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Does this Government have the money to deliver?

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 30th, 2018 - 76 comments
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I’m sure all revealed at Budget 2018, but the financial management of this government is not surefooted.

On December 14 2017 Minister Robertson announced a mini-budget. This included confirmation of electoral promises including:

  • Working For Families increase
  • Winter Energy Payment
  • Increased carers benefits
  • Increased Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks
  • Increased Accommodation Supplement


The Minister of Finance also announced at that time that annual $1 billion+ contributions to the NZ Superfund would recommence.

Since that time we have been regularly reassured that all the money was fine.

On January 25th he reassured us that the money was just flowing in no problem.

On January 30th he reassured us that our international credit rating and our economy was excellent.

On March 7th he further reassured us that the money the government had to spend was hosing in.


On April 4th, just a month out from the budget, apparently the money was coming done like Fanta out of the sky, and our debt position was just awesome.


Let’s not forget the stumbles over the transport tax that left Twyford to swing.

On April 17th, just four weeks out from the Budget, another spectacularly rosy assessment that the Minister could not hope but agree with.


And yet here we are, three weeks out from budget, the Minister of Health has to start walking back previously costed election promises.


Within the extraordinarily disciplined processes that Treasury has to go through to get a budget stable through December and January in any one year, Ministries have to deliver stable facts. They have had plenty of time to get through the “hand grenades in the bottom drawer”, as Twyford described them over the weekend. There are no excuses for this kind of ineptitude.

The Minister of Finance should have had this locked down with Treasury many months ago. It is weak management built on a record of false assurances, and excuses.

He has three weeks to prove that he is the Minister of Finance that this government needs him to be.

76 comments on “Does this Government have the money to deliver? ”

  1. Enough is Enough 1

    I think there is a lot of political play going on.

    Jacinda has also told us not expect much more than what has already been announced. They are bringing expectations down as much as possible.

    There will be a few zingers in there. don’t worry yet

    • greywarshark 1.1

      Is Ardern following a previous recipe slavishly?

      From Bowalley Road – link in my comment below.

      For Clark, the trick was to keep public expectations subdued by “under-promising and over-delivering”. For her strategy to succeed, however, it was necessary for Cullen to present the government’s books as being healthy – but not too healthy.

  2. Sacha 2

    This govt are making it very easy for the Nats to oppose spending priorities like free tertiary education ahead of cheaper doctors’ visits.

    If they do not deliver tangible results in the next couple of years, good luck getting re-elected. Time for boldness, not pissing around.

  3. greywarshark 3

    I have been reading Chris Trotter in Bowalley Road and it is interesting to get different viewpoints as he bends to view the Labour coalition to try for a 360 degree understanding of it. He has been concerned about Robertson and the conservatives quick endorsement of austerity budgeting that is behind the ‘Budget Responsibility Rules’.


    It would be a sad blow to left supporters to be forced to concede that National is correct in its gloating jibes that ‘Labour has over-promised and cannot now deliver’. Has Labour handcuffed itself, an inept response to bullying RWs, with its promises to not raise taxes etc. They now should unlock, tear off the chains, and simply say things are worse than we thought and we need to do this like National did, and then keep rolling out the times that National put up indirect taxes, cut needed, not wasted, government support and funding. Gnashional did this because they don’t play fair and want to run the country as a sort of quasi-business to bend and shape as they please for their own supporters and funders’ benefit. Their self-entitled supporters have twin objects; they want the best of the handouts, and also to hold up a surplus with pride so that all the simple-minded citizens can be impressed because they have absorbed all the confusing propaganda about household and the country’s economic management being the same.

    And this will have happened because the financial-leading group in Labour don’t have the courage to make some amending changes to the peculiarly destructive policies that they introduced in 1984. Is it going to be a couple of high profile improvements but seen to be BAU (bullshit as usual) at the end of the day? And our last chance to catch onto the disappearing hope of a decent society before it slithers over the cliff when Gnasional get back in. We will then have a virtual one-party fascist state, to which other countries have declined into.

    • cleangreen 3.1

      100% greywarshark;

      Yes labour has handcuffed itself to the ‘next Election loosing post,’

      Simply by choosing to using “fiscal restraint” instead of over ‘good social policy funding.’

      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        We can only hope that the words ‘appeared to have handcuffed’
        will be the correct description. It may be that Robertson is still using his training wheels, and will overcome his speed wobbles if not now, then very definitely SOON (even if we have to wait till after this Budget.

        It must be between this and the next or he will find that his hair turns grey and his face gets as lined as that of good old handsome-harry Bill, the fresh-faced, wide-open-minded down-on-the-farm, Gnash boy from the South. Robertson and his wimpy, well-dressed cohorts will be running for cover if they don’t turn up for the punters who are still connected to the trickle drainage, and want better liquidity.

      • OnceWasTim 3.1.2

        “Simply by choosing to using “fiscal restraint” instead of over ‘good social policy funding.’”

        Well that’s not the only reason @ CG. In fact we should probably take a step back and consider the policy advice given them and where and WHY it came from.
        It’d be interesting to know @Advantage’s ‘take’ on the ussyou (going forward)

        • cleangreen

          Good points OnceWasTim, subject; – Labour chose “Fiscal restraint”

          OWT said: = “consider the policy advice given them (Labour) and where and WHY it came from”

          My take they got that advice from treasury who are riddled with National party “stool pigeons”

  4. Rosemary McDonald 4

    Am I aiming too high in thinking that a true left wing progressive government, with a long term goal to ease inequality and raise the many up from a just-nearly-making-ends-meet existence, would aspire to ending WFF, Accommodation Allowance, Winter Energy Payments and carer benefits?

    Instead, bold and assertive economic policies would be devised and implemented to re-create the environment where wages were enough to live on and a family could do ok on one income. Where rents were affordable and the power bill not result in a heart attack. Where family carers were paid a respectful wage not a stigmatising benefit.

    Dreams are free.

