Cycling Politics is Winnable Politics

Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, May 29th, 2021 - 100 comments
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Hot on the heels of Cycle Wellington’s tactical urbanism this week in Adelaide Road, Wellington City Council has bowed to public pressure and voted for the largest of four cycling budget options of $240 million over 10 years. This is as big a win as it gets, and actually has nothing to do with the collapsed “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” cross-local government effort.

This critical vote took emotional pleas in submission before their budget to turn the tide, and plenty still arguing that the overwhelming surveyed majority of Wellingtonians don’t want to support cycling.

More generally, cycling across New Zealand is a tough sell even within urban areas.

But there is only one way to confront and defeat our common addiction to the combustion engine, and that’s through unified public protest that bends public budgets.

The contest against our planet-killing oil addiction can’t just be left to high-end professional advocates taking down major corporates in court.

Sometimes, as in last week, Big Oil wins in the United States Supreme Court as they seek to expand the scope of arguments and essentially play for more and more time. Which the planet doesn’t have. So this ruling enables them to go back to the lower 4th Circuit court and keep grinding the greenies down.

Other times they lose. This week Royal Dutch Shell faced upheaval in their business after the district court in The Hague ruled that the company is partially responsible for climate change and must reduce its emissions by 45% by 2030, compared with 2019 levels. What they are faced with to curb emissions includes selling assets, rethinking exploration spending and halting growth of liquefied-natural gas operations.

That target – called for by the environmental grou[s that brought the case, is in line with the United Nations guidance for members states aimed at preventing global temperatures rising more than 1,5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Every time we chose to fill up our car with petrol or diesel we are pouring profit into the bank accounts of multinational oil companies.

Every time we fight City Hall and turn their budget towards cycling, we decrease the number of times we pour that same profit into their bank accounts.

Beyond the stupendous scale of such courts, the same fight is here, locally, in our face to win.

This Sunday Aucklanders have an opportunity to protest the catastrophic failure of NZTA to generate a cycleway from the North Shore to the CBD, and to promote a practical proposal to “liberate a lane” on the Harbour Bridge which would do the job in the meantime.

If you think what’s proposed is impossible, the BikeAuckland people are saturated with highly qualified engineers and planners who keep Auckland Transport on their toes. Their charismatic leader Barbara Cuthbert is a qualified planner, and as she did with John Key, she advocates and she wins on a major scale.

We already know it’s possible to “liberate a lane” because every year the Auckland Marathon takes over a third of the bridge for most of a day.

Cycling civic politics is not in the standard lexicon of old-left issues: it’s the contest that is not specific to left, right or green politics, and these wins and protests are part of its sure rise.

So well done Wellington.

And Auckland, see you there on Sunday.

100 comments on “Cycling Politics is Winnable Politics ”

  1. Peter chch 1

    Beating the combustion engine does not have to mean cycling lanes though.

    Cars are not going away, even though the combustion engine will. No way will we surrender the convenience and freedom we get from driving.

    • Ad 1.1

      It does in the cities I work in. We're converting public roadway everywhere. Can't speak for Chch.

      • Peter chch 1.1.1

        Not Chch. Guess it a little colder down here and those vicious easterlies.

        Used cycleways quite a few times at weekends though, and with scooters.Must admit it is so nice biking without worrying about idiots in cars. I support the cycleways, but sometimes just a few too many and placed it ridiculous spots, like busy narrow Ferry Rd.

      • Foreign waka 1.1.2

        So, the sick, old, infirm just need to stay put where they are and die with dignity? Are you part of a whole society or just an elite section that lives close to their workplace (10 min with the bike) and supermarket? You do know that NZ has virtually no functioning public transport system. If you live outside the 5 km range of any center you are stuffed.

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          Yes that's actually what it means. It means that we're all out to tear away your zimmer frames, crush your cars, lock you indoors, ban your barbeques, and bury you all in the compost.

          For Auckland, where 1/3 of this country live and travel, cycling has reversed its downward trend and is going steadily upward once you account for the Level 4 lockdown peak last year:

          Note the peak in March 2020: when people don't fear traffic on their roads, they get out and bike and walk and run. We saw that elsewhere as well.

          And if you are skeptical about Auckland having a functioning public transport system, more people come into town by public transport than they do by car. It's been like that since 2015.

          • Foreign waka

            I know, Auckland is the navel of this world 🙄

            I personally would never choose to live in that city that looks to me like a slum with high rise buildings and a cute city center.

            • Ad

              Auckland policies in everything from water, amalgamation, solid waste, and cycling, are all coming to Wellington whether you want them to or not.

              The policy directions from the Ministers of Local Government and of Transport are there for all to see and are commented on at length in the media and in Parliament.

              So it really doesn't matter which New Zealand main city you live in: it's coming for you.

            • Incognito

              Cultural snobs wallow in their superior ignorance.

          • cricklewood

            Um. .. not so much fear of traffic as needing to get out if the house for sanity's sake don't conflate the two… only fuckwits like the health minister drove before taking some exercise

        • William

          Your comment illustrates how car reliance has influenced the design of the manmade landscape in NZ. Because driving has been easy small centers have collapsed and facilities have become centralised. In the Netherlands small towns still have local supermarkets because many people cycle & walk to them (and before you mention flatness, even large parts of Wellington are flat).

          And nobody is proposing the complete abolition of motor vehicles, just the need for total reliance on them.

  2. Peter chch 2

    Does anyone know anything about the rumour that the government will partner with an electric car maker to bring in ev's in a joint venture, cut out the distributors and sell them at hugely discounted prices?

    Not sure if there is truth to this or just a wind up.

    • Ad 2.2

      There are plenty of commercial-led publicity rumours that float around like this. MoT is awash with them, and is sometimes guilty of not denying them.

      In Christchurch some US startup is proposing driverless and fully autonomous hovering passenger electric planes to take you where you want. They breathlessly went on TV1 new a month ago and said they were all ready. They just needed to inhale into a paper back for a bit.

      These rumours will get a lot louder as the Climate Commission reports back and government actually has to generate policies to achieve the targets.

    • Molly 2.3

      Partnering with an electric car company to recondition/recycle batteries (which at present is not part of their business model. Looking at you, Nissan) might be a better move.

