Fixing the tax haven – what’s the downside?

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, May 13th, 2016 - 75 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, john key, tax - Tags: , , ,

Second in a series of obvious questions, why doesn’t Key just commit to fixing our tax haven loopholes? What’s the downside? A few lawyers lose an easy few million, but that isn’t worth the damage to the country. So why not act?

Toby Manhire puts it best:

Key like a cat on a hot tin roof

Amid the white noise of the yes-we-are-no-we’re-not squabbling, the truth of course is somewhere in the middle: New Zealand has become attractive as a location for offshore trusts or look-through companies, but these are neither integral to our economy nor a defining characteristic.

Nor would it be that hard to fix – amp up the disclosure rules, so to flush out or at least dissuade anyone who might be evading tax or laundering money, or otherwise involved in nefarious activity from sticking their cash under our mattress. As tax expert Deborah Russell puts it, it is simply a matter of following the Australian example and “collecting names of settlors and beneficiaries, and proactively disclosing them to authorities elsewhere”.

So why doesn’t the government do that? There is a distinct sense that the Prime Minister does see the sense in such a path. He was dismissive at the outset four weeks ago, but has since appointed John Shewan to review the offshore trust tax regime and of late started to use, a lot, the word “learnings” – a noun that should itself incur a hefty levy.

But at the same time, some of Key’s reaction has been puzzling – enough to prompt Winston Peters to suggest he appeared “like a boy who’s had a widdle behind the couch and he’s denying it to mum”. …

I still find it hard to believe, but combined with an unwillingness to take action on foreign ownership, it really does look as if this government cares more about the interests of the international rich than the local Kiwi.

75 comments on “Fixing the tax haven – what’s the downside? ”

  1. Steve Reeves 1

    Given that NZ has joined in with the anti-corruption movement (launched in London), will we also be doing this, as the UK is?

    “any foreign company buying UK property [must] join public register of beneficial ownership”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/12/super-rich-may-sell-london-homes-under-anti-corruption-rules

    And for trusts too????

    Or is Judith Collins’ copious use of words like “consider” the usual code for “kick into the long grass”?

  2. save nz 2

    Fixing the tax haven – what’s the downside?

    Where are Key and his fellow Kleptocrats going to hide their money?

  3. Richardrawshark 3

    He’s waiting till the Sherwin report. Instead of running around like headless chickens I suppose we will have to wait till then.

    To say he’s not doing anything is wrong. He ordered a narrow enquiry that technically is doing something about it.

    Your last sentence.. it really looks like..

    This is exactly what he’s doing and why, to protect a tax haven status. He wants it, he thinks it’s good for NZ banks
    if they hold funds here. To him it’s always been a win idea. He will resist.

    Either he takes it too the country or he shuts it down should be his ultimatum.
    What you should say IMHO is that what he’s doing is not enough.. and abc this is why..

    Lets play smarter people.

    • save nz 3.1

      We all know the Sherwin report will be a whitewash – the guy supports tax havens and sets them up!

  4. Richard Christie 4

    Why doesn’t the opposition simply ask the same question at question time?

  5. whateva next? 5

    As Rob Salmond’s tweet reminds us of a Fran O Sullivan’s 2010 NZH piece:
    “Key itching for quick action on financial hub”

    “Prime Minister John Key has slammed bureaucratic pin-pricking over the proposed New Zealand financial services hub as “absolute rubbish” and stepped in to put the project on the fast-track.

    Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee has been ordered to produce an urgent paper covering a zero tax rating for the relevant foreign funds which Key wants incorporated in the November taxation bill and passed by April 1 next year.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10691438

    • Richard Christie 5.1

      Key is confident New Zealand will be able to attract financial funds to place their back office administration here saying a chief executive of one of the world’s most powerful banks had told him: “If you are prepared to zero-rate foreign funds that are not invested in NZ, we’re going to move $2.5 billion of funds here in two years because you’re 50 per cent cheaper than Australia.”” – NZH Dec2 2010

      Back office?, Why can’t banksters learn how to spell orifice?

