English welcomes Reserve Bank doing his job for him

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Why is it left to the Reserve Bank to take (poorly targeted, belated) action on the property price bubble? Yesterday’s press release from The Greens was spot on:

Reserve Bank forced to do AWOL Govt’s job on housing

The Reserve Bank is being forced into acting on the Auckland housing crisis because the Government is refusing to, the Green Party said today.

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s the Reserve Bank, and not John Key and his Government, who has the best interests of Aucklanders at heart when it comes to home ownership,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

“This Government refuses to do anything meaningful to solve the Auckland housing crisis, so the Reserve Bank has to step in and try to do the Government’s job with the limited tools available to the Bank.

“Last month, the Reserve Bank called on the Government to close the tax loopholes that allow property speculators to run rampant in Auckland – that is, introduce a capital gains tax on investment property. The Government rejected those calls.

“Today, the Reserve Bank is taking action to try to curb rampant property speculation in Auckland, by restricting finance to investment property buyers in Auckland. The Government must follow suit by using the tools at its disposal.

Today Bill English welcomed the Reserve Bank’s move. Why isn’t he leading the way? Why isn’t the government taking action? The RB has even told them how.

It’s true – this government is recklessly complacent.

54 comments on “English welcomes Reserve Bank doing his job for him”

  1. DH 1

    You seem to misunderstand the role of the RBNZ. They’re not doing this to help anyone, they’re merely protecting the banking industry from itself.

    This will result in a further rise in rents and more misery for low income Aucklanders. Property investors require a return of x%. That return can come from capital gain or rent, or both. When the capital gain stops they put rents up to compensate for the inadequate return.

    People trying to save for a deposit have to save not just the deposit but also the inflation. Aucklanders who started saving five years ago now need more than three times as much as when they started, after the rampant housing inflation and doubling of the deposit via LVR. Now they’re going to face rent increases which will come out of their meagre savings, their chances of buying a home reducing even further.

    You can’t address housing inflation without also addressing rent inflation. They’re tied to each other. The RBNZ are just ensuring that investors consolidate their existing gains and protect the banks from a crash, that’s all they’re doing.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      What a strange comment.

      1. Investors might like to get a return of x%, whether that be via capital gains or rental. But like everything in life, there is no guarantee they will get that return, via either capital gains or rental. If the capital gains go down, they might like to increase rents to try and chase that x%, and they can try.

      2. You can’t charge higher rents than tenants can actually pay. If you put the rent up too high, you’ll end up with empty houses, or demanding tenants that feel they deserve better service based on the rent they’re paying – it can be a false economy.

      3. Assuming capital gains stop growing, or even reverse to some extent, putting the investor underwater, as long as they can keep up with the mortgage payments they’re not in too bad a position. The real kicker is when interest rates go up, and therefore the mortgage payments go up; but it looks like in the short-to-medium term that rates are more likely to go down than they are up, so that is a nice insulating factor (and likely what has been driving a lot of the increase in price in the first place).

      4. If prices go down, and rents can’t be raised, many investors will simply have to take a loss. So much for “housing always goes up” and “this time it’s different”.

      5. When the current National government removed the ability to claim for building depreciation, there were dire warnings that rents would rise as a result. The data shows that there was no such general rent rise. Why should there be a rent rise this time?

      • alwyn 1.1.1

        The first part of his comment is absolutely true.

        The RBNZ aren’t, and aren’t meant to be, concerned with the actual level of house prices or what it means to the people who buy or rent houses in Auckland. Their job is to prevent the banking system collapsing if there is a massive drop in house values in Auckland. If that happened, and the banks had to take massive losses from defaulting borrowers the New Zealand economy would be trashed. They are only worried about whether the prices are sustainable.

        This is the reason for the 30%. The RBNZ doesn’t have to worry about investors going bankrupt, and not repaying their loans to the banks, unless the house prices were to crash by more than 30%.

        It doesn’t actually matter for investors who borrow their money from overseas banks who don’t operate in New Zealand. If they were to go bust it won’t affect the people of New Zealand.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.1.1

          I agree completely with you, and with his first point – which is why I didn’t actually respond to that first point.

          It’s just the rest of it was a load of drivel, that somehow housing investors have a divine right to a return on their investment.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2

          If that happened, and the banks had to take massive losses from defaulting borrowers the New Zealand economy would be trashed.

