Flat tax: works for Lithuania and Albania, eh?

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Predictably, the ideological vanguardists at Treasury are rolling out the flat tax argument again. For some unknown reason Radio NZ hasn’t published the Treasury papers they obtained under the OIA but the idea this time seems to be to use the money raised from higher GST, capital gains tax, land tax, changes to tax treatment of investment properties, and/or increases to the bottom income levels to pay for eliminating the higher tax rates.

Make no mistake, this is just a wealth grab by the rich from low to middle income New Zealanders. A flat tax would only cut income tax for the rich and would have to be paid for with higher GST for the poor a or higher bottom income tax.

The whole thing is premised on Treasury’s voodoo economic models, which hold that if you take food out of the mouths of a thousand working class children so some rich guy can buy a yacht then somehow you’ll get the incentives right and we’ll all end up with yachts.

It’s patently aburd.

Nearly the only countries that have adopted flat tax are the former communist states, who got suckered into adopting Jeffery Sachs’ ‘cowboy capitalism’ wholesale. Sure they grew alright in immediate the post-communist era, as you would expect with their markets opening to the wealthier West.

But now they’re buggered. The Baltic republics, often held up as shining examples by flat tax advocates are now economic disaster zones because their growth was built on a few wealthy speculators and the bulk of the population remained poor. Estonia’s GDP shrank 16.1% a year last quarter, Latvia’s 17.3%, Lithuania’s 20.4%*. Why would we want to copy them?

The fact of the matter is that every single country that is above us in the oft-cited OECD rankings does not have a flat tax. In fact, many of the most economically successful countries (Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Australia, the UK etc) have more progressive tax systems with higher top rates than we do.

If we want to be more economically successful, shouldn’t we imitate successful countries rather than basket-cases?

Of course, the Right’s agenda has never really been about making the economy grow faster. It’s all about taking from the poor to line the pockets of the rich, and with the New Zealand Treasury we have a highly ideological and activist proponent of that agenda right at the heart of our Government. That’s something the Left is going to have to sort out next time we’re in power.

32 comments on “Flat tax: works for Lithuania and Albania, eh?”

  1. TightyRighty 1

    doesn’t hong kong have a flat tax rate? and didn’t they grow by over 3% in the last year? countries that have always been basket case, will likely remain so.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      From wikipedia article on flat tax:

      Countries reputed to have a flat tax
      Hong Kong Some sources claim that Hong Kong has a flat tax,[41] though its salary tax structure has several different rates ranging from 2% to 20% after deductions. Taxes are capped at 16% of gross income, so this rate is applied to upper income returns if taxes would exceed 16% of gross otherwise.[42] Accordingly, Duncan B. Black of Media Matters for America, says “Hong Kong’s ‘flat tax’ is better described as an ‘alternative maximum tax.'” [43] Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute similarly notes that Hong Kong’s “tax on salaries is not flat but steeply progressive.”[44] Hong Kong has, nevertheless, a flat profit tax regime.

    • snoozer 1.2

      so, if we adopt a flat tax rate we’ll be like Hong Kong? A major export/import destination for the world’s largest manufacturing country?

      In fact, if Hong Kong only grew 3% last year, it grew at half the rate of the rest of China. Not a good example, Tighty.

      Oh yeah, and just ignore all the other two dozen or so former communist countries with flat tax and their dismal economic performance

    • The Voice of Reason 1.3

      Nope. Graduated from 2% through to 17% for lower through to middle class incomes. Bugger all state support outside of that, hence the low rates. Similar in Singapore, if that was the island nation you were thinking of?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.4

      From here.

      Q: Does Poverty really exist in Hong Kong?
      There is an increase in prevalence of low-income households in Hong Kong in the past decade.
      • There were 0.89 million of people living in low-income families in 1995 while there were 1.22
      millions in 2005.
      • Poverty rate has risen from 14.8% in 1995 to 17.7% in 2005.

      That’s the only statistic that’s worth mentioning about how “successful” Hong Kong is.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    John Key has already nixed it: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/2958390/No-flat-tax-PM

    Also, flat tax in the form of flat *marginal* tax rates is probably the best of all worlds, and generally involves a form of negative income tax. We’ve talked about this here before on the standard, for example where the flat tax rate is 33%, but the government also gives everyone $10,000 annually untaxed – if you earn 30k in such a system the tax paid wipes out the government payment, but if you only earnt 10k you’d end up with a final income of 16.6k, or only paying 16.67% tax, and if you earnt 120k you’d end up paying 40k in tax or an effective rate of 25% tax – thus progressively taxing higher income earners more than lower income earners. This also allows a simplification of the welfare system, where benefits are simply an adjustment to the annual government payout, instead of a complex system checking to see how much you earnt in a particular week or month to see if you’re still eligible for the benefit, etc.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      I agree with the idea but I suspect that you’ll find that the flat tax rate would be closer to 60% or 70% than 33%.

  3. bobo 3

    Why do we need a govt announcement to say they aren’t doing anything in regards to a flat tax? This gov almost has a twitter like mentality , omg say something… to fill an empty policy vacuum. Labour needs to attack them this week on the blatant sabotaging of ACC ,so next year national can say, hey ACC levies are so high compared to private insurance…

  4. roger nome 4

    Taxing lower income earners (under $20,000 annually) is just stupid. The amount of tax revenue gained is only a small percentage of total revenue, and these people can’t afford to pay the tax. It just results in more social problems and more crime.

    Lanthanide’s suggestion would probably lead to better economic and social outcomes than the statuesque.

    • snoozer 4.1

      status quo? 🙂

      I understand there are some theoretical problems with negative tax, just as there are theoretical benefits.

      .. and it’s not really on the cards anyway.

  5. Mark M 5

    How would a flat tax be a wealth grab by the rich from low to middle income New Zealanders. ?

    If you get to keep more of your own money how is that taking from others.

    If the tax rate was 20% and you earned $200,000 you would be contributing $36000 more to running the country than a person who earned $20000.

    This is not about the proportion of income people should pay ,its about portraying people who pay more than others , as somehow flogging money off them.

  6. Greg 6

    nome,

    The problem with with having tax exemptions is that it is hugely inefficient. Why not tax everything but have a guaranteed minimum family income or the like?

    Also, I’m curious. What is the moral argument for not having a flat tax? Because a tax system should be fair right? Does it not make sense that you should be taxed for what you use. Now the rich may well use more government goods and services. A person on $50000 may well use half of the goods and services that a person on $100000 would use. But with a flat tax the income tax is already doubled. Are you arguing that someone on $100000 would use even more than double that of someone on $50000?

    • Daveo 6.1

      Government isn’t a company that you pay for goods and services. That’s a completely warped neoliberal way of looking at it.

      Tax is about what it costs to run a civilised society, and who’s best positioned to pay for it. We have progressive tax because the wealthy can afford to pay a greater proportion of their income than the poor.

      It’s also a recognition that a capitalist system generates highly unequal social and economic outcomes. A progressive tax helps to mitigate this unfairness, a flat tax makes it worse.

      • Greg 6.1.1

        So what your saying is that the rich should pay a disproportionate slice of the taxation pie simply because “they can afford to pay a greater proportion of their income”?

        I’m struggling to see the moral argument there……

        • Daveo 6.1.1.1

          That’s the practical argument.

          As for the moral argument, like I said:

          It’s also a recognition that a capitalist system generates highly unequal social and economic outcomes. A progressive tax helps to mitigate this unfairness, a flat tax makes it worse.

          Your mistake is to view taxation as impinging on natural, pre-political property rights. As Philosophy, et cetera argues:

          We should instead understand rights – including (conditional) property rights – as emerging out of a social/political context (and justified on indirect utilitarian grounds). On this more holistic view, you cannot see pre-tax income as your “natural” or “deserved” earnings. ‘Pre-tax’ is a misnomer: tax is not an imposition on some prior economic system, it is a fundamental part of the system. A sales tax is simply part of the price of what you buy. Income tax is just a factor that determines your earnings. “Ownership” is not a natural relation between you and an object, but a social relation between fellow citizens: it is an agreement to refrain from interfering with the socially-recognized (i.e. “post-tax”) holdings of each other.

          (http://www.philosophyetc.net/2005/06/why-taxation-is-not-theft.html)

          That’s not to say anything goes. There’s a lot to be gained both on grounds of practicality and fairness in allowing people to be rewarded for their efforts. But there’s nothing immoral in using a redistributive tax system to even out the unfair distribution of wealth created by capitalism.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      It won’t be doubled though unless all income is taxed the same way and the only way to do that would be to eliminate all tax deductions.

  7. Irascible 7

    Shades of Nosferatu Douglas emerging from the grave again in this proposal fromthe Treasury wonks who must have drunk from the same blood source. I seem to recall Roger advocating such a tax when he was finance minister just before Lange fired him.

    If I remember rightly the proposal created a huge schism inside Labour – a schism that took Roger, Richard and co off to become ACT.

    I doubt if the same ideological schism will happen in the NACT party but the proposal does demonstrate how out of touch Key & co are to even allow such a proposal to emerge on a discussion / policy direction paper.

  8. What is the moral argument for not having a flat tax? Because a tax system should be fair right?

    The tax system SHOULD be fair. But the underlying economic system SHOULD also be fair. The problem is that capitalism – although it’s great at creating wealth – is very unfair and causes the new wealth to aggregate. Progressive taxation balances the unfairness out again.

  9. ben 9

    Probably the silliest post I’ve seen for a long time, Marty. Let me count the ways:

    1. If it’s just a wealth grab, then why are property taxes set to increase? Isn’t it the wealthy who tend to own property?

    2. The whole thing is premised on Treasury’s voodoo economic models, which hold that if you take food out of the mouths of a thousand working class children so some rich guy can buy a yacht then somehow you’ll get the incentives right and we’ll all end up with yachts.

    The silliest sentence in a very silly post. “Voodoo economics” was invented for Reagan’s policies and that was 25 years ago and remains as meaningless as ever. A useless slogan. The rest of this paragraph is unadulterated straw man tosh.

    3. What does Estonia and Latvia’s flat tax have to do with their response to the economic crisis? About nothing I would say. Do you have any evidence at all that their flat tax made the result worse? Do you have any idea why they have flat taxes? The main answer is because those countries had problems with rampant tax avoidance, and flat taxes substantially increased taxes raised.

    4. And then you say this: Of course, the Right’s agenda has never really been about making the economy grow faster. It’s all about taking from the poor to line the pockets of the rich

    I would say you are exactly wrong about that. Treasury will have had these discussions recognising the argument about how low income people may be affected and decided that in spite of this objection, a flat tax may nevertheless be sensible. Yes I suppose it’s easy to portray the people at Treasury as uncaring monsters who actually think it appropriate to take from the poor and give to the rich for its own sake. But that is simply untrue – that is not an attitude I have ever once seen in all my dealings with Treasury people. They have no reason to think about things that way and they don’t.

    Making things up based on a caricature that was barely believeable in 1987 letalone now adds nothing to the debate. Which about sums up The Standard, really: so little of what you say has any relationship to truth that I doubt anybody believes anything that’s said here – even when quite sensible things are said.

    • felix 9.1

      ben.

      You are the caricature.

    • Clarke 9.2

      Yes I suppose it’s easy to portray the people at Treasury as uncaring monsters who actually think it appropriate to take from the poor and give to the rich for its own sake. But that is simply untrue that is not an attitude I have ever once seen in all my dealings with Treasury people.

      Having also had quite a few dealings with Treasury people (and ex-Treasury alumni), it’s true what you say about them not being uncaring monsters – they’re regular folk. However they’re also a little … isolated … from the real world, which is part of the caricature that turns out to be deadly accurate, IMHO.

      For instance, if you want to ensure you’re getting the least accurate forecasts on GDP growth, unemployment, international oil prices or a range of other macro-economic indicators, Treasury are your people. They are less accurate than the private sector economists, yet they should be better as they have greater access to the raw data that comes from being part of the inner circle of government. For the money we spend on Treasury-the-agency, we’d be better off putting three or four companies such as NZIER on retainer and then taking the median point of all their projections.

      And frankly, I think Annette King nailed it in the Herald – if John Key shoots down their flat tax paper within 12 hours of it being issued, why are we paying Treasury to generate these things?

    • snoozer 9.3

      ben. please show some evidence, any real world evdience that flat tax increases growth.

      Treasury aren’t monsters, they’re ideologues. They’re pushing a political ideology, thinly cloaked in threadbare economic arguments that turn out to have no substance at all. Don’t cry about it when the other side criticises them, it demeans you.

      If you had read the government’s Tax Working Party report you would know that they said the impact of a land tax would be spread across incomes because it would be passed on through rents. A capital gains tax is progressive. And GSt is regressive.

      • modern 9.3.1

        Snoozer:

        “If you had read the government’s Tax Working Party report you would know that they said the impact of a land tax would be spread across incomes because it would be passed on through rents.”

        It’s hard to say this any other way…but you just made that up, and it’s completely wrong.

        The Treasury / IRD report to the Tax Working Group on land tax (and there is no other ‘government’ report in existence) did NOT say the impact of a land tax would be spread across incomes because it would be passed on through rents.

        It said the opposite: that (a) it will NOT be passed through in rents; and (b) the full impact of a land tax will be on the people who own land at the time of announcement of the tax.

        http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacl/cagtr/twg/Publications/3-land-tax-ird_treasury.pdf

    • Draco T Bastard 9.4

      “Voodoo economics’ was invented for Reagan’s policies and that was 25 years ago and remains as meaningless as ever. A useless slogan.

      No Ben, it’s spot on. The neo-liberal economics of which you speak so highly really are delusional and, quite simpy, don’t work. That’s why we are having another recession ATM.

  10. George D 10

    I might be really really stupid, but if Australia has a five tier tax system with a bottom tax free bracket and top marginal income tax rate of 45%, how is “a flat tax rate [a] way of closing the income gap with Australia.’?

    Nevermind either that of the ten highest earning countries per capita in 2008, 5 have tax systems that are significantly more progressive (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Netherlands), one is a tax haven (Luxembourg), one is a rapidly deflating bubble (Ireland), another a busted bubble (Iceland) and two have an economy that New Zealand would be very hard pressed to emulate (UAE and Qatar). Australia, with its significantly higher taxes, sits just outside the top ten. What does that tell us? That there is no correlation between a flat tax and a high income. In fact, high taxes predate the rises in incomes of the high-tax group. Could it be that raising taxes will increase incomes? There’s better real world evidence than that supporting the voodoo economics of Bowen Street.

    Nevermind again that New Zealand’s tax system works out to flat for 90% of us:

    How much fairness is gained for all this extra complexity? Surprisingly little, suggest Messrs Owens and Hamilton. In New Zealand, for example, only the richest tenth of households pay much more under the country’s progressive income tax than they would under a 25% flat tax (see chart on page 71). Most of the redistribution in New Zealand is carried out on the other side of the government’s ledger, by spending more money on poor people.

    (Economist, 16 April 2005)
    That tax collected from the top ten percent is actually rather important, however.

    And finally, I bet they don’t consider compulsory wage arbitration, or strong unions. Those are also important reasons for Australia having some of the highest median wages in the world.

  11. Zaphod Beeblebrox 11

    Q: How do you address income and wealth disparities between Oz and NZ?
    A (most people would assume): You first raise productivity by better equipping and training our workforce, then you pay them more so reflect their increased performance. Isn’t that everybody else in the world is trying to do?

    Forcing more people below the poverty line, does not make us any more productive.

    Get rid of these economic dinosaurs

  12. The Baltic states have not had economic collapse due to flat tax, that’s a total non-sequiter. They have suffered in part from a property speculation bubble borrowed in Euro whilst their own currencies have suffered in comparison. So the whole basis for this post is empty nonsense.

    The only argument presented here for progressively higher income tax rates is Marxist – the idea that those who earn higher incomes only do so because some others helped them get there, others who haven’t earned their “fair share” and so to compensate them, the state gets money, hires a bunch of them and gives the money directly or indirectly to these poor souls.

    People typically have low incomes either because their parents did not bring them up to have self confidence and belief in themselves and pass on values of hard work and education OR because of a lack of ambition.

    To have a low income you either have employment that pays poorly, because there is a queue of people waiting to take up the job (your skills aren’t that special or highly valued) or you don’t have employment, in which case you have even less valuable skills.

    To argue that those on high incomes, through their own enterprise or the enterprise of those who value their skills (not talking state sector chief executives or any other subsidised jobs) owe people who have surplus skills something is rather absurd. Those people are paid what their skills are worth, if people with such skills are scarce, the price goes up. Unless, of course, you think the poor are all oppressed and exploited, and have no opportunities for social mobility, and are slaves.

  13. Hong Kong has a flat tax on profits, dividends and rent, but graduated rates on labor income. Those with high salaries pay a flat tax that is lower than the maximum statutory rate in exchange for giving up personal exemptions. High income from capital cannot push people into higher tax brackets regardless of their salary, and high income from work does not raise the tax rate on savings. The whole system is a close as anyone has gotten to what tax economists call an optimal tax.

    Sweden has a nearly-flat tax system, when VAT and payroll taxes are taken into account. That is, everyone who works pays nearly half of income to the national and local governments, but able-bodied people who don’t work are not usually bailed out by welfare. So, Swedes do work, but not too hard or too long.

    If choosing between a progressive tax with a top rate of 17% or a flat tax with a rate twice as high, few economists or citizens would pick the latter. The key issue is the marginal tax rate on labor and capital.

    To blame any country’s recession on its tax regime is just strange, unless there was a big tax increase (like the U.S. in June 1932). Sweden had a much deeper recession than the U.S. last year, but that was not because their tax system is more progressive (it isn’t). Taxes look progressive on paper in Japan and France, but high rates are widely evaded by tax-free perks and the like. Income tax receipts in such countries are very weak.

    Over the longer run, countries (and U.S. states) with lower marginal tax rates invariably have faster growing economies than those with higher tax rates. That is why nearly every Asian country including India has cut its top tax rate in half since the early 1980s — emulating Hong Kong.

  14. randal 14

    right on marty. it is not about making the economy grow. nobody in New Zealand really knows how to do that no matter how much they scream and shout about it. every economist knows that over time the rate of profit always tends toward zero so in the interim sieze power by a concerted campaign to oust the other lot then snatch as much as you can before you get tossed out again. meanwhile the poor are taxed to the point where they cannot afford to go to bali fora holiday or afford a second hand jap crapper and the fat exhaust modification for their pimply faced son.

  15. roger nome 15

    Hey Ayn Rand/Liberty Scott – the flat tax is the tool of the Shaman and the Attila rolled into one. If Atlas were to shrug and clench his buttocks tight enough, you would be the sycophantic butt-sucking flea falling out of his crevasse.

    Now go read some Rawls and think about why your market utopia shit is bunk.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_position

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    5 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    6 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    6 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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    5 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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