Eventually but not yet

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, August 15th, 2009 - 40 comments
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John Armstrong quotes a man who ran into Phil Goff during Labour’s reconnection tour last week:

“Listen, mate. You know we voted these guys in seven months ago. You don’t expect us to come up and say we did the wrong thing yet, do you?”

Now, Armstrong takes that as dooming Labour but look at the exact words. The guy is not coming from a point of view that Key is doing well or that Key needs to be given a chance or that he wants Key to be PM for life. He’s saying ‘you can’t expect me to admit I made a mistake so soon’. Now, surely, within that statement is a tacit admission of mistake or, at least, a worry that one may have been made. It confirms that support for National is soft.

Remember, Labour’s only needs to win back the 6-7% of voters who supported them three out of the last four elections, plus a share of former New Zealand First voters. According to the latest Roy Morgan poll (which has Labour at its highest level of support since the election), a swing of just over 8% in over two years would be enough for Labour and the Greens to govern. Add the Maori Party (likely to swing left when Turia leaves at the end of this term) and a majority really isn’t so distant. Labour just has to keep on chipping away.

I wouldn’t worry about Goff’s preferred PM rating either. It’s to be expected it would start low. Remember Key’s year long undermining of Brash – he started off in single digits as preferred PM and was only in the teens when he became leader two years out from the election. Clark was over 50% at the time. Goff’s support is growing quickly and it will continue to grow.

It’ll be a tough grind, for sure, but keep putting one foot in front of the other, show that you stand beside people, don’t make unforced errors, and there’s no reason why the Left can’t eventually get back those supporters and win in 2011.

40 comments on “Eventually but not yet ”

  1. Daveo 1

    Does anyone still take Armstrong seriously? He genuinely appears to be in love with John Key.

  2. gingercrush 2

    It confirms that support for National is soft.

    So the opinion of one person is gospel for support of National is soft? How is support of National soft. It increased its large share of votes from the 2005 election of which was built on a more far-right neo-liberal agenda. The idea support for National is soft really speaks volumes about how you think.

    No doubt you still think people share your view that John Key is a lousy Prime Minister or will come to that view. Also you and others have formed a view that this is a government with a secret agenda that is now coming to the fore and this will cause National to self-destruct. That seems unlikely as well.

    Also any increase of support for Labour could well see the Green vote go down. Unlikely to go below 5% sure but more solid support for Labour is likely to hurt the Greens. As for the Maori Party going left. That just seems like more wish-making. You can’t say they’ll go to Labour, particularly when Labour is wanting those Maori seats back and treating the Maori party like shit.

    The problem Goff faces with low polling is that if it continues the media will create a narrative as they did with English in 2002 where Labour will not be treated as credible. Right now he is being cushioned by being in the job less than a year and the TV and Newspaper polls not being frequent. Next year those media organisations will likely be polling every month. Successive low polling will cause problems.

    I think Goff is going to struggle to get people to support him. He doesn’t seem to want to lift his profile.To be honest I don’t even know the guy. I don’t know if he has children nor am I even aware he is married. Unless he is willing to share things with the people he is not going to get the profile that gets Labour votes. That Labour’s messages right now are very blurred doesn’t help either. They say they’ve learned lessons but I don’t think they believe they were wrong. Its the same here.

    There is a presumption, Labour and by default left-wing blogs who presume that New Zealand voted for Labour-lite and that it wasn’t Labour that was the problem. Just that people wanted fresh faces to run the government. Until you come to the realisation that on the whole New Zealanders like John Key and National, you won’t get very far.

    • Eddie 2.1

      Oh no, that one guy in Taranaki vs that one guy called gingercrush. who’s right? Oh noes.

      Labour and the Maori Party will continue to have a fractious relationship while they’re on opposite sides. Then they’ll get over it if the numbers mean they can work together. That’s how politics works. Look at Peter Dunne, NZF etc.

      Hone’s well to the Left of Labour, Katene is big on work rights. Turia will be gone, Sharples too probably.

