Don’t mourn, organise.

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, November 10th, 2008 - 70 comments
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In 1984 I watched the incoming Labour government move on a set of policies they had no mandate for and I also watched the Left flounder to resist them. Given it was only three years since we had mobilised so strongly against the Springbok tour that failure to act was unacceptable.

In 1990 when we got the neo-con National government and its subsequent incarnations I watched many good leftwing campaigners pack up their bags and leave or start fighting amongst themselves. This was also unacceptable.

One of the great things we’ve seen over the last few years is an organised grassroots Left becoming established. A lot of it has been focused toward the election but now is the time we need it most.

I’ve been told there will be Left organising events around the country over the next few months and there have been murmurings of a thousand-day campaign. I’d like to see that come together. Not just to oust National and ACT in the next election but to help push New Zealand’s political discourse and its political parties leftward. To do that we need unity and we need to focus on winning. Not blaming each other for losing. It took the right nine years to cooperate and win. The Left will do it faster because we are collectivist by nature and are fighting for much more than just increasing the bottom line.

As the wobblies say – Don’t mourn. Organise.

70 comments on “Don’t mourn, organise. ”

  1. NX 1

    The Left will do it faster because we are collectivist by nature

    So are the Borg…….

  2. higherstandard 2

    IB

    The public has spoken they don’t want NZ’s political parties to move left, nor do they want them to move to the right, apart from the mood for change this was an overwhelming endorsement of “centrist” politics as the Greens and ACT between them only just got over 10%.

    I’d also like to know what you’re going to be protesting about (I can understand from a union perspective going after the “90 day no fault bill”) and when will Andrew Little be taking up Mike Williams position ?

    IrishBill: I think you may have confused me for someone else. Take a week off to reconsider your sources.

  3. Tim 3

    Bill, I don’t wish to argue about ideologies, but it would seem to me that the election result is saying NZ wants to be in the middle, not too far left and not too far right. I reckon it was Key’s moderate approach that won over a lot of the swing vote. Political parties on the left of the spectrum might do well to give that some consideration. If Key can keep this National led government firmly in the centre he will be tough to beat next election, especially by parties that don’t make any adjustment toward the middle. Think of it like a game of squash – John Key has control of the T (for now).

  4. Bill 4

    I think I’ve said what I want to for now here http://www.thestandard.org.nz/what-will-happen-with-the-specials/ (8:19 and 9:47)

    While I agree with your sentiments Irish, I just can’t see where the comment “One of the great things we’ve seen over the last few years is an organised grassroots Left becoming established.” is warranted.

    Maybe it’s just me, but with a few exceptions, most of what passed for ordinary expression was through top down organisational structures…I’m thinking here of the unions etc.

    Anyway. I’ve said all this over at the link above and signposted ways to organise which avoid infighting and all the other terrible shit that seems to come as part and parcel of left organising.

    I just want to get on with contributing to the laying of solid foundations that don’t crumble under the weight of unnecessary and patently avoidable factionalism.

    BTW Thanks for the post. Was starting to wonder if this debate was off the cards at the mo.

  5. IrishBill 5

    Tim – I don’t speak for the Labour party. I speak from the Left. Although I would point out that it was only by moving to the centre-left (and running a four year attack campaign) that National finally won.

  6. fiona 6

    I am interested at the lack of discussion here about who should be the new leader of Labour Party – the main political party of the left. On midday report it just said that the decision could be made very quickly. Goff seems to be the main contender, but given the decisive vote for change on Saturday, would he appeal to the electorate in 2011?

  7. Tane 7

    fiona, personally I’m not particularly worried about that. It’ll probably be Goff – make it clean and get on with it.

    My interest now is in helping to build a broadbased grassroots movement ready to defend the planks of social democracy that National wants to remove, and to build a viable platform to return the Left to power in 2011.

    It’s a dangerous thing to be too reliant on the Labour Party organisation, and in any case they can’t do it on their own.

  8. IrishBill said “One of the great things we’ve seen over the last few years is an organised grassroots Left becoming established. ”

    Worked a charm on Saturday eh IB 😉

  9. It’s all about perceptions though. We honestly don’t know what Key is about to go and do but judging from what we know of National in the past as well as the leaked tapes, policies and vague discussion documents we can make some predictions – and then it doesn’t look good. I honestly don’t trust John Key and believe him to be anything but centre-left. Heck even the label of centrist seems highly suspect to me. Couple this together with ACT and we could be heading into some very dark times in less than 100 days.

