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Fairy tales of eternal economic growth

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, September 24th, 2019 - 67 comments
Categories: capitalism, climate change, Donald Trump, economy, Economy, Environment, science, uncategorized, United Nations - Tags:

Greta Thunberg is visiting the United Nations and was offered an opportunity to speak.

For a young person her composure is superb and her statements are simple yet deadly accurate descriptions of the situation the world is in.

The Independent has the details:

Greta Thunberg has told world leaders they have stolen her ”dreams and … childhood with your empty words”.

The Swedish teenager was speaking at the opening of a United Nations climate change summit, attended by about 60 countries, in New York on Monday.

“Yet, you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

The 16-year-old climate change activist added: “People are suffering. People are dying.

“This is all wrong,” she began. “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.

“And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”

She almost met her nemesis.

If looks could kill …

And there is something rather icky about right wingers attacking her for daring to speak the truth.  Like Dinesh D’Souza:

Someone with that dumb a take should have their twitter account confiscated.

And as the world burns it is hard to go past this sign’s rather direct criticism of the world’s current leadership, or its use of profanity.

Greta has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.

She is clearly not doing this for the kudos, but because she wants a world to grow up in.

And she is right that the idea that we can have eternal economic growth is a fairytale.  As a species we really need to learn to live in balance with nature, not consume it. If we want a future.

67 comments on “Fairy tales of eternal economic growth”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    "…The right wing is going hard after Greta Thunberg…"

    I love the way a bunch of the most powerful are scared of a bunch of meddling kids losely led by a sixteen year old school girl.

    • The Fairy Godmother 1.1

      Remember the story of the Emperor who had no clothes.  The truth was told by a little boy.  The leaders should be scared of Greta.

      • Poission 1.1.1

        The leaders should be scared of Greta.

        She did look very scary in that transformation from Joan of Arc to Linda Blair.

        • Incognito 1.1.1.1

          I believe that was an honest assessment of reality (AKA instinctive reaction to something or someone generating intense feelings of dislike) without the usual veneer of media training and social conditioning.

  2. Pat 2

    "And she is right that the idea that we can have eternal economic growth is a fairytale.  As a species we really need to learn to live in balance with nature, not consume it. If we want a future."

    and then

    "Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford have released a 32 page 'Economic Plan' pulling together the strands of the Labour-led Coalition Government's policies into a 'Business Growth Agenda' style summary."

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@pro/2019/09/24/823643/government-releases-economic-plan

    https://www.mbie.govt.nz/assets/economic-plan.pdf

     

  3. Sanctuary 3

    LOL from the " if looks could kill" file…

  4. Stuart Munro. 4

    Ongoing economic growth is possible because most growth is fictitious. The finance sector, real estate inflation which for some reason isn't called inflation, and imposing deadweight capital costs like the Quota Management System, are all mischaracterised as growth.

    Should this or any other government invest seriously in developing and rolling out sustainable technologies, that too would be characterized as growth. But Greta is spot on about the irresponsibility. Who the f**k do any of our governments think they are to run the reckless policies they do, like mass immigration, intensive dairy, and so forth. Naturally this is not welcome news to our toxic self-styled elites – who will water down or ignore it as far as possible as usual – truth is not flattering to their naked self-interest.

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Capitalism has found out a trick to benefit those who plug into the system. The idea to get you to do things that you find satisfying even if they are bad for you, and which you want to repeat, while business interests make money from enabling the thing, and then make money from repairing and dealing with the likely fallout.    They catch you coming and going.   That's why encouraging precautionary behaviour is so spotty; depends which type of behaviour appears to be more profitable, and to whom?    'We are all prisoners here, of our own device.'  (Hotel California – I suggest look for meaning in the involuntary thoughts that come out of human creativity, stream of consciousness.)

      Example:  That is why the bars stay open late when there are big sports matches even though it will lead to trouble, 3am fights, knifings, rapes and leads to personal dissipation of spectators and also players; but excess means growth in profits, and careless spending, and the general public cope with the short and long-term aftermath, unless there is profit in some part of that.

