Delegates: vote down the NZ Super age increase

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Delegates at the Labour Party Conference in Christchurch will be asked to vote on cutting back NZ Superannuation entitlements as part of Labour’s 2014 policy platform. In my opinion, the response from the floor must be an unequivocal “NO WAY: find real alternatives.

Delegates will need to stand firm against orthodox opinion, however, such as from:

  • Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell who calls for the retirement age to increase to 68 for the sake of financial sustainability.
  • David Parker, who repeats Labour’s current policy of raising the retirement age from 2020, saying that super will “cost” $30B p.a. by 2030. With due respect to both Maxwell and Parker, this “cost” to the Government is actually “income” for ordinary communities i.e. income which both Labour and the Retirement Commissioner are proposing to cut.
  • Becky Prebble, Senior Treasury Analyst, who suggests that cuts should be considered, as super costs may increase to 8% of GDP by 2060. Prebble’s other statement that “taxes tend to damage economic growth” also needs pushback, but that can wait.
  • An anonymous scribe at the NZ Herald replaying their broken record position that the age of entitlement must increase.

So while National is busy applying cuts today, Labour’s approach is to implement cuts tomorrow. Gen X and Gen Y will once again be asked to pay more than today’s 50-something and 60-something year old decision makers – who established themselves at a time of low cost housing, minimal youth unemployment and no student loans, and will now get their super on time in full with no policy offsets touching them. The phenomenon of intergenerational inequity can be emotive, but it is undeniable. Its further entrenchment by Labour is unwelcome. And we haven’t even considered the unequal impact that raising the super eligibility age has on Māori and Pasifika. For instance, under Labour’s plans, Māori men as a population can be expected to receive just 6 years of super before dying.

The current debate on super “sustainability” is also very narrow, being couched almost entirely in financial terms. Consider some alternative viewpoints:

  • New Zealand is a currency sovereign. The Government cannot run out of the widely accepted IOUs (a.k.a. NZ dollars) used to pay NZ super. It can spend the dollars into existence when required, allow the IOUs to circulate in the economy and tax them back as needed.
  • The Reserve Bank and Treasury has the ability to increase the Cullen Fund’s investment capital by an extra 0.2% per month through a combination of new dollars generated by key strokes and by taxation. This alone would take the age of entitlement issue off the table for decades.
  • We already have too many people unable to find full time work in an economy geared to create too few jobs. Increasing an already excess pool of idle labour by asking people to retire later is a nonsense.

The Government has to develop a productive economy able to deliver on the complex expectations of a distinctly older population.  That is the real challenge, not balancing digital book keeping entries.  Will there be enough orthopaedic surgeons available to perform the needed hip replacements? How about sufficient low cost state rentals suitable for older people? Will public transport cater to the many elderly who can no longer drive (or afford to drive)? How exactly will relatively few younger people find the time and income to care for relatively many older people? An increasing percentage of New Zealand’s young are Māori and Pasifika: how do we justify asking more of them while allowing the social costs of rampant youth unemployment to continue year after year?

Labour’s 2011 election policy to raise the retirement age to 67 was highly unpopular amongst Labour supporters. Far from appealing to the illusory ‘fiscally responsible swing voter’ it turned off Labour voters in droves. It also delivered the unwelcome spectacle of John Key personally backing NZ Super, while Labour made excuses for why cuts should be made in the name of ‘fiscal responsibility.’  It was a sickening sight.

In 2011, this one policy probably cost Labour the 20,000 extra votes it needed to gain an additional MP. Today, having that single additional Labour MP in the House would be golden.

Conference delegates: force Labour to think outside the orthodox economic box. Vote down the proposed cuts to NZ Super. Tell Conference; “NO WAY: find real alternatives.”

by Tat Loo (CV)

Disclaimer: As usual, I speak for and represent only myself on The Standard.

160 comments on “Delegates: vote down the NZ Super age increase ”

  1. karol 1

    Well argued, Tat. It makes sense not to raise the age.

    Given aging workers looking for new jobs are often over-looked for younger people, it doesn’t make any sense to pressure them to (try to) stay in paid work for longer.

    • weka 1.1

      Agreed, great post. Labour’s current policy beggars belief.

      There is a tie in here too with Work and Income policy and practice with older beneficiaries. How is that going to be managed?

      • David H 1.1.1

        They treat us ‘older’ beneficiaries with the same disdain, that they show to all who come to them for help.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 1.2

      Thanks, karol. To my mind, raising the retirement age only makes sense if there are partnering policies along side, like full employment for 25s and under.

      And even then, the pressure to raise the retirement age would not be financial “sustainability” (since we can never run out of dollars, if we think that something is societally important enough to fund).

      weka: I can’t really see that anyone has thought about those issues yet. We’ve created an economic system where everyone is so concerned about balancing spreadsheet entries that we are taking the eye off real physical and people issues.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1

        If we had a UBI, this problem would not exist.

        But of course the issue is financial: how will it be paid for? Especially in the context of the history of NZ Super, with schemes started by the Left and cancelled (or looted) by the Right.

        Can the Left provide the economic circumstances and tax regime to make this affordable, when the Right is determined to smash everything to sell the parts?

        • Tat Loo (CV) 1.2.1.1

          Yes on the UBI.

          The question of “how will it be paid for” is an important one – but not in terms of NZ dollars. The government need never run out of dollars – they are merely spreadsheet entries after all.

          The real framing of that question is, will we have a real economy with access to the real skills and real resources that those dollars will want to buy.

          At the moment we have a whole economic system worried about ‘dollar availability’ instead of what it should be worried about: capability, goods and real resource availability.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1.1.1

            That’s why I chose the words “economic circumstances and tax regime” rather than “dollars”.

            However, the point I’m making is that the Left can come up with the best system ever and the wingnuts will still do their best to smash it. Policy to address the issue isn’t enough: it has to be politically robust too.

            • Tat Loo (CV) 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Agreed on all counts. The programme has to be “Tory Proof.”

              • Draco T Bastard

                And the only real way to do that is through binding referenda. A small minority won’t to get to destroy society for their own enrichment.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  If referenda are the solution I prefer the problem, thanks.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    You’re quite welcome to prefer dictatorship if that is what you want. I prefer democracy and actually having a say in my governance.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      And your belief that referenda would provide that is mistaken.

                    • Naturesong

                      Binding veto via referenda solves that problem.