  10. coge 10

    Fiona, Goff would make a suitable leader but only in a caretaker role. Cunliffe is fresher, & may be a better longer term choice.

    Irish, some of us would say it was an eight year attack campaign. Took a while for it to warm up.

  11. IrishBill 11

    IV2, while I’m not happy about the result I think that another term of Labour would have guaranteed at least two terms of National next time around. What I have seen is the broad left coming together and organising. It’s still nascent but it’s a start.

  12. Evidence-Based Practice 12

    Not quite on message for this thread but did anyone else notice that the new MP for New Plymouth is the brother of Audrey Young of the NZ Herald? Both children of former Nat MP Venn Young.

    But if Jane Clifton can comment in several media on the Party her partner will likely be a cabinet minister in, it seems such familial links are not relevant?. I would be interested in what people think about this.

  13. fiona 13

    Tane, it’s not a case of being too reliant on the Labour Party, but the last 9 years show that they are a pretty important part of the equation. Who leads the Labour Party at the next election is important to the left’s electoral chances.

  14. Tane 14

    fiona, agreed. I just think there’s not a lot I can do about who’s elected leader, and not much anyone else can do really. I think the best thing we can do now is organise.

  15. Lampie 15

    I’m sure supporters and members have already stated that the campaign started on Sunday 9th November 2008. (perhaps I should renew my membership)

    I see other media around the world share my view on the stupid logic behind this “change for change sake”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10542186

  16. MikeG 16

    One issue that you could start on is the Herceptin issue. (I know that lprent doesn’t like people saying what topics should be blogged on here, but I’m trying to be constructive!) Point 4 of Nationals 10 point plan is “Instruct by Christmas that breast cancer drug Herceptin be available for 12-month course”.

    What qualifications do the incoming government have to ‘instruct’ the funding of a drug? Isn’t this politicising a process that has been deliberately made independent? If Herception is funded, what will miss out on funding?

    [lprent: I don’t mind people suggesting topics. It is telling posters what to do that annoys me. There is a fine line, but it essentially comes down to if it can be perceived as an order.]

  17. IrishBill 17

    Fiona, Helen was a leader that dragged the party around. But she was one out of the box. What is more important is political direction of the frontbench and the party machine and that there is a strong Left outside of parliament to keep the pressure on.

  18. Kerry 18

    oh well…..it had to happen…NZ decided to vote dumb!

    The Nats will be a one term affair. Why? cause stupid people could only keep it together for a few months till it all falls apart.

    Sit back and watch 9 years of progress destroyed.

  19. Phil 19

    It’ll probably be Goff – make it clean and get on with it.

    Find a lamp, make a wish, and you just might have it your way, Tane.

    Helen’s rule of the party was very tight, and a lot of Labour politico’s have been forced to shelve their own ambitions for a long time now. I’d be willing to bet even money that we see a Labour party transition much more akin to the painful National struggles through 1999-2006 to find a leader.

  20. Chess Player 20

    Lampie,

    It should be recognised that change is a good thing, because without change there can be no growth.

    Talking to workmates this morning, I hear that it was ‘just time for a change’ and so that’s what they voted for. Fair enough.

    As I posted in another blog called National Spinners, Labour could have addressed this themselves and presented a fresh team for this election, thereby presenting a ‘change option’ of their own. That however would require vision, and the parking of egos…

    From my perspective watching the political ‘circus’ of the last 9 years, when you’ve had nothing but clowns on display for ages, you get impatient and start calling for the tigers. You don’t know what will happen, but you know it will be entertaining…

  21. Something I would like to see is an expansion of the Pharmac model. Choices over what drugs to fund are way way to important to be left too politicians, who can have their hands forced by hugely emotive campaigns. Something I would like to see is a move towards something similar in terms of law and order policy. There is just too much misinformation, emotion and misunderstanding for something this important to be left up to easily to manipulate MP’s. It only takes one media beat up to force their hand.

    I’m not sure how this would work, but I’m thinking something along the lines of an law and order committee who write policy based upon expert advice and research, which the minister is the obliged to sign off on except under exceptional circumstances.

    I dunno, just a thought!

