web analytics

For a Better New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, October 15th, 2018 - 44 comments
Categories: act, alcohol, business, climate change, drugs, Economy, global warming, labour, political parties, Politics, tax, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

A new political party has been announced. It’s name is Better New Zealand and it wants to create, er, a better New Zealand.

Its website is something to behold. A screen shot is above. It is apparently written in plain vanilla html. It is like a throw back to the 1990s.

The leader appears to be Daniel McCaffery. If I am not mistaken he was a Labour Party rogernome back in the 1980s and 1990s, a member of the Backbone club and was Labour candidate for Te Atatu in 1990 which he lost. I presume he then went onto ACT.

The policies are not, how would you say, well developed as yet.

The first policy is to reduce corporate tax to 10% within two years. That way apparently Companies will then be able to pay higher wages to lower income earners and this will ensure balanced prosperity.

The policy is so stunning you have to ask why hasn’t this been tried before?  Or has it?

BNZ wants to remove excise duty on alcohol, cigarettes and fuel. Clearly they are aiming for the bogan vote.

BNZ wants to bring back enforcement to the Ministry of Transport. They yearn for New Zealand in the 1980s.

Amongst the mish mash of policies is one about global warming. At least BNZ accepts that it is occurring. But as New Zealand produces 0.15% of the world’s greenhouse gasses with only 0.06% of the population we should bludge and not worry about it. The US, China and India are where the action is. Apparently action by New Zealand is futile and should cease. 39% of the world’s population should cover the rest of us. The world would be absolutely doomed with this sort of denial of responsibility.

To top off the list of policies BNZ proposes to legalise and regulate the supply of cannabis. Bogans will really be pleased.

I was disappointed to not read an anti 1080 policy. Perhaps this is on the way.

I suspect that BNZ’s prospects of capturing the public’s imagination are rather low. Even if it gets a better website.

44 comments on “For a Better New Zealand? ”

  1. McCaffrey is an unreconstructed Actoid as far as I can tell. No sign that his party has any members other than himself; it’s certainly not registered yet.

    The website certainly looks like a solo effort from someone who thought to themselves ‘how hard could it be?’ It’s pre-Windows 95 aesthetic has a certain charm, to be fair. I look forward to the release of the party’s IT policy, which is probably going to be the compulsory return of CD ROM disk trays that double as drinks holders.

    However, if endorsements from former ACT MP’s start popping up, it could be a sign that moves are afoot to end National’s Epsom charity arm. Which would be nice.

    • Dukeofurl 1.1

      Wasnt ACT thinking about a new name? They could have backed away a bit and could try for the soft re-branding, a bit like Spark did- you first say a logo change to something more generic, then maybe ‘ACT – a better NZ’…cough cough….then eventually the dropping of the ACT bit .

  2. Stuart Munro 2

    “I was disappointed to not read an anti 1080 policy. Perhaps this is on the way.”

    Will no one think of the trout?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/10566260/Tests-reveal-risk-in-1080-zone-trout

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    Perhaps the BNZ will sue them for breach of copyright? If they ever abridge their name onsite they could be in deep shit. Good to see them fronting as progressive on cannabis, which could be significant in respect of a potential coalition partner for National if they manage to get enough members to register.

    They won’t get traction with that global warming policy unless deniers in Aotearoa come in over 5% of the electorate. I googled “better New Zealand” and got no evidence of an msm report yet, so I share TRP’s scepticism that any such party exists currently.

  4. Carolyn_Nth 4

    Could a certain bank sue them/him for stealing their acronym?

    • Dukeofurl 4.1

      BNZ could only be copyrighted for certain types of uses, financial services, banking, investment, etc.
      Political group could be excluded, and BNZ could copyright themselves as a ‘poodle for national’

  5. cleangreen 5

    We are also advocating for the return of the ‘Ministry of Transport’ as NZTA are only a RCA (Road Controlling Authority).

    We want to also see a new portfolio for a ‘Minister of Rail’ as we do not currently have any minister who is moving to push our public rail services forward now.

    Most of the last century we had a ‘Minister of Rail’ who did protect our public owned rail services until 1992 when National sold the public owned rail company.

    National never wanted a rail system.