      Actually, the media narrative is already that Goff doesn’t have a chance but his personal support doubled between the two colmar-brunton polls and labour’s is tracking up, not down. It doesn’t have to happen overnight (it didn’t for Key) but the track is the important thing, then the media narrative can change … and what narrative would be media love better than the underdog defying expectations and closing the gap?

      • gingercrush 2.1.1

        Key was touted as the future leader of National and ultimately Prime Minister during the 2005 election. He had already built a solid foundation with a party that was on the up. He had considerable media exposure before finally becoming leader of the National Party. Goff hasn’t been allowed to get that coverage.

        Oh and Goff is on 7% and National nor John Key’s ratings are going down. Nice try.

  3. randal 3

    support for national was always soft but somehow the media decided it decided it was nationals “TURN” and worked for their victory.
    the amount of shreiking on radio ritalin and the other squawkback shows just appealed to the most base motives of an intellectually impoverished electorate who listened to their blandishments.
    new zealanders are flaky by and large but when the full force of the national governments reforms and whatever other weasel words they use to disguise their depredations wears off then they will vote for their best interests. depend on it.

  4. Ianmac 4

    There is a lot of merit in what you say Gingercrush. However perception often defies logic, and as a Labour supporter I am quite sure that the faint murmuring that I hear from a few of those who I know voted for change, are hinting as above: “You don’t expect us to come up and say we did the wrong thing yet, do you?” No not yet but tomorrow….. Faith you see!

  5. mike 5

    Nice try Ed.

    National Party 53.5% (up 1.5%), and Labour steal 3% off the Greens and 1% off NZ first. The right block is up on the last poll

    Labours doom come 2011 is all but confirmed.

  6. graham 6

    i would doubt that eddie would have any friends that voted national.which means all your mates hate john key and you dont understand that he will do 9 years as pm minimum get used to the sight of john

  7. vto 7

    I don’t get it – why would you worry which party is in power given that you consider the nats to be merely “labour-lite”. Should make no difference to you.

    • Daveo 7.1

      I don’t remember anyone at The Standard making the case that National was Labour lite. It was one of the lone voices in the lead up to the election pointing out that National hadn’t changed its spots.

    • Eddie 7.2

      we specifically argued that National wasn’t labour-lite, that was just National’s marketing ploy – remember Bill English talking about ‘Labour-plus voters’ who liked Labour and thought they would get a little more from that ‘Nice Mr Key’

    • IrishBill 7.3

      They’re right, we’ve (and on this point there has always been consensus amongst the Standard’s writers) always held that National had a hard right agenda. So far they’ve proven us to be correct.

  8. outofbed 8

    Ofcourse they have a hard right agenda you don’t stand as a National Mp if you are a centerist do you? We all know what the bastards are like

    Now the thing is, they look like they are getting away with it
    Goff has got to go the left are making no traction at all.
    Goff it a nice enough guy but he is not going to beat Key in 2011, It will have hardly have sunk in to the “great unwashed’ what Key and Co are doing/have done by then.
    Stick someone in with a bit of charisma for christ sake. Move to the left and allow the Greens to to be more environmentalist party rather then having to hold the lefts ground all the time
    I might even come back to the fold then

    • mike 8.1

      “and allow the Greens to to be more environmentalist party ”

      Fat chance – they used to be under Donald before the social engineers took hold. The Greens will probably sink under 5% with the current leadership anyway

      • Eddie 8.1.1

        your problem is you create this false divide between social/economic progress and environmental progress. The Greens have always worked for advancements on both fronts because they go hand in hand.

        Their policy platform is not substantially different to what it was when Rod was around, he was just as much for social/economic change as he was for environmental change.

    • gingercrush 8.2

      It always surprises me that the Greens have no idea where their vote comes from. Look at where the Greens get their votes. Its the upper income urban areas and the lifestylers. Working class left do not vote the Greens and they stick with Labour. The only problem is they don’t come out to vote. I just don’t think John Key is scary enough nor is Goff inspiring enough to get them out and vote.

      • Eddie 8.2.1

        interesting. your comment basically admits it’s not in working class (ie most) people’s interests to vote National but it’s a personality thing…. if it weren’t for the personality traits you mention, you think working class people would be out there voting labour.