      Television as it presents today, highly coloured, large screens, dominating people's leisure space swamps us with stories that encourage excess, with no serious thinking about the content and meaning, attention on the trivial, style and status.    Capitalism feeds on that, and easy-oasy sliding out from the full frontal view of how society is operating – we prefer cliches to acceptance of what is, and dream bubbles to joining together in respectful community to do good human things.  We need to take an interest in and enjoy each other's company in the flesh, or through honest, positive-seeking  chat, discussion and shared local activity.   The real, experiential and less of the image, which can now be frankensteined,  is what the present calls for; and taking time to look up and out and serve someone with less than us, going for greater simplicity cutting down on complexity and share human goodness around; that's anti-capitalism.

    • Pat 4.2

      Financial services are estimated to be around 20 % of GDP in advanced economies and the fact remains they require increasing demand to maintain growth and that demand increase requires underpinning by the real economy (debt is only a short term 'solution' that must be reckoned with despite the current propensity to disregard it)

      There are only two ways to maintain growth….increase the numbers consuming or increase the consumption of the same number (or a combination)….everything else fails.

      There is no such thing as sustainable growth nor a disconnect between growth and resource use.

      • David Mac 4.2.1

        In business there are 3 ways to improve a fiscal position. your 2, get more customers and get more from the customers you've got and also 'cut overheads'.

        "There is no such thing as sustainable growth nor a disconnect between growth and resource use."

        What if that resource is flowing water, the sun, wind etc? I can see a growth/resource disconnect.

        • Pat 4.2.1.1

          "In business there are 3 ways to improve a fiscal position. your 2, get more customers and get more from the customers you've got and also 'cut overheads'."

          Care to explain how you see that working in economic terms?

          "What if that resource is flowing water, the sun, wind etc? I can see a growth/resource disconnect."

          I suspect all you see is an increased efficiency (or productivity increase)…not the same thing at all

          Growth is in aggregate

          • David Mac 4.2.1.1.1

            In economic terms, if it doesn't cost as much to run NZ the same thing happens to our bottom line as if we were growing.

            We can grow without taxing resources. I think solutions usually lie around creating and nurturing viable and ethical opportunities.

            There's a busy creek on my boundary. If I could give someone 4k to provide me with a 10 year warrantied turbine to chuck in the creek and a sparky 1k to hook me up, I'd be all over it.

            My power consumption won't need a half a dump truck of coal anymore. A Kiwi SME can research, develop and build the turbines. Devices that will produce power in any flowing waterway in the world. I think that's the sort of innovation Jacinda has been talking about in NY, makes sense to me.

            Growth that's not fueled primarily by profit margins Pat, there's room for us to get much better.

            • Pat 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Interesting,,,sadly we dont operate as single entity…we are part of a global economy. We already produce more than we need to meet our basic needs (not however our wants) , therefore ''taxing; our resources less means little if we are still 'taxing' resources of other countries….everything is relative.

              There is indeed room to get better but there is not room to keep growing….slower growth just means more time before collapse…sustainability means using resources at below the rate of replacement, and…

              ALL resources are limited

      • Stuart Munro. 4.2.2

        "There is no such thing as sustainable growth"

        Tell that to the trees in my garden.

        Growth sustained by increasing the biomass of the local ecosystem is sustainable, unless it is heavily subsidized by oil based inputs. Extensive pastoral farming, agroforestry, habitat enhancement – all these we can do.

        But while we privilege activities like finance and real estate they will reap rewards in excess of real world resource constraints.

        Capitalism need not be ditched – only tamed. 

        • greywarshark 4.2.2.1

          Population growth – Headline in today's Press 'NZ closing quickly on 5 million milestone'.

          When we have insufficient housing and inadequate infrastructure and are ruled by governments in thrall to local and international financial players, I suggest that we cannot handle further population growth of this sort.  It may be a population milestone;   it will also be a millstone for those trying to bring the country to a standard that matches past standards expected of a modern, developed country.

          • Stuart Munro. 4.2.2.1.1

            Yeah it's madness.

            We have a few short decades to prepare for Pacific climate refugees, and get our country on a sustainable footing – but no, they're flooding the place with cheap & cheerful low wage workers to gratify our worst employers.