    Since Labour’s Helen Clark Government bought rail back into public ownership in 2008 we are still waiting for a new ‘Minister of rail’.

    Winston Peters would be an excellent MP choice for ‘Minister of rail’ with his “Rail of National Importance” (RONs) NZF policy.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1407/S00252/green-light-moves-nz-forward-on-rail-and-road.htm

    • Ad 5.1

      You are more likely to see Kiwirail funding get fully subsumed into the NLTP than a structural merger of Kiwirail into NZTA or a Minister of Rail. The governance trend is towards greater modal integration, not greater modal separation.

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.1

        Sounds like some gobbledygook there,… but this statement :

        [ ‘ The governance trend is towards greater modal integration, not greater modal separation ‘ ]

        Is interesting. Just an observation that Hitlers air, land and sea divisions were quite centralized , – yet Hitler created overlaps by favours that caused all manner of friction,… He did that to keep them all in deference to him. Whereas the Allied command kept them separate , more fluid , and with appointed chiefs as a general principle ,… which did away ( in theory ) with any potential infighting.

        I wonder if that same manner of streamlining by separation is a principle that should be utilized more in govt and civic depts…

  6. Sanctuary 6

    Better NZ appears to be the result of too much smuggled Pinot Gris on long, lonely Friday night in the retirement home.

  7. Bill 7

    Is “bogan” a term intended to dismiss and diminish a whole tranche of people in much the same way as the term “deplorables” was used by the Democratic Party in the US?

    Disclaimer: I know and am friends with people who that term might be taken as applying to. They’re good people.

    • Dennis Frank 7.1

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogan “Since the 1980s, the bogan has become a very well-recognised subculture, often as an example of bad taste.”

      The binary good/bad taste frame is traditional: it was part of our culture in the fifties when I was a kid, can probably be traced back to the 19th or 18th centuries – if not even earlier. Obviously elitist, yet sufficiently common to denote a general preference for quality.

    • Siobhan 7.2

      …and as anyone familiar with bogans can attest, most bogans have jobs and families. Their concerns usually revolve around wages, employment and taking care of the kids: actual affordable housing and apprenticeships would be more effective vote winners ‘out west’ I suspect.

      If we had a real Labour Party they would embrace the bogans as members of the proletariat. They certainly wouldn’t be used as a term of abuse.

      • Bill 7.2.1

        Indeed.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 7.2.2

        “If we had a real Labour Party they would embrace the bogans as members of the proletariat. They certainly wouldn’t be used as a term of abuse.”

        100% correct right there. I know lots of ‘bogans’ and most are entirely disengaged from all NZ political parties. And yet they have many genuine concerns that are 100% political in origin and solution.

    • mickysavage 7.3

      Bogan could be equated as westie. And yes they are good people although I wish they cared less about petrol.

  8. Gareth 8

    As much as I dislike their policies, I applaud them for the vanilla HTML. Damn auto-play video ads are straight from the fourth circle of hell.

    • chris73 8.1

      I really dislike the practice of doing +1 on comments however for this I’ll make an exception

      +1

    • McFlock 8.2

      The layout is pretty special.

      I only noticed the link to it’s youtube channel when I was reading the page source for lolz. At the time of reading, the youtube channel has been up for 11 months, with very few video views, several with zero views lol.

      Looks like someone cried after the election results or coalition was announced lol

  9. UncookedSelachimorpha 9

    Yeah….nah

  10. soddenleaf 10

    Food stress, not in the top ten. Housing? nope.. Nothing about global food risks, or even local duopoly, nothing about retiring boomers effect on house prices, or massive immigration. No, nothing on why kiwis overwhelm the Aussie welfare system, or the Ozzie banks own most of the nz banking sector. no nothing but ACT leanings.

    Nice when an ad sums up a chronically underperforming economy, old boomer remonstrates his prodigy, as eating his biscuits. Overly privately controlled economy handed over by neolibs, like somehow a centralized private politburo would work better… …which is the contradictory outcome of supposed free marketeers. Demonstrating the prodigy by essentially tying down the kid to the sofa, like he would want to earn real biscuits on his own.