        So, how do you feel supporting a government that doesn’t govern in the interests of most people?

        • gingercrush 8.2.1.1

          I mean to say urban working class. Rural and provincial working class people are different to urban working class. I never said it wasn’t in working class interest to vote National.I merely stated that they don’t vote National

      • jarbury 8.2.2

        Analysing where the Green vote comes from is quite interesting actually.

        Looking at the Mt Albert by-election, they polled far stronger in Kingsland (liberal, upper-middle class area) than they did in Avondale (more traditionally working class).

        There’s an interesting conflict in that while I would personally prefer Labour to become more like the Green Party on a number of issues, I think it’s actually beneficial for their vote to not do that.

  9. To predict the future, we need to look to our recent past. In the 1975 election, Muldoon & National demolished Labour. Although the media have been grovelling around Key, it’s nothing compared to the media wank fest which carried Muldoon through his first year as PM in 1976. However, in the 1978 election, Labour won more votes than National. If we’d had MMP then, Muldoon would have been a one term PM & today we do have MMP. Those who predict more than one term for Key, are suffering from premature interjection.

    • blacksand 9.1

      Yep, a very important point. Worth recalling the 1990 election when a centerist leader in Jim Bolger led National to a pretty strong lead. Funnily enough the incoming govt really botched the ‘decent society’ promise and there was a backlash. From a ‘born to rule’ perspective National kept the reigns of power for 9 year (pretty long and nasty years at that…), but if you look at the 1993 results there was what; 7,000 votes in it? And then there’s the matter of the 18% who voted for New Labour, which under FPP was irrelevant, but we isn’t under MMP now is we?

      The idealogies they followed in ’90/ ’91 prolonged the pretty shit state the economy was in, and they’ve done the same stuff here; pulling money out at the bottom for the sake of those who are ‘struggling’ at the top. The only thing they have to go on is a stagnant global economy to excuse the inevitable failure to lift real income here, and reduce the brain drain as those of us who’ve paid through the nose for our education may be better off with the crap wages here vs less jobs overseas.

      This Govt campaigned on Labour supposed failure to lift NZ worker’s wages to match Australia’s, was fronted by someone with a centrist brand image.

      I just don’t think we’re going to see any improvement for the lot of those who just thought it was ‘time the other guys had a go’. I heard lots of voices who had never voted National/ ACT in their life thinking that John Key was a nice guy and supposed it must be worth giving them a try. They’re not hurting now but I don’t think National strategists have the nous to hold off the nasty stuffs ’til after 2011.

      John Key looks like a doofus who never actually seems to say anything other than fluffy nothing other than ‘We’ll be looking at all the options’. National got to their peak by eating into ACT, they just managed a Parliamentary majority this time ’round and they campaigned on some sort of moral high ground that they’ve spectacularly been absent from lately. And come on, it’s been a bit more serious than signing someone else’s painting and selling it to buyers who know the deal and didn’t particularly give a shit.

      Sickeningly enough, I suspect the only thing that could prop up a National govt after 2011 is NZ First. Oh god please no.

  10. outofbed 10

    I am the last person to think there is a divide between between social/economic progress and environmental progress , I have the T shirt
    All I was doing was being pragmatic, if Lab starts doing the SJ stuff as it should
    then that that frees up the Greens to concentrate on more of the environmentalist vote

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      I hear what you are saying oob, but I think the problem is that if Labour move to the left then they leave the centre for the Nats, and the centre is where the swing votes are. What they have to get done is the job of fixing this:

      It will have hardly have sunk in to the “great unwashed’ what Key and Co are doing/have done by then…

      They have to get some of those that switched to National to switch back. Those voters didn’t switch to the Nats because Labour wasn’t left enough, they switched because they were comfortable about the Nats not being too rightish for them.

      Labour need to get it across that the Nats are in fact quite a bit to the right of Labour and that any next term they get will be very different to this one. They have to do this while reassuring those same voters that Labour isn’t a radical scary lefty party. Which it isn’t. They just led a govt for nine years and whatever NZ is as a result if that, she aint any sort of leftist flagship state.