    • McFlock 4.1

      Might be a bit high with NZ1 as the coalition decider.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Instead, bold and assertive economic policies would be devised and implemented to re-create the environment where wages were enough to live on and a family could do ok on one income.

      Wages are set by the market – the ones in China and other low wage states.

      Where rents were affordable and the power bill not result in a heart attack.

      Those are set by the owners so that they can bludge effectively.

      Where family carers were paid a respectful wage not a stigmatising benefit.

      That’s decided by rich people who don’t pay taxes if they can possibly help it and can thus afford to lobby government to not raise taxes or change legislation so that tax structures that minimise taxes for them alone aren’t removed.

      • Rosemary McDonald 4.2.1

        “….the market-”

        an appropriately seriously disturbing rendition of the free market anthem…

  5. McFlock 5

    Dunno about locking it down.

    And it’s not just Treasury/finance. It could be that the MoH has delivered updated cost projections on the policy, so it actually costs a bit more than was initially projected. I.e. Robertson put aside the cash, but doctors’ fees are now looking to go up more than expected as contract negotiations progress.

    I guess we’ll have to see how bad the “phasing in” really is.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    And yet here we are, three weeks out from budget, the Minister of Health has to start walking back previously costed election promises.

    That’s really not surprising considering the mess that National left the health sector in.

    They have had plenty of time to get through the “hand grenades in the bottom drawer”

    I’m not sure if they have actually. All these ‘hand grenades’ seem to have been well hidden by the previous government and it’s probably going to take some serious trawling through the books to find them all.

    It seems to me that we need all public books to be open in near real time so that these things can’t be hidden. It’s part of being an open government.

    • Babayaga 6.1

      Hand grenades? There are no hand grenades. The last National government inherited and had to navigate an economy going into recession, a GFC, earthquakes, rebuilding a major city, and they still managed to leave the economy in great shape.

    • cleangreen 6.2

      100% correct Draco,

      These National Party operators were professional at firstly shedding costs in every department they controlled, and then hiding anything including unpaid bills from all these cuts.

      Most are still overlooking the fact that they sold off all the assets they could also at this time so they flogged off our assets and weakened our economy and Government earning potential so they only relied on tax take to get through their time.

      So we need to be aware of constant ‘hand-grenades’ turning up here for some time now.

  7. ianmac 7

    A good view on the dilemma facing this Government.
    Squaring the Budget Circle
    by Brian Easton
    “Should the government borrow more, spend more, tax more?”

    The government could borrow more but the proceeds should, broadly, be spent only upon projects which are of benefit to those servicing the debt in the future. (Some may give a commercial return either directly – e.g. housing and state-owned enterprises – or indirectly – infrastructure – but some may improve future wellbeing without a commercial return – such as environmental enhancement.)

    The government could spend more on needed public services (and social transfers) but, broadly, such spending should be funded by additional taxation.

    So those who want extra current public spending are, underneath, demanding higher taxes. I do not quarrel with them, providing the additional taxes are raised fairly.

    Not that simple then?

    • Observer Tokoroa 7.1

      All the Fuss

      The money is missing because Auckland has never bothered to play its part as an organised and sharing community. Money in AKL It is a shambles.

      It simply does not give a stuff about anything – except the individual. The wealthy at that.

      They expect the rest of Aotearoa will prop them up, in spite of their slothful behaviour. They expect the rest of NZ to pay for their Prisons; their illiteracy; their illhealth; their Drugs Culture; their Violence. Plus their inability to design and build.

      They expect their housing will be gifted to them. And their infra structure.

      So, I find that when you have a couple of million loose cannons flopping around Auckland, it is pretty ridiculous to blame Treasuries and Finance Planners to reckon expenditure to last cent.

      Add to that, The National Party has been spewing Human shit into the walls of Middlemore Hospital. And they are are white washing themselves. C’mon Advantage. Write something that makes sense. Eh ?

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        The money is missing because Auckland has never bothered to play its part as an organised and sharing community.

        They expect the rest of Aotearoa will prop them up, in spite of their slothful behaviour.

        They expect their housing will be gifted to them. And their infra structure.

        Ah, that lie again.

        Auckland has been subsidising the rest of the country for decades. It is the rest of the country that are bludging off of Auckland.

        It simply does not give a stuff about anything – except the individual. The wealthy at that.

        I’m pretty sure that all the poor people in Auckland don’t give a fuck about the wealthy. And they do care about community.

        It seems more you that doesn’t care about community and are slothful as you demand ever more from Auckland to prop up your lifestyle blocks.

      • KJT 7.1.2

        Aucklanders pay the bulk of all taxes.

        Just saying.

        • cleangreen


          What you forgot to mention was that it is the regions produce most of the exports that fuel our economy.

          So those regions should also get some of the cake to but do not under national. the amount of regional funds decreased by 50% the new Transport minister Phil Tywford said, as far as the transport funding goes under NZ Land Transport Funding.
          Twyford said over Easter eight people had died, the worst road toll in several years.

          He said early work by officials suggested $800 million worth of safety improvements that could make a significant difference.

          “This shifts policy priorities away from costly white elephants.”

          He said transport spending in many regions had decreased under the previous government.


          “Half of vehicle journeys are on local roads, yet less than 5 per cent of the funding has been spent on improving them.”
          “The fact is we don’t need new motorways, we need to fix up the roads we already have. It is rural roads where people are dying and it is rural roads where the money needs to be spent so this is plain common sense,” he said.

        • Adrian

          Ah, no, to the both of you Draco and KJT, Take the wine industry for instance, 2 billion in foreign earnings, the vast amount of the money earned is banked in Auckland but earned in the provinces because Auckland is where the head offices are and they even claim the provincial workers as ” Aucklanders” because that’s where they are paid from.
          The “Auckland wine industry ” has 16 very small vineyards but almost 4000 ” workers “.

      • greywarshark 7.1.3

        Observer T
        You give yourself away with ‘slothful behaviour’. You are politically illiterate and verging on religious cult talk.