    • save nz 5.2

      Key itching for quick action on financial hub

      Fran forgot to add the words “tax haven”

  6. shorts 6

    I don’t find Key’s reaction puzzling at all – he is all about protecting those with money & power… its about all he stands for, protecting those he feels are better than him (those richer and more powerful)

    • whateva next? 6.1

      Indeed I am more puzzled by the blank, scared, frozen look in his Minister’s eyes, as they stand behind him when press questioning him, and in Parliament…. looking “programmed”.
      Does the public actually believe he has a cabinet of intelligent, thoughtful people capable of making the big decisions? (Which is what we are paying them for) or a group of automatons who may short circuit if put under any stress.

  7. Pat 7

    “why doesn’t Key just commit to fixing our tax haven loopholes? What’s the downside? A few lawyers lose an easy few million, but that isn’t worth the damage to the country. So why not act?”

    capital flight…..we are using the dodgy money to prop up our poor savings record and negative balance of trade.

    • Pat 7.1

      “In recent years, we have saved considerably less than we have invested. Foreigners have filled the gap by lending us money, attracted by our relatively high interest rates, or by investing here. When a
      New Zealander takes out a mortgage or a business loan, much of that money is likely to have come from overseas. And that’s okay, as long as it continues. But there are various scenarios under which foreign lenders and investors may change their minds and stop dealing with us or raise the cost considerably:”

      http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/reviews-consultation/savingsworkinggroup/finalreport/swg-report-jan11.pdf

      “15. The risks associated with New Zealand’s international tax obligations have been considered carefully when developing the proposal for taxing foreign-sourced income derived by a non-resident through a PIE at zero percent. For example, an option which has only non- residents and foreign-sourced income is unlikely to be consistent with New Zealand’s international tax obligations – this is because it may be considered to be a harmful tax practice as it precludes residents from investment.”

      http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/ris/pdfs/ris-ird-tarm-apr11.pdf

      http://investmentnews.co.nz/investment-news/government-coffers-boosted-with-pie-filling/

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Pretty much. I wonder how painful our current account would look without these foreign hot money inflows.

        • Pat 7.1.1.1

          Just prior to the arrival of KiwiSaver and PIE, total retail funds under management (FUM) in New Zealand languished under $20 billion and falling. According to a Morningstar NZ market share report, as at December last year of the roughly $53 billion retail it measured, over $50 billion was invested via PIEs, split between KiwiSaver ($24.8 billion) and non-KiwiSaver ($28.5 billion) products.

          A recent Plan for Life survey, put the March 31, 2015 NZ retail FUM at $62.6 billion with KiwiSaver accounting for $28.5 billion of the total.)

          only question is how much of it belongs to entities who wish to remain anonymous….my guess given the parallel growth in FTs and PIE investment not an insignificant amount…..and should those funds decide they want a new home….

          “Furthermore, a lot of the foreign debt in New Zealand is short-term. If a majority of the foreigners investing here decide to pull their money out the next time their loans roll over, we could see an abrupt drop in funds available for mortgages and other loans and investments. This would lead to a long list of economic woes, including: rising interest rates; a shrinking economy; large job losses; falling values of property, shares and other assets; and reduced government spending on such things as benefits, pensions, health services and public sector wages – which would probably be driven down along with other wages.”

          20-40 million to Keys dodgy mates is just palm greasing

  8. Enough is Enough 8

    I agree 100% r0b.

    The question is “what is the fix?”

    Key has no intention of changing anything. We need to be articulating what must change. But to date I haven’t really seen the answer yet.

      • Bearded Git 8.1.1

        Little can do no right in Trotter’s eyes.

        In fact Labour is very much on the right side of the overseas trust argument even if Little’s “ban them all” response may be a little over the top. Key’s response on the other hand has been pathetic.

        Trotter is in thrall to Key. I think his idea in the article that Key would accept a deal with Labour to regulate the trusts is fanciful, even stupid. After Shewan’s whitewash Key will change the trust rules fractionally, claim the whole thing is sorted, and the MSM will lap it up.

        • NZJester 8.1.1.1

          After Shewan’s whitewash Key will change the trust rules fractionally, claim the whole thing is sorted, and the MSM will lap it up.

          If it is like most of his fixes, it will actually be plugging up one hole but secretly opening up a few other bigger ones to replace it.
          A smoke and mirrors fix to hide the fact he is doing the exact opposite.
          He will just make it harder for the public to see those trusts so they appear to be gone. He will be able to say their are no overseas trusts here as he will most likely have them renamed to something that does not include the name trust so he will be able to claim that when asked. You just watch!

      • Chuck 8.1.2

        A lot of common sense by Chris Trotter in his piece.

        I wounder why Andrew Little was not given this type of advice by his “strategy team”.? Maybe they did…but decided to roll the dice (to attack) in the hope the data base turned up some kind of a link to Key or senior National person / donor etc.

        • ankerawshark 8.1.2.1

          I have to disagre Enough is Enough about Trotter’s article………….Trotter is spinning for the Nats. Making it Labour’s fault again. If only Labour had have taken a different approach this this problem would be all tidied up by now.

          F Trotter. The second article in one week criticizing Labour and the Left and praising JK on 5th estate. I suspect he is now on Hooten’ payroll and after this article Hooten tweeted see I was right, I said Labour would be losers over the Panama papers…….

          I am afraid I only have one word for Mr Trotter at the moment SCAB

          • Bearded Git 8.1.2.1.1

            Agreed Ank-Trotter seems to have a phobia about Little and for some reason sees Key as untouchable/can do no wrong. Weird.

            In simple terms Little has it right on the overseas trusts-Key has it wrong. If Trotter can’t see this he has lost it.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.3

        Trotter’s main thesis is that Labour under Little is not gaining traction with the public with respect to the Panama Papers.

        Polling over the next 1-2 months will make it obvious if Trotter is right.

        If Labour had kept to their strong stance on a CGT – tax free capital gains on property being NZ’s major tax dodging rort – they would be in a much stronger moral and policy position on this issue.

        • Enough is Enough 8.1.3.1

          I know Little hinted at dropping the CGT (notwithstanding r0b still using it as an example of bold Labour Party policy).

          Is it still part of their policy platform? I can’t find it.

      • ankerawshark 8.1.4

        I have to disagre Enough is Enough about Trotter’s article………….Trotter is spinning for the Nats. Making it Labour’s fault again. If only Labour had have taken a different approach this this problem would be all tidied up by now.

        F Trotter. The second article in one week criticizing Labour and the Left and praising JK on 5th estate. I suspect he is now on Hooten’ payroll and after this article Hooten tweeted see I was right, I said Labour would be losers over the Panama papers…….

        I am afraid I only have one word for Mr Trotter at the moment SCAB

        • Bearded Git 8.1.4.1

          Agreed +100. Trotter choosing Nats over Labour/Green. Weird.

          • ankerawshark 8.1.4.2.1

            Thanks for the article Pat. But I don’t really think this explains Trotter.

            If it did we would see it becoming more global in his opinion pieces. So he is quite happy to berate neo-liberalism and declare concern for victims of climate change who have a low carbon footprint, he target’s Labour in the same way that the likes of Hooten, Trevitt, Goweret al. Minimize Nationals mistakes, take aim at Labour and their strategies/policies and then praise Key’s skill in managing “the game”…….Key is skillful like many psychopaths/conmen, but rather than admiring it we should be unmasking it and what is behind it.

            • Pat 8.1.4.2.1.1

              it was an alternative proposition…..have read Chris Trotter for a while now and am still unable to determine his position on many subjects….he often writes conflicting/contradictory pieces , i assume at times for effect or to play devils advocate…but am often left wondering if he’s undetermined himself.

    • The question is “what is the fix?”

      The fix is mentioned in the quote from Toby Manhire in the post:

      As tax expert Deborah Russell puts it, it is simply a matter of following the Australian example and “collecting names of settlors and beneficiaries, and proactively disclosing them to authorities elsewhere”.

      You can’t engage in tax dodging or money-laundering if the authorities can see it’s you doing it. The above is the sum total of what we need to do to stop being a tax haven, but it would apparently wreck the foreign trust industry (funny that, given it’s so squeaky clean according to Key), which is why he won’t do it.

      • Enough is Enough 8.2.1

        Exactly PM

        Can some one in Labour’s office just pass this onto Andrew Little so that he can articulate a simple yet sensible policy.

        National has driven holes through his current idiotic policy. He needs to express this simple alternative and get it into the MSM as a Labour Party policy.

  9. Dave 9

    The prime minister argues there are legitimate reasons to have a foreign trust, for example to protect one’s assets in an unstable country, or in the case of Mexico with its unpredictable inheritance laws, to ensure family wealth stays within the family. Sorry John, that is not a legitimate reason. That Mexican businessman made his money in Mexico under Mexican Law. And if Mexican Law says he should pay an inheritance tax then he bloody well should pay it. There are a lot of people in Mexico who would appreciate the healthcare and education that tax would provide. And if that Mexican businessman doesn’t like the law, or thinks there is too much corruption then he should go to work on those issues in his own country and not exacerbate the problem by hiding his money offshore (NZ). Or put it like this: If you think someone who disagrees with the way a tax is implemented shouldn’t have to pay it, then I need to talk to you about my tax bill in NZ Sorry JK, that statement just shows how screwed up your values are.

  10. NZJester 10

    You forgetting who else looses money if he closes NZ tax haven loopholes.
    Just look at all those so called anonymous National Party donations. You think that most NZ business alone could afford to give them that huge pile of anonymous donations funneled to them through lots of anonymous donation loopholes?
    Those in National have no idea (Wink Wink) who gives them any of those anonymous donations I’m sure.

    • gsays 10.1

      thats right, nzj. i can think of 24 million reasons dear leader will not close this industry down.

      • Richardrawshark 10.1.1

        Oh He will, when the polls slump and he absolutely has his back against the wall and has delayed it as long as he possibly can. unless the polls hurt. the polls always the pollllllllls my preciousssss

        But what if the polls go up! will he then say I new the country was full of dodge pots like me. whoopie!

  11. Henry Filth 11

    Trusts. A searchable public register. Settlors, beneficiaries, trustees all recorded.

    Why not?

  12. Nick 12

    Here is the reason.
    As Prime Minister, John Key only ever had two ideas.
    First there was the idea of building a cycle track the length of the country. (He claims to have done some back-of-an-envelope calculations and found that it would cost $35,000,000 to build, employ 5000 people and produced profits in the billions. (Check the actual figures). That is why this financial genius became Minister of Tourism rather than Finance, Revenue or Arithmetic).

    The second idea was to create a financial hub (Right here in River City!). When the notion was poopooed by Treasury, Brownlee, yes, Mr Grump himself, was put on the case. If it hadn’t been for Gaia’s intervention, he might still be battling to build that.

    Instead, all that was left of the idea was to use the trust laws to enable a grubby, petty dodgeball trust regime. It is John’s legacy.

    Actually, the idea probably first came from his “lawyer”.

    I wonder who thought of the cycle-way…..Max?

  13. The Real Matthew 13

    Thus far not one foreign trust in NZ has been identified as achieving tax haven status here.

    But hey why let the facts get in the way of a good story?

    • framu 13.1

      that doesnt even make logical sense

      the issue is the entire system for foreign trusts registered in NZ allows the source and destination of money and the trusts bennies to stay secret (unless you also happen to know the name of a particualr trust i think)

    • Johan 13.2

      To: TRM
      Still trolling???;-)))

  14. TopHat 14

    This is what the pillock is afraid of…
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/12/super-rich-may-sell-london-homes-under-anti-corruption-rules

    It’s all about house prices again?

  15. Graeme 15

    Well it looks like the Trust industry is moving pretty quickly to get out of the way of any changes. MSI Global reported in Stuff http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79944701/accounting-alliance-warns-foreign-trusts-they-can-expect-tighter-rules

    Some of the language is galling “As New Zealand approaches an election in 2017 the National government is likely to want to be seen to be policing foreign investment more strictly to appeal to the populist element in the New Zealand electorate”

    Also seems there was an OECD meeting in Beijing yesterday regarding tax evasion,
    “The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said New Zealand, along with 38 other nations, ratified an agreement relating to the automatic transfer of tax information at a signing ceremony in Beijing overnight.

    The primary purpose of the “Multilateral Competent Authority agreement for the automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports” was to help crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals.”

    More interesting was this at the bottom of the Stuff article
    “Baucher Consulting said in a blog post in March that United States entities would not be bound by the reporting arrangements because the US government had negotiated its own unilateral rights to obtain tax information from overseas.

    The lack of symmetry meant funds had been moving out of “traditional tax havens” into the US which had now in effect become “the biggest tax haven in the world”, the blog said”

    Intriguing about the US becoming a tax haven.

    • Murray Simmonds 15.1

      The USA is always “Outside” of what any other half-decent democracy is trying to legislate against, Graeme.

      • Graeme 15.1.1

        Looks like they will be “outside” of most of the world the way they are going….

        And makes the machinations around the Panama “hack”, Cameron’s little gathering and this OECD meeting all the more intriguing. This is a little larger than our tiny patch.

  16. Pat 16

    “As New Zealand approaches an election in 2017 the National government is likely to want to be seen to be policing foreign investment more strictly to appeal to the populist element in the New Zealand electorate”

    shouldn’t that read “start policing.full stop”?

  17. Murray Simmonds 17

    At the risk of sounding like a “conspiracy theorist” (which is an approach that I sometimes find attractive, and sometimes most definitely do not), one has to ask:

    1. What is all this shmuck about “One Bank” and “The New World Order” that is so widely broached on sites like Youtube? (Try “Googling” either of those two terms).

    2. Did key, or did he not attend a Bilderberg Group meeting soon after becoming PM of NZ?

    (Just asking).

    • Graeme 17.1

      Don’t worry, the way gone right will be going all conspiracy theorist about “One World Government” right now too…

      But maybe where this is going is a more open and harmonised global financial regulatory environment. Globalised business has been several steps ahead of the regulators for a while and there seems to be an international effort underway to sort things out.

      • whispering kate 17.1.1

        He also belongs to the International Democrat Union which consists of seventy members from fifty six countries who are of the centre right. He chaired the meeting there in Marrakesh in October thereabouts 2015, on the tax payers purse, it certainly was not on his official timetable – he tucked it in while he was away on his”official” business as PM.

        Now everybody thinks he is of the centre left but its a load of hogwash. He panders to the centre left as it keeps him in power. He is an ultra right winger through and through and is only obeying his masters in far away places – he has an agenda and its definitely not for NZ. I don’t think this is a conspiracy, its logged on the Internet that he attended this meeting.

      • whispering kate 17.1.2

        He also belongs to the International Democrat Union which consists of seventy members from fifty six countries who are of the centre right. He chaired the meeting there in Marrakesh in October thereabouts 2015, on the tax payers purse, it certainly was not on his official timetable – he tucked it in while he was away on his”official” business as PM.

        Now everybody thinks he is of the centre left but its a load of hogwash. He panders to the centre left as it keeps him in power. He is an ultra right winger through and through and is only obeying his masters in far away places – he has an agenda and its definitely not for NZ. This is not a conspiracy, its logged on the Internet that he attended this meeting.

  18. Murray Simmonds 18

    P.S. If you are searching “One Bank” Do it from WITHIN Youtube. There really is a legit organization called “One Bank” and they are nothing to do with the stuff that appears under that name on Youtube.

    (Just mentioning this in case they try to sue me for my back teeth – of which, alas,
    I happen to have none).

    And incidentally, The Wikipedia entry on “New World Order” is well-worth a read.

  19. Murray Simmonds 19

    ” . . . and there seems to be an international effort underway to sort things out.”

    Sorry, Graeme, I have to disagree. “. . . there seems to be an international effort TO APPEAR to be trying to sort things out.”

    Well OK, that just might be the “paranoid” (aka “Skeptic”) side in me coming out. But do have a bit of a look at the “Doomsday Scenario” and “One World Order” stuff on sites like Zero Hedge and Youtube.

    Yeah, I know, a lot of it is just plumb crazy. but if you take a healthy skeptical approach, the stuff published there does raise an occasional question of interest that one would do well to keep at the back of one’s mind.

    OK just my opinion.

  20. Observer (Tokoroa) 20

    . The value of Andrew Little is his honesty.

    ……It contrasts enormously doesn’t it.

    Andrew Little is dedicated to bringing a fair deal and a fair go to the New Zealand population. Not just to the rich.

    He has also drawn the Opposition together on a number of issues in a coherent and effective way.

    I think that neither the self aware genius of Trotter, or the dazzling ambiguity of the Viper has much to offer.

    However they are set on destroying Andrew Little so as to crown King John Philip Key.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Labour 25% +/-3% in 2017, and Little replaced by Grant Robertson shortly thereafter.

      BTW that poor result will be due to the political incompetence and cultural irrelevance of the Labour leadership, not due to me or Trotter.

  21. Reddelusion 21

    John key is s lizard man and tinfoil hats in his presence is recommended

    • Draco T Bastard 21.1

      I think it’s a bit late for you – you’re brains already fried.

  22. ianmac 22

    Haven’t caught up with all the above but liked Winston’s bit.
    “But at the same time, some of Key’s reaction has been puzzling – enough to prompt Winston Peters to suggest he appeared “like a boy who’s had a widdle behind the couch and he’s denying it to mum”. … and Winston added that “if he did do it he would help to clean it up.”

  23. Huginn 23

    Is any of this money exchanged into $NZ?
    And if so, is there enough of it to distort the exchange rate?

    • Pat 23.1

      Is any of this money exchanged into NZ dollars?Yes,if any of it is invested here(and i believe it is) …is there enough to impact the exchange rate?….because no one appears able to measure it we can’t say…..the whole point of FTs is anonymity and secrecy.

    • Draco T Bastard 23.2

      the NZ$ is the 10the most traded currency in the world according to Wikipedia. 8th equal with Australia according to Investopedia. According to Investopedia they’re both great for the carry trade:

      A currency carry trade is a strategy in which an investor sells a certain currency with a relatively low interest rate and uses the funds to purchase a different currency yielding a higher interest rate. A trader using this strategy attempts to capture the difference between the rates, which can often be substantial, depending on the amount of leverage used.

      Doing nothing of any value and getting rich.

  24. Brian Turner 24

    Collins on corruption,wot a joke.

  25. Incognito 25

    like a boy who’s had a widdle behind the couch and he’s denying it to mum

    John Key likes to play with the boys in the sandpit.

  26. UncookedSelachimorpha 26

    Labour or the Greens (or Winston?) should use this situation to go after Key on his own wealth and tax contribution situation – this information would starkly illuminate Key’s actual values I suspect.

    Unfortunately I fear many MP’s won’t, because their own arrangements are less than commendable.

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;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 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to 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! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. 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 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    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 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    3 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;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 are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    4 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    6 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    6 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
    Wait for the night, for the light at the end of an era'Cause it's love at the end of an eraThe last episode of Newshub, the final instalment of TV3 News, aired last night. Many of us who took the time to watch felt sad and nostalgic looking back over ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
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  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
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  • Country Kindy to remain open
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  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
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  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
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  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
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  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
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  • Government aligns Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia to reduce vehicle prices for Kiwis
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  • NZQA Board appointments
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  • More support for Wairoa clean-up
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  • Minister thanks outgoing Secretary for Education
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  • Minister concludes local government review
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  • Consultation begins on new cancer medicines
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  • 50 years on, Niue and NZ look to the future
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  • Upgrading system resulting in faster passport processing
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  • Roads of National Significance moving at pace
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  • New school for Flat Bush
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  • Dr Shane Reti's speech to Iwi-Maori Partnership Boards, Rotorua
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  • Announcement of Mental Health Targets and Mental Health and Addiction Community Sector Innovation Fu...
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  • Expert panel appointed to review Public Works Act
    An independent expert advisory panel has been appointed to review the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk has announced.  “The short, sharp review demonstrates the Government’s commitment to progressing critical infrastructure projects and reducing excessive regulatory and legislative barriers, so ...
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  • Resources Minister heads to Australia with message – ‘NZ is open for business’
    A trip to Australia next week to meet mining sector operators and investors will signal New Zealand is once again open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. The visit is also an opportunity to build relationships with Australian state and federal counterparts and learn from their experiences as New ...
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  • Prime Minister’s scholarships awarded
    New Zealand’s ability to engage with key trading partners is set to grow further with 20 scholarships awarded for groups to gain education experiences across Asia and Latin America, Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Penny Simmonds says. Of the 20 scholarships, 12 have been awarded to groups travelling for study ...
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  • Next steps for Northwest Rapid Transit underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed progress on Northwest Rapid Transit, as the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) confirms next steps on the preferred option, a busway alongside State Highway 16 from Brigham Creek to Auckland City Centre. “The Government is committed to a rapid transit system that will support urban development, ...
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  • Targets will drive improvement in mental health
    Reflecting the Government’s priority to improve the public services Kiwis rely on, including mental health care, Minister for Mental Health, Matt Doocey has today announced five mental health and addiction targets.  “The targets reflect my priorities to increase access to mental health and addiction support, grow the mental health and addiction ...
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