      Activists, in my view, need to be careful to let labour campaign for the centre. If Labour can’t win back those voters, the left can’t govern.

      That’s what concerns me most about the greens MOU, it paints National with lefty credentials and makes the job of getting the ‘Nats are not centrists’ message out there that much harder.

      To me it makes more sense for the Greens to be attacking National much more hard out than the Labour party is. If you look at policy the Greens are going to grow their vote by taking votes off Labour’s left wing. Labour competing for the centre helps the greens in that respect.

      Labour needs to win back centre voters for any sort of left wing government to be formed, and the more lefties that vote green, the more leftwing any such govt will be.

      • jarbury 10.1.1

        Agreed PB, on all counts.

      • blacksand 10.1.2

        I hear what you are saying oob, but I think the problem is that if Labour move to the left then they leave the centre for the Nats, and the centre is where the swing votes are.

        —————-8< schnippety poo 8<————-

        Activists, in my view, need to be careful to let labour campaign for the centre. If Labour can’t win back those voters, the left can’t govern

        Couldn’t agree more; historically Labour have been the centre party, & in most cases with a decent chunk of voters unrepresented who voted for parties to the left of Labour (Social Credit/ Values/ etc). Far less instances of this sort of vote splitting on the right. This & the urban/ rural electorate demographics is why National have been the ‘historic’ party of Government, far more than anything else.

        That’s what concerns me most about the greens MOU, it paints National with lefty credentials and makes the job of getting the ‘Nats are not centrists’ message out there that much harder.

        To me it makes more sense for the Greens to be attacking National much more hard out than the Labour party is. If you look at policy the Greens are going to grow their vote by taking votes off Labour’s left wing. Labour competing for the centre helps the greens in that respect.

        I disagree with this though. It rankles my political leaning, by I can see the arguement for working with the government to get stuff done. Maybe it undermines painting the Nats as ‘not centerist’, but here you’re putting more importance on the propaganda value of not working for an outcome, and I don’t think that’s a good set of values to apply. I think that kind of strategic thinking is prone to backfire; what would be the propagande value to the right if the only reason for the Greens not to support their own policy was that above?

        More to the point, I think in the long term that if this cooperation paints National in softer tones, it would do exactly the same for the Greens. It undermines the (not particularly insightful but still effective) ‘watermelon’ meme & shows the Greens maturity as a party. Insisting that the Greens can and should only work with Labour led governments has exactly the same problems as thinking of Maori voters in the same way. It’s is paternalistic, and one of the centre-left’s biggest weaknesses.

        And I think in the long term, it’s the likes of Peter Dunne & Winston Peters who benefit from the Greens being politically isolated, not National and certainly not Labour.

        PD and WP did represent a constituency who were genuinely concerned about the Green’s influence on government, and as long as they can scaremonger like they did the likes of them will:
        a) be able to whip ignorance up into a frenzy of voting
        b) be able to treat ‘keeping the Greens out of govt’ as an achievement that they’ll be rewarded for.

        If you look at policy the Greens are going to grow their vote by taking votes off Labour’s left wing. Labour competing for the centre helps the greens in that respect.

        well, that depend on whether one thinks the Greens increasing their vote is the be all and end all. Personally (and I don’t speak for any other Green supporter here) I don’t think it is. Look what ACT’s hemorrhaging of support to National on Brash’s assumption of leadership lead to; it got the ball rolling, the press started taking Nats seriously again, and now we have a Govt which has the idealogy of ACT and a nice smile. It almost came 3 years sooner.

        I don’t mean that the Greens should be loosing support by any stretch, but if they are to grow, it needs to be sustainably. The most important thing is to make sure that the 5% mark is held. I believe that the Greens have the most stable core support of any party; there’s no-one else who represents our core values, and (though I’m not that involved personally) the Greens have the internal structure to ensure that that continues to be the case.

        So long as the Greens are seen by centerists as being out there on the loony fringe (and successfully painted as such by their would be representatives…), their ability to achieve anything with a Labour party dependant on those very centerist voters is going to be compromised.