                      The issue of the question sometimes bearing almost no relationship to the actual legislation would also need to be addressed

          • Olwyn 1.2.1.1.2

            I agree wholeheartedly Tat. And on a subject in which a similar logic is followed, I want to see labour stop charging compound interest on student loans for those overseas. I know someone who was tripped up by a forgotten loan from one of those nineties fake courses, whose debt had swelled from an initial $1,600 dollars to $28,000 dollars. We force young people out of the workforce by forcing the old into it. Those shut out we force overseas, and then send private detectives to seize their real assets in exchange for dollar debt. I’m afraid I will only believe that Labour is serious about change when it grasps this nettle. I wrote to Grant Robertson asking about Labour’s policy on student debt but have yet to get a reply. I added it to this thread because to me it is part of the same game. We need a real economy that supports citizens, not a fake one that persistently generates excuses for clobbering them.

            • Tat Loo (CV) 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Not only have older decision makers put the increasing costs of society on to younger people, it appears to me that they’ve also decided that children and younger people are a cost on society. Competing for the same resources, housing etc. that they want for themselves.

              The Reserve Bank decision to slam first home buyers with the new mortgage deposit requirements is a perfect example of this.

              • Olwyn

                As you yourself said, on the Black Rod thread, “In this environment of real economy contraction, the middle classes have been staying afloat by pushing down opportunities available to the working classes and the under classes. Just as the 1% is determined to stay afloat by pushing down the middle classes.” You could add the young in with the working classes and under classes, MBA’s and all.

                Under these conditions practically everyone registers as a cost to everyone else. But we should be looking at what we can do to alter these conditions, or at the very least to reduce their damaging effect on the population. We should not be pandering to them.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.2.2

              +1

              As for the student debt? It needs to be written off and school fees need to be dropped. We need to support people into doing what they want to do – not prevent them.

            • Murray Olsen 1.2.1.1.2.3

              Our student loan scheme charges a high interest rate, charges compound interest, and demands repayment at a very low income level. It should be scrapped and tertiary education should have no upfront costs. Entry should be available for anyone who can satisfy the academic requirements in the first year. This would have the added advantage of seeing ACT on Campus and Young NAct campus branches disband for lack of members. Graduating students could be bonded by some sort of paid community work for a few years after graduation. We need an educated population, but we do not need universities cluttered up with stupid Tory kids taking a break before they get some cushy job outsourced from Uncle Gerry’s department or whatever.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.3

            At the moment we have a whole economic system worried about ‘dollar availability’ instead of what it should be worried about: capability, goods and real resource availability.

            QFT

            We need to ensure that our society can provide, from it’s own limited resources, what the people need to live life at a reasonable standard of living.

        • miravox 1.2.1.2

          “If we had a UBI, this problem would not exist.”

          Yep, absolutely.

    • greywarbler 1.3

      If we adopted a whole new approach to old age and working it would result in very different ways of thinking than those listed in the post. this would mean we would not even consider dropping such heavy and crushing policy from a great height on the older group.

      The first step is being willing to accept ideas from the community in general which offer a way forward, and from the retired and elderly themselves as to their suggestions.

      One of my beliefs is that those receiving benefits whether as young people or old people should be putting something back into the community, to whatever level they can manage. And that contribution to the economy and society to be counted as work. I am sure that Labour did introduce this approach. I suppose National abolished it, on the basis that no useful social innovation from Labour can be allowed to continue.

      There need to be numbers of options for older people to choose, with the constant that they should be doing something in the community if they receive benefits ie super etc., as long as they can manage to. There should be no one-size-fits-all; there should be no economics-run call for simplicity; there should be options and opportunities; there should be an ability to earn extra without every $ being scrutinised; there should be no increased age limit, and older people on invalids or sickness benefits (which should be restored to prior-Poorer Benefit levels) could be brought into the Retirement super system earlier than 65.

      Possibilities for work for olders –

      1 That older people can sign up for various projects that government, central or local, needs help with that the older person has the capability to do.
      2 Then volunteer work for the community benefit of a type that is regarded as being helpful, useful, positive etc. should count.
      3 In general just doing things for family would not count. But when it came to supporting
      grandchildren, vulnerable children, vulnerable or sick adults or other olders in the family, that would count.
      4 If staying in a job after 65, then only medical care would receive old age rates, unless they took on the job of training an unemployed young person in some aspects of their job, and that person was able to gain employment as a result. In that case, they could receive super as well as their salary. This would be looking after youth needs for training and work experience and mentoring.
      5 A variable rate option could be chosen by those on contracts, so there would be a basic rate and medical help available payable all the time to those on good paying contracts, who then had periods of no extra income.
      6 Cut out stand down periods.

      • karol 1.3.1

        That sounds too much like Bennett’s social obligations.

        I don’t want the government of the day deciding how I spend my time. Would the NAct government decide my doing posts for TS qualified as useful?

        • greywarbler 1.3.1.1

          karol
          I am attempting to think around the result of having large numbers of people living to a much older age. Finding some formula of payment whether UBI or not can be afforded, isn’t the answer.

          The workers and super funds can not support a whole lot of adults as if they were children receiving the care needed to start in life. There has to be a reciprocal system otherwise there will be no respect for elders, and by elders, who will expect royal treatment from the young, their serfs. People should be asked to do something – for those well enough in a rural setting it may be a type of village approach of helping during the apple season in some way.

          Every time I bring this up people get hoity-toity about it. Yet the wealthy retired are happy to receive their universal super and update their cars regularly etc. and some ones I know feel free to be very hoity-toity about the unemployed and DPBs, under the old system. There is no end to their self-satisfaction and they are happy to be drawing from the country’s resources considering their days of leisure being well deserved for such superior people.

          All of us should be doing something that will help others in the community if we are receiving from the community. And it won’t be decided by Poorer Benefit or her cohorts but chosen by the individual, probably there would be some guidelines and be not onerous, just a few hours part-time.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.3.2

        A Universal Income does all that and doesn’t require the government poking in to what you’re doing.

  2. phil 2

    I hold to account National and Labour. Until Labour changes fundamentally, it will be just more of the same, with different arrangements of the chairs on the Titanic. I remember the dashed hopes of the Lange/Douglas era. Labour was betrayed by itself to corporate ideology. I reckon Labour (Lange/Douglas, Prebble, et al) at this time, was the start of the Money taking over the ‘government’ of New Zealand. I fear Cunliffe may be the face of real change, but really no change at all. e. g Obama, Blair. Tinkering is not enough, and big business will oppose and undermine at every turn. I hope I’m wrong, but history is on my side.