          No, the banks would be trashed. The economy would probably be better off.

      • DH 1.1.2

        What’s strange about it?

        Wake up mate, people don’t have endless choices here. We can either rent or we can buy. There’s no other choices. If landlords put up rents what do you think people are going to do? Move? To where? Buy a house? How?

        Certainly rents are related to how much people can pay. But so is everything in life and housing is a necessity so an increase in rents will be paid by spending less on other things.

        And my point was that stopping capital gain won’t put investors under water. Rents provide the cashflow and rent increases consolidate and/or provide the capital gain. They’ll put rents up to prevent themselves from going under water.

        There’s nothing mysterious about the property investor model. It works on the simple economic fact that there is no inflation on money. Buy a property with borrowed money, let inflation take rents up, and eventually the cashflow turns positive. Rents go up while your own borrowing stays the same. Do the maths.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1

          If your thesis is correct, why is it that the average rental in Auckland is not $1,000 a week?

          It’s so easy to put rents up, eh?

          I already provided you a recent and relevant case where landlords said they’d put rents up across the board, and yet rents didn’t go up.

          • Sabine 1.1.2.1.1

            give it another year. we are now at an average rent of 550+ per week, and that is in the suburbs.

            but it’s all cool. those with access to easy credit must be working harder and smarter and having less debt than those moochers and they must be deserving of that soon to come 1000$ per week.

            the funny thing is, i have lived through times like this.

            In Germany after 1989 – the wall fell, the boarders opened and we have had 11 Million East Germans that moved.
            I lived for two years in a Caravan, as we, my partner an Officer in the German Army, and me a PA for a Shell Executive could not afford rent on our combined incomes.

          • DH 1.1.2.1.2

            And if you’d ever paid attention to the investment market you’d know that rents lag asset prices in a rising market.

            Housing goes in cycles, it’s always gone in cycles. In times of housing inflation there’s little need to increase rents because the capital gain is providing the required return for existing investors.

            It’s when housing inflation stops that you tend to see large rent increases. Happened in 2008/09, will happen again when this round of inflation slows or stops.

            • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1.2.1

              Again, assuming that there are people willing and able to pay the rent. Can’t get blood out of a stone.

              • DH

                “Can’t get blood out of a stone.”

                Yeah, well, the day might come when that occurs but it’s not there yet. People seem to find the means to pay the rising rents, don’t ask me how they do it they just do. I guess when you don’t have much of a choice you find a way.

            • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1.2.2

              Anyway, if you’re saying that rent rises go in cycles and it’s inevitable, then the RBNZ actions haven’t really changed anything, have they? Except moved the date forward.

              If we can assume that rent rises are proportional to the forgone capital gain, then it would seem if the cycle prematurely ends when the average price of a house is $800k, then the subsequent rent rises would be less than if the cycle continued and didn’t end until the average price of a house was $1.2M.

              So if rent rises truly are inevitable, if the RBNZ has helped to accelerate the next part of the cycle, it would seem that rent rises will be less than they otherwise would be. So the RBNZ should be congratulated, not castigated.

              • DH

                Well they’re not inevitable. If you follow the concept of lag then you’d understand that rents will rise to account for past asset inflation. If investors are prevented by Govt from increasing rents then the price of houses would have to fall back to where the lag begins wouldn’t they?

                And Govt could very easily limit rent increases. They could tie them to capital gain and tax investors on gains every time they increase rents. We know they are using capital gains to increase rents so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be taxed on their gains is there?

                If investors had to borrow against their capital gain to pay CGT then they’d have less equity to borrow against to invest in more houses. Win/win.

                So it’s not as if the Govt can’t do anything about it. It’s that they won’t.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.2

          What you’ve done here is explain, in great detail, why rental properties should not be privately owned.

          • Liberal Realist 1.1.2.2.1

            100% Agree.

            Rental housing is totally unproductive, it produces nothing. Just profits for the banks which are exported overseas.

            There should be enough social housing to meet the needs of the population present and future, funded by the state, rents determined by a percentage of income model that’s reasonable & fair. Housing is a human right after all.

            One of the rorts often forgotten is the ‘accommodation supplement’ (possibly totaling 2.2B / PA by 2016) which is really a landlord (mortgage) + employer subsidy (wages).

