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Daily review 03/05/2019

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55 comments on “Daily review 03/05/2019”

  1. The Chairman 1

    Labour falls short once again.

     

    The Welfare Expert Advisory Group has recommended 42 changes to the welfare system – the Government has delivered on just three. Stating, they could not deliver on every recommendation at once, hence change would take years.  

    • The Chairman 1.1

      What the Greens have to say about Labour's shortfall:

      After three decades of neglect, today’s announcements are small but necessary steps toward fixing our broken welfare system… 

      https://www.greens.org.nz/news/press-release/milestone-green-party-campaign-overhaul-welfare-system

      • Dennis Frank 1.1.1

        Rare for me to have to defend Labour, but you seem to have left NZF out of your analysis!  Replace Labour with coalition in both comments works for me…

        • The Chairman 1.1.1.1

          Feel free to add their response if you wish.

          And yes, it would be interesting to know what impact NZF played in Labour's response. Nevertheless, this seems to be one Labour and the Greens are fronting, hence I strongly feel for the Minister having to defend this piss poor effort.

          • mickysavage 1.1.1.1.1

            Um this is the initial response.  It does not mean that nothing else will happen.

            Why is it that the left and the right use the same tactics to diss the government?

            • The Chairman 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Indeed it is. And what a poor initial response it is. Hence, being dissed should have been well foreseen and expected. Especially coming off the complete dumping of a CGT.  If they didn't expected disappointment from this, they are are out of touch.

              They better up their game in the Budget or supporters will be further disappointed. 

              • mickysavage

                Ever heard about the medium term?

                • Chris

                  Yes, but Labour's been promising on welfare for almost 30 years.

                • The Chairman's just annoyed that the overwhelming mandate for radical left-wing reform delivered by the nation's voters isn't being implemented.  Or, The Chairman's a disingenuous bullshitter, take your pick depending on how delusional you are about this government's electoral mandate.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    The latter's my pick. The Chairman's an intentional underminer.

                • The Chairman

                  Meanwhile, people go cold and hungry filling our hospitals, resort to crime creating social harm and filling our jails or end up in further debt. And some just give up, adding to our growing suicide list.

                  This is a problem that requires urgent action now. 

                   

                  • McFlock

                    I agree entirely.

                    The trouble is that without the BRR labgrn would have had "tax& spend! Bad with money! Will destroy the economy!" throughout the campaign, rather than "holes" everyone said were imaginary. So even a couple of percent there would give us a nat govt.

                    Also, without NZ1, the coalition government wouldn't exist.

                    So those are what stops us having a radical government. Try for labgrn next time, and bate thy manly concern in the meantime.

                    • The Chairman

                      Labour have fiscal scope to do more without breaking the BRR. Moreover, spending on the poor now would create wider health and social savings going forward. 

                      And from what I can gather, NZF was/is supportive of the report. Additionally, I've yet to see Labour blame NZF for this latest shortfall and failure to deliver.

                       

                    • McFlock

                      whatever. I count two pre-budget announcements (statsnz and welfare) and you're talking about how the govt has "fiscal scope to do more". Duh: that's the rest of the budget.

                    • greywarshark

                      The willingness of Rip Van Winkles to believe falsehoods which connect them and maintain them in the style to which they have been accustomed, means that Gnats will continually mass on the sidelines, and even invade the pitch, looking for any excuse to unseat Labour Coalition.    They are like a mafia group, our people who owe allegiance only to themselves.  I suggest that our integrity as a society is failing and falling.

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicilian_Mafia#     They have built up their group successfully.   Do we have a nascent group in NZ?  Is there something that ordinary citizens can learn and adapt to for honest, thriving living conditions.

                      Cosa nostra – our thing – Mafia have also been known as The Honoured Society.   We have criminals who have operated under false credentials, people who steal and commit violence, and can get away with it because of their standing in the community, almost the start of an honoured society.

                    • McFlock

                      ?

                    • The Chairman

                      The Government has been spending less than its self imposed BRR therefore has fiscal scope to do more than this piss poor effort.

                      https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/388087/government-books-show-2-point-5-billion-surplus

                    • McFlock

                      And if they were spending more you and soimon would be decrying their financial mismanagement.

                      Maybe the coalition can do better. Maybe they can negotiate better to satisfy individual part priorities and run closer to the BRR that helped them snatch victory. Maybe they can even take more of a risk against economic forecasts.

                      But I do not believe your concern to be offered in good faith.

                       

                    • The Chairman

                      And if they were spending more you and soimon would be decrying their financial mismanagement.

                      Can't speak for "soimon".  But as far as I'm concerned it all depends on how much more is being spent and what it is being spent on.

                      For example, spending more on reducing poverty now is astute spending as the savings it produced going forward would outweigh the cost of doing so.