  3. vto 3

    I don’t believe there is an issue of affordability. Look at it this way…

    New Zealand is 4 million people able to feed 40 million people and do a whole bunch of other useful stuff. It generates something like $US29,500 per person per year in GDP. New Zealand is more than wealthy enough to provide above average (in world terms) living standards to every person in the country.

    The problem is not affordability, the problem is distribution. The current distribution system is all out of whack as it fails to provide adequately for each person in the country. The current distribution system needs changing to a different distribution system.

    This is the problem, not affordability.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 3.1

      Exactly. The question is not financial affordability, but ‘real resources affordability’. For instance – can our environment sustain how we are running our economy today? Can our people and our families?

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1

        For instance – can our environment sustain how we are running our economy today?

        No it can’t as our ever more polluted waterways prove.

    • shorts 3.2

      exactly and what one would like to see from Labour is ways to address this without the cop out excuse and policy of increasing the super age – which is very much rearranging chairs

    • Rogue Trooper 3.3

      yes vto

  4. fambo 4

    Labour would be nuts to campaign on raising the retirement age, especially as it is mostly older people who vote these days. Anyone around the age of 55, for example, is definitely not going to vote for a party that makes them the first New Zealanders to have to work till almost 70 years old!

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      67 isn’t really “almost 70”.

      • greywarbler 4.1.1

        Lanthanide
        You are great at splitting hairs. I’ve noticed this before.

        Arguing that 67 isn’t 70 when we are talking about people who are getting older and perhaps having to endure another three years of harrassment from government MSDeviation which if it came in the private sphere could possibly result in a Court case against the perpetrator!

        Three years is 3×365 days – not a miniscule amount of time. Why did you bother to make such a nit-picking useless comment?

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          Not sure why you’re talking about 3 years when the proposal is to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67, which is a difference of 2 years.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 4.1.1.1.1

            The retirement commissioner says 68, and Labour’s conference remit isn’t exactly clear that a rise to 67 is all that it will be necessarily limited to.

            Its a bit of a worry actually.

            • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Ok, I presumed we were just talking about Labour’s 2011 election campaign.

              In which case, 68 definitely is “almost 70” in a way that 67 isn’t.

          • greywarbler 4.1.1.1.2

            Thanks Lanthanide
            A perfect example of ignoring the main point, and concentrating on the nit picking details.

      • oftenpuzzled 4.1.2

        Anyone know how many people are working now who are over 65? Is there a breakdown anywhere? It would be interesting to know what the attitude is among those who are 65 and over towards continuing to be employed. The wide circle I mix with.at least 50% that are over 65 are still working. They are builders, bus drivers, academics, shop assistants, care-givers. Our conversations suggests they are happy to continue on for a few more years as long as their health remains OK. An interesting and complex issue this retirement question

    • Tat Loo (CV) 4.2

      In 2011 I found a lot of older, already retired people also hated the policy. Even though the change did not affect them, they saw it as grossly unfair on younger people, and against the Labour spirit.

      Labour’s assumption that 50+ voters are just self interested “homo economicus” units and who will have no problem with this policy if it is cleverly structured to not affect them, is wrong.

      • karol 4.2.1

        Agreed, those of us in the 60+ age group know what the realities are for many older people. And many of us just don’t want to see things made more difficult than they already are (and generally getting worse) for younger people.

      • Lanthanide 4.2.2

        “they saw it as grossly unfair on younger people, and against the Labour spirit.”

        I find it grossly unfair to be paying people who are aged 65 and are in perfectly good health and able to work, to retire.

        • Tat Loo (CV) 4.2.2.1

          Save your comfortable faux indignation, Lanth.

          You propose a way that we can generate 200,000 additional full time jobs for our highly underutilised unemployed/underemployed labour force to engage in, and maybe you might have a point.

          And are you planning to be fit and healthy yourself at 65? You want to waive your rights to NZ Super then, if you are? Is this your vision of a modern society? Keep working for the man until you can’t any more?

          • Lanthanide 4.2.2.1.1

            We’re going to have to generate (at least) 200,000 jobs over the next decades anyway.

            You’re buying into the lump of labour fallacy.

            • Tat Loo (CV) 4.2.2.1.1.1

              Bullshit. The lump of labour fallacy is fallacious in itself.

              I’m talking about an additional 200,000 jobs right now just to take care of today’s excess labour pool, let alone future increases needed to cover population growth.

              • Lanthanide

                “Bullshit. The lump of labour fallacy is fallacious in itself.”

                So you think there is a fixed number of jobs in the economy and that whenever person X takes job Y, no new job can or will be created for person Z?

                • Tat Loo (CV)

                  We are in an economy currently incapable of creating net jobs and which has a large over supply of labour keeping wages down. Not because I or the textbooks say so, but because that is what has been happening for several years now.

                  And although you seem so keen to keep older people working as long as they can, it seems you have no proposals to create net jobs either.

                  • Lanthanide

                    So you think someone who is working in a highly technical and skilled job at age 65 and retires, can be replaced by an 18 year old fresh out of school?

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      Wow, that’s just not something that I’ve ever thought about in quite that way.

                    • Lanthanide

                      See, ’cause the people who say lump of labour is a fallacy, would say there’s nothing stopping that company hiring both the 65 year old and the 18 year old.

                      If the 65 year old has to retire before the 18 year old can be hired, then there is a fixed number of jobs available at that company.

                      Even if you want to say “well then the 60 year old starts doing the 65 year old’s job, and the 50 year old start’s doing the 60 year old’s job, and the 40 year old start’s doing the 50 year old’s job, and the 30 year old starts going the 40 year old’s job, and the 20 year old starts doing the 30 year old’s job and the 18 year old is hired to do the 20 year old’s job”, you’re still positing a lump of labour.

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      “See, ’cause the people who say lump of labour is a fallacy, would say there’s nothing stopping that company hiring both the 65 year old and the 18 year old.”

                      You’re completely and utterly ignoring how firms actually make hiring decisions, and ignoring the fact that firms see jobs as a cost to be avoided if at all possible.

                      But I already said this when I told you the lump of labour fallacy is in itself a fallacy.

                    • Lanthanide

                      “You’re completely and utterly ignoring how firms actually make hiring decisions, and ignoring the fact that firms see jobs as a cost to be avoided if at all possible.”

                      Companies make hiring decisions when there is work that is required to be done and not enough people currently employed to do it.

                      But it’s simply not true that a 65-year-old that retires will have their job replaced by someone else. The job could simply disappear altogether if there is no one sufficiently skilled or worth the companies time to train up a replacement. We’ve got quite a few people at my company who if they left would be unlikely to be replaced.