            The worst thing a democracy can do is shit on its own people like this.

          • woodart 4.2.2.1.2

            quite correct. millstone is far more accurate. also depressing to see that half the population is now jammed above taupo. its very noticeable now how much more road traffic there is above taupo.I now try and stay in the rest of NZ, where its not so ruined,er, overpopulated.

          • Janet 4.2.2.1.3

            I am tired of my country being in a state of  constant "renovation." It,s long past time to consolidate.

        • Pat 4.2.2.2

          Try planting more and more trees in your garden and see what happens

          • In Vino 4.2.2.2.1

            The trees do NOT grow sustainably. They grow, flourish, age, die, collapse, and decompose.  Stuart Munro ought to have known that. The trees exist sustainably as a species, but individually they are not sustainable. Yet we want to pretend that our profit-gouging systems are sustainable like the trees' system. Fat chance.

            • Pat 4.2.2.2.1.1

              the trees do indeed exist sustainably….provided sufficient minerals/water…..that isnt to say they dont die and are replaced but the point is their existence is limited….not only by time but space and resources

              • In Vino

                Come on. Pat. The individual tree always dies.

                • Pat

                  yep they do…some sooner than others as do humans but there is a limit to the number of trees an area can support….there is no unlimited exponential growth of trees (or anything else)…that is what we with our economic model seek to disprove…it is folly,

                  we think we can innovate our way out of basic physics…though if we are honest (which we are not) we would accept we cannot

                   

            • Stuart Munro. 4.2.2.2.1.2

              Trees can be grown and harvested sustainably – but not infinitely. They are constrained by demands for space, water, nutrients, sunlight. The economic oversimplification lies in not accounting for those constraints, and others, like a viable community of educated and motivated workers to maximize the benefits recoverable from this silvicultural hypothetical.

              • In Vino

                Yes, no argument now.  More reaping sustainable benefit, and less greedy profit-gouging.

                Again , fat chance, I fear.

                • Pat

                  Sadly by following the growth model as long as we have we have created a world where that which currently exists cannot be sustained….and therein lies the problem

                  • Stuart Munro.

                    Really I think the 'growth model' is not a model, but a narrative. It has been used to sell the retread of classical liberal economics, but there is nothing in NZ policy over the last few decades that actually argues a growth strategy, which would have looked more like Lee Kuan Yew or Meiji, who he was copying, or Muldoon, who barely understood it.

                    The question to me is, how come no one ever calls bullshit on this growth narrative? We are definitely not being governed for growth. That's a lie.

                    • Pat

                      'growth' is very much the strategy…..its even written in statute…think Reserve Bank Act which requires RBNZ to target inflation between 1 and 3% pa.

                      And what is recession if not the antithesis of growth? The economic model promoted (nay demanded) within advanced economies is growth at all costs for without it the whole structure begins to unwind,

                    • Stuart Munro.

                      @Pat

                      It's like Christianity – growth is the religion, but the bureaucracy is serving bureaucratic ends at odds with the mandate. JC never licensed a Vatican or any of the other corporate entities that ostensibly operated in his name.

                      We've been importing real estate speculators by the truckload – though they generate technical gdp growth, they actually impose constantly increasing deadweight costs across the rest of the economy, raising the opportunity cost and decreasing the frequency of startups, which would be a real priority under a genuine growth model. Likewise the low paid foreign workers will not readily accrue the capital to acquire the dairy farms they work on, much less be capitalized to innovate them meaningfully.

                    • Pat

                      Agree its like religion but not in the way you suggest…its worth noting that the bureaucrats apply the policies provided (with varying degrees of competency) and those policies have been largely unchanged for decades…further its important to view the parts in relation to the whole…not say NZ in isolation as we are a very open trading economy highly susceptible to outside influences/impacts.

                      The imported property speculators are simply a source of capital investment to fuel growth….a lazy and problematic source I agree, but the goal remains growth.

                    • Stuart Munro.

                      "but the goal remains growth."