  22. I would be very interested in seeing what political parties (if any) received donations from pharmaceutical companies or lobbies. Anyway that could be found out?

  23. The left will need a bit of time to come to terms with this loss especially with Helen standing down, im still having a hard time with the idea that when she’s interviewed she’ll be ‘former Prime Minister Helen Clark’. Filling her place will be an interesting challenge for the Labour Party.

    We’ll probably tear ourselves to pieces and play the blame game for the next couple of months, but thats to be expected and only natural given the result. Once thats over we can start again, rebuild, and do ourselves proud in 2011.

  24. Santi 24

    “oh well ..it had to happen NZ decided to vote dumb!”

    That statement from Kerry shows the incredible arrogance of the Left, of those who claim to know better, and who would like to run your life entirely.

    NZ has said an emphatic no to the Kerrys of this world, which of course he/she finds difficult, if not impossible, to accept.

  25. Quoth the Raven 25

    HS – You just had a very centrist government. A National.Act governemnt is not centre. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I wish you guys would make HS’s ban permanent.

  26. higherstandard 26

    Feck if you ban me for a week for that comment I give up – I ban myself from this site forever.

    Bye bye.

    edit QTR ……. DIDDIMS

    [Tane: HS, it’s part of a pattern of behaviour. You’ve been warned in the past. You are more than welcome back in a week.]

  27. Daveski 27

    IB I think you have overlooked some of the intriguing issues that have come out of this election.

    1. The potential for the Greens to cannibalise Labour’s vote – rather than unifying the Left, this could divide it.
    2. The fact that Helen “centred” and balanced Labour. I suspect Goff will cause some angst and may even amplify point 1. A complete change of leadership within Labour means Labour risks become inwards focussed rather than focused on fighting the new govt.
    3. The fact that Key appears to have centred National creating much greater competition for the centre than Labour has had over recent elections.
    4. The Maori Party playing a lot smarter which potentially drags votes away from the left.
    5. NZF votes – unknown

    BTW FWIIW, unless I’ve missed something, the banning of HS is well OTT particularly given he has shown himself to be prepared to engage in debate rather than troll/gloat/inflame. I’m not sure his “you” is singular (damn English – could be third person plural). Even if it was, the treatment does seem harsh.

  28. rave 28

    This idea that the ‘middle’ can be satisfying is just more ‘shit sandwich’ to use Bomber Bradbury’s term.

    This is a polarising election, just look at the electoral map. The economic crisis will polarise it further so sitting in the middle will become uncomfortable if not dangerous.

    The two options to deal with the crisis are:
    (a) the bankers who can only survive now by sucking off our wages and nature.
    (b) the workers who can only survive by keeping hold of their wages and nature.

    The bankers have won for now, but they will piss off the workers with attacks on their jobs, incomes, savings, ACC, work rights, environment etc.

    So in the next 3 years the working class will become much more aware of their collective class interests and get better organised.

    So yeah, don’t mourn (who’s dead) organise!

  29. Santi 29

    “So in the next 3 years the working class will become much more aware of their collective class interests and get better organised.”

    Lenin himself couldn’t have said it any better. Long live the party of the workers.

    [lprent: Santi – can’t you ever say anything that would be vaguely interesting to OTHER people apart from yourself. If you don’t then I’ll ban your arse again as a graffitti troll]

  30. Vote Geek 30

    Heh, I posted this in the wrong thread. Hope you don’t mind me moving it over here:

    As an American and a New Zealander (this was my first time voting in here) I spot a similarity in what has happened to the Labour / Left here to what happened to the Democratic Party in the States in 2000 to 2004. After being demolished by the Republicans the Democratic Party was in ruins and there was talk of there being a permanent Republican majority in the states.

    The Democrats were lucky to have Howard Dean. After he lost the presidential nomination he stepped up and worked grass roots side of the party’s process to get elected the chairman of the party. He aligned strongly with grass roots blogs and recognized the importance of online organizational tools. This had the two-fold result of creating a surge of small donors and giving people that had a small interest in politics ways to easily get involved. Although New Zealand electoral laws, attitudes and government are different there are a lot of ideas that can be taken from the Democratic Party’s rebuilding. Labour should start working on creating more buy-in from left leaning people that don’t identify with a party. Within the bounds of New Zealand electoral law we should look in to building our own dailykos.com sights. Finally the Labour Party should push to recruiting members and grooming young MPs so that there is a deep reserve of leadership to take up the mantle when the time comes.

  31. Seti 31

    [Tane: Deleted. Take your sexist bile to Kiwiblog.]

  32. Lampie 32

    “It should be recognised that change is a good thing, because without change there can be no growth”

    You change for a REASON (a valid one i.e. I think National has more positive policies or something), not just because you just do. Growth is a change, so is going backwards.

  33. Lampie 33

    Singer writes that New Zealand voted for change for change’s sake and that the voting public “just got bored”.

    Herald

  34. Bill 34

    Rave.

    Joe Hill. (1879 – 1915) His epithet or (some say) last words. http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/statehood_and_the_progressive_era/joehillandtheiww.html for a wee bit info if you want it.

  35. Jasper 35

    Santi – NZ didn’t vote emphatically as you say.

    Only 50.6% of voters in the country voted Nact. The other 49.4% voted otherways the left.

    If you look at the 6.06% of votes that were wasted on petty parties (RAM, B&B etc) you could easily draw a long bow and say if people were smarter, then labour could well have led again.

    MMP does work, lowering the threshold to 2.5% would be much better. I’d also like to see the requirement to have 500 party members replaced with a system where you stand as an electorate MP rather than a party.

    Keep MMP – where the party vote is concerened, but STV when it comes to the electorate vote.

    IF STV was in play for the electorate vote, Dunne could well be out of Ohariu, and Parliament, instead of Greens electorate voting Hughes rather than Chauvel/Greens.

  36. fiona 36

    Vote Gee, couldn’t agree more. This loss could be good for Labour if it helps it rebuild at the grassroots level. The Labour Party needs to genuinely reach out to recruit and engage people. The caucus really seems to run the show at the moment with the Party being there to door knock on election day and run raffles and attend fundraising dinners. Should the Party leadership decision, for example, be one solely for the caucus?

  37. Felix 37

    I don’t agree with much that hs says and I know he can be a bit of a “polite troll” at times, but seriously, why was he banned?

    I’m certainly not trying to tell you what to do on your blog but I just can’t see what he wrote to deserve it. Could someone explain what I’ve missed?

  38. IrishBill 38

    Felix, HS has developed a habit of snidely referring to standard posters by the names attributed to them by Cameron Slater. He’s been warned for exactly the same behaviour before and as he continued with it I decided he needed time to reflect.

  39. Billy 39

    I agree with Felix. There was nothing in that comment.

  40. Tane 40

    Felix, it was IB’s decision and I stand by it. HS has been going around trying to ‘out’ the posters in his comments (incorrectly, I might add) for the last week or two in contravention of policy. He’s been warned several times and had his comments deleted, yet he persists. If he wants to peddle Whale’s National Party research unit smears he can do it elsewhere.

  41. Billy 41

    IB,

    I thinnk you’ve read too much into the comment. I think he was talking about the Labour Party Presidency and nothing else.

  42. Nige 42

    Jasper: “If you look at the 6.06% of votes that were wasted on petty parties (RAM, B&B etc) you could easily draw a long bow and say if people were smarter, then labour could well have led again.”

    I think you mean if left leaning voters were smarter. You only have to look at what happened to Hide in Epsom to see how intelligent right leaning voters are.

    What many of you miss when you say that New Zealand only “just” voted for a right wing government is that scores of motivated people have already voted with their feet, moving overseas for a life where hard work is valued and rewarded. I don’t get to see a lot of my friends and family much as they have all moved overseas, most of my class from university are working abroad and many never plan to return. I had been considering joining them, but I think I’ll stick around for at least three more years.

    And before anyone says “the world is voting left”, America and Australia’s idea of a left wing government is one that supports public health funding and a basic welfare system (something I support too by the way).

    I hope Goff gets in too, he will bring much needed balance and a fresh wisdom to the Labor party.

  43. Billy, you just don’t get the reference.

  44. Billy 44

    I suppose that’s possible, SP. I am famously dim. But there does seem to be a fair amount of blame being laid at Williams’ door and people do seem to be speculating about his position in exactly the way it looked to me that HS was.

  45. IrishBill 45

    Billy, HS was trolling (albeit subtly) in a manner he’d been warned about and he was banned. End of story.

  46. Felix 46

    Thanks for explaining, I don’t really keep up with Slater’s delusions so I missed what he was referring to.