      New industry that can take place anywhere, existing stream of second hand vehicles with right hand drive, and the possibility to invest in R&D regarding batteries, recycling and development.

  3. bwaghorn 3

    Spending one cent on a cycle lane on the Auckland harbour bridge is stupidity of the highest order ,fighting for a new rail car, cycle and walking crossing is what any one with a brain would do.

    The taking a lane for cycling use is even more ridiculous,

    • Ad 3.1

      I remember they said that about a dedicated busway up the North Shore a decade ago. It's now how 40% of the Shore get to work.

      • cricklewood 3.1.1

        Yes, are you expecting another 20 percent to cycle? Not a shit show know some guys who went on their 10 grand bikes… drive to work in their fucking beamers…

        We need another crossing… it needs to cover road, rail and pedestrian… anything else at this point is a distraction… sky path anyone?

    • Molly 3.2

      I would prefer they improved access and service to a greater number of Aucklanders.

      I had an AT long term plan that had in fine print on one of their spreadsheets on how they identified and prioritised projects. It relied, not on investigation and data monitoring across Auckland, but on public suggestions and then public and local board support for those suggestions.

      As you can imagine, you can game the system, leading to funding and service inequalities throughout Auckland.

  4. georgecom 4

    a bridge in hamilton was retrofitted to provide cycle lanes both ways. my daily experiences using the bridge is as many people walk the lanes as cycle them. the 'build it and they will come' leap of faith has proven an abject failure on this project to date. I think that naive approach to other cycleway projects in the city will see similar results as well. At least for the forseeable future. One project moots closing a city street from one end, 40,000 vehicle movements occur down that street, I cannot see 40,000 such movements being replaced by cyclists as a result. There are worthy cycle way projects in the city though, one being to link schools together with a cycle lane

    • Ad 4.1

      Hamilton's cycling efforts are about where Auckland's were about five years ago. It's a mighty uphill fight, but thankfully it's the public not the transport agencies and councils that need convincing that it's worth it.

      No one can view cycling as an alternative to much more than weekend social rides unless there is a really well protected dedicated cycle network. The commentary here on Hamilton's Eastern Pathways is pretty instructive:

      • georgecom 4.1.1

        the north/south school link cycle way I can see merit in, taking school drops off/picks ups off the road. there is the priority I would think. do that first and then see if demand warrants east/west links

  5. coreyjhumm 5

    Aren't the winds by the harbour sometimes windy enough to move trucks?

    Honestly, instead of adding more onto that ugly old rickety bridge, build a new one altogether. A new one should have been built decades ago.

    That bridge is a time bomb.

  6. DukeEll 6

    Celebrating $220mill being spent by the council in Wellington when they can’t even provide working wastewater services to the entire population and rates are going up 14% seems a tad elitist

    • Ad 6.1

      You'll find there is money in the Wellington budget for both.

      Wellington City didn't need to make that tradeoff, because they chose to fund both.

      • DukeEll 6.1.1

        With a 14% rates rise, borne by all ratepayers for the pleasure of a minority.

        as if housing wasn’t expensive enough there

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          You probably don't realise then that cycling infrastructure is over 50% subsidised by central government taxes. Water isn't.

          Many services councils provide are used by a minority. Few go to libraries, hardly anyone uses footpaths, pools have a tiny majority of users outside schools, a handful of citizens use parks.

          • DukeEll

            So the council voted $220 million for cycle ways and the government stumps $110 mill just like that? You’re going to need to prove that one

            • Ad

              Each Council puts up their RLTP to the NLTP, and after a bit of go-around it usually comes back the same. It's been that way for a wee while.

              Except this time I suspect the Minister is put his finger on the cycling scale weight even harder: with the collapse of LGWM this Minister is going to need to see some fast electoral delivery.

      • Foreign waka 6.1.2

        Yes, I know those bastards on minimum wages and pension should cough up for the people on those 10-20K bikes and pronto.

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          "Those bastards", if they own a home, pay for plenty of things they don't use already. You can imagine a society run like that: it's called user pays government and belongs at the far end of Act.

          Like those who take the ferry from Days Bay where each trip is already highly subsidised for not very high use. Or those who visit Te Papa, or visit NZ Archives, or walk on a footpath, or don't live near a river stop-bank. Low bastardry all round.

          • DukeEll

            Not really an excuse to add an extra 14% in tax.

            if the council had amazing track record at providing basic infrastructure, was running a surplus and could be trusted to keep this within budget, they could be forgiven for spending $220mill on a vanity project only used by a few people.

            your justification is pretty light

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              If you want the justification for the 14% rates increase, you would of course look at the whole of the investment programme across every activity. Which you can do by going online to the Wellington Council yourself and get the entire breakdown.

              You can actually read the rationale for the cycling decision here, with policy and intended effects and everything:


              Otherwise, since you sound like you're from Wellington, go talk to the Mayor and the Council that voted for it. It was theirs to make the political decision based on the evidence and policy direction provided.

              • RedBaronCV

                The 14% rates increase hammers renters as well as home owners. The demographic that cycles looks like 18- 45 year old males. The link given hasn't anything much in the way of numerical cost analysis to support the case. Any council spending needs to be efficient spending(cycles and everything else) and I don't see this huge lump spend being either green (run for the bus and catch it is an alternative) or being some thing a large demographic will use. I'd have expected a lot better supporting rational than I have seen anywhere so am leaning towards the "pressure group with time on its hands wanting it's own way – entitlement argument".

        • William

          Well they're already paying for roads that allow people to drive in their BMWs, Mercs, Lamborghinis etc. The bang for buck from building cycle infrastructure is much better than building roads for motor vehicles.

          And the vast majority of bikes don't cost anywhere near that. I'm at one extreme but I don't know what my bike cost, it was new in 1965 from my parents. Since then it's had three sets of tyres, a new seat, a front carrier & crate, a few other bits & pieces, and it does me fine for getting to the supermarket.

          You seem to be relying on extremes in your arguments, extremes of cost here and extremes of ability in your comment at 1.1.2

          • alwyn

            "in their BMWs".

            I don't know where you live but there are certainly lots of these around Wellington. They always have at least 2 people in them though. There is a driver in the front seat and a passenger in the back most of the time. They all have number plates starting with the letters CR.

            I do wonder how much all these electric bikes are actually used though. A few days ago one contributor to this blog described his usage. He seemed to think it was a lot but it actually turns out to be about 850 km/YEAR. It hardly seems to be worth providing very expensive cycleways when that is all the use they are going to get. The average distance travelled by a car in New Zealand is, I believe, about 14,000 km or about 16 times that cycling distance.

            We seem to be being called on to spend an inordinate amount of money for very little use. Does anyone actually do much more travel on their bike?

            The comment was

            "I brought an e-bike towards the end of 2017. Been mostly commuting on it ever since when I have been in NZ – rain or shine. I wrote about it at the start of 2019. It is now closing in in 3000km."

            • Incognito

              Why are you setting up another strawman?

              There are about 4 million cars in NZ and a total length of roads for cars of about 100,000 km with a total asset value of more than $52 billion and you comparing that to the use of one single person with an e-bike here in Auckland!?

              You realise that the OP is about encouraging use of cycling through expansion and improvement of infrastructure, yes? You realise that one major reason not more people are cycling more is lack of infrastructure, yes?

              Your concern trolling here is starting to become tedious, again.

  7. Jenny How to get there 7

    Public transport vs cycling?


    Public transport to complement cycling?

    There is no way on God's Green Earth that Auckland motorists will surrender one lane of the Auckland Harbour Bridge for a cycle way. (the maths just doesn't make sense).

    But short of building another harbour crossing, there is another way to get cyclists across the Bridge.

    Auckland Harbour Bridge – Wikipedia

    The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight-lane motorway bridge over the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand…..

    ….About 170,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day (as of 2019), including more than 1,000 buses, which carry 38% of all people crossing during the morning peak.

    Dividing 170,000 vehicles by eight lanes gives you 42,000 vehicles per lane.

    Ignoring for a moment the 1,000 buses. Let's be generous and say there is only one person per vehicle, ie 42,000 people.

    Take one lane off the Harbour Bridge for a bike lane, 42,000 still need to get across the bridge every day.

    Let's be generous again, and assume that, 4,000 of these commuters will switch to cycling across the bridge, every day. (even in bad weather).

    For argument's sake, let's assume that the bridge is already at full capacity.

    How can it be done?

    40,000 extra vehicles added to the remaining 7 lanes – grid lock.

    Let's bring the buses back into the equation.

    Doubling the 1,000 buses a day, to 2,000 buses a day, will get 40,000 people across the bridge, with seats to spare.

    Again assuming the bridge is already at full capacity.

    An extra 1,000 buses added to the remaining 7 lanes – grid lock.

    But how about this?; Quadruple the number of buses, and Instead of making one lane for a bike lane, take two lanes to extend the Northern Busway across the Harbour Bridge, and right into the city centre.

    Many buses are already fitted with a cargo bay. To accommodate cyclists wanting to cross the harbour, buses with cargo bays for bikes and dedicated bike loading bus stops either side of the bridge. (Lynn Prentice will be able to get to Takapuna on his E-bike. while viewing the beauty of the harbour from the comfort of the bus ride over the bridge, without risking getting blown over the railing).

    For convenience of use, and to sweeten the deal, and to get even more people out of their cars, make the Northern Busway fare free.

    (People love free stuff) Single payer, means people still pay through their rates or taxes, but the trade off for commuters is in the savings made in fuel and running costs, not to mention parking costs. Other external costs pollution climate change traffic congestion will also be less. A net gain for all of us.

    38% of commuters already cross the Harbour Bridge during peak hour on the bus. Increase that to 50% (or more), will free up capacity on the remaining 6 lanes – grid lock avoided.

    Much less vehicle traffic in the inner city, will benefit cyclists and pedestrians, and the remaining drivers.

    Oh, and one more thing. Make those buses zero emission buses. We only have 33 Zero emission buses in Auckland now, but it's a start, but the council intend to make the whole bus fleet zero-emission within 'a few years'.


    Written by Geoff Dobson on April 23, 2021

    …..The e-buses will help reduce carbon emissions and enable Auckland to meet its climate change goals and ditch diesel and petrol public transport, [Mayor] Goff says.

    Not only are the e-buses quieter, but they will also improve Auckland’s inner city air quality – especially in the Queen Street valley area, he says.

    “Black carbon damages health and is at higher levels in Queen Street than in any other New Zealand city and many other cities in Europe and North America.”

    Goff says Auckland is working with central Government to bring forward the transition to a fully electric bus fleet and the council is looking to halt the purchase of new diesel buses from July this year.

    When the switch to e-buses is completed it will stop around 93,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere every year compared to 2019 emissions levels, he adds….

    ……On Sunday April 25, Lower Albert Street will re-open for North Shore buses. Some Central and West Auckland bus routes will also now use it to begin their journeys out of the city

    Auckland Transport will now have 33 zero-emission buses deployed.

    Inner city Auckland CityLink buses go electric | EV Talk (

    • Ad 7.1

      On the main Auckland roads they have separate lanes for cycling and for buses. Mode separation is safest for all.

    • William 7.2

      Perhaps your calculator needs new batteries. Dividing 170,000 vehicles by eight lanes actually gives 21,250 vehicles per lane, not 42,000.

      It's better to look at people moving capacity per lane per hour because this better reflects the limiting situation at peak times.

      Both bikes & buses vastly increase the capacity of the present bridge.

      • Jenny How to get there 7.2.1

        Omg, How did that happen. Oops my bad. Sorry about the addition error.

        But the point still holds, Twentyone thousand commuters are not going to become cyclists. At best maybe ten percent of them. On bad weather days, none of them.

        Far better that cyclists load their bicycles into buses for that part of the journey.

        There will not be a three month bike lane trial. There will not even be a one week bike lane trial. The resulting traffic chaos from the one unofficial Sunday trial bike-way will ensure there never will be.

    • Sacha 7.3

      Where do all your extra buses go when they reach the city?

      Lack of capacity for more of them (see Central City Future Access Study) is what prompted AT to start planning light rail along Dominion Rd.

      • Jenny How to get there 7.3.1


        30 May 2021 at 2:07 pm

        Where do all your extra buses go when they reach the city?…

        They stay on the road and return back over the Bridge, and then repeat the cycle, they certainly don't park in the CBD like cars.

        …..Lack of capacity for more of them (see Central City Future Access Study) is what prompted AT to start planning light rail along Dominion Rd.

        Hi Sacha, Do you have a link and/or notated quote for that?

        Do trains take up less road space than buses??

        Would a busway on Dominion Road be a cheaper and more flexible option than a light railway???

        Is the Dominion Road comparable with an eight lane motorway, (which is the Harbour Bridge), with a suburban road with shops and residential houses and cross streets, and traffic lights, along its length????

        Just asking.

    • Jenny How to get there 7.4

      It occurs to me that with proven lane moving technology, only one lane is needed to carry the busway across the Harbour bridge. Southwards in the morning, switching to Northwards in the afternoon, the return journey always made on the less congested side.

      The Shelley Beach Road overbridge would enable this switch to be carried out without the need for buses to cut across the flow of traffic.

      In the morning – Northward buses stay on the motorway.

      In the morning – Southward buses stay on the busway, exiting onto Fanshaw Street.

      In the afternoon – Southward buses exit the busway at Onewa Road to enter the motorway to head South. (This may need one bus only overpass, to cross over the Northbound bus lane).

      In the afternoon – Northward bound buses enter the motorway bus lane from Fanshaw Street and pass below Point Erin to exit at a new buses-only-exit ramp onto Curran Street, looping around Point Erin at Sarsfield Street to enter the busway at Shelly Beach Road overpass to head North.

      (On the North side of the Bridge a specialist bike loading bus stop at Onewa Road, and at Point Erin Park on the South side.)

      Never be late for work again.

  8. alwyn 8

    Just out of curiosity.

    I assume the the rally, demo, protest or whatever it was called was held this morning.

    How many people turned up and did they all arrive on bicycles?

      • alwyn 8.1.1

        Thank you. A lot of people turned up from the photos. They obviously had better weather there than in Wellington. There is even sunshine in some of the pictures. Given that it is cold and it has been raining here all morning I think that hardly anybody would have turned up to something like that here today.

        • Ad

          Wellington's cycling advocates know how to achieve their wins without the mass protests. They achieve it with excellent tactical timing. As per the OP.

          • Foreign waka

            Words fail me with your arrogance and disrespect for the majority of people who are, often on minimum wage and little income have to pay rates at ever increasing amounts. And yet, you expect these people to pay for a cycle way whilst the city has a billion dollar tag for repairing pipes for safe drinking water and waste water. May I point out that the maintenance for those very pipes over the last 10 years was deferred to build cycle ways and in the meanwhile human waste is running down streets. I think the council has to get priorities right first because otherwise the protest you see will be quite a different one. Not sure what can be seen as a win with such dilapidation of a city.

            • Ad

              Words fail you because you are totally ignorant of the way budgets are formed for either Wellington's water system or its transport system.

              Both water and transport systems are in dire need of fixing, they are both important as both central and local government have realised, and after significant activism there are now budgets assigned to deal with both.

              • Foreign waka

                Fact: Wellington Waste water pipes maintenance was deferred to build cycle ways. Now we have waste running down the roads. Guess we need more of one to get the other.
                Any city council has a core program that they are bound to. Drinking water and waste water is overriding a bike ride at any time of the day. The pipes are 100 years old in many places and that is not new knowledge. The council was advise to double the budget over the next 10 years.

                • Sacha

                  Interesting claim.

                  How much did Wellington's councils contribute towards cycleways over the last decade (not including the central govt funding)?

                  How much funding did Wellington Water seek but not receive over the timeframe (not including any central govt funding)?

                  • RedBaronCV

                    I'm with FW on this one.The cycling arguments are starting to feel a trifle entitled. We need to fix the pipes pronto and we need to be very thrifty with our spending on other things while we do this. If we didn't get the mix right previously I'm not sure that revisiting this does anything much – we can't unspend the money.

                    As to mortality stats- we don't want people to die of course but I have also seen scooter riders, skateboard riders with and without helmets in the middle of traffic lanes. I really feel for the bus drivers trying to drive around it – but these people are OSH risks and if it started fresh today would any of this ever have been allowed on the road in the first place. Plus Wellington does seem to be hitting the electric switch – the 4 vehicles next to me in the supermarket park the other day where all electric

                    • Sacha

                      Pipes are crucial, yes. Stop spending any more money on roads as well, and your call makes sense to me.

                      Funnily, pipes and roads and cycleways do not have the same funding sources though. Can't tell NZTA to switch their dosh to the sewers instead.

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                  Here's the death and injury statistics showing why mortality decreases come with the seperation of cyclists, pedestrians and general traffic. Regional breakdowns are there for you.

                  It's what the protest over the Harbour Bridge in Auckland was about today.

                  The fatality and injury statistics for Wellington roads are there in the breakdown, and that's a very big part of how transport investment decisions are weighted. They include cyclists in the count.

                  You can price the dead and injured better than your embarrassment over smell.

          • Sacha

            Wellington's cycling advocates were there today on the bridge, good on em.

            • Sacha

              30 May 2021 at 8:56 pm

              Wellington's cycling advocates were there today on the bridge, good on em.

              Good on them?

              I bet they didn't ride their bikes from Wellington.

              So how did they get here?

              On the plane?

              So much for being concerned about the climate/environment.

              I also guess that they are not regular Auckland commuters.

              The fact is that only a tiny minority of commuters will ever regularly commute on bicycles.

              It is why the cost benefit of the skyway fails the sniff test.

              It is why 20,000 commuters kept out of the proposed bike lane will crowd into the remainng lanes, to bring the city closer to grid lock.

              For what?

              The enjoyment of a few dilettante day trippers and leisure bike riders?

              People really need to get a grip.

              Let's be honest here, a cycle lane over the Harbour Bridge goes no way to address Auckland's traffic woes or environmental worries, instead more like a pandering to the lifestyle choice of a tiny but vociferous minority.
              A bike lane on the Harbour Bridge will not make things better for the environment and the climate, but it will make things worse for the majority of serious commuters and working people who have to cross the bridge as part of their daily grind.

      • Jenny How to get there 8.1.2

        From the Herald linked article:

        Traffic chaos after cycling protesters close two lanes of Auckland Harbour Bridge

        30 May, 2021 09:02 AM

        Traffic chaos after cycling protesters close two lanes of Auckland Harbour Bridge – NZ Herald

        And it's only a Sunday?!?

        …..cyclists made their way down to the bridge but were met by a row of police officers. After 15 minutes, the group of cyclists grew and chanting could be heard.

        After some time, the police wall broke and over 100 riders made their way across the bridge.

        Try a stunt like that on a week day – the police would be forced to bring out the teargas and batons. to clear the lane.

        The "Liberate the Lane" group held a rally at Point Erin Park this morning, calling for a three-month cycle lane trial on the harbour bridge.

        Like that's ever gonna happen.

        (The ‘Liberate the Lane’ protesters have thoroughly proved better than any words can,, that a bike lane creates 'chaos' even on a non working day)

        It's not just the far right that live in an alternative universe.

        Auckland Harbour Bridge fact sheet

        …..The daily average number of cars crossing the bridge is presently around 154,000, with more than 200,000 vehicle crossings some days [Northern Busway has had impact on car numbers as people switch to public transport]

        Microsoft Word – AHB – Facts.doc (

        • William

          "(The ‘Liberate the Lane’ protesters have thoroughly proved better than any words can,, that a bike lane creates 'chaos' even on a non working day)"

          Alternatively, Waka Kotahi could have minimised the disruption by moving the lane barriers to provide three lanes in each direction. Instead they apparently left four lanes for south bound traffic and only two for northbound. A cynic could suggest they wanted to maximise the congestion!

        • Incognito

          Oh dear, a protest that causes some disruption to innocent law-abiding citizens who pay their taxes & rates duly on time and just want to do some Sunday shopping and have some avocado squashed into toast at the Viaduct with their double shots of hot trim-soja milk with coffee flavour added on the side. Deport the crims to a deserted island without bike lanes, I’d say. Life isn't fair 🙁

          • Hi Inconito, I think your intemperate rant against motorists as self centred squashed avocado eating recreational Sunday shoppers may have a little bit of truth in it on a Sunday.

            But during the working week most of the people crossing the Bridge are hard out serious commuters, needing to get from their homes to their workplaces in the mornings and back again in the evenings.

            I don't know how many of the bike riding protesters are serious commuters, or self entitled lycra clad joy riders, who want to cycle the Bridge for the views, and to keep fit, full of outrage that they can't cycle to Takapuna for a latte by the beach on a Sunday.

            Don't get me wrong I think 'Cycling politics is winnable politics' and I am in the market for an E-bike myself.

            But if we are thinking of getting 20 thousand serious commuters out of their cars and onto bicycles we are dreaming.

            There are serious bike riding commuters. Not many, but you can spot them in South Auckland. Factory workers in battered work clothes bringing their bikes onto the train.

            And there's your clue, to be 'winnable politics' cycling must be mated with public transport.

            No good asking for a bike lane across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is never gonna happen. Twenty thousand commuters are not going to get on their bikes.

            But the Northern Busway has proven that given the right incentive tens of thousands of commuters will swap their private car for the bus.

            What I would like to see is every inner city bus have a cargo tray underneath like the overlander buses do, where cyclists who want to cross the Bridge can put their bikes for that part of the journey.

            A lot of the commuters who cross the Harbour Bridge come from a lot further away from the city centre than Takapuna or Birkenhead. If you really want more people to ride bikes to work. I think it is unreasonable to expect commuters from Albany or even Sunnynook to cycle all the way from their homes and across the bridge to get to work. But they might cycle from their home to the nearest park and ride and put their bike in the cargo bay, for the motorway leg of their journey and across the Bridge and from there continue the final leg to the workplace on their bike.

            Currently the Northern Busway suffers a bottleneck at the Harbour Bridge, For the Busway to meet its full potential it needs to be continued across the Bridge and all the way into the city. (And even further down the Southern Motorway).

            And the buses need to cater to cyclists. Especially cycling commuters.
            Then we might have the revoltution that Ad is talking about.

            • Incognito

              You, like so many others, have it back to front; revolutions rise and fall with a few and then many dreaming of something better and then embodying and enacting that dream. It starts with people who use their imagination and boldness. A Killer of all revolutions is nay-sayers, negative pessimistic and cynical ‘critics’ who can’t or don’t want to see change, whose mantra is TINA, who never offer a practical solution, just slogans and bumper stickers (AKA ‘common sense’). The worst ones are the ones who claim and pretend to be ‘progressive’ but kill off any initiative and any initiator at the grassroots thereby ensuring that not much actually happens and changes, ever.

              How’s that for an “intemperate rant” on a rainy Monday morning?

              • Jenny How to get there

                A Killer of all revolutions is nay-sayers, negative pessimistic and cynical ‘critics’ who can’t or don’t want to see change, whose mantra is TINA, who never offer a practical solution

                I offered a practical solution, at minimum cost, of getting bikes across the Bridge. You may have just not noticed it.

                The Auckland Harbour Bridge was specifically constructed for a vehicle only carriageway. Retrofitting a cycleway or even pedestrian pathway onto the Harbour Bridge after the fact, presents a major and expensive engineering challenge.

                Taking one lane away from 20,000 vehicles will see them crowded into the other remaining lanes.

                The barrier machine breakdown this morning shows that this is just not feasible.

                38% of commuters crossing the bridge already commute using the bus, hows-a-bout the bikers use the bus for that part of their journey.

                On a personal note;
                I recently took an Intercity bus trip down the east coast. At Gisbourne the bus was boarded by a number of cyclists who stowed their bikes in the copious luggage compartment.

                It occurs to me that every bus should have these luggage compartments, for stowing buses prams etc.

                There could be specialised bike loading bus stops on either side of the Bridge.

                Surely it can't be too much ask, even of the most hardened of cyclists, to sit in a bus for 15 minutes?

                • Incognito

                  Surely it can’t be too much ask, even of the most hardened of car drivers, to sit in traffic for 15 minutes?


                  • Jenny How to get there


                    1 June 2021 at 4:17 pm

                    Surely it can’t be too much ask, even of the most hardened of car drivers, to sit in traffic for 15 minutes?

                    On a Sunday, you're right, it is probably not a big issue.

                    During a working day 15 minutes late for work might be a different story.

                    One of the reasons, the protesters demand for a three month trial of a bike lane on the carriageway of the Auckland Harbout Bridge will never be realised, (no matter how many protests like this are held).

                    • Incognito

                      On a Sunday, you’re right, it is probably not a big issue.

                      During a working day 15 minutes late for work might be a different story.

                      I’d like to think it is the other way round, but in any case, people can leave 15 min earlier if they have to be on time for that all-important meeting. When I went to school the joke was using the excuse for being late was that the bridge was open.

                    • Incognito

                      1 June 2021 at 10:39 pm

                      ….in any case, people can leave 15 min earlier if they have to be on time for that all-important meeting.

                      I don't know about getting to that 'all-important meeting'.
                      Maybe that is true for salaried professionals, and/or managers. (And I would hope that having more autonomy than wage workers such people would schedule that 'all-important meeting' for outside of peak times).

                      For the average wage slave, who has to be at their factory or public facing job in a bank or retail outlet, by 8 or 9am, they have no choice but to join the morning rush.

                      You are demanding that they should all add an extra 15 minutes to their commute to be at their workplace on time?

                      Assuming that the vast majority of the 40,000 commuters that cross the bridge every day are wage workers with set starting and finishing times – that is a combined extra 10,000 hours of idling in stop start traffic, on the way to work and back again.

                      I will leave it up to others to work out how many extra tons of CO2 that is.

                      You can tell working people to leave for work earlier, I have even known of some arrogant employers who have said to their workers, "It is your choice to live on the Shore".

                      I will take a leap here. I could be wrong, but I am guessing that the majority of the cyclists who are agitating for a cycle lane on the Harbour Bridge are not regular commuters, hailing from Sunnynook, or Browns Bay, or Albany, or Silverdale or Whangaparoa, or any of the other North Shore dormitory suburbs.

                      Now correct me if I am wrong, but I am guessing that the majority of these committed cyclist activists are not regular North Shore commuters but instead are individuals who have made a lifestyle choice to ride bicycles either for fitness or leisure.

                      (It would have been interesting to count how many SUVs with bike racks were parked around Pt Erin while their owners were pushing past the police?)

                      In effect these cycle activists are demanding that 20,000 serious commuters crowd into the remainding seven motorway lanes, while they have one to themselves. Despite the cost to the environment and climate, despite the extra travel times to work for thousands of commuters.

                      All I ask is that if the cycling activists really want to get their bikes across the harbour, that they think of agitating to be able to take their bikes on the bus instead.

                      Maybe if these cycle activists are really concerned about the environment and want to get commuters out of their cars, they give their support to the fare free movement.


                    • Incognito []

                      Can you please point out where I made demands, thanks?

                      Your assumptions for estimating the extra CO2 output are way off.

                      You make many more wild & weird assumptions, but I’m sure the feel realistic to you.

                      You’re trying extremely hard to prove that cycling across the HB is just about the worst thing that can happen to poor (!) wage slave commuters with “arrogant” bosses who were forced to live in the North Shore and work across the Harbour and to the climate and the environment as well.

                      You’re also working extremely hard to paint those cyclists as selfish entitled SUV drivers who enjoy too much of a good life in lycra with no consideration of the fellow humans.

                      I get the impression from all your comments (16 so far) just under this post alone that you’re dogmatically opposed to a trial period of three months and that you’re desperately seeking justification and arguments to justify your rigid position. Ironically, the title of the post includes the words “winnable politics”, which is the exact opposite of your stand here.

                      Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no point in continuing this convo with you any longer as it would increase my CO2 output beyond safe limits.


                    • Sacha

                      Living on the North Shore is "a lifestyle choice".

                  • Incognito

                    2 June 2021 at 11:00 pm

                    Can you please point out where I made demands, thanks?

                    No probs.


                    1 June 2021 at 4:17 pm

                    Surely it can’t be too much ask, even of the most hardened of car drivers, to sit in traffic for 15 minutes?

                    Asking drivers to give up a lane on the Bridge is demanding that they sit in traffic for an extra 15 minutes.

            • Sacha

              No good asking for a bike lane across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is never gonna happen.

              The original design included cycling and walking access – like Sydney and other bridges across the planet. We are not special.

              • Unlike the Sydney Harbour Bridge, (In spite of what its orginal design may have included), the Auckland Harbour Bridge was constructed for motor vehicles only.

                This cannot be changed easily, or cheaply.

                In essence the Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight lane motorway, like most motorways, it defies retrofitting for bikes and pedestrians.

                As we all know there is a design for a hugely expensive skypath extension to be retrofitted to the side or underneath of the carriageway, but there is no political will or budget for it.

                Who knows? That may change.

                But there will never be a bike lane on the main carriageway.

                You might as well demand to be allowed to cycle in the left lane of the Sothern Motorway while you are at it..

                Protest for a bike lane on the carriageway all you like.
                Because such a demand flies in the face of reality, the authorities have no choice, but to match any escalation in protest, with an escalation in counter measures.

                Riot police, mass arrests.

                Do you really want that?

                Do you really think that will change the reality that the Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight lane motorway?

                • Incognito

                  Because such a demand flies in the face of reality, the authorities have no choice, but to match any escalation in protest, with an escalation in counter measures.

                  Riot police, mass arrests.

                  It’s not our fault, we was brainwashed by the media and JAG!!

                • Sacha

                  This cannot be changed easily, or cheaply.

                  Not a good angle I'm afraid – is very simple to barrier off a lane.

                  I do agree that bus priority is a better investment if the purpose is narrowly defined as getting people across the bridge during peak hours. If it wasn't for the existing busway, those periods would have clogged with cars years ago.

              • Sacha

                2 June 2021 at 2:17 pm

                Living on the North Shore is "a lifestyle choice".

                Hi Sacha, I guess you are trying to be funny or facetious with this comment.

                Leading on from that comment, I suppose your next facetious comment will be to tell them to 'go back to where you came from'.

                Try telling that to the 300,000 people, many who would have been born and grew up and went to school on The Shore.

                North Shore, New Zealand

                From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                The North Shore was formerly North Shore City….

                The city had an estimated population of 229,000 at 30 June 2010, making it the fourth most populous city in New Zealand ….

                Living on the North Shore is "a lifestyle choice".

                By the same twisted logic you could say that living in Auckland is a lifestyle choice, or even living in New Zealand is a life style choice.

                Where we wind up in life is not always a choice.

                But even if others do choose to go and live here, or there, or wherever. Who are we to tell them they shouldn't?




                treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant.
                "a facetious remark"
                flippant, glib, frivolous, tongue-in-cheek, waggish, whimsical, joking, jesting, roguish, impish, teasing, mischievous....

                All I can add, is this;

                If you have turned to facetiousness you have run out of serious defence for your position.

        • Ad

          There are going to be a lot more protests like this until NZTA folds.

          It's what a revolution looks like at the beginning.

          • Jenny How to get there

            The NZTA won't fold.

            The majority of commuters are not bicycle riders and never will be.

            For a revolution to succeed, you need a sizable majority of the population with you.

            Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – "Korg & Miek" | Movie Clip – YouTube


          • Ad

            30 May 2021 at 2:01 pm

            There are going to be a lot more protests like this until NZTA folds…..


            How about this Ad: Next Sunday, try the same stunt again, let's see if the police are not better prepared to repel protesters, and not just with "a few police officers" and a "rickety gate", but in bigger numbers and riot shields.

            Why I support the biking advocates who forced the Harbour Bridge lane closures

            Duncan Garner

            …..Auckland's new "anarchists", who didn't let the law, a rickety gate and a few police officers stop them from riding over the Harbour Bridge at the weekend.

            Why I support the biking advocates who forced the Harbour Bridge lane closures (

            Talk is cheap. Duncan Garner has made it clear that his "support" does not extend to being on the front line trying to push past police with riot shieds.

            • Ad

              No the protesters have made the overt point. Now the bigger battles are now inside the Council, NZTA, and in the Minister's office, while they finalise the RLTP. The media are quite immaterial now.

              What the elected officials saw over that bridge and in tv was voters, really well motivated voters.

              All the elected officials know now that they have a proper political game on their hands. That game is now that's bigger than the stoush over the Onewa Road T3 lanes, or the Bridgeway cycleway, and at least as big as the 2001 North Shore Busway proposals.

              This one has already forced Brett Gliddon to actively support public transport and cycling over the bridge, because otherwise the Minister is going to have his ass, and he knows it.

    • mark II 8.3

      i was there there well over 2000 thousand the media are under stateing the numbers

      [You’ve been asked before, please use a different user name because you don’t want to be confused with another Mark who used to comment here. In addition, you’re now using a new e-mail address, which I’ve approved this time, but please stick to this one from now on, thanks – Incognito]

  9. Ad 9

    Hope Auckland's Labour Regional Conference wakes up to this one, on TV1 News tonight:

  10. Ad 10

    The general ignorance on display from several commenters here about how local government and transport budgets are formed and prioritised is something to behold.

    In related news where the same people concerned about more Wellington cycleways can double down on their fear, the Climate Change Commission is going to hand over their final recommendations to Minister Shaw tomorrow.

    This is going to make the cycleway fight look like a bowl of ripe cherries.

    Right up there will be the need to eliminate all combustion engine vehicles, starting with a full ban on their imports ASAP. And tonnes and tonnes of public transport, and cycleways. Lots of them.

    Thankfully Wellington's Councillors get that discomfort and that necessity, one budget at a time. Tamatha Paul in the TV1 interview today said:

    "What I’ve found is that when the rubber hits the road, sometimes literally, people are not willing to make that change.”

    And the point of my post is pretty simple:

    You know why I believe that a small group of smart, dedicated citizens can change anything?

    Because I've seen the evidence.

    • alwyn 10.1

      I wonder whether one of the heavies in the Prime Minister's Office will remove the report from Shaw's possession and hide it away the way the Te Puapua report disappeared from sight in 2019?

      Will the Labour members of the Government adopt a "It hasn't been put forward to Cabinet so it's not Government policy and I've never read it and I don't know anything about it".

      • Ad 10.1.1

        All Ministers are committed to it from the PM down. She needs all those young voters that got her in there.


        But if the political heat really gets too tough, it's a Green Party policy to load on the Good Ship Shaw to bail as hard as he can.

        • alwyn

          "Green Party policy". True. The Green Party doesn't have to worry as there are certainly 5% of the population who will cheer for it.

          I'm not sure it was the "young voters" that got her (the PM) in there. I think it was a massive surge of former National, elderly, ladies who believe that "Jacinda saved our lives". I am still surprised at how many there are.

          Meanwhile, if it really turned bad with the general public the Labour Party will readily be able to say it has nothing to do with them. I will watch with interest whether the Labour Party leaders talk it up tomorrow. Common sense would say to welcome the fact that there is a discussion document but to refuse to comment on any details until they have a first chance to see what their support party has come up with. In other words, as of now "We know nothing".

    • RedBaronCV 10.2

      As opposed to all the other smart poor young citizens whose rents are going to go up to fund this. If we are green serious then we push all the transport money into mass free transit rather than cycles moving slowly up a hill holding up the buses.

      Small electric vehicles are likely to win the day.

  11. Jenny How to get there 11

    Uh, Oh

    Chaotic morning on Auckland roads as Harbour Bridge barrier machine fault creates major backlog

    Lana Andelane 1 hour ago

    "Due to a barrier machine fault, the Harbour Bridge remains in a four-by-four lane layout currently, but is expected to be opened to the usual five-by-three lane configuration shortly," the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said in a tweet shortly after 6am.

    The bridge's eight lanes – four northbound, four southbound – are reconfigured overnight, with a moveable barrier creating a fifth southbound lane in time for rush-hour morning traffic into Auckland's CBD and central suburbs.

    But a fault with the barrier machine shortly after 6am brought traffic to a standstill, with citybound vehicles bumper-to-bumper as far back as the Northcote Road off-ramp by 6:30am as they waited to cross the bridge…..

    Chaotic morning on Auckland roads as Harbour Bridge barrier machine fault creates major backlog (

    The barrier machine couldn’t get one lane open for the morning rush.

    And some people want to remove one lane permanently for a bike lane?

    I mean, Really?