                      Yeah I'd say if they were serious about growth they'd be markedly more objective in evaluating their conventional "wisdom". As it stands they've been cheerfully failing, and the trading rhetoric is just another outsourcing of responsibility:

                      "We're too lazy to meaningfully address our perennial economic issues, and were rather hoping you nice foreign chaps would do it for us, the way the UK used to…"

                      You can parse that from:

                      "Other countries are better at making electric cars and mass rapid transit systems. Let's trade."

                       

  5. patricia bremner 5

    Pat, They are encouraging innovation,  by repaying up to ten thousand dollars of start up investment,  and allowing changes up to 51% to achieve that before they lose the tax refund. This is part of a necessary shift to high value products in food and tech.

    Large changes begin with small planned steps. The PM is also representing us well on the world stage,  discussing world issues with other Leaders. I personally am pleased we have a Leader promoting ideas rather than playing 'buddy' golf. By the way she walked to her UN meetings doing a pod cast on the way,  so no limo and communicating through FB.
    Unlke Scomo, who is hobnobbing with Trump, and promoting coal, Jacinda is talking meeting encouraging. Trump did turn up to the UN after all. Australia absent.

    • Pat 5.1

      see 4.2

      and count up the number of times 'growth' is used in the 32 page report….they are as delusional as the worst of them.

  6. michelle 6

    Unlike many of our politicians and world leaders Greta speaks from her heart (some of our politicians don't have a heart its all about money like Greta said ) she cares about our planet and many could learn from her.   

    • Anne 6.1

      Here we have a young girl with a couple of handicaps and just look what she is achieving. How inspiring can that be. 

      The Nobel Peace prize for an incredible young lady.

      • Rosemary McDonald 6.1.1

        "handicaps", wot handicaps?

        Who actually uses that word anymore???

        • David Mac 6.1.1.1

          Yep used regularly, horses, racing cars and global activists that are uncomfortable flying.

          To refer to blindness etc as a handicap, yep, the words of a buffoon. I don't think Anne was using the word like that.

          • greywarshark 6.1.1.1.1

            What you aren't serious?   Blindness is a handicap!   I am dropping in my sight acuity (actually that reminds me I must go and see my optometrist) and the last thing I want is to go blind.    I admire people who are, and find the aids and inner strength to cope with it but it definitely is something that is a handicap.

        • Anne 6.1.1.2

          Well, I'm probably older than you Rosemary. What about concentrating on the sentiment expressed rather than over-reacting to an expression you consider outdated. I don't so end of story.

          • Sacha 6.1.1.2.1

            Thunberg is inspiring, but not much of it is because she's an aspie. Though even showing the world we can express strong feelings is a good contribution.

            Language moves on and the H word is now up there with the N word in some circles. I'd like to see anyone say they do not personally believe the latter is outdated so it's OK for them to keep using it.

            • Rosemary McDonald 6.1.1.2.1.1

              Seriously unfair to expect those handicapped by advanced age to keep up with these new fandangled notions of what constitutes ''acceptable" terminology these days.  I guess it would be way too much to get them to desist from the verbal head -patting as well?

              Nevermind.  They won't get it.

              • greywarshark

                'Handicap' is that the point of discussion.   It is a simple word describing something in plain language.   Can we stop building man and woman traps over the use of ordinary words please?

                The N word is a slang word laden with so much negative stuff that it is better left alone for those who want to 'own' it to use to describe what most black people will know well.

                • Anne

                  Thanks grey. The so-called pc brigade are getting to the point where their sanity in this respect needs to be brought into question. 

                  I'm reminded of the nonsense 3 or 4 decades ago concerning Enid Blyton's children's stories. It was claimed for example that Noddy was a homosexual (the term used at the time). The idiots had them all banned from public institutions and they were taken off the market. Sanity finally prevailed and they are as popular as ever.

                  • David Mac

                    I think it's to do with culture fashion. At the moment our personal comfort with particular language has little to do with how it may be received. It is fashionable to first consider recipients.

                    Ask a modern blind person how they feel about being handicapped and they may well respond. 'Handicapped? I'm enhanced, I can hear the train 20 seconds before you do."