        • Pascal's bookie 10.1.2.1

          It undermines the (not particularly insightful but still effective) ‘watermelon’ meme & shows the Greens maturity as a party. Insisting that the Greens can and should only work with Labour led governments has exactly the same problems as thinking of Maori voters in the same way. It’s is paternalistic, and one of the centre-left’s biggest weaknesses.

          And I think in the long term, it’s the likes of Peter Dunne & Winston Peters who benefit from the Greens being politically isolated, not National and certainly not Labour.

          V.good point (alongside with many others). Thanks.

          I don’t think the greens should refuse to support legislation just because the govt, proposes it, I agree that that would be stupid on all sorts of levels.

          If the Greens can make it obvious that these things wouldn’t have been done without the the MOU, then that’s great. But I suspect that they’ll barely get a mention, the policies will just be seen as National ones, ‘as endorsed by the Greens’.

          I’m convinced by your argument that this will help soften the green image with regard to centrist voters though, it’s a great point.

          It’s going to be interesting to see if Dunne can finally get the shove in 11, and where the NZ first mob will find a home.

  11. I also read the comment and drew the exact opposite meaning of it than the meaning Armstrong drew. The comment explained why National’s support in the opinion polls is not going down. People do not wish to admit they made a mistake, yet.

    The experience in the Mt Albert by election suggests to me that the support for National is shaky. What should have been a tight race was a rout, and bad as Melissa Lee’s performance was the result should not have been that bad for a new government in its honeymoon.

    I spoke to many local voters during the by election campaign. Very few said that they had changed their mind about the party vote, quite a few identified themselves as National voters who were nevertheless going to vote for Shearer. For many of these people changing their mind about the electorate vote is the first part of the process for them deciding to change who to support with their party vote.

    Armstrong is very stupid for criticising the Standard and other lefty blogs for finding fault with Key and his comrades. Fault is found because there is an abundance of it to be found. He would be better off analysing the issues rather than trying to brand the messengers.

    • MikeG 11.1

      Melissa Lee… is she still in Parliament?!

    • mike 11.2

      Poor Mick, looking at the latest TV3 Poll the only thing that is looking very shakey is Labour – and poor old Fill still polling behind the control freak from NY -go figure

  12. gingercrush 12

    Labour need to get it across that the Nats are in fact quite a bit to the right of Labour and that any next term they get will be very different to this one. They have to do this while reassuring those same voters that Labour isn’t a radical scary lefty party. Which it isn’t. They just led a govt for nine years and whatever NZ is as a result if that, she aint any sort of leftist flagship state.

    So another negative campaign that didn’t work in 2008 and is likely to burn more voters. Not a great idea. Labour really can’t go negative heading towards 2011. They need to present an alternative government that exudes positivity and it has to be built around distribution of taxes for a fairer society. Anything else and they’re doomed to failure.

    That you lot haven’t learned anything from 2008 is bewildering.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      Don’t put words in my mouth ginger, you’re not smart enough. There are many ways to skin a cat.

      I’ll start taking you seriously when you show at least some consistency in what your criticism of me is, and start actually analysing politics rather than trying to analyse what you think people here really mean and think.

      I’d take your criticisms a bit more seriously if I thought you had any idea about just how negative National’s campaign actually was. “corrupt, out of touch, arrogant” ring any bells g?

      You have no idea how National won do you? It’s really bewildering. (Gosh that’s an easy thing to say isn’t it? Fucking pointless though.)

      If you thought about your advice for more than a half a second, you’d see that what you are suggesting is that Labour campaign for the centre. Gosh, who’d have thunk it? Of course they have to offer a positive centre left agenda, that goes without saying. Which is why I didn’t say it. But if you think that that alone is enough, then you’ve not been paying anywhere near enough attention to politcs and history over the last 50 odd years.

      You keep mentioning Nationals disaster under English. The more relevant election is Bolgers second ‘victory’. You should also think carefully about how English campaigned.

  13. gingercrush 13

    Right you’re the one providing the same stupid analysis that this blog has been doing without success. The idea that National and John Key have a far-right agenda that is going to make middle New Zealand unhappy and go vote Labour is truly maddening. That you accuse National of the negative campaign is truly stupid as well. National didn’t have a great campaign but they sure as hell campaigned better than Labour.