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      You just directly frakking contradicted yourself in just one comment on what makes firms hire people. ffs, Lanth.

                    • Lanthanide

                      I don’t see how I contradicted myself at all.

                      “work that is required to be done” isn’t contradicted by me saying my company has several people working whom I think probably wouldn’t be replaced if they left. Because simply the work isn’t “required to be done” once they leave…

                      I see you haven’t argued against my point, though, that just because a 65-year-old retires, it doesn’t automatically mean that the job they were doing would be given to someone else.

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      Hey Lanth. You’re welcome to hold your own views on this.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  So you think there is a fixed number of jobs in the economy and that whenever person X takes job Y, no new job can or will be created for person Z?

                  Nope. I figure that there’s only so much work needing to be done to keep each person in a reasonable living standard and that, as productivity increases, the amount of labour required to achieve that work decreases. Sometimes there may be other work that could be done but most of the time there isn’t.

                  • Lanthanide

                    So when horse and carts were replaced by automobiles, the number of jobs in the economy didn’t increase?

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      Those jobs had nothing to do with horse or carts or automobiles.

                      It was to do with 100:1 energy returned on energy invested (EROEI) through crude oil use, enabling massive leveraging of human labour via capital equipment for productivity and profit.

                      That energy return is ebbing away, therefore our modern economy is ebbing away.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Just because something happened 50 years ago in a once off technological revolution doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen again.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Tat – er, my point is that the new technology may have destroyed some old jobs, but it created new ones that weren’t previously possible, such as “truck driver”, or to be more specific “refrigerated truck driver”.

                      Draco – so how about something that happened merely 10-20 years ago, vis-a-vis computers, which destroyed a lot of jobs but also in the process created many new ones as well – hard to tell whether the net number of jobs has increased in this case, though.

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      FFS Lanth, why are you still repeating the neolib promises of 30 years ago that free markets would provide people with more better paid, high skilled jobs?

                      No western economy has proven capable of generating net full time jobs; good permanent jobs are in fact being replaced by crappy insecure ones or none at all.

                      Get used to it: you were lied to, we all were, it was simply a mechanism to transfer income share to corporations and owners.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Draco – so how about something that happened merely 10-20 years ago, vis-a-vis computers, which destroyed a lot of jobs but also in the process created many new ones as well – hard to tell whether the net number of jobs has increased in this case, though.

                      Well, as I understand it, they created a few new jobs at the time and now those jobs are decreasing because the technology has advanced so much it doesn’t need as many. This is seen across the board. There was that article a few weeks back about AirNZ decreasing maintenance engineers because aircraft today are so reliable that they no longer need as many.

                      Thing is, nothing else is stepping up to replace those jobs except crappy low paid, insecure service jobs like walking the dog and McDs (I’m actually amazed that McDs still hires people – everything done in their stores could easily be done by machine).

  5. Jim Nald 5

    Thanks for this, Mr Tat Loo.

    It is disheartening and gets more tiring by the minute putting up with TINA and it is great to hear others like you generating more discussion about the alternatives. TINA seems quite wrongly focused too narrowly and restrictively on playing with, as you put it, digital book keeping, and not building the real productive economy.

    In addition to your arguments, it has just occurred to me to ask what arguments can be made by business that not cutting the NZ Superannuation entitlements is actually better business and makes more business sense.

    • Jenny Kirk 5.1

      To Jim Nald (@ 5) asking what arguments business makes re NZ Super entitlements. There’s something called the Financial Services Council – chaired by Jenny Shipley, former Nat PM – which is heavily promoting an increase in the age of superannuation. This organisation is made up of financiers, bankers, insurance brokers, and the like and they manage nearly $80 Billion in savings, financial services, insurances, etc.

      The arguments they use are the ones quoted by other proponents for raising the super age (including, I regret, to say Labour Party spokespeople). In fact, last year David Shearer quoted directly from their paper – “Pensions for the 21st Century”. It seems to me that there would be a vested interest by such members in having people taking out private retirement savings, annuities, or insurances.

      If financiers and insurance people are promoting an age increase, then there has to be something in it for them …… It certainly wouldn’t be for the good of those people who are unable to save for their retirement because they’re in low income jobs all the time.

  6. Matthew 6

    With respect to Māori dying earlier, it seems that what we ought to do is have two retirement ages. One for Pakeha as they will live longer, and one for Māori set at a lower age so that they can actually enjoy their retirement.

    Does anyone know if that is Maori or Mana Party policy?

    • vto 6.1

      same for men and women

      • Jim Nald 6.1.1

        The UK super has been one where age entitlement differed for men (i.e. from 65) and women (from 60), although a 2010 change has forced women’s entitlement age to increase from 60 to 65 over a 10-year period? I think the Australian system had 64.5 for women and 65 for men but that changed from about three months ago?

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          What was the rationale for the pre-2010 difference Jim?

          I think vto’s point was that men die earlier than women, therefore should retire earlier (I mention this because vto doesn’t like to be explicit when it comes to issues like gender).

          • vto 6.1.1.1.1

            weka, there seem to be certain issues where you see things that don’t exist and/or you complicate them needlessly ….. I think that reflects your approach to those issues rather than mine.

            I mean, how much more simple or clear could the point have been made above? Should the post have been written “same for men and women because men die earlier”… ? Are the additional four words necessary?

            • weka 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I thought they were necessary, obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted them.

              You have claimed that your posts are clear, but I often find them not so. What can I say apart from what my experience is?

    • Jim Nald 6.2

      A more accurate view would be that it is a class issue, driven by socio-economic factors, which comes up as a race/ethnic matter of concern?

      • weka 6.2.1

        Do we know how much is class and how much is ethnicity (genetics and environment)? How does colonisation factor in?

    • weka 6.3

      “Does anyone know if that is Maori or Mana Party policy?”

      I’ve heard Tariana Turia speak on this some time ago, but don’t know if it’s actual MP policy.

    • greywarbler 6.4

      Matthew
      I think that two ages, lower for Maori than for pakeha would arouse a lot of resentment. No arguments as to fairness and rightness would stand against the cries of racism. What could be recognised is that those who have been engaged in physical activity ‘wear out’.

      This was noted in the early colonial days, and could be quoted as justification for having an earlier retirement for such people. The older men in colonial days found that their legs gave out, probably it would have been arthritis and hip joint trouble, and been quite painful. I believe that the earliest old age pensions were tailored just for males because of this.

      Then those who are on invalids benefits (which should be reinstated if changed by Poorer Benefit which I think is the case), could also go onto super at 60 or earlier if appropriate. Then security and a livable income would allow a better old age period with happiness.