                    It's about offending others, whilst I tend towards 'So what?' If not offending is as simple as choosing another word. it's a tiny price to pay.

                    • David Mac

                      The offending that generally seems to bite are the words about something we have no or little control over. Ethnicity, age, gender etc.

                    • Anne

                      To put it simply David Mac, Rosemary McDonald chose to take it the wrong way. Well, that's her problem not mine.

                      I'm sick and tired of word fashionistas telling me what words I can use and what words I can't use. Just because they choose to change the centuries long meaning of a word to suit their purposes is no reason why the rest of us should follow suit. And then try to infer  "inferiority" in some kind of way? I say pfft to them.

                      I'm now handicapped…. having developed ongoing moderate to severe arthritis which has limited my ability to lead a normal physically active existence. And if someone wants to call me a cripple they can. I don’t give a damm.

                    • In Vino

                      I agree, Anne. I am/was a teacher of language, and laugh to scorn those who try to burden words with their own personal emotive loadings. They are often not very strong in their own language skills.
                      The handicaps of age are starting to hit me as well. But must I be constrained to avoiding the word ‘handicap’ and forced to use ‘disability’? What a load of rot.

          • woodart 6.1.1.2.2

            over-reaction and outrage are the default setting for too many. 

    • Gareth 6.2

      I was stunned when during her UN speech she said "My message is that we will be watching you" and the audience laughed at her.

  7. greywarshark 7

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/399462/mining-company-appeal-over-quashed-consent-to-be-heard-today

    What's their main argument?    That the sea will wash it all away anyway so let us get our bucket-machines ripping into it while its in a nice pile.  Also it's legitimate business and we have a market for it, so it ticks all the capitalist boxes.

  8. Ad 8

    Our Prime Minister has a clear view that a key solution to climate change is precisely through international trade. In particular trading in technology solutions for major electricity users. 

    She sets this out in her address to the UN CAS Private Sector Forum:

    "Firstly, climate change is the perfect trade opportunity. Every country on earth is facing the same set of challenges. How do we dramatically cut emissions from electricity, transport, manufacturing, waste, agriculture?

    But although we have those challenges in common, our national circumstances are completely different from each other. And some of us are better at some of these things than others.

    New Zealand is pretty good at hydro, geothermal and wind generation, as well as producing low-emissions food. Other countries are better at making electric cars and mass rapid transit systems.

    Let's trade."

    See: ww.scoop.co.nz

    I am not a strong fan of the kid of capitalism that we have dominating this world, but internationl trade is more powerful than anything governments or UN mandates can achieve in the speed we need for implementing solutions. 

     

     

     

     

  9. marty mars 9

    Have to agree with Greenpeace here – time for flowery words is over 

    Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has delivered a fiery speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Greenpeace says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern must take note, and respond with stronger action on climate change, starting with an immediate cancelation of OMV’s oil exploration permits.

    …“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you.”

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was the first politician to speak at the summit following Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech.

    “While Jacinda Ardern’s leadership has represented a shift in the right direction for climate change policy in New Zealand, Greta’s words ring true here too. It is nowhere near enough,” said Greenpeace Executive Director Russel Norman.

    “An appropriate response to the climate emergency would include a commitment to immediately end new fossil fuel exploration on land and at sea, alongside a timeline for rapidly winding down the coal, oil and gas industries.”

    https://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/story/ardern-falls-short-on-climate-following-greta-thunbergs-un-address/

  10. Adrian 10

    Has anyone got any idea what "growth " as a minus concept, or lack of growth, looks like. Sort that out and prepare for it before demanding it.  In reality it is huge unemployment, shortages of food, a lot fewer taxes collected meaning unfunded medicines etc etc.

    The answer doesn't mean taking all the money from the "rich " because their assets have lost most of their value and nobody has any money to buy them anyway.

    Sloganeering is the easy part, living in economic depressions is bloody hard and deadly.

     

  11. Blazer 11

    'growth' is necessary to feed the voracious debt monster that casts an ominous shadow over the whole globe.

    Can you grow without interest bearing debt?

    Not in this Capitalist society.