  47. rave 47

    Bill, yeah I know about Joe Hill, just wondered if someone here had died recently.

    If anything deserves to die it is the Labourite bureaucracy in the unions and the Party that prevents workers from organising into a force that could stop National in a lunchtime.

    So yeah, long live Joe Hill and lets organise.

  48. rave – how many sites have you ever organised?

  49. Lew 49

    Evidence-Based Practice: An interesting question. I don’t see a problem – if anything I think it’ll bring close enough scrutiny upon Audrey that she’ll be particularly scrupulous in her writing and research. Some of the more cynical wags on here might aver that having her brother in parliament might make her work more neutral.

    L

  50. rave 50

    Robinsod:

    Ive worked on sites where the officials have stopped effective organising by limiting discussion and sticking rigidly to the industrial law. Ive supported many other struggles similarly sold out. If you are implying that workers need organisers to organise I don’t disagree. But those organisers should be accountable to the rank and file.
    Like Joe Hill I am for rank and file democratic control of the unions.
    I would have thought you were for that too.

  51. rave – I’m totally for rank and file democracy. It’s just I’ve watched a few negotiations and they seem to be quite democratic so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  52. rave 52

    Robinsod:

    Well that’s good. My experience goes back quite a few years beyond the ECA years to the time when officials basically ran the unions with little input from members. Things were looking up with unions under the ERA but there is still a way to go to get rank and file control. The upcoming attacks on the ERA will likely provoke some big fights so I look forward to some strong rank and file participation and leadership emerging.

  53. r0b 53

    Feck if you ban me for a week for that comment I give up – I ban myself from this site forever.

    Prediction – we’ll see more than one rightie find an excuse to throw their toys out of the cot and disappear. Running dishonest attack lines for a year was easy and made them feel macho. Sticking around to defend this new government might be a bit too much like hard work…

  54. Felix 54

    r0b, yep.

    I saw monkey boy “make his excuses and leave” the other day too. (Mind you, he does that all the time.)

    But yeah, there’ll be a few more. Notice all the new ones showing up since the election? What do you make of that?

  55. r0b 55

    But yeah, there’ll be a few more. Notice all the new ones showing up since the election? What do you make of that?

    In truth Felix I hadn’t noticed, I’m not reading much, I’m a bit busy in the real world dealing with a backlog of stuff built up while I was working on our campaign. But if new ones have come on board I guess it’s just a spike in political interest generally caused by the election?

  56. Dean 56

    r0b:

    “Prediction – we’ll see more than one rightie find an excuse to throw their toys out of the cot and disappear. Running dishonest attack lines for a year was easy and made them feel macho. Sticking around to defend this new government might be a bit too much like hard work ”

    The irony here is quite delicious. You still have the blinkers on I see.

    Perhaps if you’d tried to motivate for a more positive campaign instead of defending Williams crossing the ditch at the taxpayers expense to dig up a fizzer of a neutron bomb you wouldn’t find the taste of those lemons quite so sour right now.

    There are none so blind as those who will not see, and you sir are one of them.But maybe the H Fee attack will work in 3 years from now – I certainly hope you think so.

  57. r0b 57

    Ahh Dean, I’m glad that Helen and her family don’t have to put up with your particularly noxious attentions any more.

    instead of defending Williams crossing the ditch

    Don’t recall defending that – seemed like a silly idea to me.

    There are none so blind as those who will not see

    And none so vile as those that smear family members for their own amusement. Eh Dean.

  58. Dean 58

    “And none so vile as those that smear family members for their own amusement. Eh Dean.”

    According to you it’s A-OK as long as it involves someone else you might consider political. Your hypocrisy – as per usual – knows no bounds, and that lofty moral compass you pretend to live by is in complete disarray.

    Dishonest attack lines – it’s all you had. Shame the party is over now though. Never mind, you might come up with something more substantial next time.

  59. Vinsin 59

    Dean, i can find no record of Rob saying it’s ok so long as it involves someone else political. I believe he was merely drawing your attention to the fact that National are not squeaky clean considering they went to dig up dirt on Helen’s hubby. Is this an excuse? No. Is it an answer? No, what it happens to be is a simple fact of politics.
    If anyone runs for public office, they’re going to come under personal scrutiny, and why not they’re being trusted with the country – not the keys to your car.