      • vto 6.4.1

        You are right greywarbler – the cries of racism, sexism, etc would burst the eardrums no matter the arguments on the issue.

        I think it would just about be excessively difficult to differentiate in this area and the idea impossible. Unfortunately.

        • Matthew 6.4.1.1

          I agree that there would be a lot of resentment. That’s why I think the Mana Party should raise it. It would only appeal to the demographic they/the Maori Party are targeting, so I think they could raise it, make it a part of the national dialogue, all without losing any votes. I also think it is a policy that should be implemented, or at least discussed (though I also think a retirement scheme that acknowledged class differences would be good as well).

          • Rogue Trooper 6.4.1.1.1

            Yes Matthew.

          • weka 6.4.1.1.2

            Woud it cause resentment if it were presented alongside another class of people who die younger? eg lower socioeconomic people, or people who’ve done manual labour for x decades? I bet insurance companies have already done the work on this.

        • greywarbler 6.4.1.2

          vto
          I think that the intent that you have, of ensuring that people, often Maori, with short life spans get a fair deal in their short old age, would be met by intelligent policy. This would feature having early retirement age for chronic illness and disability, and better medical aid at end of life.

          Was it in Britain, that the back-to-work-n..s stopped a dying man’s pension? This sort of thing is close to happening here. The partner of someone dying may be hounded to go to work or something with the benefit withheld etc.

          Things can be made better in a way that will seem fair to all if we get some people in gummint who haven’t had their heart removed with Keyhole surgery.

  7. Tangled_up 7

    I agree with Parker, Maxwell, Treasury etc

    With average life expectancies growing an increase to 67 would be like adjusting for inflation.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 7.1

      Why are you punishing people with entitlement cuts because they are living longer? What is your economic justification for handing out this punishment eg. to Maori who die younger?

      • Tangled_up 7.1.1

        How are they being punished? Are people being punished because we’re not lowering the retirement age?

        If people are living longer than they’re not receiving superannuation for any less than when the age went from 60 to 65.

        65-75 vs 67 – 77 as a rough example

        • Tat Loo (CV) 7.1.1.1

          So what’s your economic justification for cutting that extra income away from older people, and making them work 2-3 years longer than today’s retirees?

          Where are you going to create the extra jobs from?

          • Tangled_up 7.1.1.1.1

            The economic justification is that to continually pay each generation more superannuation (ie for longer) has massively increasing costs and is not sustainable.

            • Tat Loo (CV) 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Of course its financially sustainable. I included in my post examples of how to sustain it. And those suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. The NZ Govt need never run out of NZ dollars, because it is the sole issuer in the world, of NZ dollars.

              • Tangled_up

                Ok, for arguments sake let us say your examples do make it sustainable.

                Unless the Govt. is willing to apply your “alternative view points” then it remains unsustainable and will need to change.

                • Tat Loo (CV)

                  Yes, that is correct. All I am saying is that there are real alternatives, if we want to use them.

        • weka 7.1.1.2

          “Are people being punished because we’re not lowering the retirement age?”

          Yes, they are.

          • Tangled_up 7.1.1.2.1

            Ok. So where do we draw the line? 50? 25? 16?

            Or are you actually saying what was mention earlier “If we had a UBI, this problem would not exist”.?

            • Tat Loo (CV) 7.1.1.2.1.1

              We draw the line at 65, where it is now. Did someone put in a Conference remit to drop the age to 50 or 25, silly billy? No? Then your diversion is not really on the table, is it.

              Having said that, I think that anyone who is receiving the sickness benefit or otherwise declared medically compromised, should be able to access super at 64 years old.

              • Tangled_up

                Not a diversion. Weka says that we’re punishing people by not lowering the age from 65. You’re saying that we’re punishing people if it’s 67.

                My point is that wherever the line is drawn, it can always be claimed that we’re punishing people.

                • Tat Loo (CV)

                  This post is about remits under vote this weekend. Specifically, the one legitimising raising the super entitlement age, penalising younger New Zealanders and entrenching intergenerational inequity.

                  I really appreciate wekas comments but I don’t think she’s a voting delegate this weekend.

                  • weka

                    Indeed I am not, and I was just responding to Tangled’s side thread.

                    “My point is that wherever the line is drawn, it can always be claimed that we’re punishing people.”

                    Not sure how old you are, but I remember when the age was 60. Putting the age up to 65 was unfair on groups of people that die earlier than other groups of people. But even when it was 60, some people were disadvantaged by their ethnicity (and class and gender depending on how you want to look at it). You appear to think it’s reasonable for everyone to be treated the same. I think that in cases where a class of people are already facing bad odds, then we should be looking at what is more fair (can’t be completely fair for obvious reasons).

                    As for the line being arbitrary, it’s not. Humans only live for a specific time span. If you think there is not much difference between 60 and 65 and 70 I suggest you spend more time with older people, including those from families where people often die before 70, or people who are used to hard working lives and dying relatively young. See what they think.

                    • mikesh

                      Perhaps where people die young, the superannuation that they missed out on could be paid into their estate.

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      that’s a very interesting idea. Allow it to occur as long as part of the monies goes into a nominated and registered charity.

                      And why don’t we allow all NZers to buy this from the NZ Govt as a form of life insurance which forms part of a KiwiSave concept?

                      Just tossing ideas around…

    • karol 7.2

      Inflation? Because human beings are just like spreadsheets and dollars on computer systems?

    • rich the other 7.3

      Geez Tangled up,
      I suppose you still believe in global warming as well .
      Just like global warming was a passing phase which has passed , evidenced by the fact that there has been no recorded lift in temperatures in the last 15 years (fact).
      Life expectancy is currently at a peak and recent forecasts are predicting life expectancy to fall due to the takeaway generation which is causing massive increases in over weight people, diabetes and heart disease.
      In 30 years time average life expectancy could fall by as much as 8 years.

      • Tangled_up 7.3.1

        You lost me at denier.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3.2

        Yawn. What a tosser.

      • Lanthanide 7.3.3

        “Life expectancy is currently at a peak and recent forecasts are predicting life expectancy to fall due to the takeaway generation which is causing massive increases in over weight people, diabetes and heart disease.
        In 30 years time average life expectancy could fall by as much as 8 years.”

        Interestingly, US health experts are thinking that the current generation today will be the first one in history that is less healthy than their parents, and may have a drop in their life expectancy.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3.3.1

          Which says something about the stupidity, greed and selfishness of the Right, except rto who will claim it was inevitable and driven by sunspots.