        You have the same problem that all we ordinary people have. We don’t understand how we are being financed, how the country is being run. Auckland makes most of the money, so there is a lot there.

        At the same time Auckland has been used as a drawcard to get foreigners to come to NZ and bring their money with them. It’s part of NZs trading system. We are trading residence here for their money so we can put it into our capacious money vats. Trouble is the vats keep running out. We actually suffer from a money drought and just as householders only have about three days of food at any one time, the same is true of the state of our nation’s finances.

        Aucklanders hate the way their city is being bloated. All routes in to Auckland are bloated with people being enticed to come and visit, to stay, bring your money, bring in really cheap labour so we can all make big profits as we sell at the price that is appropriate for our standard of living. Except our workers and the imported labourers don’t get paid that standard of living.

        And down on the farm it all looks good and wealthy in the city because you choose to look at the best bits. And up in the city where the poor people live, it all looks good on the farms, because we hear about Fonterra and all the resources you are grabbing and using to make big money. But all of the farmers aren’t getting big money. And their pathetic money-mad lobby group doesn’t lobby so that resources like hospitals and education for all farming families are available and accessable.

        Observer I have never noticed you being very thoughtful. This is probably too much for you to read. But if you did and you started pushing for a better economy and standard of living and becoming knowledgable and really caring about your people inn the country, and our people in the city, and making sure that we do things far more wisely to provide reasonable conditions for all, all that would be good. Really good.

      • Baba Yaga 7.1.4

        “The National Party has been spewing Human shit into the walls of Middlemore Hospital. ”

        It’s a shame people are still repeating those lies.


        • Louis

          What lies Baba?

          From your link, the statement “around sewage issues at Middlemore Hospital, they were so small” doesn’t deny sewage issues.

          “Health Minister David Clark said all the stories about sewage had originated from the DHB”

          “I’m aware that there is a contingency in the money for the Scott Building repair that allows for the possibility of further sewage or other issues to be found in the walls.

          “I’ve been made aware previously that there was stuff found in the walls and that that’s a possibility again in the future, albeit merely a possibility not a certainty.”

          “A multitude of building issues at Middlemore Hospital and the extent of them have been revealed recently: Rot and toxic mould caused by leaking, asbestos, seismic and power supply issues, and the sewage leaks.”

          • Baba Yaga

            “What lies Baba?”

            This lie “The National Party has been spewing Human shit into the walls of Middlemore Hospital.”

            The ‘sewage’ issue was a oopsie in the corridor.

  8. dukeofurl 8

    You have rather a benign view of Treasurys aptitude

    “The Minister of Finance should have had this locked down with Treasury many months ago”

    Unless you have a skill set based in Treasury and can vouch for the clowns Id rather believe based on previous results that in fact all the ‘estimates’ are rough, some worse than that with grievous errors.

    After all any budget is always followed by supplementary spending as they discover the ‘unders, overs and the ‘OMG who fogot that’ items.

    For those not looking it up Health Supplementary Spending 2017 was $2.8 bill by my reckoning – not claiming to be expert or anything

    Locked down indeed !

    • Ad 8.1

      😊 always true with the updates.

      I could add “… locked down to print, present on behalf of government to parliament, and enact.”

      … to be fulsome

  9. greywarshark 9

    This got more thoughtful and detailed as I went along. If someone has time there it could be a thinkpiece post. I have to go and do something practical for the present now so can’t take it further sorry.

    I was just thinking about how fury will grow if Labour coalition does not find a way to start tackling the quagmire that National has let us in for, which Labour gave them licence to do.

    But then other possibilities occurred to me. I have been thinking about parallels with pre WW2 and the views that David Low took of it and the criticism and threats he received for not being conciliatory to Hitler.

    There is the Low cartoon where Hitler and Stalin find common interests greeting each other over the body of Poland.
    David Low responded to the invasion of Poland with one of his most important cartoons. Entitled, Rendezvous, the drawing shows “the two unlikely allies congratulate each other over the body of Poland”. (62) Low wrote: “Eight days after the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, while the world was still thunderstruck at the accord of two regimes which had been so inimical to each other, the German Blitzkrieg tore through Poland from the West to meet Russian troops oncoming from the East. The pact had arranged for a partition of Poland. Officially, past recriminations between the new associates were forgotten in present admiration of mutual interests”. (63)

    Could it be that Labour has managed to find a mutual interest in the same world that National envisages? That NZ is to be divided up between the two parties in an Entente Cordiale (behind the scenes, while the peeps are confused with fake news)?

    There is the cartoon where Hitler marches up a red carpet covering steps formed by the kneeling politicians of countries he is seizing
    who are labelled ‘The Spineless Leaders of Democracy’.

    There is a letter from Mrs Asquith praising the attempts of Chamberlain to appease and prevent war. We now know that these talks were giving valuable time to make some real preparations but people like Mrs A and unready politicians and leaders, weren’t thinking strategically and of important values that were being swept under the carpet.

    Then there was a humble letter to Low from Sigmund Freud.
    However, others welcomed his criticisms of Adolf Hitler. This included Sigmund Freud who wrote: “A Jewish refugee from Vienna, a very old man personally unknown to you, cannot resist the impulse to tell you how much he admires your glorious art and your inexorable, unfailing criticism.”

    David Low thought that the British had problems with cartoons as propaganda. “I had been told often enough that the British never had taken propaganda seriously, because they believed in themselves so much as to regard the rightness of their causes to be self-evident. Certainly, although they were fighting what was ostensibly a war of ideas, in striking contrast to the Nazis, the Russians, the French and the Americans they placed little value upon the presentation of their case to the enemy in cartoons.” (50)

    Note that Low refers to the inability of the British to absorb ideas, to think their way through, or view from an objective side, the dangerous miasma surrounding and clouding their minds and view.

    We have had a battle of ideas and falsehoods since 1984. It only appears coherent to those who don’t spend time unpicking the apparent certainties, the brash statements of scientific and moral reliability. I think Labour will have to deliver and move over not just squat content on the pot, like any rich royalist or republican. Representatives of the working people they appear not to be, but instead hell-bent on leaving that stuff behind, with the same attitude to the working class carrying on in the industrial tradition, as was taken to the noble Maori.

    The superior methods produced by technology will sweep much and many away; it will be keep up or be swept away into irrelevance and probably death. It is viewed with a fatalistic Darwinism that we will have a cashless society, that there will be no paper, that no-one needs to bother about history, which has nothing to match the unbounded delights of vast and arcane knowledge available to us (if we can access it).

    A ‘dying race’. The Māori population continued its downward spiral in the wake of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, reaching a low of about 42,000 in 1896. Population decline and racist ideologies combined to fuel forewarnings about Māori extinction. In 1856 physician and politician Dr Isaac Featherston ….

    Then it was just Maori the upper classes were willing to dismiss with a tear-soaked handkerchief, or not. Now the toll grows akin to short people in a rising flood. I would think that we need to follow what Maori are doing. They have never been effectively soaked in British cant about the Empah and the wonders of belonging to it, and having opportunities around the world after being grabbed to serve in the Royal Navy or being shipped off to colonies at the drop of a handkerchief or something. Or being sent away from home at some tender age from the estate or India and sent to boarding school or some distant relave to have a lonely life where human warmth and some affection might come to a young person in perverse ways that skew the personality for life.

  10. patricia bremner 10

    Where has this new Government failed so far?

    Why are expectations “up there?”

    Who said it would happen first budget?

    Why are we so unsupportive?

  11. Sanctuary 11

    Jesus if the noise on my twitter feed is any guide the car addicted entitled middle class has just been subjected to morning raids and summary executions by a communist dictatorship, rather than just having to pay a petrol levy.

  12. SPC 12

    It was Labour and Greens who decided on limiting government spending to 30% of GDP – not Labour alone.

    But NZF, (fearing another global recession may be looming) like National, made no such promise, so maybe “acting PM Winston Peters” will save the coalition from its folly.

    • Pat 12.1

      thats a reasonable point to make but as Shane Jones has discovered the time between having the funds and the capacity to make use of them can be problematic….until the projects are designed and the capacity aligned there is little point in prematurely committing to debt that is unlikely to be drawn down this side of the next election

      • greywarshark 12.1.1

        This is what Chris Trotter has said about Jones feeling fenced in by bureaucrats when some positive forward moving policy and action is required.

        • Pat

          yep…have read that, and while not quite the point im attempting to make it would be in mind of the Cabinet i’d expect

          • greywarshark

            Are you thinking Pat that, if this government is approaching the mass of problems with no willingness to invest in the country but just cope on limited commons, then only a small doable number of projects should be planned and implemented?

            Unless it can be finished in the three years available before next election it is only rational to cut down on hopes of substantial progress you think?

            I think we need Popeye and his muscles as a figurehead for the left’s banner. But wait, I think he smoked a pipe. The present worrying little perfectionists would reject him because of that. We can’t think practically and bravely, but timidly have to dot our i’s and cross our t’s before sallying forth to tackle the disasters we are facing. And the grinning masks of the National Party and their gross attitudes hover like infectious mosquitoes.

            • Pat

              not at all greywarshark…what i think will happen (not necessarily what i would advocate) is the coalition will proceed with their agenda which has been pretty much outlined to date and stay within their self imposed fiscal restriction and use the resources of government and the next 18 months to 2 years to develop a substantial programme that will require considerable tax changes and significant funding that will then be put to the electorate at the next election…that is when the hoped for ‘progressive’ agenda will be unveiled.

              I think the radical change that many desire but have written off as window dressing is simply delayed, not abandoned and mainly because they hadn’t designed it prior…which is a failing of sorts, in itself.

              • greywarshark

                I like your vision. Hope that is what comes to pass, could very well trundle along those rails in a reliable way. Not to be derailed by any hooligan!

              • Anne

                Interestingly Jacinda sort of alluded to such a scenario in her press conference yesterday Pat. I don’t recall her actual words, but in answer to a question about whether the government would borrow any money to fund their policies, she intimated they would stay within their fiscal limits as promised at this present time but further down the track it might become necessary in order to overcome the current dire state of our public services such as health and housing etc.

                [My words note but that was the essence of her reply]

                • Pat

                  Its worth remembering Jacinda Ardern only came to the leadership weeks before the election and it is largely the leader that drives the policy direction…..a problem previously with the leadership revolving door disrupting policy formulation.

  13. Baba Yaga 13

    Unfortunately, like many ministers in this government, Robertson is hopelessly out of his depth, and he is dealing with a PM who has no experience of running anything, let alone a country. Increasingly Joyce’s fiscal hole projection is looking far too conservative.

    • Stuart Munro 13.1

      The coalition is doing a much better job than their predecessors, who, despite their constant braying about economic competence, consistently failed to deliver. It takes a prodigy of self-deception to entertain Joyce’s lies – effort better spent on cleaning up the squalor left by National’s rorting.

      Robertson is nothing special economically speaking. But he’s straighter than the entire previous government (a fucking low standard truth be told). He cannot help but do a better job because the crooks weren’t even trying. One need only drive around Christchurch to understand – it’s a visual metaphor of National’s economic acumen – NZ’s second largest city, still in ruins and the EQC funds all gone down the rabbit hole.

      • Baba Yaga 13.1.1

        Good spin, Stuart, but as usual you don’t allow facts to get in the way of a good story.

        The overwhelming international opinion is that Labour inherited a strong economy, with low inflation, high employment, low debt and low interest rates. In other words, very strong fundamentals. If the economy was not so strong, Labour could not achieve it’s spending spree without a massive increase in debt. Suck it up, Stuart, the Nats did well.

