web analytics

Forward to the 70s

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, June 6th, 2018 - 112 comments
Categories: capitalism, Iain Lees-Galloway, labour, national, same old national, unemployment, Unions, wages, workers' rights - Tags:

Labour and Iain Lees-Galloway have managed to score the biggest up yours in politics for decades with the announcement that former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger has been appointed to a group tasked with returning industry wide bargaining. And the Nats are spitting tacks.

From Craig McCulloch at Radio New Zealand:

The National Party has taken a swipe at its former leader Jim Bolger as he heads up a working group tasked with radically shaking up industrial relations.

The government on Tuesday announced a 10 person panel – chaired by the former prime minister – to investigate the best way to set up Fair Pay Agreements.

The contentious proposal would allow collective agreements setting minimum terms and conditions for all workers across the same sector or occupation.

National MP Scott Simpson said such a move was a return to the days of industrial strife and strike action in the 1970s.

And Mr Bolger’s appointment did not allay the Opposition’s concerns, he said.

“Jim was actually the Minister of Labour back in the 1970s, so I guess he’s particularly well-placed to lead an initiative that will take us back there.”

Mr Simpson said sector-wide negotiations would ultimately make workplaces less flexible and productive.

“This will do nothing to alleviate businesses’ concerns about the direction the government’s taking New Zealand in.”

Bolger had the perfect response:

“We’re not going to be looking backwards,” he said.

“It’s where we are and what’s the world going to look like tomorrow – and are we going to be able to meet the fair aspirations of all workers in New Zealand?”

He also said that Simpson needs to take a deep breath and a cold shower.

Things were really bad back in the 1970s during the time of the third Labour Government.  Full employment, wages and conditions sufficient to allow a working family to live in decency on one full time wage, home ownership rates of about 70% …

Stand by for some really shrill fearmongering.  And hope that the Government succeeds in getting this introduced.  So that three decades of work conditions being eroded can be arrested.

112 comments on “Forward to the 70s”

  1. Ad 1

    Employment Contracts Act!
    Like getting Bill Clinton leading #MeToo.

    What next, Bolger leads a new Farmers Union?

    This is just a piece of awesome theatre from Minister Lees-Galloway.

    • dukeofurl 1.1

      At least Bolger has been on record as previously saying time has shown his ECA was a failure when it supplanted the 100 yr old arbitration Act.

      • Anne 1.1.1

        Jim Bolger 30 mins ago on rnz:

        https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018648034/scott-simpson-needs-to-take-a-deep-breath-jim-bolger

        I think it is an inspired choice. Bolger is experienced and a much wiser person now. He’s on record as rubbishing some of the more draconian neo liberal changes of the 1980s and 90s.

        • Gosman 1.1.1.1

          Bolger was bigging up his employment reforms during the 90’s during his interview this morning. He didn’t make out they were a mistake at all. He certainly didn’t agree that the 1970’s industrial relations policies were better.

          • AB 1.1.1.1.1

            Agree with Gosman. Naïve to think of Bolger as having seen the light – my impression is that he still seems a bit schizophrenic or self-contradictory in his comments. He may be still under the illusion that compassionate conservatism is possible.
            Bill Mitchell had this to say about him: Reflections on a Visit to NZ

            “Also at the Roundtable was the former Prime Minister of New Zealand who oversaw the worst of the neo-liberal excesses against the disadvantaged – James Bolger. He was also in the audience for the formal presentation and I had a conversation with him about various things that remain between us.
            In the Roundtable, he was obviously frustrated with the message, which I could have made more personal (against him) had I desired, given his role in the damage that was caused and his apparent recanting in recent interviews.”

      • DS 1.1.2

        Strictly, it didn’t.

        The predecessor to the ECA was the Labour Relations Act 1987, which reintroduced compulsory unionism after Muldoon (and Bolger!) scrapped it in 1982.

        It was Norm Kirk that scrapped the Arbitration Act in 1973 (largely inevitable, since the Court kept giving decisions that pleased nobody), replacing it with the Industrial Relations Act.

  2. millsy 2

    National shows that they want to slash wages and reduce conditions to Indian and Chinese levels. No sick leave, no paid holidays. Etc

    Also, it seems no penal rates, overtime or shift allowances. Same rate of pay, no matter how long you work.

    • Gosman 2.1

      Stop making stuff up. National had 9 years in office. What efforts did they make that pointed towards them trying to reduce employment conditions to Indoian and Chinese levels.

      • ropata 2.1.1

        Zero hours contracts
        90 day fire at will
        Mass import of low skilled labour + student visas
        Proliferation of slave like conditions in orchards and fisheries
        Attempts to break the Teachers Union
        Shortage of OSH/labour inspectors

        • Gosman 2.1.1.1

          National did not introduce Zero hour contracts after 2008 as far as I am aware and it was abolished in 2016 when they were still in power.

          90 Trials have not been fully abolished by Labour so there must be something about them that is deemed useful. It certainly does not impact on wage rates.

          Do you have hard evidence that slave like conditions have increased over the past 10 years?

          When did they ever attempt to break the Teachers Union (not that I think they shouldn’t be broken)?

          Because we may have a shortage of OSH/labour inspectors that means we must be like India and China now does it?