  12. Gosman 12

    "Someone with that dumb a take should have their twitter account confiscated."

    I know (or strongly suspect at least) you are joking but it is a tad ironic you solution to a view you dislike is to suggest it is not allowed to be aired which is similar to what totalitarian governments

  13. Gosman 13

    The idea of growth is not well understood by many on the left. There can in fact be continual growth despite using LESS resources. What also is not well understood is the fact that you can't exist without using SOME resources. Given this then the challenge becomes more one of optimising resources use from an efficiency point of view rather than eliminating it. In a model such as that growth is not just possible it is desirable as it basically reflects more efficient resource usage.

    • McFlock 13.1

      But that's not the model of the real world. GDP is a measure of output, not efficiency.

    • Stuart Munro. 13.2

      The problem is that sustainability is anathema to the right – it's true that growth can continue – but the contemporary model of neoliberalism relies on externalising cost, and will not permit it.

      Consider the very modest imposition of a CGT, very common around the world and recommended to NZ by the IMF, hardly a hotbed of leftist thought. Cue fanatic far right outrage, and it's off the table.

      This is why we can't have decent stable evidence based policy – our democracy has been suborned by the lazy greedy stick-in-the-mud conservatives – and the head-in-the-clouds globalist mandarins. 

      We're fucked – and it's your fault.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 13.3

      Over billions of years 'our' bountiful planet has nurtured and sustained an evolutionary process that has delivered incredible biological diversity.  Organisms come and go, and mass extinction events are nothing new, but the current one is the first ‘Intelligent Design’ Extinction Accident.

      An accident, of course, only in the sense that ‘we’ are unwilling to see and/or are powerless to sever the causal connections between all 'we' do (our 'design') and the wider 'health' of ecosystem Earth.

      ~80 million more every year and the agents of our own destruction – true long-term design eludes us.

  14. joe90 14

    heh

  15. I watched Greta's speech, and have to say, it was the best 4 minutes of home truth telling I've ever seen.

    Well done, kid.

    • In Vino 15.1

      I deliberately refrained from saying the same thing because she eyeballed us and said she did not want our praise – she wanted our action.

      So we have to do things, not praise. Now, what am I going to do?

  16. peterlepaysan 16

    I am 77 yo and there is nothing that Greta said or did I disagree or disapprove of.

    Good on you, kid!

    Go for it!

  17. greywarshark 17

    This is the sort of investment that John Key and the Wailers was angling for in NZ.   The Gnats like money, and if there is illegality then a warm iron on the notes could flatten them out so the JK Band could play (with) them.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/399552/ponzi-scheme-victims-claim-to-be-owed-up-to-45-million

    More than 200 victims of a Ponzi scheme have come forward claiming to be owed up to $45 million, after its director died and the company collapsed….

    The company liquidator, Tim Downes of Grant Thornton, told Morning Report all the claimants were Japanese, although some had lived in New Zealand for a long time and the scheme had been running for at least seven years.

    "I think part of the enticement was assistance with immigration into New Zealand under the business immigration scheme where a party needs to invest a certain amount of money in New Zealand," he said.

    "That's part of the process of attracting funds.

    "The other one was the promise of better returns than one would normally get – the promise of investments into land in New Zealand, and also the promise of investments into profitable, well-run foreign exchange trading businesses."
    .

    They would have been better people if they had invested in a green business that had good growth prospects – like

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/399547/plastic-bottle-return-scheme-to-put-value-back-into-recycling

    Work has begun to develop a fit-for-purpose beverage container return scheme for New Zealand.

    Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage made the announcement at the WasteMINZ conference in Hamilton this morning.

    Such a scheme would would see plastic bottles carry a refundable deposit, for example 10 to 20 cents, that is redeemed when the container is returned to a collection depot or other drop off point.

    An estimated two billion glass, plastic, aluminium, paperboard, and other single use drink containers are consumed in New Zealand each year.

    While many are recycled, they also end up in landfills or as litter in public spaces.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    1 day ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    1 day ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    1 day ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    2 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    2 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    2 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    3 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    3 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    3 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    3 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    49 mins ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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