      • Sabine 1.1.3

        your number two point is rubbish, excuse my english.

        Rents are to cover mortgages not to cover x amount of square meter per dollar.

        i.e. this is why in Germany I can rent a one bedroom, kitchen and civilised bathroom for 900$ a month (about 45 – 54 square meter) in the middle of a decent sized town, but not in NZ.

        In Auckland you can’t rent a one bedroom, shared kitchen with a showerhead, non leaking, non drafty, and non bug infested for less then 1500$ per month. They usually call this a room in a shared flat with 6 others and yes, room rents have gone up to 350$ per week.

        No one in NZ charges rent, they all charge the Mortgage and rates on to their tenants, cause profit needs to be made from minute number one of the purchase.

        Hence why people sleep in tents, in rent a room containers, in caravans, or 10 to a three bedroom house.
        I have a few young ones that would like to get married and life in a small flat. Ain’t no one building small flats for a started, and even with both working they can’t make it work, lest they would like to eat, and have electricity, and a phone, and a car and maybe go to the dentist every three years.

        New Zealand is on verge of becoming a third world country, a lot for the very rich and nothing much for the rest,….the middle having gone to either very rich (a few) or very poor (quite a few more).

        rip, NZ, it was nice while it worked.

        • Hanswurst 1.1.3.1

          in Germany I can rent a one bedroom, kitchen and civilised bathroom for 900$ a month (about 45 – 54 square meter) in the middle of a decent sized town […]

          Less, even, if you shop around a bit.

    • Jones 1.2

      “[The RBNZ are] merely protecting the banking industry from itself.”

      Because the banks are debt junkies. It will not protect the banks from a crash. All the RBNZ can do is try and send a message.

      • Lanthanide 1.2.1

        “All the RBNZ can do is try and send a message.”

        Actually they can do a lot more. Like take banking licenses away.

        They’re just exercising the minimum amount of power they think they need to get the outcomes they want. Whether or not the outcomes they desire are sufficient is a separate question.

        • Jones 1.2.1.1

          “Like take banking licenses away”

          Aye… but I’d like to see them try… there would be re-legislation of the RBNZ Act by lunchtime. I believe the ANZ and ASB (CBA) are the most exposed banks in NZ to mortgage lending… two very big players in Australia/NZ banking system. The Government would get told.

  2. Colonial Rawshark 2

    National’s move is the smart one, in terms of the politics of the Auckland property investment class. The RBNZ move is (nominally) independent of the government. Therefore English and National will effectively deflect “blame” for the move putting the brakes on to the Auckland property investment market towards the RBNZ.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      Yep. This government won’t do anything that will put them on the wrong side of the speculators. Probably because they’re the speculators.

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    It’s true – this government is recklessly complacent.

    No they’re not. They seem to be working hard to crash the economy so that it can be sold to offshore interests ASAP turning everyone else into serfs for the new corporate owners.

    • Jones 3.1

      The crash is already baked in… it has been since the response to the GFC in 2008. What the Government are doing is helping their constituents extract as much wealth as they can from the NZ economy before it implodes.

    • Colonial Rawshark 3.2

      The National Govt is certainly not complacent in helping their property investor mates (including their own MPs) get richer day by day. Quite the opposite in fact.

  4. Steve Alfreds 4

    The real question is will it do enough to suppress the housing market when so much of it is being driven by the level of immigration and the hot money coming in from China and Asia. There’s so much coming into the country from offshore banks which won’t be affected by the RBNZ’s actions. The government has to address the way it deals with immigration, such as sending the people coming into NZ to different regions, or reducing the overall numbers. This could be coupled with restrictions on overseas property speculators. The RBNZ is doing this as a token gesture so it is seen to be doing something. But I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings between the RBNZ and the government. Tensions there. The RBNZ has to be seen to be independent and have some integrity, while the government’s hands-off approach is making it look stupid.

  5. Andrew 5

    So house prices in NZ more than double between 2001 and 2008 and there is no problem:

    PDF Link

    Now prices are shooting up in Auckland, to insane levels in my view, and pretty static everywhere else and the sky is falling?

    The seeds of this issue go back 20 years.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Actually, the seeds of this issue go back to 1984 and the introduction of neo-liberalism to NZ by the 4th Labour government.

      • Jones 5.1.1

        I think they go back to 1971 when the world moved off the gold standard and across to fiat currencies.