                      Therefore, failing to address this now is financial mismanagement. 

                         

                    • McFlock

                      I stand corrected. You managed to be concerned both ways: the coalition government is simultaneously spending not enough and too much.

                       

            • Chris 1.1.1.1.1.2

              A big part of the problem is parts of the left defending the government despite its behaviour.  The constant litany of excuses for Labour's inaction on welfare is astounding.  A commenter on here, for example, defended criticism of Labour's refusal to lift basic benefit rates by referring to the annual 1 April CPI increases – for two years running! – and despite it being pointed out both times that these increases are required by legislation.

              • Rosemary McDonald

                Today's best comment.  Thank you Chris. smiley (although there is little to smile aboutwink)

              • SPC

                The government has even failed to move the CPI increase from the average to the CPI on necessities (the actual costs faced by those on low incomes). 

                • greywarshark

                  That's a point SPC.  Inflation is a basket of expenditure on defined items.     A drop in air transport costs may bring down the annual figure, but as at one time, a large rise in price of green vegetables put it up for the people whose need for food is bigger than their want for air transport.

                  The media don't seem to put up useful information for the people as much as they used to.   Otago University has done a price movement comparison since 1972 for a set number of food items that a household would be likely to buy.

                  https://www.otago.ac.nz/humannutrition/research/food-cost-survey/otago057919.html

                  Perhaps we should start regularly reading the Otago Daily Times, one of the independent city papers of New Zealand. https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/healthy-food-costs-still-rise

                  The 2018 survey showed:

                  The estimated weekly food cost for a Dunedin family of four included an adult male ($68.36), an adult female ($57.99), adolescent boy ($71.39) and 10-year-old ($49.83) was $247.57 a week.

                  Dr Mainvil, who is a senior lecturer and a registered dietitian, said most of the Dunedin costs came from fruits and vegetables (29%), meats/proteins (29%), and dairy (15%).

                  If there could be a move to everyone having at least a wide bucket growing a few vegs micro-managed I think we would get better health.   Groups meeting regularly and making bread with each other from bulk purchased flour and also biscuits for the treats, would help with the filling up, and being able to buy pieces of bulk cheese and plain yoghurt that each person flavoured with jam would mean good dairy and lower sugar.    The lower income people need to be able to access ‘living groups’ where you get awhi and come away feeling happy and hopeful.

                  The present economic-driven society would try to put a price on the above feelings, perhaps so they would fit into a well-being measure, but they are priceless.

                  There is an old pop song, Little things mean a lot.   And when you are struggling, knowing that there are helps out there for you if you can just get to them, gives a lift up, one step at a time.

                   

                  • SPC

                    Note how decisions made in the 1990's were deliberate to obscure the fact that the rate at which benefits were adjusted was less than the rising costs faced, so that they fell in real value, even after the cuts made earlier in that decade.

                    http://archive.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/prices_indexes/hlpi-backgrd-paper-oct-16/appendix-1.aspx

                    Despite us knowing this, we still adjust benefits by an average rate designed to minimise the annual adjustment to benefits. Last year necessities went up 1.8% and the average CPI 1.4% was the measure used to increase the benefits – thus another real cut in value. 

                    • Chris

                      There have been similar discrepancies over the years.  One was something like a 1% CPI versus a 4% cost of living increase.  Basic benefit rates used to be tagged to the cost of living which stopped in the 1970s – completely illogical unless the intention is to cut benefits in real terms.

                      The lower the CPI increase the greater likelihood the resulting basic benefit rate increase brings absurd outcomes, like a reduction in accommodation supplement greater than the increase to the basic rate.

        • soddenleaf 1.1.1.2

          oh… this new applet doesn’t like me.

          If Frank’s were a serious debater he’d point out that lazt media are at fault when they cast labour as the govt, lab only got in the mid 30s. But it’s just lazy journalist on naff radio who make the story about lab, not about how all parties need to agree.

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    Looks like somewhat of a popular uprising in the UK local body political scene:  https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/ceeqy0e9894t/england-local-elections-2019

    Tories lost 442 seats so far, Labour lost 79.  Greens up 42, from 6 last time.  LibDems up 304.  Independents up 215, UKIP down 54.

  3. patricia bremner 3

    The Chairman @ 1, Unfortunately they have had to deal with myrtle rust and mico plasma bovis,  the discovery of under funding in the health system,  helping the homeless and recognising the hidden unemployed,  starting traing and apprentice schemes and a first year free for any tertiary education. 

    They are putting two billion a year back into the super fund trying to expand the Housing NZ build and increase State Housing. 

    They are trying to do their best for the Muslim community after Christchurch, while finding the threats in society.

    Along the way they have limited Loan Sharking and wheel clamping fees. 

    They have worked with the mining families,  replaced roads and bridges washed away by storms.