          • Tricledrown 2.1.1.1.1

            Gosman back to fact free BS .
            National instigated many inquiries into pay and employment.
            All uncovered wage theft ,slavery abuses of power by many sectors of the economy.
            Nationals policy allowed these abusers to get away with slavery etc.
            Undermining the education sector by implementing draconian testing box ticking left us with 96,000 youth unemployed when we have massive skill shortages in IT and construction .
            Managers of the economy National have failed.
            National are good managers at spin and propaganda even with all the bought off media on their side people saw through their BS.

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.1.1.1.1

              “Managers of the economy National have failed.”

              Your masters disagree. Labour have frequently commented about the strong state of the economy, both in terms of its fundamentals and its future prospects. The reason labour can go on its ill conceived spend fest is because it inherited a very, very strong economy. Let’s see what they leave behind in 2020.

          • ianmac 2.1.1.1.2

            @ Gosman, “Zero hour contracts after 2008 as far as I am aware and it was abolished in 2016 when they were still in power.”
            No. They trumpeted abolition of Zero hours but left plenty of loop-holes so that today it continues.

      • Stuart Munro 2.1.2

        Lax or non-enforcement of immigration and labour laws – record influx of fake students – no wage growth in spite of alleged labour shortages.

        • Gosman 2.1.2.1

          Apart from students what has the current government done around enforcing immigration laws?

          • Stuart Munro 2.1.2.1.1

            It’s got the labour inspectors working again – uncovered a systematic fraud using Malaysian nationals for one.

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.2.1.1.1

              The labour inspectors never stopped working. There’s a list of prosecutions at http://www.mbie.govt.nz/about/whats-happening/news. But never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh Stuart.

              • Tricledrown

                Baby Gaga farm workers orchard workers sex workers fisheries workers education sector all places where slavery wage theft violence and sexual harassment were uncovered .
                National brushed the scandal under the carpet.
                Made a few examples but let industries self regulate not enforcing rules unless those cases made the headlines.

                • Baba Yaga

                  Clearly they didn’t brush anything under the carpet. Prosecutions occurred frequently, as my reference shows. I have no time for employers who act illegally, and having reported one such employer 3 years ago, I can say with confidence the labour inspectorate investigated without fear or favour. To suggest they were somehow influenced politically is a disgusting insult to those inspectors.

                  • Tricledrown

                    Baby Gaga putting words into my post that Don’r exist you show your faux outrage.
                    How many dodgy employers were prosecuted a handful by a deliberately under funded MBIE Labour inspectors .
                    Pike River is just one of many instances of how National protect the abusers by not proactively clamping down on abusive employers.

                    • Gosman

                      How many more inspectors are working now than under National?

                    • Tricledrown

                      Gooseman you know full and well Labour are re organizing the Labour inspectors dept increasing the numbers on the ground.
                      You are being a pedantic troll.

              • Stuart Munro

                They stopped working to the point where any dodgy employer in NZ could have all the underpaid foreign staff they wanted with minimal risk of detection. It’s being wound back (a little) now but the results – large numbers of unskilled migrants are still very much in evidence.

                But you would never let the evidence get in the way of your prejudices would you Baba, you pathetic freak-right hack.

  3. Tamati Tautuhi 3

    It will be interesting to see how the cards unfold on these issues, obviously the neoliberal experiment failed and National’s mass immigration program, and attempts to lift our wages to parity with Australia failed, however I believe that statement was all piss and wind telling people what they wanted to hear ?

  4. millsy 4

    Living standards were at their highest in the 1970’s and 80’s. Cheap housing and utilities helped with that.

    Of course Wayne thinks that the country was too equal and some people needed to be living on the streets because incentives.

    • dukeofurl 4.1

      Thats the trick of the neo-liberals, they said it WOULD increase growth higher than our existing regulated system, much higher.
      In fact it did no such thing at all, so they are reduced to saying …its looking backwards.

      However Australia which retained its arbitration system and ‘awards’ which govern minimum pay rates for various industries shows it still works

      • Gosman 4.1.1

        In what areas is Australia better than NZ? They have similar levels of poverty and inequality. Unemployment rates are similar as well and NZ’s growth rate has been higher over the past few years.

        • Stuart Munro 4.1.1.1

          Look at their wages to cost of living.

          • Baba Yaga 4.1.1.1.1

            “https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2016/04/nz-vs-australia-who-has-cheaper-cost-of-living.html”

            Stuart you are spraying bs all over the place today.

            • Stuart Munro 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Now include wages in that calculation moron.

              You’re certainly going all out to destroy whatever vestiges of credibility you once might have had.

            • Tricledrown 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Babygaga Australia has a 1.3% dearer cost of living but Australia has 25% higher wages so who’s spreading it around .
              Bullybabybser

    • Observer Tokoroa 4.2

      The Scum of Greed meets Decency.

      Poor old National. What with its undeserving Knights and other weaklings, it has found that an honest man has decided he hates the exploitation of Workers.

      Specifically, National bastards exploitation. Under which no worker could purchase a three bedroom house.

      Nor would the same National bastards allow the worker to readily afford a Rental.

      For National is a Capitalist Cult – built to extend slavery. It has used Immigration, as one of its anti- Kiwi tools – to destroy decent people.

      Key and English – have dumped shit on our once fine Nation.

      Bulger will shovel that shit right back. Mark my words. he will replace their shit with dignity.

      I should not be surprised if Bill English does not ask if he can assist James Bulger in his Mission. For Billy lacked the Character to stand up to the Capitalist Shit.

  5. Tamati Tautuhi 5

    National and the Bilderbergers want to revert back to feudalism, with the overlords and the serfs ?