        • alwyn 5.1.1.1

          The world went of the Gold Standard long before 1971.
          The Gold Standard ended as soon as a person holding currency (read Bank notes) couldn’t go into the issuer of the notes and demand gold, at a fixed, known exchange rate, AND receive it.
          That possibility ended in most European countries in 1931 and in the USA in 1934. It was in 1971 that Nixon refused to allow other Central Banks to demand gold from the US.
          However the Gold Standard was already dead. Thank God for small mercies.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.1

            It was in 1971 that Nixon refused to allow other Central Banks to demand gold from the US.

            And when Nixon did that is when the rest of the world should have dropped the US$ as the Reserve Currency. It was, after all, the US unilaterally dropping its responsibilities under the Bretton Woods agreement.

            Under a floating currency system there shouldn’t be a Reserve Currency.

            However the Gold Standard was already dead.

            And it should have died in the 19th century.

            • alwyn 5.1.1.1.1.1

              You sound like a William Jennings Bryan fan.

              “: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

              It sounds great if you don’t know that Bryan was a representative of a state that was a major producer of silver and was looking for a high priced market for his supporters’ production of silver.

              I am intrigued by the idea that “Under a floating currency system there shouldn’t be a Reserve Currency.”
              I don’t see what that is really suggesting or why it follows from floating exchange rates.

              • Draco T Bastard

                It sounds great if you don’t know that Bryan was a representative of a state that was a major producer of silver and was looking for a high priced market for his supporters’ production of silver.

                And I’d say the same thing about a Silver Standard as well – bloody useless.

                I am intrigued by the idea that “Under a floating currency system there shouldn’t be a Reserve Currency.”
                I don’t see what that is really suggesting or why it follows from floating exchange rates.

                The reason why we have the US$ as the Reserve Currency is because the US$ was going to be convertible to gold (Sure, nation to nation rather than personally). By dropping that aspect of the US$ in ’71 as Nixon did it dropped the ability to be the reserve because it no longer related to gold at a fixed price.

                And it follows from floating currencies because the exchange rate between two countries is, hypothetically, set by the trade difference between those two countries rather than their fixed exchange rate to the US$ as was set under the Bretton Woods agreement.

                In fact, once the US dropped the Gold Standard in ’71 the Bretton Woods agreement essentially came to an end.

  6. Steve Alfreds 6

    It certainly hasn’t happened overnight. But now’s the time for government to act, instead of leaving it to the wonders of the free market (joke). People have short memories in this country. Remember this from stuff in 2009.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/2291062/PM-vetoes-Hobsonville-state-homes

    No state houses will be built on the old Hobsonville airbase.
    Earthworks at the site are due to start in October and construction of 660 houses should take place from early 2010.
    But plans by the previous government to include 500 state rental houses among them have been scrapped.
    “The prime minister has made the decision that there won’t be any state rental housing,” Hobsonville Land Company chief executive Sean Bignell says.
    The development is expected to include houses for first home buyers.
    Details have yet to be finalised but Mr Bignell says they’ll be given a choice of sections to build their homes within set guidelines.
    He says the government is expected to defer the purchase of the sections for up to 10 years.
    “It’s only at a preliminary development stage at this time,” he says.
    Housing New Zealand first announced its interest in the 167ha site in 2002.
    It now owns 111ha.
    Its subsidiary, the Hobsonville Land Company, was formed in 2005 to oversee development.
    Plans for the provision of some state houses were opposed by Prime Minister John Key when he was campaigning for the last general election.
    More than 770 members of the Hobsonville-West Harbour Ratepayers Association also signed a petition opposing the plan.

  7. plumington 7

    One reason housing in NZ is expensive because of the monopoly of building products, real wages haven’t gone up
    What building company and its subsidiaries owns building products (from steel, concrete timber through to even electrical to plumbing ) and are part owned by the government and all the big business boys
    Follow the money trail

    • Tracey 7.1

      When it comes to housing/property in NZ, all roads lead to Fletchers… always have and always will it seems… They’re developers now.

    • Jones 7.2

      Others include the type of homes that are built (boutique spec homes each on their own section) and the lack of alternative investments to real estate – which I maintain, aside from any capital gain, isn’t strictly an investment as it requires continual investment to keep it going.