    They have provided more for those in poverty,  but it has to be agreed to by New Zealand First so is less than Labour and the Greens hoped for.  This is the difficulty of Coalitions where the major party in Government can not win a vote in the house. PM Ardern  has commented "Consensus is my job". CGT was a case in point where agreement didn't happen.  

    This is quite a change from  National's  "What housing crisis?"  :They need to make better choices"   :The youth of NZ are useless" etc.

    This Government is not perfect,  but boy it is a huge improvement on the last lot!!  It has been 2 action packed years,  with more to come.   I see the big money is coming out to fight for their "rightful place".   So I hope the left get their funding ready.devil

    • Rosemary McDonald 3.1

       I see the big money is coming out to fight for their "rightful place".   So I hope the left get their funding ready.

      Yes, they do stump up with more enthusiasm than 'lefties' in support of the Parties of the Worthy and Deserving, probably because their Parties deliver on election promises.

      In days gone by even the strugglers would chip in a bob or two to support a local candidate because sometimes they would actually deliver for the poor.

      Not now though. One promises to be tough on the idle poor, and delivers.

      The other pretends loving kindness for the poor and delivers more money to get tougher on the idle poor.

       Arbeit mach frei.

      Sweet naff all for those who can see no end to the punitive treatment of those who simply cannot commit to paid work due to health and disability.

      The invalids.  The incurables.

      Pretty much more of the same.

       

      • patricia bremner 3.1.1

        Rosemary,  to compare this Government with the Nazis is unfair and untrue. There is a directive from the top and new training aimed at assisting those who visit Winz.

        A friend's daughter who works for Winz says there are  people 50+  looking for work, At Winz  there was talk they were considering taking on some older people with work experience to assist others get ready to apply for positions,  especially as some had not had to apply for a job for twenty years,  and needed skills updated.

        Perhaps this is part of that new thinking.  I did not hear them say it was aimed at those who could not work.

        Perhaps some of what we are hoping for may be in the budget.  I say we,  as I am a disabled person aged 77. 

         

        • Rosemary McDonald 3.1.1.1

          You will have read the Report, Patricia?

          http://www.weag.govt.nz/assets/documents/WEAG-report/aed960c3ce/WEAG-Report.pdf

          Considering those on the Supported Living Payment make up 53% of those on the Main benefit it is surprising that this group are last to be discussed in the Executive Summary…they limp in on page 18.

          Now, by any measure page 18 makes pretty grim reading.

          Unfortunately even the Working Group could not focus for more than a nanosecond on those on the SLP who will most likely never be able to commit to work, even part time.

          Even this section of the Report emphasizes how it is through getting into paid work that a beneficiaries lot will improve.

          Work will make you free.

          I will be convinced that this government is less like the last when they actually step up and start treating this particular group of beneficiaries with greater compassion and at least a modicum of respect.

        • Chris 3.1.1.2

          The history of Labour's position on welfare since reneging on their promise to reverse the 1991 benefit cuts tells a different story.

      • Psycho Milt 3.1.2

        Arbeit macht frei.  "Mach" isn't a word.  If you're going to misuse other people's languages in a wildly, gratuitously inappropriate comparison of the NZ government with the Nazis, at least trouble yourself to get the words right.

        • Rosemary McDonald 3.1.2.1

          Oops.  Running on very little sleep at the moment. Ambulances and A&E in the wee hours of the morning and I shall never make good on the time or the lost sleep.   I shall go away and beat myself up over a spelling mistake.

          Now…'gratuitously inappropriate comparison with the Nazis'…if you're going to go all Godwin.

          Shall we have a discussion about the lives of Kiwis forced to live at the mercy of the State?

          Of course you too will have read the Report?

          You will know from the report that the dire circumstances, the insecurity that especially those on the (un) Supported Living Payment have to endure has not just developed under this particular government.  Nor can the Previous Mob take the blame/credit entire.

          Oh, no, siree. This has been a cross- party long term plan. There has been subtle and not so subtle messaging from all political parties that Work  is the answer to most of the ills of the underclasses. And while most of us can agree to that idea to a certain point…none of the parties have ever specifically addressed the circumstances of the person who experiences the catastrophic decline in fortunes when ill-health or permanent disability (not supported by ACC) affects them and their family. 

          No  government has done anything to ease this particular brand of discrimination  in over forty years.

          The people for whom work is an impossibility are criminally neglected by our welfare system, and are thrown on the scrap heap of utter hopelessness.

           This working group belabours the 'supported into work' narrative and skims over  those who most likely will never work again. They failed to convince this Government in the two months since handing the report over  that the needs of this group demand prompt attention. 

          Today's announcement will have offered no hope for those for who no amount of carrot or stick will enable them to be liberated from dire poverty by securing employment.