    Equity is not an option, National are hell bent of following the US Business Model which the Bankers John Key and Bill English followed.

    We need more homeless, slums and ghettos in NZ, however even the slums in Auckland are expensive, $500-$600k for a dirty old rats nest ?

    • Gosman 5.1

      What moves did National make in this direction in the past 10 years?

      • Stuart Munro 5.1.1

        Practically everything they did.

      • ropata 5.1.2

        Meth housing scandal, housing market ruined by speculation and land banking, record levels of poverty and inequality, building white elephant convention centres instead of public housing, selling NZ off piecemeal to foreign billionaires, signing up to the TPPA, empowering corporations over democratically elected government, spying on NZ citizens and lying about it

  6. Kat 6

    Hosking called Bolger a “turncoat” on radio this morning.

    🙂

  7. Observer Tokoroa 7

    The Scum of Greed meets Decency.

    Poor old National. What with its undeserving Knights and other weaklings, it has found that an honest man has decided he hates the exploitation of Workers.

    Specifically, National bastards exploitation. Under which no worker could purchase a three bedroom house.

    Nor would the same National bastards allow the worker to readily afford a Rental.

    For National is a Capitalist Cult – built to extend slavery. It has used Immigration, as one of its anti- Kiwi tools – to destroy decent people.

    Key and English – have dumped shit on our once fine Nation.

    Bulger will shovel that shit right back. Mark my words. he will replace their shit with dignity.

    I should not be surprised if Bill English does not ask if he can assist James Bulger in his Mission. For Billy lacked the Character to stand up to the Capitalist Shit.

    • Anne 7.1

      I should not be surprised if Bill English does not ask if he can assist James Bulger in his Mission. For Billy lacked the Character to stand up to the Capitalist Shit.

      I think there might be some truth in that but English was still happy to go along for the ride.

      Btw, its Bolger not Bulger. Better change it before alwyn turns up. He gets a little flustered when surnames are spelled wrong. 😉

      • AB 7.1.1

        It would be worth deliberately misspelling it in order to get Alwyn steaming in his corset.
        But not to ‘Bulger’ – because there was a real James Bulger who was horribly murdered at the age of 2, and we should show that poor wee soul some sensitivity and respect.

      • Observer Tokoroa 7.1.2

        Apology – Bolger

        Gosh I make mistakes. But the man knew and stated – that if the majority of people who do the work do not get paid enough – then National crap must be wrong

        Sooner or later the Nats had to turn up somebody with an IQ. Funny Cult the capitalists. Odd to the marrow.

        Hosking is Capitalist Cult boy. Incoherent usually. Can’t find the right coat. Hope he can get a happier better life.

        • ropata 7.1.2.1

          > Funny Cult the capitalists. Odd to the marrow.

          That’s because they love money more than people and their relationships are all business transactions. Soulless

  8. Oldfulla 8

    In terms of weird political decisions that are almost guaranteed to end up badly this one ranks up there with the Mana Party deciding to team up Dotcom and Metiria choosing to out herself as a benefit fraudster.

  9. Tamati Tautuhi 9

    Alwyn will be frothing at the mouth when he sees that spelling mistake ?

  10. Darien Fenton 10

    I struggled with these appointments. For a bit. Jim Bolger; well apparently he’s seen the error of his ways. Those Hospo peeps : moan, moan, moan. And Biz NZ enough said. But glad we have two worker reps we can rely on. I think I get what the government is doing in trying to build a consensus for change. I hope that is the outcome. Many people here would rather see them just ram it through, and if it were possible, so would I. BUT this is a coalition government ; the sports person on the panel is a nominee from NZ First apparently and goodness knows why. Labour has to build a consensus around this with the governing parties ; hard job.

  11. Bill 11

    In the short term (and only because we are so disempowered and have lost a clatter of conditions) industry wide awards have my support.

    But in the medium or long term, they’re a crock that will empower cliques (not us) who will inevitably be co-opted to a degree that they will not rock the boat.

    Also. We already know that when a clique is empowered, it’s a very easy thing to disempower it again.

    If wages and conditions are to be improved off the back of worker empowerment, then remove the shackles that come in the form of current employment legislation.

    Or if that’s too big a step for politicians still enamored by the ideas of liberal economics, then set a time limit for whatever structure might be envisaged for these industry wide awards.

  12. Obtrectator 12

    I think it’s worth noting that the ONLY ex-Prime Minister from the National party not to have subsequently taken a knight- or dame-hood is one James Brendan Bolger. Maybe not surprising given his Irish heritage and republican leanings, but it gives you a measure of the man.

  13. Baba Yaga 13

    “Things were really bad back in the 1970s during the time of the third Labour Government. Full employment, wages and conditions sufficient to allow a working family to live in decency on one full time wage, home ownership rates of about 70%”

    …because our mum on the other side of the world subsidised our standard of living. Those days are gone. NZ makes its own way in the world now, but only because we released the shackels of the command economy we had until the 1980’s and embraced the market. Thank heavens we did, otherwise we’d be like Venezuela.

    • KJT 13.1

      Because we had an almost equal distribution of prosperity. And health housing and education were priorities, not how much a few can get.

      Venezuala, that has reduced poverty, increased literacy etc.

      Instead of like the UK, NZ USA etc that have increased poverty and inequality

        • ropata 13.1.1.1

          Yeah Chavez plunged his nation into unsustainable amounts of debt, we better not do that eh Gosman?

          Half a trillion dollars and still rising

        • Tricledrown 13.1.1.2

          Venezuela has been run by totalitarian dictatorships ever since the US started meddling in South America.
          No govt will succeed in Venezuela as the Drug Cartels control most of the country a direct result of the Nixon led war on Drugs.
          The money from the profit on illegal Drugs ending up in tax havens to be used by the tax dodgers of the developed world .
          The Panama Papers uncovered the tip of the iceberg on the levels of corruption by big banks and the complicity of right wing govts allowing light or no regulation of this massive corruption meaning they are deeply involved.

          • Gosman 13.1.1.2.1

            Are you claiming the Chavista regime is controlled by the drug syndicates?

            • KJT 13.1.1.2.1.1

              Venezuela, like Greece, was one of the last countries to get out from under right wing Fascist Governments, after WW2.

              Of course, that has nothing to do with their current problems? Eh!

    • Stuart Munro 13.2

      Pfft.

      The worthless and backward far right, not having comparable skills to the entrepreneurs of other countries, decided to wreck the economy for short term gain instead of rising to meet the challenges of the twentieth century. They were sure their opposition would clean up their mess.

      Unfortunately the degraded left of that period had forgotten their roots and didn’t know their economics any better than the crooks and shysters on the other side of the gallery. Cue four decades of going backwards as a country.

      • Baba Yaga 13.2.1

        Today NZ is considered an economic rock star, so much so even Labour are talking up the economy. But not you. You are content to whinge and moan and let the benefits of living in the best country in the world pass you by. Perhaps you should consider a move to Venezuela?

        • Stuart Munro 13.2.1.1

          “Today NZ is considered an economic rock star…”

          Apocrypha from an HKSB hack flattering the fools who comped his trip here. No-one with any economic credibility thinks the banality of Key kleptocracy was in any way admirable.

          “Perhaps you should consider a move to Venezuela?”

          This is my country you sick far-right arsehole. How about you fuck off to Israel where you can murder children without being considered in any way anomalous. We know you want to.

          • Baba Yaga 13.2.1.1.1

            Not just HSBC. NZ has had high praise for its economic direction, most notably perhaps from the labour party. Suck that up!

            As for NZ being ‘your country’, no it isn’t. You constantly make unsubstantiated claims to criticise this country as if you have some kind of sick death wish for NZ. Your comments around matters on the economy (including claiming NZ’ers don’t have “comparable skills to the entrepreneurs of other countries”) are particularly inaccurate, which leads me to assume you would be far better off in a country where propaganda is the meal of the masses.

            • Stuart Munro 13.2.1.1.1.1

              We’ve had this argument before, moron.

              A New Zealand government is accountable to its citizens, not to the international banking mafia.

              It is to work for its citizens, not for other interest groups, and to represent their enlightened best interests.

              Throwing people out of state houses for spurious P crimes may have allowed the worthless Bill English to make his government look good on paper from an accounting perspective, but it falls short on good governance criteria.

              As a troll and RWNJ uncritically supporting a regime that could not achieve real growth ex-migration over 1%, your economic standing is rather below that of an undergraduate – go away and read some books and come back when you’ve learned something. If you really must.

              • Baba Yaga

                None of which is in any way relevant to your lies and slander about NZ’ers and our economy.

                Under Clark, Labour removed a number of our democratic rights without mandate or consultation. Clark’s government spied on NZ’ers and lied to its own party about it. They tried to restrict the size of shower head we used, ffs. But for all that I would never bag my own compatriots or publish lies about our economy in the disgraceful way you do.

                • Stuart Munro

                  “I would never…”

                  I don’t think there’s much a pathological liar like you wouldn’t do, Baba.

                  You’ve already published lies about the economy – you repeat Bill English’s nonsense like a drunken cockatoo – but it doesn’t pay the grossly inflated rents caused by his distinctly unwise decision to let the banks inflate the residential property market.

                  I am merely holding him – and mindless sycophants like yourself – to account. Real rightwingers love accountability – they don’t lie their way into and out of trouble like the previous government. It was an objective failure in every respect, and your constant whining does nothing to improve it.

                • ropata

                  Are you drunk? NZ had anaemic growth in terms of income per hour actually worked, the GDP numbers were inflated by immigration and speculation. Yes the top 10% professional classes were toasting their own brilliance at stealing $500 billion from the rest of us via tax free capital gains

            • Tricledrown 13.2.1.1.1.2

              Baby Gaga HSBC is a corrupt organization under prosecution for a range of corrupt practices.
              Look a cross the Tasman very serious charges being prosecuted against the big four banks and their major share holders including most of the world’s largest trading banks.
              The rock star groupie baby haha needs to go to rehab <1% growth in GDP per head over 9 year's
              Baby gaga spinning BS as usual.

  14. greywarshark 14

    Bolger was the politician who talked about NZ being a decent society.
    He has found that the present rift in society requires a Bailey bridge too far.
    He didn’t say ‘I’ll be back’ but strides on like Schwarzenegger and will I hope be like Batman in our Gotham City.

    I liked the way he put down that smart-alec Scott Simpson. If they had shut Scott up at college and opened his mind to the economic difficulties that good politicians understand, they would have earned their expensive college fees. That’s a generation gap that requires bridging too, but Labour will have to build the bridge, and with properly specified materials that we know will work for us.

  15. Dorothy Bulling 15

    Bolger has admitted that his partyy was wrong to smash workers rights and now he has a chance to right those wrongs. We have so many issues with low wages and the generation he ground down are the parents of those who are the problems now. Go back to a decent wage for a decent days work, and help get people into decent homes. Then see how much that will save the health system, among other things.

    • Gosman 15.1

      Except he was quite happy to own the changes to employment laws that he presided over on the radio this morning.

  16. alwyn 16

    I never thought that on this Blog we would have so many people applauding the actions of Rob Muldoon.
    He was, of course, the totally dominant politician of the 1970’s and Prime Minister for half the decade. And there I was thinking that the left hated the man. Now they are cheering for him.

    • DS 16.1

      We’re not.

      Muldoon abolished compulsory unionism, and let inflation eat the minimum wage (fun fact – the minimum wage in real terms hit its all-time low as he was leaving office). Both were reversed by the Fourth Labour Government (yes, that one).

      • alwyn 16.1.1

        But you all are, implicitly, praising Muldoon.
        If you are going to go on and on about how great the 1970s were you are forced to admit that it was all due to the PM of the time.
        Like it or not the PM for the bulk of that time was Rob.
        I personally thought that he was a total disaster but opinions clearly vary.
        The current CoL are following his habits of course. Look at the announcement that they would not issue any new oil/gas exploration permits. No evaluation at all about what that would entail and no consideration as to whether it would have the desired effect.
        Rob was the same. He decided to add a sales tax to Caravans. The closest thing to an analysis of the effects seemed to be Rob’s belief that real New Zealanders didn’t own caravans. They owned, as he did, bachs. Killed the industry stone cold dead.
        He also did things like arbitrarily awarding a general wage order of, I think, 5% after the responsible authority hadn’t.
        Later he just froze all wages and prices.
        My God, he was sometimes as incompetent as Twyford.

      • alwyn 16.1.2

        I note you think “Muldoon abolished compulsory unionism”.
        Well no, actually. That didn’t happen until 1991. Muldoon may have still been in Parliament but he was ignored by all.

        • DS 16.1.2.1

          Compulsory unionism was abolished in 1982 (under Muldoon). It was then revived under Lange before being abolished again in 1991.

          • alwyn 16.1.2.1.1

            You are right. The Muldoon Government did abolish compulsory unionism in 1983, only to have the new Lange Government re-impose it.
            I remembered the bill but I thought it had never gone into law.
            Memory can play you false. I should have checked before making my comment.

    • Anne 16.2

      I never thought that on this Blog we would have so many people applauding the actions of Rob Muldoon.

      We damm well are not. In practical terms his reign didn’t begin until the start of 1976 and by the end of the decade he had created so much discord that friends turned against friends and rellies turned against rellies – oops ‘relatives’ for alwyn. 😛 At one point I was told by a sibling never to darken her front door ever again. She forgot about the back door so the problem was easily solved. 😉

      In fact Muldoon was the catalyst for the over- the – top neoliberal regime which followed. If it hadn’t been for him it probably wouldn’t have got off the ground.

      • alwyn 16.2.1

        Of course he was an arsehole.
        However he was the dominant politician of the 70s and if you think the 70s were wonderful then you must be grateful to the man in charge.
        Or do you think that politicians aren’t responsible for good things that happen and equally cannot be blamed for anything bad?
        The housing problem has nothing to do with National for example?

        One thing I do agree with you is “Muldoon was the catalyst”. Of course he was. He completely screwed the New Zealand economy. Douglas’s reforms were essential after the dreadful Muldoon years. I differ with you, as I am sure will not surprise you, on the description of over-the top. I believe they were necessary and you will have observed that after more than 30 years no Government has made significant changes.

        • In Vino 16.2.1.1

          Utter rubbish, alwyn. The 70s were good because of what Muldoon inherited, not because of how he started ruining it. You really need to get control of yourself and stop trying to put your thoughts into other people’s mouths.

          • Ad 16.2.1.1.1

            Muldoon was a bigger socialist than Lange, Kirk, and Nordmeyer put together.

            And as Finance Minister appointed under Holyoake, then for his first two terms as Prime Minister, he was incredibly popular. He and Holyoake made this country for three decades within which Labour were insignificant blips.

            • In Vino 16.2.1.1.1.1

              Umm, NO.
              Kirk was 2200+ times the socialist and honest politician that Muldoon was. Another National ‘economic wizard’ who did the economy no good. He did not protect the Left. It was only in his dotage that he accidentally resisted the Rogernomes. Accidentally.
              Muldoon was cruel, manipulative, and tried to protect the old system only because he lacked imagination.
              Ad, you have a romanticised memory. Muldoon was incredibly popular, but only because he projected a strong image.

              • Ad

                Kirk achieved even less than Nordmeyer and is now remembered for one photograph.

                Muldoon’s legacy, apart from slaying the weakest, dumbest wussiest Labour Party the country had ever seen for 14 years 9 as PM, is in gifting New Zealand one of the most carbon neutral electricity generation systems in the world.

            • alwyn 16.2.1.1.1.2

              “Muldoon was a bigger socialist”.
              It was a fairly widely spread joke at the time that Muldoon and Rowling were in the wrong parties.
              Rowling would have done very well as a National Party leader.
              Muldoon, on the other hand would have done very well in the Labour Party.
              I don’t know what Rowling thought about it but Muldoon got very unhappy. He thought he had risen above the working class, I suspect.

              • Ad

                As the leader of ‘Rob’s Mob’ he had superior proletariat instincts to the grey fey bourgeoisie running Labour. Rowling would have been fine as Chair of a local Rotary.

        • Draco T Bastard 16.2.1.2

          However he was the dominant politician of the 70s and if you think the 70s were wonderful then you must be grateful to the man in charge.

          The 1970s were a result of decades of changes. They didn’t magically appear out of nowhere.

          One thing I do agree with you is “Muldoon was the catalyst”. Of course he was. He completely screwed the New Zealand economy. Douglas’s reforms were essential after the dreadful Muldoon years.

          No. The economy was completely screwed over by the capitalists as per normal. All Douglass’s reforms did was make it even worse as he took us back several decades to the failed system of the 18th and 19th centuries.

  17. Tricledrown 17

    Alwyn Muldoon was a Lee Kwon Yew fan. Lee moved his Nation into the 21st century Muldoon moved us backwards he was an Politician who knew where votes could be bought cheaply.
    Another borrow and hope politician just like borrowing Bill English.

    • alwyn 17.1

      I was looking for the sarcasm tags around this.
      I find it hard to accept that you would want to go the way that Lee Kuan Yew took Singapore.

      I suppose you might like the Income Tax rates.
      “Key points of Singapore income tax for individuals include: Singapore follows a progressive resident tax rate starting at 0% and ending at 22% above S$320,000. There is no capital gain or inheritance tax. Individuals are taxed only on the income earned in Singapore.”
      Do you think Grant would go along with those?

      Or perhaps you don’t really like the National Superannuation we have?
      Then you would like the Singapore approach. Basically there isn’t any universal payment. You pay for your own. There is, for a very, very few people of course
      “In addition, Singapore has a stringent means-tested
      public assistance scheme which is officially designed to provide less than minimum
      subsistence level of income”.
      To get that you really have to have absolutely no assets, no family and are incapable of working at anything. I believe there are only a few thousand recipients.

      The New Zealand minimum wage is currently $16.50/hour.
      What is the National minimum wage in Singapore? Well there isn’t one.
      There are certain minimums that can be paid in various sectors of the economy but you really wouldn’t want to try and live in them.
      A basic indoor cleaner has a rate of about $1,000/month.
      Do you really want that system?

      Jacinda would probably like the Singapore system though. The Prime Minister collects a cool $1.7 million per year.

      I hope you don’t want to buy a car. A basic Toyota Camry with the 2.5 litre engine will cost you more that $150,000. Petrol isn’t to bad though. It costs the same as here.

      You might like the drug laws there of course. Instead of a slap on the wrist for having a bit of cannabis you are assumed to be trafficking if you have 15 grams and there is a mandatory death penalty for 500 grams.

      Are you really in favour of moving to the 21st century the way Singapore has?

  18. In Vino 18

    Ahh – in case you missed it, alwyn, Trickledrown was not praising Lee Kuan Yew. (Politician who knew where votes could be bought cheaply.)
    So much keyboarding for another miss, because you jump to conclusions…
    I think you name all the Lee Kwan Yew policies that you admire, funnily enough.
    While thinking Trickledrown will abhor them. Putting words in other people’s mouths, again.
    In societal terms, not everyone admires Singapore. In economic terms, Lee Hwan Yew did build the economy, and bring Singapore towards the 21st Century. But in economic terms only.
    Here in NZ, Muldoon (typical National) pretended to have superb economic skills in controlling the economy. He used to come on TV and say, “Just a little fine adjustment here..” and slam on a stupid price or wage freeze.
    He proved to be incompetent at economic management, as most National governments do.
    Or do you really condemn all those economic measures you list, which (in your opinion) Trickledown is advocating? Weasel arguing, alwyn.
    You are boring us, and you need a healthier pastime.

  19. alwyn 19

    Please clarify your comment, if you can.
    How do you come to the conclusion he wasn’t praising Lee? Surely you don’t read him to be saying it was Lee who bought the votes cheaply?
    Alternatively are you saying he doesn’t approve of the 21st century. Is he, like you, convinced that Civilisation was at its peak in the 12th century?

    Then you say “I think you name all the Lee Kwan Yew policies that you admire”.
    If that is really what you think I can only tell the truth about you.
    I think you are stupid. Completely, totally stupid.

    I suppose I could sum up my opinion of you by using your own words.
    “You are boring us, and you need a healthier pastime.”
    Begone thou surly knave.

  20. In Vino 20

    Don’t presume to quote Shakespeare when you obviously lack reading skills.
    Trickledrown was damning Muldoon for being a fan of all those dumb policies that Lee instituted ( as you list) then still damning Muldoon for failing to achieve what Lee did.
    Are you slow on the uptake?

  21. Timeforacupoftea 21

    Perhaps we could bring back David Lange to fix child poverty !

    • One Anoymous Bloke 21.1

      Another thing that didn’t exist until you were no longer responsible for tackling it.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.2

      Another thing that didn’t exist until you were no longer responsible for tackling it 🙄

  22. Cold Hard Truth 22

    As I have said repeatedly in my opinion there is little difference between Labour and National anymore. CP-TPP, 90 day law and now asking an ex National party leader to head up a working group on industrial relations……

    • David Mac 22.1

      Yes our major political parties striving to be the representatives a majority of NZers might vote for. As they get better at discerning we’ll see increasing sameness.