    • Sacha 11.1

      Oh noes, it would be 5 + 2 for cars.

    • Ad 11.2

      Don't be surprised if NZTA dedicate lanes for the Northern Express buses, and actively manage for decreases in private vehicle traffic to intentionally make the traffic queues longer, and so actively push people onto public transport because it's cheaper and faster.

      This is where policy is really hitting actual operations very hard.

      The next step is road pricing starting at peak times, which is just going to need one more term of this government to implement.

      • Ad

        2 June 2021 at 9:20 pm

        Don't be surprised if NZTA dedicate lanes for the Northern Express buses, and actively manage for decreases in private vehicle traffic to intentionally make the traffic queues longer, and so actively push people onto public transport because it's cheaper and faster…..

        This makes much more sense than giving over a traffic lane to cyclists.

        In fact I think it is inevitable.

        I would add a couple of tweaks.

        1/ Fulfil the cycling community's long thwarted dream of crossing the harbour, All buses on the Northern Busway come with cargo bays for bikes and specialised bike loading bus stops either side of the bridge.

        2/ Rather than just force motorists onto public transport by increasing congestion on the Bridge with a bus lane, also make motorists want to take public transport by making buses on the Northern Busway fare free.

        • Ad

          This government is much more likely to make schoolchildren travel free. Auckland Council aren't going for it.

          There's an opportunity for some cycle storage as the double decker fleet transfers to electric. But it will close soon as orders go in.

          • Jenny How to get there


            3 June 2021 at 5:50 am

            This government is much more likely to make schoolchildren travel free….

            Another sensible measure to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.

            Anyone who drives for a living in Auckland will tell you the almost miraculous loosening of traffic congestion during school holidays.
            I could be wrong but I put this down to the cars of parents dropping their children to school removed from the morning rush.

            Here in Papakura my partner related to me witnessing an early morning police crackdown on warrant of fitness and car registration outside the local primary school. Distressed mothers and their children were being ordered out of their cars at the side of the road for non-compliance.

            If parents cannot afford to keep their old wreck of a car up to scratch, they are unlikely to afford the school bus fares.

            And so take the risk of getting to work or school in unregistered and unwarranted wrecks.

            (I also recall a news report from some years ago of a similar early morning police crackdowns in South Auckland of factory workers being pulled over on their way to work for warrants and registration breaches. So many low paid factory workers were late for work that the factory owners were complaining to the police and media. I haven't heard of traffic violation dawn raids lately so maybe they have been quietly dropped).

            What this all points to is that public transport is woefully inadequate and overpriced.

            When we have traffic and public transport problems like this in South Auckland, I find it hard to have too much sympathy for middle class cyclists prevented from enjoying riding their bikes across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

  12. Is Auckland City Councilor Efeso Collins preparing the public for a more violent response to bike protesters?

    South Auckland community leaders question police response to Harbour Bridge cycle protest

    MON, MAY 31 • SOURCE: 1 NEWS

    ……with just one arrest Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins is asking whether the group was shown leniency not shown to others.

    “When you're handling poorer people out south you're treated one way by the police and when you're managing people who are wealthy and in lycra you've got a completely different approach by the police," he told 1 NEWS.

    Media reports like this, convince me that any future protests similar to this last – will be dealt with much more forcibly.

    Where I believe Cycle politics is winnable politics. a demand for a bike lane, or even a trial of a bike lane, across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, is a losing strategy.

    Short of a skypath, or a second harbour crossing, the only other option is buses with cargo space for bikes.

    • Ad 12.1

      No, he's not.

      But top work for encouraging road rage against cyclists with your standard passive-aggressive bullshit.

      Wednesday's Climate policy framework is just going to leave you recalcitrant retrograde renegade roadsters gasping along with the oldies at AA.

  13. Jenny How to get there 13

    Cycling politics is winning politics

    Cycling the bridge is losing politics

    Auckland harbour cycle and pedestrian bridge facing criticism from both sides

    "I think we're underestimating the fact that people will use it just for the joy of being able to walk over the water, to stop in the middle of the bridge, take photos, to go over on a jog in the morning, walk their dog, take their kids over… I think people are underestimating how popular a bridge like that would be."

    Cyclist and urban designer Emma McInnes

    Auckland harbour cycle and pedestrian bridge facing criticism from both sides (

    A $760 million dollar tourist attraction?


    And before anyone says that this is only the opinion of one person.

    I think that Emma McInnes's views are well representative of the majority of the protesters on the Bridge last Sunday. (correct me if I am wrong).

    The amount of serious commuters who need to get across the bridge and might choose to do so by bicycle can only come from a very small catchment area centred around Onewa Road, Barrys Point Road, Lake Road etc.. The vast majority of commuters that cross the bridge every day as part of their daily grind come from much further afield, suburbs that it would be impractical to commute from on bicycles on a daily basis, Whangaparoa, Albany, Silverdale, Browns Bay, Sunnynook, etc.

    (If these commuters were really wanting to commute to the CBD, and beyond, by bike they would already be doing it down the existing bikeway down the North Western Motorway).

    Instead of catering to day trippers and sightseers. If Emma McInnes and her supporters and followers were serious in getting people to ride bikes to work they would be supporting allowing bikes to be taken onto buses, so that people from these far flung North Shore suburbs only need to cycle to their nearest park and ride to get across the harbour, and from there continue to their places of work. From a soul destroying slog for only the most hardened cycling enthusiast to a much more user friendly experience, a combined cycle bus commute may be the best way to cross the harbour.

    Just saying.

    • Ad 13.1

      You can already take your bikes on trains and ferries. Auckland and Wellington.

      Whereas bus routes often parallel main bus routes.

      Just said it.

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    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    3 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    3 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    4 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    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
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    6 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    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
    7 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

  • Scope of the Northland transmission tower failure review announced
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has today released the terms of reference for the Electricity Authority’s investigation into the Northland transmission tower failure that occurred on 20 June 2024, causing significant power outages in the region.“What happened in Northland last week was unacceptable, with tens of thousands of consumers left without ...
    46 mins ago
  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    16 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    18 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    20 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    22 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    22 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    24 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    1 day ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    2 days ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    1 week ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    1 week ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    1 week ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
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  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    2 weeks ago

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