • Felix 9.2

      Um, I don’t think you’ve quite found his level just yet. You may be looking the wrong way.

  10. I could not be more angry about this appointment.
    While I agree that kiwisaver, the cullen fund and kiwibank have been good decisions almost everything else this man has done has been catastrophic for this country. Starting with the 39c tax rate. The increase in personal tax was the single biggest factor in creating the environment that caused the housing bubble. There is little point re litigating the railways, auckland airport and wellington lines company decisions because this is probably not a forum where I will get any purchase on those issues.. So let me say. This is not why I voted National. I shall never vote for them again.
    It really is a little club our parliament. My hopes that the new face of John Key would see an end to the theatre of partisanship while they are all feeding in the background.
    My contempt for John key is now as total as it already was for Michael Cullen.

    • Chris G 10.1

      My contempt for John key is now as total as it already was for Michael Cullen

      Hahahahah this is just fantastic.

      Maybe hes a mole in the National party! haha! Whats the bet thats the next thing you lot will say?

      CAPTCHA (I HAD TO CLICK REFRESH UNFORTUNATELY):

      – – – Unstable voters

      You know it Mr. C!

    • archdupe 10.2

      BB you should know that parliamentarians all have one thing in common – glee at gorging in the taxpayers trough.

    • r0b 10.3

      My contempt for John key is now as total as it already was for Michael Cullen.

      Don’t cry barnsey, you’ll still have your nice big tax cuts to keep you warm at night. Oh no – wait…

  11. Pat 11

    BB your contempt is ill-founded. Key has helped to engineer the swift departure of Labours two biggest political figures. Goff is a nice guy but he is as inspiring as a grapefruit in the morning, and Key will back himself to beat Goff any day of the week. Labours next cab off the rank Cunliffe is a pompous “vainglorious” twat, and by comparison Goff looks like Dan Carter. So Key has secured Labours impotence as a political force for at least the next 2 terms.

    Long term savior for Labour will be Jacinda Ardern. No-one else in their ranks comes close, but she needs time to develop her political experience and profile, and for others further up the pecking order to expend their leadership ambitions.

  12. gingercrush 12

    And just who are you going to vote for Barnsley Bill? Since if you support Kiwibank, Kiwisaver and the Cullen Fund its hard to see a party you could vote for. You couldn’t vote Act since they would love to see the Cullen Fund ripped to shreds. It couldn’t possibly be Labour etc since they put in Michael Cullen as Finance Minister in the first place. So you’re going to vote for some party that isn’t even represented in politics? Get real. That is the problem with bloggers. You’re so completely out of touch with anything of relevance that you just spout out bullshit.

    Oh and I also don’t buy into bullshit that this is some great political move by John Key either.

    • Chris G 12.1

      Bill and Ben, theres your new home disillusioned National (?) bloggers

      Embrace the anarchism?

  13. Cullen has a history of cruel behavior towards others that disagree with him, Im guessing he was a bully at high school and would mock anyway that came from a different view.

    People were hurting under hie reign, and he would just laugh at thier concerns.

  14. I cant remember writing anything about you being struck off????

  15. Your sounding like Cullen.

    • rainman 15.1

      Aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!!! It’s “you’re”, as in “you are” with the “a” removed and an apostrophe inserted. How hard can it be to get this right?

      Sorry, as you were.

      • Felix 15.1.1

        Our Brett has quite a few things to learn about the use of the language before he gets to contractions, frustrating as it may be. It’s easier to read him if you imagine he’s rolling drunk and typing with bloodied stumps. I’m serious, try it.

  16. mike 16

    Cullen is lucky rich pricks in high places can rise above petty name calling.

    An extremely intelligent man who soiled his reputation with too much arrogance and bitterness.

  17. Chris G 17

    Gee all you righties seem to know Cullen so well.. Must have had a lot of chats over beers?

    What with: – Brett ‘knowing’ that he was a bully in highschool.
    – Mike ‘knowing’ he had too much arrogance and bitterness.

    • I agree with Chris G

      Name the incident rather than come out with the sweeping generalisation.

      When has Cullen exhibited cruel behaviour? You mean when he said “We won, you lost, eat that”?

      It was 9 years ago. They are 6 words. We should not judge the quality of the man by 6 words out of millions that he has said over the past 9 years.

  18. Irascible 18

    Congratulations on Michael Cullen’s talents as a strong fiscal manager being recognised. I’m sure that his time as Minister of Finance will be recorded as being one of the more successful and responsible periods of management in recent NZ history. It is a pity that the Engkeylish regime are busy dismantling the foundations in as they prepare to sell off the nation’s assets.

  19. Brett Dale 19

    Chris

    Leopards don’t change their spots.

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    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    2 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    3 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    4 days ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    5 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    6 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    6 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    7 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    7 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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