      • Anne 7.3.4

        In 30 years time average life expectancy could fall by as much as 8 years.

        Good point rto. These overweight people with diabetes and heart disease will be the first to succumb to the effects of global warming which, in thirty years time, will be considerably more advanced than it is now.

  8. Ad 8

    Great Conference pointer.

    Never understood where either Shearer or Parker got the idea they could unilaterally change such a fundamental policy like that.

    Would be good to see Labour debate compulsory Kiwisaver, more firmly than simply “opt out” provisions.

    Liked your second bullet point. Would be great to see us adopt the Australian model where they go to 9% (i think) diversion of salary to their Super.

    And of course if the govt is short of income to service Super it should seriously consider directing its fund managers to buy back good income-generating assets. Apparently they’re cheap at a buck each on the sharemarket!

    What would NZ’s version of Temasek look like?

    • Tat Loo (CV) 8.1

      Ah yes, Temasek. Also the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund. Models we can definitely learn from.

      • alwyn 8.1.1

        You do realise where the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund comes from I hope?
        It comes from the taxs and royalties provided by the oil production in Norway’s part of the North Sea.
        We can’t possibly get one here as the Green and Labour parties of the left refuse to allow us to have any offshore oil production. No oil, no equivalent of the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund.
        Actually I know that statement is true for the Green Party. Labour policy seems to be deliberately rather fuzzy.

        • QoT 8.1.1.1

          Because sovereign wealth funds can literally only be funded by oil profits. 🙄

          • Tat Loo (CV) 8.1.1.1.1

            Surely that’s how the Cullen Fund amassed $23B. Is it not??? 😛

            • alwyn 8.1.1.1.1.1

              One can hardly compare the Cullen Fund with the oil-financed Norwegian fund.
              The Norwegian fund is at least 40 times the size of the Cullen Fund. The population of Norway is only very slightly (about 6% I think) larger than that of New Zealand. How do you see us getting from the size of the Cullen fund, which I assume is about the $23 billion you quote to the $1,000 billion of the Norwegian fund unless we do it by something like oil production on a large scale?

          • alwyn 8.1.1.1.2

            No, not necessarily, but of the 20 largest Sovereign Wealth Funds 12 were, including Norway’s.

        • millsy 8.1.1.2

          Well your beloved National want to piss away the royalties. So not only we have rivers and beaches choked with filth, we having nothing to show for it.

          Neo-liberal scum.

        • miravox 8.1.1.3

          “We can’t possibly get one here as the Green and Labour parties of the left refuse to allow us to have any offshore oil production.”

          Interesting, I thought we had offshore oil production already… and exploration and drilling permits were granted and used under the last Labour government.

          A record 42 petroleum wells were drilled in New Zealand in 2007 as exploration and development activity reached new heights.

          The latest Ministry of Economic Development’s Energy Data File also reports record spending of over NZ$1.5 B on petroleum industry exploration and development.

          The 42 wells drilled represent a 40% increase on the 30 wells drilled in 2006. The previous highest number of wells was 34 in 2005.

          Another record was set in the number of offshore wells drilled at 17. This was up from 10 in 2006. Of the 42 wells drilled in 2007, 26 were exploration wells and 16 were appraisal or development wells.

          • alwyn 8.1.1.3.1

            That was then baby, this is now. Helen Clark and Michael Cullen (remember them) were running the party in 2008 but they are long gone.
            Moana Mackey is certainly fairly outspoken in her views, as given in her Press Releases, on the evils of offshore exploration and she is currently in Parliament.
            I did say, as you may note, that the Labour policy on this is a bit fuzzy. There is no doubt at all what the Greens want.

  9. rich the other 9

    More Comedy from labour,
    What a bunch of halfwits ,it’s taken them years to figure out that raising the retirement age was a no brainer, if the correct policy’s are implemented then the status quo is very affordable.
    The split in labour is becoming more obvious with parker going into panic mode because of his obsession with the need to increase the age limit, recently he was seen in parliament screaming at the top of his voice demanding the age of entitlement be lifted , trust this lot at your peril, the splits widening.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 9.1

      “What a bunch of halfwits ,it’s taken them years to figure out that raising the retirement age was a no brainer”

      Actually, I back the PM, John Key, in not raising the retirement age. He is an astute business person and senior banker, so he would know. Right?

  10. ianmac 10

    Switzerland currently has a referendum (binding?) on the GMI. It would be interesting to see such an innovation in action in a country instead of on paper only. Paula Bennet would be out of a job and few left to bully.

  11. Crunchtime 11

    Lower the Super age to 18.

    …in other words, introduce a Universal Basic Income

    (it would be good if it were higher for those over 65).

  12. Pete 12

    I’m in my mid 30s. If my retirement age is going to rise, I want it to be signalled decades out so I have adequate time to plan. Not like the increase from 60 to 65 that was first announced in 1991 and finalised in 2001.

    • Lanthanide 12.1

      Fundamentally, barring a new source of wealth being available, the retirement age is going to have to go up. Better for it to be signalled sooner and to go up over a longer period, than signalled later and go up quicker, and possibly also higher.

      At such time when a new source of wealth is available, whether that’s oil being found (and responsibly invested into a retirement fund a la Norway), a new technology created that produces virtually unlimited free energy or social and political change that allows for wealth to be distributed more evenly, then the retirement age can be lowered again.

      Better to make adjustments for the future based on the current trajectory, and then re-adjust after the trajectory changes, than to sit around imagining how else the future might be and refuse to make changes because of that.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1

        Fundamentally, barring a new source of wealth being available

        You’re making the fundamental mistake of confusing money for wealth.

        • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1

          I deliberately said wealth and not money, because printing money isn’t creating wealth, it’s printing money. Printing money devalues all existing money in the system because the total wealth hasn’t increased, only the sum total of the money has, which means the money is individually worth less than it was before.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 12.1.1.1.1

            The bullshit part of that is that money isn’t the important part of the system, yet we are all acting as if it is.

            Who cares if money is individually worth less than it was before if the majority of people can hardly get enough money in the first place? What we are doing know is wasting the true wealth of the nation by letting unemployed people sit idle, when they could be creating real wealth (something that you seem to say you are for).

            It seems to me that the people most concerned with the unit by unit value of money are the people who have hoarded vast sums of it, who are only starting to realise know that there might not be enough real resources, goods and services to deliver on all those digitised financial claims.

            As you have already implied, it is “wealth” which is the key yet it is “wealth” that we are refusing to acknowledge in the way we manage this overly financialised economy.

            • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Actually printing more money is a way of redistributing wealth, which is the 3rd example I listed as a requirement to avoid raising the age of retirement.

              “The bullshit part of that is that money isn’t the important part of the system, yet we are all acting as if it is.”

              Well you want to go back to trying to barter your day of labour for a sheep carcass, and another days labour for some shoes, go right ahead. I’ll stick with money becuase it’s much more convenient.

              Money facilitates trade. That’s all it does. I haven’t put it up on some magical pedestal as the be-all-and-end-all.

              • Tat Loo (CV)

                Ancient countries never ran their economies on barter. That’s a bullshit a-historic fairy tale from Econ 101.

                Actually printing more money is a way of redistributing wealth

                Sigh.

          • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.2

            We can use printed money to divert labour into creating wealth through R&D to increase productivity. Increased productivity means that we can maintain the same standard of living with less labour thus allowing us to ensure that we can afford to maintain retirement at 65. And, yes, we then use taxes to decrease the amount of money in circulation so as to maintain the value of the dollar but it doesn’t have to be exact destruction of money – the government can run at a deficit (due to the dead weight loss of profit in the private sector it would have to no matter what) and it won’t matter any. Once the bulge is over and population goes down we run at a “surplus” for a few years to maintain monetary value.

            Your example of finding a new source of wealth such oil would be utilised by the government printing money to hire the people and buy the tools necessary to access that oil. The “taxes” for that oil would be people buying, and thus paying, for it. In other words, the printed money is removed at about the same rate as it’s printed (it’s more complicated than that of course as the money would go through several hands before it returns to the government).

  13. The retirement age should come down to 60 not go up to 67.
    The generational argument is a red herring (making Labour’s red rather fishy)

    Society is more productive every year, yet the proportion of the increase that goes to labour decreases.
    The result is that capital creams it while workers are expected to work longer for lower wages and low pension (if they survive).

    The LP should take a stand on principles not affordability (neo-liberal bullshit about balancing the budget while taxes on capital decrease).

    Labour produces the wealth. The working lifespan should decrease as productivity rises. Taxes on the rising share of capital should increase. The state can easily fund a living pension for a longer retirement.

    The irony is that a Labour Government led by Cunliffe who has spoken of renouncing neo-liberalism, has adopted the ACT policy of increasing the age of retirement so that workers work more productively and longer for a diminishing share of the wealth they produce.

    • Rogue Trooper 13.1

      just a note, when questioned over CGT in the weekend tele-media, English argued (despite indicating considerable familiarity with such a policy proposal) that “NZ relies on foreign investment”, which such a tax would deter. hmm!

    • Draco T Bastard 13.2

      +1

    • MrSmith 13.3

      I agree RR Only fools and horses work!

      Cut the retirement age back to 60 I say and if you want to keep working after 60 fine but bye bye the pension till you decide to stop work, what is it with people like Lath that the love working so much they have to keep at it till they drop dead, get a life fools.

      • MrSmith 13.3.1

        Oh and Labour please call National out on not raising the age above 65 by making it law through legislation with a super majority needed to raise the age, but not to lower it.

        • Jim Nald 13.3.1.1

          How true.
          So many gullible folks swallowed that bullshit line “National is not going to be raising GST”.

  14. Bill 14

    Add up the total number of children, retired workers and women who were financially supported during (say) the 50’s – when women were largely excluded from the workforce and families were generally bigger.

    And look at that number as a proportion of the total population.

    Now in the 21st C with women and men both holding down jobs as well as families being generally smaller, why is it again that governments claim we can’t ‘afford’ to support ourselves as a population? It just doesn’t stack up and leads to this obvious question.

    Where’s the fucking money gone/going?

    • Tiger Mountain 14.1

      Well the old rattler is onto it and answers Bill’s question.

      Tat has raised a realpolitik matter, which will be dealt with very soon by Labour Conference delegates with vote. It is a crossroads issue for Labour. The old guard ‘will not like it up em’ but moving to 67 has to be discarded by this conference. Hopefully the confidence among the members from regaining significant control of their own party from caucus will continue.

      Key is not for turning so he says on this one (admittedly while PM) so why the hell is Labour even going there? Trumping a tory is the proverbial warm fart on cold toast.

      • greywarbler 14.1.1

        Tiger Mountain
        Why is Labour talking up a later retiring age? It seems to me it is based on a bossy prefect approach from the past thinking that Labour is the responsible party doing the heavy lifting that National hasn’t the guts to do.

        Labour is superior and does what is necessary in policy changes, even if they take an ascetic line – it takes them nearer the angels really. Like religiously putting the country into Lent-mode where all give up the irresponsible desire for a comfortable life and follow a Better Way.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.2

      Where’s the fucking money gone/going?

      It’s going to the bludging shareholders and the overpaid upper-management.

  15. Draco T Bastard 15

    Conference delegates: force Labour to think outside the orthodox economic box.

    Especially considering just how bankrupt the economic orthodoxy truly is.

    It always comes as a shock to outsiders to realize that orthodox economics has no solid internally consistent and compatible explanation for common things. Like growth. Like the modern business firm. Like involuntary unemployment. When it offers up its explanation all reality has been squeezed out in order to keep market magic primary. The whole edifice is riddled through with the equivalent of epicycles. There has to be a better way. There must be a better way. What we know is that the market magic way is not it.

    We have the resources needed to ensure that no one in NZ lives in poverty so why is there so much of it and why is it increasing?

  16. Bill 16

    Another question.

    These ‘burdensome’ baby boomers that we can’t afford.. How was it they clothed, housed and fed before they reached the age of 16? (And especially given that that was at a time when, generally speaking, women weren’t participating in the workforce)

  17. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17

    “We already have too many people unable to find full time work in an economy geared to create too few jobs. Increasing an already excess pool of idle labour by asking people to retire later is a nonsense. “

    Well said TL (CV). Excellent to hear such switched on views. The above quote from your post really should end this talk of raising the retiring age. We have high youth unemployment and that has a devastating effect on young lives; this is the issue that should be prioritised (jobs for young people).

    I believe the raising the superannuation age policy was a major cause of Labour not getting in last time. There must be a better way to deal with this issue.

    p.s. Good to hear you are a Labour candidate. 🙂

    • Tat Loo (CV) 17.1

      Thank you BL; this series of write ups I’m doing is designed to raise some critical issues, put forward some real alternatives (which to be blunt, are mostly common sense, not rocket science), and to develop a clearer personal profile within the party.

      • Jenny Kirk 17.1.1

        “put forward some real alternatives (which to be blunt, are mostly common sense, not rocket science)”

        Thank you Tat Loo for putting forward this post. I, too, am a conference delegate and am very worried about this particular policy proposal so I’m pleased to see some opposition to it.

        Its a nonsense that “there are no alternatives” (TINA) which has for far too long been the catchcry of the neo-libs. There ARE alternatives – the CTU have raised some – including getting the economy working properly with more sustainable jobs for people.

        Did you know that migrants over a certain age who enter NZ needing to show they have sufficient income to sustain themselves can then obtain NZ Super after a certain limited period of residence without any input from themselves beforehand into NZ’s taxation system ? If they had to wait a much longer period – say 25 years instead of 10 (5 of which must be over age 50), that would reduce the cost of super a bit.

        And the idea that some people who may have ill health will be able to access NZ Super at an earlier age (65) if the age limit is lifted to 67 is illusory. If that person has a spouse earning even a limited income, then it will be means tested. That’s what happens now to people being made redundant before the age of 65, who are unable to obtain other work, and who have a spouse who is getting NZ Super. I don’t think this sort of means testing would be abolished. Its automatically built-in to benefits. There are always fish-hooks in these loose “exemptions”.

        • Tat Loo (CV) 17.1.1.1

          Thx for the details, Jenny. We’re a very generous nation, that’s for sure…

  18. ak 18

    p.s. Good to hear you are a Labour candidate. 🙂

    Hear, hear. Top post, Tat – yes this lunatic move was another pathetic foreshore and seabed monstrosity. Trying to “out-sensible” the “sensible economics” propaganda.

    The media will go more than mental with “Lab flip-flop” of course, but that faux-outrage will be nothing compared to what they’ll do next year regardless.

    Go hard delegates. Take this proud party back.

  19. Rogue Trooper 19

    as an aside; “No scandals in health Dr Mapp? Really? Mr / Professor Orthopedic Surgeon Gary Hooper (St Georges) outlined on Midday Report the “inability of DHB’s to keep ahead of hip and knee replacement surgery demand”, which is only going to increase. “People are living in pain”

    and, did you know that social isolation is epidemic in NZ society, with recent research (no link sorry) finding around only 30% of adults meeting at least one person or more for a social catch-up per week. (Life in New Zealand is not accurately portrayed in the weak television dramas produced here).

  20. McFlock 20

    Technically, the Weimar Republic never ran out of cash. Still got fucked up beyond recognition, though.

    The only reason that we have unemployment at the moment is because of government policy and the NAIRU boogeyman. Whacking in a few more economic controls on specific markets (especially housing), increasing the inflation tolerance of the RBA by a couple of percent, and Robert’s your father’s brother – unemployment down to 3% (mostly because at those levels workers can tell a shitty boss “fuck you” and quit with a reasonable chance of getting another job within a few weeks, so unemployment is a purely transitional state, rather than class-oriented).

    Longer term, I think that the pension-bubble folk are assuming that retired people in the future will be on average as economically productive as they are today – this I think is underestimating what “retirement” will be in the future. I reckon employment will be more discretionary than retiring from necessity, with broken bodies and/or minds.

    • Rogue Trooper 20.1

      such is wear and tear.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 20.2

      Technically, the Weimar Republic never ran out of cash. Still got fucked up beyond recognition, though.

      OK let’s put the stake through the heart of this one once and for all.

      If the Weimar Republic’s war reparations and debts had been denominated in German Marks, there would be no problem in repaying them.

      Instead, the Weimar Republic was forced to pay massive war reparations in USD, gold, silver and other mineral resources.

      And it was because their loan repayments were in a currency that they could not produce, and also in real resources, that a massive currency collapse was eventually triggered.

      Can I add that the international banking fraternity played direct roles in the precipitation of both WWI and WWII.

      NZ is NOT Zimbabwe, it is NOT the Weimar Republic, the economic and monetary circumstances are quite different.

      • Lanthanide 20.2.1

        And the reason the war reparations were denominated in USD, gold, silver and other mineral resources is because they have value to people other than Germany…

        • Tat Loo (CV) 20.2.1.1

          Yes. It also gives the foreign financiers a far greater degree of control over the country while greatly diminishing the policy options available to the sovereign government.

          Effectively, this is what has happened to Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy. They have given up their own currencies, and now all their debt is denominated in foreign currencies which they do not control. In effect (with respect to currency) they have stopped being countries and are now just provinces of Europe.

        • Draco T Bastard 20.2.1.2

          Which is actually wrong. If the reparations had been denominated in the Deutsche Mark then, effectively, they would have been paid for by German products and services. This would have massively boosted Germany’s economy after the war and the other people would have got their value. By forcing it to be paid in a foreign currency and gold it did the exact opposite.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 20.2.1.2.1

            The Allies realised this before the end of WWII, hence the Marshall Plan poured massive funding and resources into Germany.

            They did not try and make Germany pay back war reparations after WWII, given how badly that had ended after WWI…

      • McFlock 20.2.2

        And it was because their loan repayments were in a currency that they could not produce, and also in real resources, that a massive currency collapse was eventually triggered.

        Yes, because they had to purchase the gold and foreign currency that they bought using marks and therefore had to start printing lots and lots of marks.

        You think that NZGov printing money to pay for multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment or a UBI won’t have an effect on inflation? As you said yourself, the NZD is a “widely accepted IOU”. Now, I’m as much in favour of an export-led economy lowering its exchange rate as much as the next chap, but if you just print a shitload, less people will accept it at face value. We still have to import some stuff, and even if we didn’t then we’d need inflation to be low enough that wages and incomes generally keep up with the expansion of prices. The fact that none of this seems to be considered in your grand design makes me cautious.

  21. millsy 21

    Rather than working out who should miss out on getting a pension (if certain people had their way, people would just work until they dropped), perhaps we would be better off eliminating overheads and simplifiying the system. For example, when people turn 65 they should be able to just bring their birth certificate and proof of address into a post shop, fill in a form, and hey presto, start getting paid – or perhaps even apply online.

    You could even shift the responsibility for NZ Super. from WINZ to the NZ Superfund. The workforce required to administer the scheme should be able to fit into a single office building floor.

  22. PHILG 22

    Xox
    The solution to this is so straight forward but totally politically unpalatable. It’s so so frustrating, but so inevitable.

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    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
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  • The limits to realism.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    10 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    10 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    12 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    13 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    14 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    15 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
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    17 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    18 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    19 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    20 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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