      This is not necessarily a bad thing. It prompts a party to consider: ‘What can we do that they’ll love?’ alongside ‘What is our point of difference?’

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • SFO should charge Beijing Bridges
    It would be good if we could get through at least one election in New Zealand without some sort of scandal making our politicians look like a bunch of damn crooks. I mean we aren’t even a full day into the official 2020 campaign yet and National is already lowering ...
    7 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #4, 2020
    Suggested suitable pairings The US EPA has just announced revised regulations for wetlands maintenance. Among other backward effects the freshly degraded rules will allow land developers and others to pretend that the world ends at their own property line, which is of course a fallacy. Homeowners are not ...
    7 hours ago
  • To ensure a factual campaign, all Labour Party advertising will be in question form
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today made the commitment that all her government’s election advertising will be in question form, ensuring a “robust?” but “fair?” campaign in which there would be no risk of the Labour Party making any misleading statements. Ardern has spent the last two weeks strongly emphasizing her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    8 hours ago
  • Winston Peters claims vindication after not being charged in National Party SFO investigation
    Today’s boastful press conference hearkens back to 2012, when New Zealand First celebrated not being charged in relation to the murder of Scott Guy. New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is claiming total exoneration this afternoon after the Serious Fraud Office did not charge him with ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    10 hours ago
  • Charged
    The Serious Fraud Office has filed charges against four people over National's donations scam. No-one has been named yet, because name suppression hasn't been dealt with yet, so I guess we'll just have to wait for completely coincidental resignations (cough name suppressed cough) to see if any of them are ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • So much for raising the retirement age
    For the past twenty years, the right has plotted to raise the retirement age, supposedly because preventing old people from starving to death is "unsustainable". Of course, it would also let them deliver an enormous tax cut to their cronies, which tells us that its financial sustainability is simply a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • A squandered opportunity
    Late last year, in the face of economic bad news, the government announced a massive $12 billion infrastructure spending programme to keep the economy ticking over. Given shortages of housing and public transport, and the pressing need to decarbonise our economy, this could have been a massive opportunity to fix ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • The coronavirus outbreak: what is R0?
    There are a few misunderstandings about the coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan getting around. Below is a short explanation of one of them: what is R0, and what does it mean. Current estimates for R0 centre around the mid 2s—call it 2.5 or thereabouts—not the higher values some are scare-mongering online. ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    20 hours ago
  • Global warming is happening here and now
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Signs of global warming are being observed all over our planet. Thermometers measure surface warming. Buoys sunk to ocean depths measure heat building up in our oceans. Ice is melting across our planet, with ice sheets crumbling and glaciers ...
    1 day ago
  • Whiteness, class and the white working class
    This essay by Kenan Malik, on the controversy over the funding of scholarships for white working class boys, was originally published in the Observer on 5 January 2020, under the headline‘Bursaries don’t help when it’s not their colour that thwarts these boys’. There is a scene in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • We have a date
    The Prime Minister has just announced the election date as 19 September. So, its a Suffrage Day election, and well before the Trump hits the fan in the US. The no-longer-new practice of announcing the election date well in advance is good, and puts everyone on a more even footing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • With the En-ROADS climate simulator, you can build your own solutions to global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections Killer hurricanes, devastating wildfires, melting glaciers, and sunny-day flooding in more and more coastal areas around the world have birthed a fatalistic view cleverly dubbed by Mary Annaïse Heglar of the Natural Resources Defense Council as “de-nihilism“. One manifestation: An increasing number of ...
    2 days ago
  • The coronavirus outbreak in China: what a difference a week makes
    When it comes to emerging infectious diseases and outbreaks, so much can happen in a week. In the case of the coronavirus outbreak in China, I’ve gone from not being too alarmed, to thinking “oh, crap!”. But that still doesn’t mean we should all panic. As I’m writing this on ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • National cries wolf over Coronavirus
    Opposition MP Michael WoodhouseLast week, the current National Party leader, Simon Bridges, claimed that the Minister of Health wasn’t leading on ‘significant issues that matter to New Zealanders within his Health portfolio’ when commenting about the Government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.This silly comment was made despite David Clark working ...
    3 days ago
  • Fluoridation and sex steroid hormones – or the mouse that roared
    All the recent research anti-fluoride campaigners promote as “evidence” of harm from community water fluoridation amount to cherry-picking a very few statistically significant results from a large number of non-significant results. The whole exercise is a bit like the “Mouse that Roared.” Credit: The Mouse that Roared – TMTR Intro ...
    3 days ago
  • Leave Neve alone
    Neve Te Aroha Gayford at RatanaI’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that the Ratana birthday celebrations this year were a well-attended event that went off without much of a hitch. This is in stark contrast to previous years, where some form of controversy has usually taken centre ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #4
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 19, 2020 through Sat, Jan 25, 2020 Editor's Pick The companies that have contributed most to climate change Thought-provoking readings on those most responsible for the pollution. Sometimes, ...
    4 days ago
  • The swimming pool paradox
    It’s another warm day, but the breeze isn’t helping much, so off I go to the inviting outdoor swimming pool (banner picture) at the other end of campus. It’s an unheated pool (well, there’s no artificial heat source), which means one thing: It’s going to feel cold when I get ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • 100 seconds to midnight
    The Doomsday Clock is a tracker created by he Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for how close we are to global destruction. Created in 1947, it got worse as the Cold War started, then improved as it cooled down, then got worse again as Ronald Reagan tried to confront the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A multitude of drops: Social tipping points in climate action