  8. Tracey 8

    It’s clever actually. The NACT party gets to keep its constituency by pandering to their wealth promotion scheme no matter the harm to society as a whole, while the RB tries to fix it.

    • Sabine 8.1

      I don’t think the RB tries to fix anything. I think they are just trying to protect some of the banks from the eventual crash.

      Not one to give a fuck in general because effectively I am sorted – have a place to go to on the country side when shit hits the fan, i have no debt, i own my bike, and even my business is loan and lease free. I can move anytime it gets to shitty.

      But, and as always what goes up must come down, unless we are willing to continue selling to foreigners the prices in NZ must come down, as soon no Kiwi will actually still be able to purchase anything here for their low wages.

      Also, what happens to those that have their properties free hold, are on a fixed income and can’t keep up with the rates anymore? Asset rich, cash poor? Foreclosure? Sell and hope to buy somethings somewhere?

      the banks are not insulated from default, and the current model is not sustainable. Hence why the RB is doing something, and I think also the fact that new house buyers need to have a minimum deposit, so it would just make sense to have the same for speculators. It can’t be that someone can borrow money on the value of this other mortgaged properties….20% – 30% cash deposit should apply to all lending in NZ for housing. That would probably take a bit of heat away.

      • Tracey 8.1.1

        You really believe that the RB is doing this because it sees banks heading back into trouble?

        • Lanthanide 8.1.1.1

          Not that they “see banks heading back into trouble”, but to prudently avoid trouble arising later.

          Prevention is much cheaper and less stressful than cure, for banking woes.

          • Colonial Rawshark 8.1.1.1.1

            +1

            I have to say that the RBNZ still seems too complacent about the banks search for extreme levels of profit.

          • Jones 8.1.1.1.2

            But the banks are already in trouble… whether they know it or not. This debt-based monetary system is a confidence game. It will only keep going as long as people keep believing in it or, perhaps more importantly, can afford to participate in it.

            • Colonial Rawshark 8.1.1.1.2.1

              The big European banks are all essentially insolvent. The Chinese banks are hiding a huge quantity of NPLs on and off their books. The US banks are now way deeper into the derivatives game than they were 2007.

              Liquidity can cover up insolvency for a time, but it cannot resolve it.

              When this blows up, it’ll be ordinary people and idiot politicians who will be the victims.

        • Sabine 8.1.1.2

          Yes.

      • DH 8.1.2

        “Not one to give a fuck in general because effectively I am sorted – have a place to go to on the country side when shit hits the fan, i have no debt, i own my bike, and even my business is loan and lease free. I can move anytime it gets to shitty.”

        I’ve been looking at a move to the country as well but, crikey, the rates are high in many areas. Some are near double Auckland rates. Can’t bloody win.

  9. adam 9

    I’m not sure how to post just the picture – in this case cartoon. But me thinks Mr Evans has aced it again.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/05/14/malcolm-evans-house-prices/

  10. BLiP 10

    There is no housing crisis in Auckland

    ^^^ John Key 13 April 2015

  11. sabine 11

    Well, you could also say that he is a fuckwit.

    🙂

    this was ment as a reply to blib.

  12. Brigid 12

    There’s no need to even talk to the Australian banks. We own Kiwibank. Why has it never offered housing loans at 1.5%?
    Alas one may as well bash one’s head agin the wall as suggest any political party has the courage to even suggest this, let alone implement it.

    • Nic the NZer 12.1

      In order to remain solvent (able to make payments for its depositors) the NZ banks need to be able to buy reserves from the RBNZ. They do this at the OCR (official cash rate), which is set by the Reserve Bank. In order to be able to lend at 1.5% Kiwibank would need to be able to buy reserves from the Reserve Bank at essentially zero% (yes, the RBNZ could provide these) but this would mean legislating them an advantage. If you compare the mortgage rates with the OCR (and 90-day interbank rates) for the same period you should observe that the mortgage rates track the OCR (with an additional bank margin). So what you are actually calling for is the RBNZ to lower the OCR, and if they did this it would likely bring the rates of all the banks down to a lower level.

      http://rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/key_graphs/90-day_rate/
      http://rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/key_graphs/mortgage_rates/

  13. Red delusion 13

    Brigid is a glaring example of why the left should never be allowed in power

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    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    5 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    5 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    7 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    7 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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