    Massive concentrations of wealth in a few is no different from the worse economics of communism. Planet loses, people lose, communities degrade, youth stuffed with biscuit crumbs to shut them up.

  11. Poission 11

    But as New Zealand produces 0.15% of the world’s greenhouse gasses with only 0.06% of the population we should bludge and not worry about it. The US, China and India are where the action is. Apparently action by New Zealand is futile and should cease. 39% of the world’s population should cover the rest of us.

    Ill posed argument.The uncertainty and error rates (for emissions) cover both fractional and absolute numbers and the big and emerging nations. eg Marland 2008

    The data differed significantly for many countries but showed no systematic bias, and the global totals were very similar. Relative differences were largest for countries with weaker national systems of energy statistics, and absolute
    differences were largest for countries with large emissions. The two estimates for the United States differed by only 0.9%, but the absolute value of this difference was greater than total emissions from 147 of the 195 countries analyzed.
    The 10 countries with the largest absolute differences between the two estimates (for 1990) included the USSR, North Korea, India, Venezuela, and China. When the differences between the two estimates were summed, without regard to sign, the difference for the top 5 emitting countries was larger than the sum of the
    differences for the remaining 190 countries. …

    The bottom line is that the details of the global carbon cycle and the details of compliance with emissions commitments are limited by the uncertainty
    of the emissions estimates. And the uncertainty in the global total of emissions is increasing as the contribution increases of emissions from countries with higher uncertainty

  12. millsy 12

    0.0001% of the vote.

  13. Jenny 13

    Make New Zealand Better Again

    An MNZBA cap anyone?

    Is there room on the political spectrum for this Right Wing fringe moonmoon party.

    Scientists say it is possible. (though unlikely)

    As ACT is to National as the Moon is to the Earth

    Could moonmoons exist?

  14. mosa 14

    Hilarious !!
    Cutting company tax will all of a sudden increase low wages to liveable wages at the snap of one’s fingers.
    I am sure that was peddled out with the introduction of Rogers neo liberal miracle cure when there was ” no alternative ” in 1984.
    Anyone promising this must need their head read.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 14.1

      Of course!! That will be the #1 thing to do with the saved tax dosh – no company would dream of just forking it straight over to the shareholders.

    • Craig H 14.2

      If it was accompanied by a large minimum wage increase, maybe, but somehow, I doubt it.

    • the other pat 14.3

      no that will not work at all….anyone who falls for this will have nothing in the head to read!

  15. feijoa 15

    Well, the risk to the Coalition government is National finding friends.
    However, is this really the sort of friend they want. If they are under 5%, they will steal votes
    If over 5% or an MP, National could be in government 2020

  16. jcuknz 16

    To all you ACT haters I would point out that orginally as Sir Roger started it is an alternative left wing party and formed in the main by ex Labour folk, Ministers etc. What it is now I really do not know or care but acknowledge that it was yet another splitting of leftwing idealists like Greens, Alliance where as the ‘right’ tend to be more pragmatic and solve their internal problems away from the spotlight [current stouch excepted 🙂 ].

    As an ACT member at the start I blame the hatred of ACT on a few brainless lefties who grabbed the headlines and slung mud which sadly stuck and more brainless didn’t think for themselves and joined in the mud slinging to this day here on The Standard and et al.

    As for BNZ concepts, the 10% tax rate could be good, very good, for NZ as currently it has one of the highest rates in the world which discourages business from coming here and providing jobs/ tax revenue to pay for welfare.

    Folk are wrong to think that capitalism is dead and really an amalgamation of prudent management along with careful care of a responsible society is the sensible way to go.
    Labour+National together in todays terms without the extremes of each.

  17. jcuknz 17

    Perhap Greywarshark that you saw the commonsense in my remarks? As I drifted away from ACT to my current position of middle road I have come to realise that you simply cannot have a truly responsible society without the populace all being responsible to the society in return and that political parties scared of offending and loosing votes will not make limits to the way they help. “Responsible Society” came to me long before ACT and came from Dr Bill Sutch’s book which was my first and only book I read and made me realise I was a socialist basically and common sense guides me from that long forgotten read. Not that I am uncommon as I am sure even most Kiwibloggers too would be reluctant to give away the responsible elements of our society.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago