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Daily Review 15/11/2016

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61 comments on “Daily Review 15/11/2016”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    @McFlock
    Put this here because it was OT in thread.

    For example, I tend to suspect (I’m not sure, it just seems reasonable on the face of it) that supply of money has some input as to its value, for which some social credit type folks have suggested I’m basically following rogernomics, and we can print as much cash as we want (billions) with no impact on the exchange rate or inflation.

    It’s not just creation money though – you have to include it’s destruction. The cycle should go:

    Government >> economy >> government

    The money’s return to government is actually it’s destruction. Under those conditions then inflation can be minimal.

    As for the exchange value – that needs to be set by a formula (essentially imports/exports) rather than the wishful thinking of the speculators.

    • weka 1.1

      How is money going back to the government destruction?

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        Because when it’s returned to the government it’s matched against previous spending.

        Spend into the economy (+1)
        Return to government (-1)
        total = 0

        The government should actually run at a slight deficit to match population growth and the easy way to do that is a UBI.

        • pat 1.1.1.1

          spend into the economy(+1)
          return to government (-1)
          tax rate 100%
          spend available for provision 0
          output 0
          savings 0
          confidence 0

          exchange rate …..won’t matter as it won’t be wanted (or needed)

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            Completely wrong.

            Spend available for provision of government services is the amount needed to provide those services – no more, no less.
            This spending then gets spent into the private sector causing multiplier effect (usually around 3 times).
            Overall tax @ 33% to have return to government balance.

            It would be government spending, including the UBI, that provides the entire money supply for the economy to work. This:

            1. Removes poverty
            2. Eliminates the business cycle
            3. and removes the need for infinite exponential growth on a finite world.

            • pat 1.1.1.1.1.1

              lol….so zero imports and zero savings …thats a realistic model…not

              • Draco T Bastard

                Why would there be zero imports/exports?

                And we don’t need savings. In fact, savings seem to be a large part of the problem with our present financial system.

                That said, there’s nothing stopping people from putting money in the bank. They just won’t get any interest on it.

                • pat

                  why?…because you claim a tax rate of 33% and a multiplier of 3 …that requires a zero savings and import rate

                  and we don’t need savings? would love to hear your explanation of how anyone is going to purchase anything that costs more than say a weeks “wages”( while eating and being housed)…and that also suggests all ownership will have be by the state for there will be no ability for private investment…and placing it in a bank (even at zero interest) still removes it from circulation and negatively impacts ME

                  but the best of all is how you propose to administer the inevitable demand for more. and the inflationary spiral that creates.?..even in a totally closed economy which while possible is extremely unlikely

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    why?…because you claim a tax rate of 33% and a multiplier of 3 …that requires a zero savings and import rate

                    You said that when you claimed it was 100% tax rate. Now that you’re informed that it’s actually 33% you’re saying the same thing.

                    Your maths is wrong.

                    $1 is spent into the economy
                    This produces $1 of economic value
                    $0.33 is taxed back out from that $1

                    Leaving $0.67 in the economy which goes round again to be taxed again

                    Meanwhile, the government has spent more into the economy

                    You need to think of the economy as a constant flow.

                    Money in >> stuff happens >> Money out >> Money in

                    It’s not Money in >> Money out and that’s it, nobodies got any money and nothing happened as you seem to think.

                    and we don’t need savings?

                    No we don’t. Savings aren’t needed to buy cars. It’s supposedly needed to make investments but it’s not needed for that either.

                    And, of course, people would still be able to put money aside to buy larger stuff.

                    but the best of all is how you propose to administer the inevitable demand for more.

                    And how did I propose to do that?

                    and the inflationary spiral that creates.?

                    There’s no inflationary spiral as the money is balanced. Unlike now where the money into the system isn’t balanced resulting in high house price inflation.

                    • pat

                      “You said that when you claimed it was 100% tax rate. Now that you’re informed that it’s actually 33% you’re saying the same thing.

                      Your maths is wrong.”

                      lol. nothing wrong with my basic arithmetic but does appear to be something wrong with your understanding of the multiplier effect which you cited..

                      .ME ratio= 1/ propensity to save, propensity to tax and propensity to import

                      so your example 3 = 1/ 0 + 0 .33 + 0 …. change any factor (imports or savings i.e.) and your multiplier will change.

                      will return to your other misconceptions when I have some time

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      your understanding of the multiplier effect which you cited..

                      Possible. The multiplier effect won’t be the same in a Sovereign Money financial system as in the current system.

                      I’m thinking that it would be more of a measure of how many transactions money will go through before it’s fully returned/destroyed. I was making an assumption, based upon the present multiplier usually being ~3, that it would be about the same.

                      Thinking about it some more that assumption is most likely low which means that the overall tax rate would be lower. Would probably need a FTT.

                    • pat

                      “No we don’t. Savings aren’t needed to buy cars. It’s supposedly needed to make investments but it’s not needed for that either.”

                      Didn’t mention cars, but if you maintain savings are not needed (though you then contradict yourself by stating monies can be put aside for larger stuff….otherwise known as savings) one can only assume that either the government will lend or gift monies for large purchases or that money itself will cease to be.

                      “And how did I propose to do that?”

                      you haven’t ….and that is the point.You have ignored the increasing demand by a society that only has to bring political pressure to obtain more or the same for less, how does your model propose to deal with that? This speaks to the inflationary spiral that would be created.

                      If what you have outlined here is a genuine model then you should at least be up front and admit the only way it would have a chance of successfully operate (at least briefly) would mean the end of private ownership, a completely closed economy that is likely to become increasingly unsophistocated and a totalitarian state that is mandated by the majority with no protection for dissenters….think we’ve seen where that leads..

        • McFlock 1.1.1.2

          So basically, you’re borrowing against the government’s income next year, as opposed to the government’s income this year. And if the money back doesn’t meet the money you’d spent, it’s inflationary.

          How is that different from the standard bonds the reserve bank lends to banks? I can see why “lending” it to central government for infrastructure development rather than just to inflate the banking sector, but what you describe still requires conventional, basic budgeting, not a currently untapped source of revenue.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2.1

            So basically, you’re borrowing against the government’s income next year

            Nope.

            Government creates the money
            Spends it into the economy
            Taxes money back out of the economy (destroys money)

            No borrowing at all.

            The economy is a continuous cycle.

            And if the money back doesn’t meet the money you’d spent, it’s inflationary.

            Nope. Growing economy requires a growing volume of money. Of course, sovereign money can also be used to turn the economy into a Stable State Economy.

            How is that different from the standard bonds the reserve bank lends to banks?

            These would no longer exist. Banks would not be able to borrow from the RBNZ.
            Also, the government borrowing from the private sector would also not exist.

            but what you describe still requires conventional, basic budgeting, not a currently untapped source of revenue.

            I never called it income because it’s not income.

            It’s the base driver of the economy.

            • McFlock 1.1.1.2.1.1

              But you said that to maintain the overall level at zero change (to avoid inflation), the government had to “destroy” a dollar for every dollar it created.

              The money only does any good if the government spends it, gives it to other people. Pays a UBI, pays road workers, whatever.

              To get it back to destroy it, the government needs to levy a tax or gain profit from a transaction.

              You’re plugging extra money into the economy this year, but you need to avoid creating inflation by taking back a matching amount of money in taxes.

              Let’s say you have annual tax revenue of 100bil in a country with a gdp of 300bil. You want to buy everyone a UBIferrari, at an additional cost of 40bil, so you print the required cash. Next year you need to raise $140bil in taxes and destroy 40bil of it, and your gdp is 340bil, so you’ve got ~12% increase in gdp and cash supply while the invented cash is still in the economy.

              So you’re still left with government expenditure cuts or tax increases to maintain the monetary balance.

              • Draco T Bastard

                You want to buy everyone a UBIferrari, at an additional cost of 40bil, so you print the required cash.

                But the government doesn’t buy everyone a Ferrari now does it? Really, why would you come up with such a stupid example?

                What it does is spend money to provide government services (Police, justice, etc). and the UBI. These people now have money which they want to spend. They spend it into the private sector.

                As the money moves through the economy it’s taxed in various ways (returned to government). These taxes result in the money being destroyed.

                So you’re still left with government expenditure cuts or tax increases to maintain the monetary balance.

                Which bit about the government spending being balanced by taxes didn’t you understand?

                And, no, you wouldn’t have to cut government services – ever. In fact, doing so would probably cause a recession because the money that the government is spending is the full and total supply of money for the economy.

                I really can’t make it any simpler.

                Government creates money
                Government spends money into the economy via government services
                Government taxes money back out of the economy destroying the money

                • Clump_AKA Sam

                  It’s not necessarily to finance government spending but it is necessary to keep money circulating, other wise it goes stagnant and festers in speculative property prices.

                  If Graham Hart spent the amount of money McFlock suggests in what’s called the permanent money hypotheses Graham would explode in 20 secounds because of the heat generated from spending, so Graham simply can’t spend that amount of money, the role of taxation is to put it back into the hands of those who will spend.

                  Later curve: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/laffercurve.asp

                  Permanent money hypotheses: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/permanent-income-hypothesis.asp

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    It’s not necessarily to finance government spending but it is necessary to keep money circulating, other wise it goes stagnant and festers in speculative property prices.

                    Taxes?

                    • Clump_AKA Sam

                      Or stimulus from deficit spending, or even cutting corporate taxes can cause inflation, (at the risk of receiving a ban for mentioning Trumps name) Trumpism, there are so many ways to boost demand, my point is if MrFlock would try google first he wouldn’t come across as such an asshole

                • McFlock

                  I chose an absurd example (actually “UBIferrari”) because the what is irrelevant to the discussion: it could be a UBI, earthquake repairs, or a moonbase.

                  The fact is that you’re still tying government expenditure to government income. In a particularly inefficient way. Because, like most economic theories, your model is to simplistic.

                  You want to spend money now in order to tax it back later. But rather than doing it with bonds (and addidng a “debt servicing” line item to the annual budget that’s a small proportion of what you actually borrowed), by flooding the economy in new money you necessitate getting it back as soon as possible. The end sum might be zero, but in my example you’ve still increased the money supply by 40bil until you’ve taxed it back. And artificial boom/bust cycle.

                  And how would you tax it back – monthly or quarterly variations in PAYE? How would that effect folks’ wallets? Or annually bounce the tax rate 15% up or down depending on what you want to build this year? you reckon that’s electorally sustainable? Again, for simply the same result: government expenditure that’s constrained by government income.

                  • Clump_AKA Sam

                    Read the theory again

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    You want to spend money now in order to tax it back later.

                    We’re not starting at zero. We already have the government taxing and spending.

                    But rather than doing it with bonds (and addidng a “debt servicing” line item to the annual budget that’s a small proportion of what you actually borrowed)

                    The government shouldn’t borrow money – ever. It has no need to as it can create money and not have interest charged on it. Just so long as it then destroys that money through taxation.

                    Why do people insist that the government has to pay interest on money?

                    The end sum might be zero, but in my example you’ve still increased the money supply by 40bil until you’ve taxed it back. And artificial boom/bust cycle.

                    And that is why your thinking fails. You think that the economy is static rather than a continuous flow.

                    Again, for simply the same result: government expenditure that’s constrained by government income.

                    Can you point me to where I said it would be otherwise?

                    What I said is that government spending through government services and the UBI should be the total money available to the economy. That this would stabilise the economy eliminating the ‘business cycle’ and poverty.

                    • McFlock

                      I don’t believe the economy is either static or a continuous flow.
                      I think there are lag times and elastic relationships throughout the economy, and my concern with your plan is that it causes a surge throughout the system, followed by a corresponding low pressure zone. And that causes more stress to individuals in the system, breaking some of them.

                      Whereas conventional tax/borrow and spend government policies don’t have that lag period where there’s a sudden boost in money supply on top of everything else.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      and my concern with your plan is that it causes a surge throughout the system, followed by a corresponding low pressure zone

                      But it doesn’t and that thinking is that of a static model.

                      Whereas conventional tax/borrow and spend government policies don’t have that lag period where there’s a sudden boost in money supply on top of everything else.

                      The sudden boost in money supply that we’re seeing now is from the private banks creating huge amounts of money in lending for houses and offshore buyers of our housing.

                    • McFlock

                      Well, perhaps there is some niche economic definition of “static” – but I meant it in the conventional meaning of lacking in movement, action or change. Which is impossible in a system that has pressure waves, which by definition are change. But either way, simply saying that the model is “widget” doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

                      How does one create cash and avoid inflation in the period between when government pays the people and when it taxes that amount back off them?

                      The current boost in money supply is intentional policy by the reserve bank which is using a blunt tool to face a complex problem: a largely stagnant economy with one single sector that’s massively overinflated in price due to long term supply shortfalls.

                      That is a separate issue to whether your concept of printing (then destroying) money adds any advantage over the current conventions of managing government accounts.

                    • Clump_AKA Sam

                      Bruh. Economics is uncertain

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      How does one create cash and avoid inflation in the period between when government pays the people and when it taxes that amount back off them?

                      See, you’re thinking that one thing happens and then the next thing happens at a later time when both will be happening simultaneously. The former is static model thinking.

                      The current boost in money supply is intentional policy by the reserve bank which is using a blunt tool to face a complex problem:

                      Actually, it’s been the intentional policy of the government for the last ~30 years who legislated what the RBNZ was going to do, gave it the tools to do that and removed capital movement restrictions.

                      That is a separate issue to whether your concept of printing (then destroying) money adds any advantage over the current conventions of managing government accounts.

                      Actually, it gives advantage to the entire economy and not just the governments books:

                      1. By removing the private banks ability to create money it stabilises the economy from that direction. No more banks creating huge amounts and then panicking and stopping creating any thus throwing the country into recession/depression
                      2. They’ll be no need to borrow offshore to utilise our own resources as they’ll be plenty of money available
                      3. By ensuring that there is a constant influx of money into the system via the UBI ensures that there will always be a demand for businesses to supply
                      4. The UBI will ensure that everyone who wants to will be able to get a good education
                      5. The UBI will allow people to be entrepreneurial by ensuring that they don’t drop into poverty if their idea fails
                      6. The removal of interest bearing debt from government removes the need for continued growth

                    • McFlock

                      See, you’re thinking that one thing happens and then the next thing happens at a later time when both will be happening simultaneously. The former is static model thinking.

                      It seems to me that you’re trying to have it both ways: you said “As the money moves through the economy it’s taxed in various ways (returned to government). “. That means there’s a lag between when the money is distributed and when the same amount of money is finally returned via taxes. If there’s a lag then there’s a period of substantially increased money supply. If there’s no lag, then you’re not “creating” money, you’re simply transferring tax revenue into expenditure in exactly the same way it’s currently done.

                      Actually, it [“printing (then destroying) money”-mcf] gives advantage to the entire economy and not just the governments books:

                      1. By removing the private banks ability to create money it stabilises the economy from that direction. No more banks creating huge amounts and then panicking and stopping creating any thus throwing the country into recession/depression

                      Yes and no. It bypasses the fractional reserve system (which is merely a multiplier of the OCR tool, not an integral part), but that doesn’t mean that the banks will contribute any less to boom and bust speculative cycles.

                      2. They’ll be no need to borrow offshore to utilise our own resources as they’ll be plenty of money available

                      Borrowing, either directly or by simply printing cash and borrowing that off future taxpayers, is a sign of insufficient taxation right now.

                      3. By ensuring that there is a constant influx of money into the system via the UBI ensures that there will always be a demand for businesses to supply

                      That is a benefit of a UBI in particular, but yes does apply to other government expenditure if it’s done wisely. IMO most importantly the government expenditure needs to go into the regions so it can flow back into the urban centres then the corporates, rather than just swilling around a few key CBDs.

                      4. The UBI will ensure that everyone who wants to will be able to get a good education

                      Nah. That’s what the education system is for.

                      5. The UBI will allow people to be entrepreneurial by ensuring that they don’t drop into poverty if their idea fails

                      Fair enough, but this isn’t about the benefits of a UBI, it’s about how some UBI proponents intend to pay for it.

                      6. The removal of interest bearing debt from government removes the need for continued growth

                      but printing money simply substitutes interest payments for boosts to inflation. Growth is therefore still necessary.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      That means there’s a lag between when the money is distributed and when the same amount of money is finally returned via taxes. If there’s a lag then there’s a period of substantially increased money supply.

                      Nope because the taxes would go up at the same time that spending goes up. If spending doesn’t go up then taxes don’t go up.

                      And we’re not starting at a zero point. We already have a monetary flow. There’d be a transition period when inflation may be a little higher than normal but I doubt if it would last long.

                      It bypasses the fractional reserve system (which is merely a multiplier of the OCR tool, not an integral part), but that doesn’t mean that the banks will contribute any less to boom and bust speculative cycles.

                      Yeah, actually, it does:
                      1. The banks will no longer be able to leverage minimal funds into massive loans. They’re strictly limited to what they have on deposit for on-lending and the people who so deposited it won’t be able to spend it either thus removing that piece of leveraging as well
                      2. If a few people lose their money from speculation so what? The constant flow of money from the government will ensure that loss with have minimal feed on effects. Mostly, the banks won’t suddenly stop creating money and throwing us all into recession as happened in the GFC

                      Borrowing, either directly or by simply printing cash and borrowing that off future taxpayers

                      Creating money which is then spent directly into the economy producing economic activity now is not borrowing.

                      Nah. That’s what the education system is for

                      People need to be able to afford to go and get that education and that’s what the UBI will do.

                      but printing money simply substitutes interest payments for boosts to inflation.

                      But creating money doesn’t automatically translate into inflation – as the vast printing of money around the world after the GFC proved.

                    • McFlock

                      Nope because the taxes would go up at the same time that spending goes up. If spending doesn’t go up then taxes don’t go up.

                      So how does that differ with what blinglish currently does every year?

                      And we’re not starting at a zero point. We already have a monetary flow. There’d be a transition period when inflation may be a little higher than normal but I doubt if it would last long.

                      Ok, so there will be inflation, now we’re just quibbling over how large and sustained it will be.

                      It bypasses the fractional reserve system (which is merely a multiplier of the OCR tool, not an integral part), but that doesn’t mean that the banks will contribute any less to boom and bust speculative cycles.

                      Yeah, actually, it does:
                      1. The banks will no longer be able to leverage minimal funds into massive loans. They’re strictly limited to what they have on deposit for on-lending and the people who so deposited it won’t be able to spend it either thus removing that piece of leveraging as well
                      2. If a few people lose their money from speculation so what? The constant flow of money from the government will ensure that loss with have minimal feed on effects. Mostly, the banks won’t suddenly stop creating money and throwing us all into recession as happened in the GFC

                      It wasn’t the creation of money that created the GFC, it was the outright frauds that were committed with that money, that then made the banks terrified of lending money to each other in order to settle daily debts and tallies. They created a pyramid of bad loan packages, then as soon as the music stopped playing all the bankers dropped those hot potatoes so they wouldn’t get caught with their pants down (abuse of allegorical language intentional 🙂 ).

                      Creating money which is then spent directly into the economy producing economic activity now is not borrowing.

                      It is if taxpayers have to make it up, even in the near-immediate future.

                      but printing money simply substitutes interest payments for boosts to inflation.

                      But creating money doesn’t automatically translate into inflation – as the vast printing of money around the world after the GFC proved.

                      Well, yes it does. That’s why they did it: boost GDP with the corresponding effect on inflation. Because they were at extreme risk of deflation and depression.

                    • Clump_AKA Sam

                      Maybe if we take a step back because interest rates set the rate at which you can borrow from the reserve bank but they are apart of the cost when settling transactions between different banks, and banks hang on to reserve in case the housing sector has a massive run on for cash, and they never pass on full rate cuts. But if you take interest away banks themselves still have guides to take on crises, and that’s just in case there’s a fiscal demand for cash.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      So how does that differ with what blinglish currently does every year?

                      The current system actually borrows the money at interest. The government borrows from private banks which create the money at the time. The addition of interest means that it can never be fully paid back which means we have an expanding monetary base.

                      Never mind the fact that the private banks also create money when they make a loan to private individuals as well.

                      Sovereign Money gets rid of that. It has the continuous creation and destruction of money needed to keep the economy moving but it doesn’t have the interest component that forces growth. A stable state economy would work.

                      They created a pyramid of bad loan packages, then as soon as the music stopped playing all the bankers dropped those hot potatoes so they wouldn’t get caught with their pants down (abuse of allegorical language intentional 🙂 ).

                      The entire banking sector is a Ponzi Scheme – see above – which is why it fell over.

                      Well, yes it does. That’s why they did it: boost GDP with the corresponding effect on inflation. Because they were at extreme risk of deflation and depression.

                      No it doesn’t.

                      Yes, that is one of the reasons why they printed so much money but the inflation didn’t actually eventuate. The other reason, and probably the main one, that they printed so much was to prop up the banks. If the Ponzi Scheme that the private banks run collapsed the way it should have then, yes, we would have been in a depression.

                      Of course, the best thing that they could have done to prevent a depression is implement a UBI and let the banks collapse. Instead they gave it all to the banks which then kept it instead of loaning it out for productive activity.

                      A UBI would have prevented a recession, kept local businesses going and allowed the market to correct for the banks fraudulent activities.

                    • McFlock

                      The addition of interest means that it can never be fully paid back which means we have an expanding monetary base.

                      Bullshit. Of course it can be paid off, with interest.

                      And the “sovereign debt” equivalent of interest is the systemic costs of the inflation it creates, even temporarily.

                      Yes, that is one of the reasons why they printed so much money but the inflation didn’t actually eventuate.

                      or it did eventuate and without it the world would have gone into a deflationary spiral.

                      The other reason, and probably the main one, that they printed so much was to prop up the banks. If the Ponzi Scheme that the private banks run collapsed the way it should have then, yes, we would have been in a depression.

                      agreed.

                      Of course, the best thing that they could have done to prevent a depression is implement a UBI and let the banks collapse. Instead they gave it all to the banks which then kept it instead of loaning it out for productive activity.

                      Nah. The best thing they could have done was buy all the bad loans at crap market rates and renegotiate sustainable repayment terms for the borrowers, thereby starting one of the biggest state housing programmes in decades if not history.

    • ropata 1.2

      Profit gouging (especially by multinationals, e.g. bank interest) is also destruction of money, if there’s a weak tax regime (or tax haven) and no reciprocal investment back into NZ

      Similarly, GST & income tax is a highly regressive drag on the economy and devalues the work of the many, whereas the top few % rich in assets pay relatively no tax. In fact, because of the property bubble there are thousands of lucky/privileged/entitled Aucklanders whose net tax is probably less than zero.