        • Exkiwiforces

          Come on mate, Why don’t you take Stuart advice and have a wee drive around CHCH to see what your No Mates National Party did to my old home town!!!

          Don’t even get me started on ECAN or the complete lack or no allocation of funds to the DWP 2016. Just like the last time the No Mates Party was in the 90’s that stave the Defence of funds and ran it down because they didn’t would to plan for the long term in re-capitalised in new equipment until it fell apart. Your No Mates Party carry on where they if off by running every public service department into the ground.

          • Baba Yaga

            I visit Christchurch occasionally, and the various parties involved have done a very good job at rebuilding what was a devastation.

            • Stuart Munro

              That’s a perspective, but hardly the consensus. A great many rorts are coming out that go a long way to explaining why the rebuild is far from complete, and the cost of these alone is looking likely to dwarf Joyce’s alleged fiscal hole.

            • KJT

              Stayed at the airport the whole time. Did you?

        • Stuart Munro

          “The overwhelming international opinion” (citation required)

          …is neither here nor there. The treacherous incompetent lying thieving scumbags of the previous government are accountable, not to the talking heads of international finance, but to us, the citizens they have neglected and abused.

          The Gnats were and are a garbage fire and none of your lies improve them.

          • Baba Yaga

            Stuart there is already a mounting list of lies told by this government, and they’ve only been in power a matter of months.

            • Stuart Munro

              (citation required)

              • Baba Yaga

                For what? This governments lies? How many would you like me to quote?

                “Andrew Kirton, the Labour Party’s general secretary, said he stood by the way the party had handled the situation, which he said was done with a “victim-led” focus on the back of advice from a Wellington sexual violence charity.”

                “He said he wasn’t aware of any of the victims taking their complaint to the police, although both he and Labour Party president Nigel Haworth had offered their support to the victims if they chose to do so.”
                (Same source)

                “We have also offered further, professional support to those involved.”
                (Same source. The offer was not made until hours before the media broke the story).

          • greywarshark

            Where does your authority come from to criticise the left so roundly and so surely? What value or help is your opinion in giving understanding? Have you got any professional qualifications in anything relevant, or just a Major in Throwing Opinions Around That Are Critical of the parties that you don’t belong to.

            Unfortunately like many of the RW parties that drop their effluvium on these columns I think you are hopelessly out of your depth, and have little ability to review your thinking to fact check.

        • dukeofurl

          Low Debt ?

          The ‘nett’ debt to GDP ration in 2008 was 5%, now its just under 25%

          So it increased 5X ?

          That also hides the fact the Cullen Fund at over $30 bill now as is an ‘asset’ as it was $9 bill in 2008.

          Total gross debt now is around $90 bill, or more like 50% of GDP the figures only made better by counting Cullen Funds $30 bill + and ACC reserves of $37 bill as general government assets
          EQC reserves have been spent, and those other funds are ring fenced for other spending.

    • Barfly 13.2

      I think you may need a prescription for a new monocle – your one eye is seeing poorly.

  14. Nic the NZer 14

    As should be highlighted, all that is needed is for the government to pass its budget for the spending plans in it to be ratified. This works regardless of tax collection, though often more tax is collected off the back of more spending.

    The establishment of these facts has been discussed in recent posts on MMT on the standard.

    If the government starts walking back its spending promises that is because them and treasury want to do so. There is no force majure requiring them to do so however.

  15. Wilfrid Whattam 16

    It’s time to understand Modern Monetary Theory, in particular that a sovereign currency issuing country is not fiscally constrained; it can never run out of money, taxes do not fund government spending, deficits should be judged not by size but by outcome, and a lot more. The Budget Responsibility commitment is sheer nonsense. Please read William Mitchell or L Randall Wray (and other progressive economists) to get a grip of macroeconomic reality. Pity Labour is so ignorant, or perhaps just too timid, on this. It appears that Jacinda has not outgrown obeisance to neoliberal myths.