    Go and have a bloody listen to yourself. You’re listing the same things as what this blog and you left commentators said in 2008. That you use the example of Jim Bolger in 1993 doesn’t make sense either. I don’t hear crowds of people calling hate on this government like they did with the “mother of all budgets”. 2011 will not play out as 1993. More likely it will be a 2002 scenario because you lot are thick. Sure you have great grasp of language and are able to speak from an intellectually but you’re still quite capable of spouting bullshit.

    As Danyl over at Dimpost rightly points out you’re using the same bullshit the right are and did use on Obama. It doesn’t work. You can’t play the great Labour government of 1999-2008 anymore because it just isn’t relevant. Things have changed. Helen Clark is gone and a new political era has come. If the left want to get lost in that, that is your choice. But just as the right are truly stupid with their attacks on Obama and how socialist he’s made the United States. So too are the increasing hordes of left-wing people that frequent the blogosphere.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      For god’s sake ging. Try paying attention to what I actually say and try not reading your own imaginings about what I really mean into it.

      That you accuse National of the negative campaign is truly stupid as well. National didn’t have a great campaign but they sure as hell campaigned better than Labour.

      I didn’t say nat ran the negative campaign, I said they ran a negative campaign. They ran it parallel to a fairly wishy washy positive campaign. It’s not an either or thing, a party can run two or more campaigns ging, and just because one party (Labour 2008) runs a mostly negative campaign, that doesn’t mean the other party’s campaign is therefore purely positive.

      Go back and read my original comment that you responded to, I’m not anywhere talking about what sort of campaign Lab or the Greens need to run. Seriously I’m not. What I’m talking about is strategic rather than tactical. I’m talking about where the votes are that Lab need to get back. The tactics of getting them back, (go negative, re run the 2008 campaign etc) is a separate question. You are assuming that I’m implying those tactics by saying what you quoted. I’m not. That quote is a statement about the strategic objective of what any campaign strategy must have.

      Perhaps, in light of that, you could explain to me how Labour could win without regaining some of those centrist swing voters, or alternatively, how they could get them back without in some way convincing them that National is too right wing for them.

      I’m not suggesting any of the things you claim I am saying. I’m saying this:

      1) National won the election, but did not do so by promising a lurch to the right, in fact they explicitly ruled that out.

      2) They fact that they felt the need to swallow all those dead rats, and won the centre by swallowing them, implies that those dead rats define the centre.

      That’s about as far as I’m going and yet you read that as:

      You can’t play the great Labour government of 1999-2008 anymore because it just isn’t relevant. Things have changed. Helen Clark is gone and a new political era has come.

      I can only understand that if you think that 1 and 2 are false, and that National actually did campaign and win by promising a step to the right, but you’ll need to explain all those dead rats and promises.

      I certainly agree that a new era has come, but I’ve no idea what you mean by it. It’s an empty phrase without context. It’s my opinion that the Nats are trying to shift the centre rightwards. That’s not an uncontroversial thought. It’s what political parties are for, to shift policy.

      All I am saying is that if Labour wants to win, then it needs to articulate that National are shifting the centre to the right, and convince some of those centrist voters (who voted Labour for 9 years don’t forget), that they’d rather vote Labour.

      The point about Bolger’s second election is about what happened on the left, the Alliance took a crap load of votes from Labour, Labour took some from the centre. You are quite right that there has been no equivalent yet to the mother of all budgets. I’m assuming that National is actually going to come up with some sort of agenda soon, and that if they do, it will be further to the right than where they campaigned at the last election. Again, I don’t think that’s a stretch.

      The difference between now and 2002 is that Labour won in 99 promising a step left. They didn’t swallow many dead rats on the campaign trail. They promised to repeal the ECA, introduce a new tax bracket, stop privatising shit and generally shift the country to the left. That gave rise to a totally different dynamic to what’s happening now.

      Now what exactly is there in that which you find to be so fucking stupid?

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  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 day ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    1 day ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    6 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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