      On Planet Key, the wealthy pay no tax, and the poor get taxed on all income over $1

  2. Muttonbird 2

    On Planet Key a severely unstable man is stopped by police after stalking a couple armed with a knife. They let him go to kill the very next day.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11748624

    On the same Planet Key a journalist has his home ransacked by police after highlighting government corruption.

    • BM 2.1

      More public service incompetence, the sooner we privatize everything, the better.

      • Muttonbird 2.1.1

        Blame the workers. First port of call when something goes wrong.

        • Gangnam Style 2.1.1.1

          Same with privatisation, offset the blame, a whole bunch of people with their hands in the air singing ‘It wasn’t me’ til you get to the poor shmo on minimum wage at the bottom of the ladder ‘It’s all his fault!’.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2

        He says after fight clubs and death have been found in privatised prisons – due to the lack of standards in the privatised prisons.

      • adam 2.1.3

        Predictable response, sad, but predictable…

        More of this national government and there worshipers failing to take any responsibility for anything the have wreaked over the last 8 years of office.

      • ropata 2.1.4

        Nothing to do with chronic lack of resourcing in Police and cutting mental health services so that Bill English can put some nice numbers in a fucking spreadsheet…

  3. Muttonbird 3

    If you are brave enough, this is Watkins’ fluff piece on Key. No analysis of the situation, just a gentle combing of John Key’s hair.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/86503566/a-warning-to-expect-the-worst

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Then, if you really want to be sick in your mouth, watch this pan and scan drivel to dramatic orchestral music from the Horrid.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11748647

    This is awful broadcasting. And this is what the Horrid want to do with the NZOA funding changes. They want to contest for public funding to produce this kind of crap.

  5. Anne 5

    Brave enough to tell the truth. Good on you Jeremy Corbyn.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/donald-trump-lastest-news-jeremy-corbyn-grow-up-us-immigration-mexico-andrew-marr-a7414576.html

    There’s no dedicated post today so put it here.

  6. ianmac 7

    Ha ha. I was lucky enough just now to watch the super big Moon-rise at about 68degrees from North in Blenheim. A lovely golden colour and just huge. Don’t think I will be around to see the next one.

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      This was my take on the super moon. It was last month though at moon-set facing east from the base of Mt Wellington where I live.

      View post on imgur.com

      I’m calling it “night flight”.

    • ropata 7.2

      Nice one, weather in Auckland has been too crap for the last couple of days, I’ve seen nothing but grey

    • Ovid 7.3

      I do hope you have at least another 18 years in you. The full moon will be even closer on 26 November 2034. And there’s a total solar eclipse directly over the South Island in 2028 to tide you over.

    • mac1 7.4

      Oh ianmac saw the same moon at the same time from the same place! Next one in November 2034.

      We’ll both be around to see that one, yeah?

  7. One Two 8

    The picture header is in poor taste

  8. joe90 9

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    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    2 days ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    2 days ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    3 days ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    3 days ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    3 days ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    4 days ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    4 days ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    5 days ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    5 days ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    5 days ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    7 days ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    1 week ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    1 week ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    1 week ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    1 week ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    1 week ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Joint effort under way to repatriate stranded Vanuatu nationals
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron ...
    2 weeks ago
  • $40m for regional apprenticeships
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development Reprioritised funding of $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will support up to 1000 regional apprenticeships, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative is part of the wider Apprenticeship Boost announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens welcome new ACC zero carbon plans, call for ruling out any future fossil fuel investment
    The Green Party welcomes the ACC’s announcement to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but emphasises the need to go further, and faster to truly meet the climate change challenge. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers pleased with NZ First amendments to firearms bill
    Farmers are rejoicing after Labour agreed to an amendment pushed by New Zealand First in the firearms bill that will allow the use of restricted guns for pest control.  Concessions on gun control mean farmers will be able to apply for a licence to use restricted firearms for pest control. ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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    3 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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    3 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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    3 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    3 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    6 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    7 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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