           

           

          • McFlock 3.1.2.1.1

            The low mortality rate suggests you're being a bit over the top. /sarc

            I'll be reading the report over the next few weeks. I suspect a number of NGOs will be aligning their campaigning with the report, identifying which recommendations are achievable with suitable direct pressure on the government and which recommendations need to be lobbied to the public first.

            • Rosemary McDonald 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Take them to the movies…

               

               

              • McFlock

                If it were that simple it wouldn't have taken so long to even get enough voters to accept child poverty existed as a problem (rather than bad individual parents).

                Left wing movies have been produced since the neoliberal experiment started. They only preach to the choir.

                 

    • Ad 3.2

      All of that list is Business As Usual for any NZ government. 

      • patricia bremner 3.2.1

        Ad,  why did the previous Government not do that then?

        • Rosemary McDonald 3.2.1.1

          …why did the previous Government not do that then?

           

          Because it was easy, and in their nature, to continue the work of the Previous Incumbents.

           

    • The Chairman 3.3

      @patricia bremner

       

      Mycoplasma bovis? Grant Robertson publicly committed to throwing as much money as it takes at the problem. A problem the country could cope with.

      Therefore, it's shameful Labour aren't as committed to addressing poverty, which will also go a long way in addressing health and other social problems.  

    • CHCoff 3.4

      To not have a govt. that doesn't like NZ and it's general citizenry was an achievement but it's turned out quite abit better than that.

    • Wayne 3.5

      Patricia

      Not much evidence of "expand the Housing NZ build and increase State Housing".

      So far this is the area of biggest fail by the government. In fact I would be surprised if they build as many houses this financial year (July 2018 to June 2019) as National did in their last year.

       

       

      • Molly 3.5.1

        … or indeed sold, or emptied during its term in office.

      • Chris 3.5.2

        Utterly disingenuous as usual.  

      • Pat 3.5.3

        a question for you Wayne…if as you suggest there is so little difference between Labour and National why is it so critical to you (and your party) that Labour are not in control of treasury?…is it perhaps the perks of office?…surely nothing so base as that?

  4. Ad 4

    Tax report. 

    Justice overview.

    Reserve Bank reform. 

    Welfare review.

    Transport safety review.

    Greenhouse gas advice.

    Less a government, more a toilet paper manufacturing plant.

  5. CHCoff 5

    Congratulations Jacinda Ardern & Clarke Gayford, a very good representative couple for NZ

  6. Sacha 6

    On this govt being timid: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/388435/tim-watkin-government-is-running-out-of-chances-to-be-transformational

    So as part of their coalition deal, Labour and the Greens commission this report. They get the transformational advice most of them would have wanted. How do they respond? Welfare Minister Carmel Sepuloni agrees the welfare system is not working. Marama Davidson agrees the welfare system is not working. And then they commit to ignore the report's big recommendations.

    • The Chairman 6.1

      Great article you linked to, Sacha. It hit the nail on the head.  

    • alwyn 6.2

      This report certainly explains why they dropped the story about getting married into the news cycle. They want something, anything, that will keep this Welfare Report out of the headlines tomorrow. What will they do next week when the news is just as bad for the idiots who comprise our Government?

    • Rosemary McDonald 6.3

      Then there’s the Greens. National would not support even these few reforms promised, so they have the power to demand more their coalition partners. They have the power to get the wins New Zealand First has achieved on labour reform, three strikes and the CGT. Yet they are backing Labour’s cautious approach and promising to back these changes. That’s a very odd political calculation.

       

      Very, very odd.  I'm simply not understanding the Green's game plan.  If they actually have one.  After Metiria, and the near groundswell of support her message received, I expected them to do more, or at least something, in the social just sphere.

      If Labour is genuine in it's aim to be transformational and address the rank inequality and the Greens had a smidgen of spine, then combined they'd surely be able subdue Winston on a few issues?

      If they really cared. 

      Maybe completely off base here but I suspect there is a lack of cohesion in the Green ranks, especially with the younger ones. Jan Logie has done well, and…?

      • Sacha 6.3.1

        They really seem to have lost their comms ability and Labour is not selling their vision well enough either. Both better lift their game a whole lot around the Budget.

      • higherstandard 6.3.2

        "Very, very odd.  I'm simply not understanding the Green's game plan. "

        You've been around a long time Rosemary, I'm sure you've learnt that for all politicians their own interests trump those of their party and the public.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    7 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
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  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
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  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • The left and violent misogyny
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    1 week ago
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  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
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  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    20 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
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    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
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    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    12 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
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    12 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
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    13 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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    16 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
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    18 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
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    19 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
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    20 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
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    1 day ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
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    2 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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    2 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
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    2 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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    2 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
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    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    2 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
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    2 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    4 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    7 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    7 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    7 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    1 week ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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