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    Even without knowing the final election result (because, don’t forget there’s about 500,000 special votes still to count and they very likely will change Saturday’s results), we can say two things for certain about the next government. Jacinda Ardern will be its Prime Minister. And Labour will be at its core. But ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    8 hours ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Leftwing euphoria meets reality
    The political left has been euphoric since Saturday’s night historic landslide victory for Labour. But political commentators from across the spectrum are united in warning that the new Government isn’t about to be transformative. Instead, we will see more of a status quo administration grappling with a crisis, with very ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    11 hours ago
  • Yes, a mandate for sure… but issues for NZ will be far, far more difficult now
    With the NZ General Election and Referendums over for 2020, Jacinda Ardern is to form a Government over the next few weeks, “there are some areas we do want to crack on with, that we will need to expedite”, and talks will begin to form around what the voters ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    13 hours ago
  • Labour Party landslide – 2020 Election in review
    Jacinda Ardern - Prime Minister of New ZealandThe 2020 General Election has been one of the most interesting in New Zealand’s political history. Not only did we have voters provide the Labour Party with a stratospheric 49.1% mandate to govern, the results also delivered National with a crushing 26.8% defeat ...
    13 hours ago
  • Be careful what you wish for: Labour's difficult triumph
    Labour’s overwhelming victory at the election has been greeted with rousing cheers on the left of New Zealand politics and the start of transformational demands. It’s a multi-generational win for Labour, out-polling the Kirk, Lange and Clark victories. You have to go back to 1938 for a bigger percentage (55.8%) ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    13 hours ago
  • A Skeptical Science member's path to an experiment on carbon sequestration
    During what now seems like another era entirely- back in February of this long year- Skeptical Science regular RedBaron (aka Scott Strough) mentioned in a discussion thread here that he'd been working on an idea for no-till cultivation of vegetables, was seeking to quantify what appeared to be promising results. Scott ...
    15 hours ago
  • Jacinda Will Keep Us Moving – To The Same Place.
    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes? Not Likely: Though few New Zealanders would express it in such a fashion: Jacinda’s and Labour’s general handling of the Covid-19 crisis proved both to be highly effective defenders of the capitalist status quo. She, and they, kept the lights on. And that, in the absence of an alternative ...
    16 hours ago
  • The Greens and Labour
    With an absolute majority, Labour can govern in its own right, and doesn't need partners. But while unnecessary, they're a nice-to-have, both as backup and for PR reasons. Ardern has talked about "consensus", and there are obvious benefits for her of having government policy endorsed by as many parties as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #42
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Earth has warmest September on record, and 2020 may clinch hottest year Record warmth in Europe and Asia overwhelms a ...
    21 hours ago
  • Josh Van Veen: The Vindication of Winston Peters
    An egalitarian spirit is currently being revived in New Zealand, and we should thank Winston Peters for keeping alive that spirit. Josh Van Veen, who once worked with the NZ First leader, pays his tribute.   With New Zealand First receiving less than 3% of the vote, critics are happily ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    21 hours ago
  • The Hunt for Red October: Musings on Taieri
    So New Zealand has had its general election. Jacinda Ardern has managed a single-party majority government, New Zealand’s first in twenty-six years, and its first since the adoption of proportional representation. I intend to do a comment on that further down the line – my feelings on the Sunday ...
    1 day ago
  • Lessons from the Election
    This year’s general election has broken new ground – and not just in terms of its outcome, the seats won and votes cast, and – in an MMP environment – the margin of victory. It also suggests that something quite fundamental has changed in New Zealand politics. The outcome is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • The unexpected result
    The people have spoken, and its a Labour majority government. This wasn't meant to happen under MMP, and in fact its exactly what the system was designed to prevent: no majority governments, no elected dictatorships, unless we really, really want it (which at the time seemed unlikely on 40 years ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Schadenfreude is a dish best served blue
    What started out as the largest party in parliament has ended election night scratching the back door of the house of irrelevance. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #42
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 11, 2020 through Sat, Oct 17, 2020 Editor's Choice A FIELD GUIDE TOTHE ELECTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE   The presidential election is just weeks away, and climate change has broken ...
    2 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Election '20: The Special Votes
    The 2020 General Election has a preliminary result. For reasons I am unable to really explain, we will not have even a preliminary result for the end of life choice and cannabis legalisation referendums for some weeks (I dropped the ball on that one when the referendum legislation was before ...
    2 days ago
  • National rejects tonight’s result as a ‘rogue poll’
    National are dismissing tonight’s election result as an “obvious outlier” Half an hour into counting, National Party leader Judith Collins and deputy leader Gerry Brownlee are already dismissing tonight’s election result as a “rogue poll”, saying it’s an incomplete survey with shoddy methodology. Brownlee called an emergency media stand-up just ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Jacinda Ardern ran down four National supporters with her car this morning but due to electoral law ...
    Dr. Ashley Bloomfield reported at today’s 1pm health briefing that the Coronavirus turns out not to exist, but that information was also withheld on the same grounds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her election morning by ruthlessly driving her car into a family of National supporters just blocks from her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Six weird animals that have nothing to do with the election
    Get a load of these things! Some of these animals are just crazy. You wouldn’t want a single one of these animals anywhere near your kids. It could ruin them for life. Last thing you’d want is your kid growing up around any of these, and thinking that’s what animals ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • 1pm Covid Health Update for 17th October, 2020
    What follows is today’s 1pm health update from the Ministry of Health There are 12 new cases of Covid-19 today, six in managed isolation, three escaped, and three are wealthy foreigners so it’s fine. One of these cases is a man in his 50s who visited Auckland sex club Fisting ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • It's Election Day.
     This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • National caucus convening to elect new leader for final 2 hours of the campaign
    This is a breaking news event, and further updates and clarifications may be forthcoming. With less than three hours to go in the election campaign, The National Party is holding an emergency meeting to elect a new leader, one they hope can turn things around in the final one and ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • Judith Collins asking for two week extension on election due date
    Collins says she was “ever so close” to finishing everything up, but a family member died, her computer crashed, and she just needs “a little more time” to get things right. In a late move this evening, Judith Collins has written an urgent letter to the Electoral Commission requesting a ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • The Debunking Handbook 2020: Misinformation is damaging and sticky
    This blog post is part 1 of a series of excerpts from The Debunking Handbook 2020. The list of references is available here. Misinformation can do damage Misinformation is false information that is spread either by mistake or with intent to mislead. When there is intent to mislead, it is ...
    3 days ago
  • Not as a Christian, but as a New Zealander: Why I am voting against assisted suicide tomorrow.