    ‘Dishonest attack lines.’ Yeah i don’t see any hypocrisy in your statement either. I wonder do you read what you write? I think if you did you might not look like such a blundering Reginald Williamson.

    Not telling you how to live your life, just giving you a few suggestions.

  60. r0b 60

    According to you it’s A-OK as long as it involves someone else you might consider political.

    Lord knows what you’re talking about Dean, I don’t.

    Dishonest attack lines – it’s all you had.

    9 Years of excellent, responsible and compassionate government is what we had Dean, and yes it is a shame that that is over.

  61. r0b 61

    Ahh Vinsin – another night owl. Re Dean…

    I believe he was merely drawing your attention to the fact that National are not squeaky clean considering they went to dig up dirt on Helen’s hubby.

    I was partly making that connection, but more specifically reminding Dean of one of his spectacularly shameful comments some time ago. As above, one of the few silver linings in Helen’s resignation is that she and her family won’t have to put up with the likes of Dean and the KiwiBlog bottom feeders any more.

  62. Felix 62

    r0b,
    “But if new ones have come on board I guess it’s just a spike in political interest generally caused by the election?”

    Maybe so. I get the feeling that a few of them are familiars using new names so they won’t have to defend their support of Key’s pre-election positions when he changes them.

    And Vinsin,
    Yes Dean is well known to be a bit of a Thomas Eddingsworth.

  63. r0b 63

    Maybe so. I get the feeling that a few of them are familiars using new names so they won’t have to defend their support of Key’s pre-election positions when he changes them.

    Ahhh – doh! I saw such a comment on one of the newspaper comment / blog pages yesterday. A Key fanboi saying that he wouldn’t mind if Key broke his “promises” as they were “practically made under duress”. Hmmmm.

  64. lprent 64

    A Key fanboi saying that he wouldn’t mind if Key broke his “promises’ as they were “practically made under duress’. Hmmmm.

    That is idiotic. A lesson in how to create a long-term pissed off electorate. The only reason that Labour was out of office for so long in the 90’s was because of the broken promises of the 1980’s. The same happened to National after their pitiful performance at keeping to what they campaigned on in the 1990’s. It was only the relative weakness of Labour that allowed the Nat’s to stay in power in 1993. In 1996 protest voting on all sides went to NZF and lead to the disastrous coalition.

    Key is likely to have enough of a problem because of the difference between what people perceived they were promising, and what they actually said (taxcuts for instance).

  65. Felix 65

    Ha ha, duress, that’s a good one! The unfairness of having to appear electable to get elected.

  66. “fiona
    Tane, it’s not a case of being too reliant on the Labour Party, but the last 9 years show that they are a pretty important part of the equation. Who leads the Labour Party at the next election is important to the left’s electoral chances.”

    Good to see it looks like its going to be Goff, while I don’t know much about him, he comes across as someone who wont take crap from anyone, not in an asshole way, in a fair way. Just what Labour needs, as so some extent it the last year and a bit (when National realized another election was about to escape them) has been death by 1000 cuts for Labour.

    And yes re: Herceptin, funding that would be political interference on an unprecedented scale.

  67. Dean 67

    r0b:

    “Lord knows what you’re talking about Dean, I don’t.”

    You defended the dirt being dug on Brash and his affair because the other party involved was a political target.

    Honestly r0b, do you actually have any standards that the Labour party don’t tell you to have?

  68. IrishBill 68

    Dean, it was a National party MP that announced Brash’s affair. The “dirt” that was dug on Brash concerned his dodgy spin campaign in 2005.

  69. Dean 69

    “Dean, it was a National party MP that announced Brash’s affair. The “dirt’ that was dug on Brash concerned his dodgy spin campaign in 2005.”

    And? r0b still defended it.

  70. r0b 70

    lprent: That is idiotic. A lesson in how to create a long-term pissed off electorate.

    Exactly. But have National learnt the lesson? Time will tell I guess. (PS – edit working in my version of Safari now I see – thanks!)

    Dean: And? r0b still defended it.

    I’d be interested if you could show me where Dean. I believe I said that Brash’s relationship with the deputy chair of the Business Round Table was “arguably politically relevant”, nothing more. Whereas your obsession with Helen Clark’s husband is simply vile.

    [lprent: Only did an update, and suggested a few buggy places to the author]

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  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    23 hours ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 day ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    7 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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