    I am no stranger to lost causes. And, while there is always hope, it does appear that David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice” law will receive the necessary endorsement of voters to finally legalise assisted suicide in this country. A significant minority of voters will dissent, however.I will be one ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Ardern reassures voters that Greens’ negotiating table will be a tiny, humiliating one
    On the eve of the election, the Prime Minister wants New Zealanders to know the Greens will be given a very small seat at the table, quite literally. In the final hours of the campaign, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made a forceful appeal to the electorate not to be ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • A Waste of Time: The Hundred “Best” Fantasy Books
    Time Magazine has put out a list of the hundred best fantasy books of all time: https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/ It is bad. Very bad. I get that this is clickbait nonsense, but… really. Time Magazine ought to be ashamed of themselves. Ostensibly, the selection process was as follows: ...
    4 days ago
  • Big changes do stick
    In one of her last pre-election interviews, Jacinda Ardern tries to defend her policy of doing nothing while in government: Ardern reflected on large changes made by Helen Clark’s government – particularly in education and welfare – that were still part of the system now, saying they prove smaller ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Polls show regret for not voting Green
    I have looked at election polling for last four elections and have noticed a concerning pattern. The Green Party's polling leading up to each election is stronger than what they actually achieve, then the poll immediately afterwards is always considerably higher. For most parties the opposite is generally the case. ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Planning to fail
    Last year, the government passed the Zero Carbon Act, setting short-term and long-term goals for carbon reduction. And they're already saying that they will fail to meet them: Environment Minister David Parker​ appears to have already given up on the country’s ability to meet the 2030 methane goal set ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another issue Labour is ignoring its voters over
    Jacinda Ardern is trying to rule out even discussing a wealth tax if she gets re-elected. But if she gets re-elected, it will be by voters who support one. A Newshub poll shows that nearly half of all voters - and 60% of labour supporters - support a wealth tax: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Scholarship Physics
    It’s that time of year when school students become seriously focused on exams. This year has been messy for student learning, and has affected some students more than others, but the NCEA external assessments and the Scholarship exams are going ahead pretty-much as normal. I’ve taken some interest in the ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • “Fitz” On Cannabis.
    "I Like It!" “Shall I tell you the real reason to legalise cannabis? Because all the stuff I’ve told you, while true, isn’t enough. You should legalise cannabis because you’d like it. No, actually, you’d love it! Cannabis makes food taste better. It turns music into magic. It suppresses pain and nausea ...
    4 days ago
  • Crusher fails to resonate
    Judith Collins - National Party leaderYou can tell the National Party is in damage control mode most of the time these days. Instead of being able to provide any valid alternative to a Labour led Government, Judith Collins is going out of her way to be controversial just to get ...
    5 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime II
    Last month, we learned there was a flaw in our electoral transparency regime, with the New Zealand Public Party receiving a quarter of a million dollars in donations which will never have to be decalred. And now its got worse,as it turns out they're also explicitly soliciting donations from rich ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Entirely separate”
    When two people whose identities we all know but cannot say publicly due to name suppression were charged with "Obtaining by Deception" over routing donations to NZ First through the NZ First Foundation, Winston Peters claimed his party had been exonerated because "The Foundation is an entirely separate entity from ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Judith Collins' little green lies
    New Zealand is not the United States, thank goodness. We don't have the same level of political partisanship nor public media outlets that blatantly display political bias. However, during the closing weeks of this campaign I do feel an infection of trumpism is evident. Judith Collins and her National Party ...
    5 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: The Psychology of Ardernism
    Jacinda Ardern has made New Zealanders feel safe. Josh Van Veen looks at psychological understandings of leadership to help explain the ongoing success of Labour in this election campaign.   Simon Bridges could have been the Prime Minister. Opinion polls in February suggested a close election, with Colmar Brunton giving the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Let's Make Jacinda Break Her Promises.
    Make Her An Offer She Can't Refuse: Expecting Jacinda and her colleagues to break their promise not to introduce a Wealth Tax is not only unfair it is unwise. A consensus for change has never arisen out of a series of polite discussions - or base betrayals. A better New ...
    5 days ago
  • Two days to go, 12 questions still worth asking
    One last lap. One last crack. One last chance to boost your own policies or knock down your opponents. Tonight TVNZ hosts the final leaders’ debate and although over a million New Zealanders have voted and much of the policy debate seems to have stagnated around negative attacks, there are ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Possible inter-satellite collision on Friday
    Two objects in low-Earth orbit may collide with each other on Friday, in a hyper-velocity impact which would lead to millions of fragments being left on-orbit, each potentially-lethal to functioning satellites. Fingers crossed (not that I am superstitious) that it is a miss, rather than a hit. One local ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Do Elections Deliver What We Want?
    MMP may deliver a parliament which reflects us, but frequently the government does not. At the heart of my recent history of New Zealand, Not in Narrow Seas, is the interaction between economic and social change. I could measure economic change via the – far from comprehensive – ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Flailing last grasps bring lasting gasps in the NZ General Election…
    The last week of the 2020 election here in New Zealand has been an increasingly torrid and venal affair has it not? Many expect the last week of any Election campaign to get considerably more tetchy, everyone is hurrying to nail the last voter down after all. But this ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #41, 2020
    Zika follows climate Sadie Ryan and coauthors combine what we know about the Zika virus and its preferred regime with modeling to show the pathogen will greatly expand its range during the next few decades. We do have some remaining control over the situation. From the abstract: "In the ...
    5 days ago
  • Does a delay in COP26 climate talks hit our efforts to reduce carbon emissions?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Will the delay of the COP26 UN climate negotiations impact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Where do the parties stand on open government?
    The election is in less than a week, so I thought I'd take a quick look at where the parties stand on open government, freedom of information, and the OIA. The short answer is that most of them don't. While Andrew Little has "promised" to rewrite the OIA, there's no ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Second Time As Farce: National's Election Campaign Falls Apart.
    The Mask Of Civility Is Removed: According to Politik’s editor, Richard Harman, Collins has become her own campaign manager. Now, as a lawyer, you might think that the Leader of the Opposition would be familiar with the old saying: “The lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client.” ...
    6 days ago
  • National's Little Helpers have A Cunning Plan.
    Keep Your hands Off Of My Stash: Viewed from the perspective of the 2020 General Election as a whole, the intervention of the Taxpayers’ Union against the Greens' Wealth Tax confirms the Right’s growing sense of desperation that the campaign is slipping away from them. With hundreds of thousands of ...
    6 days ago
  • Covid-19: A planetary disease
    Louise Delany* This blog focuses on the underlying environmental causes of Covid-19 (Covid) and the role of international law in tackling both Covid and other planetary crises. I argue that major changes to our relationship with our planet and its creatures are needed and these changes must be supported by ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: How to make your mind up
    If you’re still on the fence about how to vote, Liam Hehir says it’s probably more important for you to vote on the basis of your principles, and he offers a way to think about how these principles might align with the main party options.   Still undecided? Here’s how ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • What else apart from a Wealth Tax? The shape of a Labour-Greens coalition
    If you haven’t heard, the Green Party supports a Wealth Tax. Yeah, I thought you might have heard of it. Everyone’s been talking about it on the campaign trail these past few days. It would force the wealthiest six percent of New Zealanders to pay a one percent tax each ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Time is slipping by for the fruit industry to improve wages
    The covid-19 pandemic has meant a lot of changes for New Zealand. Lockdowns, social distancing, a massive shift to working from home and the death of tourism for a start. But the sensible and necessary border closure has also completely cut off the supply of cheap, migrant labour - and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new low in American “democracy”
    Every US election, we're used to seeing long lines of voters, and reading stories of widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression (including things like flyers falsely telling people their assigned polling place (!) has moved or that voting will be on a different day, and robocalls threatening that people will be ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A suggestion for Biden’s foreign policy.
    I have been thinking about US foreign policy after the upcoming election. My working assumption is that try as he might, Trump will lose the election and be forced from office. There will be much litigating of the results and likely civil unrest, but on Jan 21, 2021 the Orange ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Bleak views of melting Antarctic ice, from above and below
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Images from satellites high above the Earth have helped a research team put together a stark visual chronicle of decades of glacier disintegration in Antarctica. Meanwhile, a separate international research team has taken the opposite perspective – studying the ice ...
    7 days ago
  • Five reasons I am voting for National (and why you should too)
    Centre right voters have three realistic options this year.
      The National Party, which is currently at something of a low ebb but which remains the primary vehicle for conservative and moderate liberal voters; orThe libertarian ACT Party, which is undergoing a temporary boom as National struggles; orThe centre-left Labour ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Graeme Edgeler: How to vote, and how to think about voting
    Your choice of who to vote for could make a real difference. Electoral law expert Graeme Edgeler suggests you make an informed choice, and he goes through a variety of different ways to think about your voting options.   The New Zealand general election is being held next Saturday, the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • That School Debate: Tolkien, Shakespeare, and Anti-Stratfordianism
    Today, I am responding to one Philip Lowe, who back in August 2019 produced an interesting but flawed piece, looking at the way in which Tolkien viewed Shakespeare: Tolkien and Shakespeare: Counterparts ...
    1 week ago
  • Marching to the ballot boxes
    Today's advance voting statistics are out, showing that 450,000 people voted over the weekend, bringing the total advance vote to 1.15 million - just 90,000 shy of the 2017 total. So its likely that by the end of today, more people will have advance voted than did in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The long road to “Yes”
    One day in 1985, I came down from the loft where I was working as deputy editor of Rip It Up magazine, looking for lunch, and walked into a scene. There, on the corner of Queen and Darby Streets, a man was in the process of getting two kids to ...
    1 week ago
  • A funny thing for Labour to die in a ditch over
    Over the weekend, National unveiled its latest desperate effort to try and gain some attention: campaigning hard against a wealth tax. Its a Green Party policy, so its a funny thing for national to campaign against (alternatively, I guess it shows who their true opponents are). But even funnier is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The comforting myth of the referendum ‘soft option’
    Assuming we don’t count Bird of the Year, last week was my first time voting in a New Zealand election. I’ve been here a while, but for reasons too dull to recount, I didn’t have permanent residence in time for any of the others. Anyway, it’s hardly up there with 1893, ...
    PunditBy Colin Gavaghan
    1 week ago
  • Election: Equality Network’s Policy Matrix
    How will you vote this Election? We suggest comparing the Party policies on addressing inequality: The Equality Network identifies Ten Key Policy Areas that will make a difference: ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network: Party Policy Star Chart
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • A Tale of Two Elections
    AS 2020 draws to a close, two very different countries, in different hemispheres and time zones, are holding elections that are of great importance, not only for their own futures but for the future of the world as well. The USA and New Zealand differ greatly in physical and economic ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41
    Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... How Joe Biden could reorient foreign policy around climate change A new report lays out ...
    1 week ago
  • Potential attack lines in the campaign's final week
    In the final week of the election campaign, parties large and small will want to make clear to voters why they are more deserving of your vote than the other guys. It doesn’t mean going negative… oh alright, it does a little bit. But it doesn’t mean playing dirty. It ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 4, 2020 through Sat, Oct 10, 2020 Editor's Choice What Have We Learned in Thirty Years of Covering Climate Change? A climate scientist who has studied the Exxon Valdez ...
    1 week ago
  • Economic Resilience or Policy Brilliance?
    The economy has been through a traumatic experience. Prospects look sobering. Preliminary official estimates suggest that market production (GDP) fell 12.2 percent in the June Quarter 2020 – a huge, and probably unprecedented, contraction. In mid-April the Treasury had expected a fall of 23.5 percent (published in the 2020 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • The SMC Video Competition: The Tītipounamu Project
    Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the third round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With entries ranging from kea tracking to Beethoven’s piano pieces, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of runner-up, PhD candidate ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Interview with Nicky Lee
    Fellow New Zealand writer, Nicky Lee, has been doing some Q&A with other local speculative fiction authors: https://www.nikkythewriter.com/blog Each fortnight is a different author, answering ten questions about their Writing Process. I think it’s an excellent way of helping build the profile of the New Zealand speculative fiction ...
    1 week ago
  • Capital Vol. 3 lectures: converting surplus-value into the rate of profit
    This is the third in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation.Here he looks at the problem of converting surplus-value into the rate of profit.(Part one of the lecture series is here, and part two is here) ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Another call for OIA reform
    A collection of top-level environmental and human rights NGOs is calling for reform of the Official Information Act: The Child Poverty Action Group, Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, JustSpeak, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International are calling for a comprehensive, independent review of the Official Information Act ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The advice on moving the election date
    When the Prime Minister moved the election date back in August, I immediately lodged OIA requests with the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Justice for any advice they'd given. Both refused, on the basis that the information would be proactively released. That's finally happened, a mere three weeks after the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: Pre-election craziness in the US.
    This week in our “A View from Afar” podcast Selwyn Manning and I reflect on Trump’s increasingly erratic behaviour in wake of contracting Covid-19 and the domestic and foreign implications it has in the run-up to the November 3 national elections. You can find it here. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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