    If you’re here, you probably know that the climate crisis is upon us, that it’s getting steadily worse, and that attempts to address it haven’t worked yet. People are still driving and even advertising SUVs with impunity, and oil companies are exploring like crazy, even in New Zealand. Politically, socially, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • The Thoughtful Mr Parker.
    Stunningly Wrong-Headed: So blinded are the “left-wing” believers in free markets and free trade (like Trade Minister, David Parker) that even when they are staring directly at the wreckage of the lives and communities which these “unconscionable freedoms” (to borrow Marx’s telling phrase) have left in their wake, they cannot ...
    6 days ago
  • What’s the problem with all science being “done” in English?
    I’ve been listening to a wonderful podcast this morning which left me thinking. The podcast was a 30-min well-spent break, in the company of Daniel Midgley and Michael Gordin.  You might know Daniel Midgley from the Talk the Talk linguistics podcast. Michael Gordin is the author of “Scientific Babel”, which ...
    SciBlogsBy Andreea Calude
    6 days ago
  • Snakeflu?! An intriguing source suggested for new Chinese coronavirus
    The whole world is on edge over a coronavirus outbreak that started in early December in Wuhan City, China. The virus is thought to have first infected people working at a seafood and live animal market. So what could the original source have been? There’s no official word yet, but ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Simon’s Philippine jaunt: #LittleBoysPlayingToughguys
    Not too far back, Simon Bridges the Leader of the Opposition and National Party, went on an excursion to China. This was arranged not by MFAT (NZ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), but by their MP Jian Yang – a man who also just happened to “forget to mention” ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Will Turia ever forgive Labour?
    Dame Tariana Turia with former PM John KeyWhat is it about Tariana Turia’s grudge against the Labour Party? Not content with attacking the Government over Whānau Ora funding, which was increased by $80 million in 2019, she has now made it personal by saying that Jacinda Ardern is out of her ...
    7 days ago
  • What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
    Scaremongering graphic currently being promoted by Declan Waugh who is well known for misrepresenting the fluoride science This graphic is typical of current anti-fluoride propaganda. It is scare-mongering, in that it is aimed at undermining community ...
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #3, 2020
    Biography of a policy metric Bård Lahn performs a sweeping literature review to present the history of our notion of a "global carbon budget" and how this number has come  to encapsulate a massive amount of scientific research into a useful, easily grasped tool in our policy skill set.  A ...
    7 days ago
  • Oxfam Report: Time to Care – Unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis
    January 2020 Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that values the wealth of the privileged few, mostly men, more than the billions of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • How to avoid being a cunt to hospo workers’
    Working hospo is hard mahi for many reasons, from long hours and gruelling high-volume weekends to customers who treat us as their servants. There are always lovely and polite customers who treat hospo workers with respect and kindness but, throughout my 15-years in the biz, I’ve collected a number of ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • 2019-nCoV (the new coronavirus): Should we be concerned, and will there be a vaccine?
    Probably yes to both but don’t panic yet. There is a plan. What is this virus? 2019 novel coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV, belongs to a family of viruses called coronavirus. These are very common viruses that infect a wide range of animals including humans and can cause mild to severe disease, ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
    By now you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan City, China. The number of cases is rising, up to about 300 with six deaths. Cases have been reported in several more Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Educating New Zealand’s future workforce
    Judy Kavanagh Do you remember your first day at school? The education I received was for a very different world than the world of today. Along with huge social shifts there have been big changes in the New Zealand economy and the work people do. There are occupations unheard of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A casual attitude towards transparency
    Back in December, when the government was introducing new secrecy legislation on an almost daily basis, I posted about the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The Bill establishes a new class of public entity, "special purpose vehicles", which collect and spend public money and enjoy statutory powers. Despite this, they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Against a carbon bailout
    If we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, we need to cut carbon emisisons fast. Which basicly means putting the fossil fuel industry - coal, gas, and oil - out of business. But this means that the banks and other lenders who have bankrolled the industry's environmental destruction will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Still a criminal industry
    More evidence that the fishing industry suffers from pervasive criminality, with Forest & Bird highlighting some odd numbers in the annual statistics:The Annual Review Report For Highly Migratory Species Fisheries 2018/19 (Pg 4, Table 4) showed only 4% of commercial long lining trips for tuna and swordfish reported non-fish bycatch ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Controversy? Or Manufactroversy?
    A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
    By now you’ve probably heard of the new virus causing an outbreak of severe pneumonia in China. The question on most people’s minds is, how worried should we be, especially as hundreds of millions of people will soon be travelling across China and beyond to visit family for the Lunar ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • How did climate change get so controversial?
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Our human brain is poorly equipped to deal with a threat like climate change. Over millions of years, we’ve evolved to avoid life-threatening dangers like predators jumping out of bushes. We’ve survived by quickly detecting and avoiding immediate, short-term ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers are ruining Canterbury’s rivers
    Its summer, so people naturally want to go for a swim. But in South Canterbury, you can't, because the rivers are full of toxic goo:As of Monday, the Waihi River at Wilson Street footbridge, Geraldine, the Waihao River at Bradshaws Bridge, and three spots on the Opihi River - at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Sack Shane Jones
    Late last year, NZ First was caught trying to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Regional Economic Development Minister shane Jones' "explanations" were patently unconvincing, and his recusal from deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BIG idea physics
    This morning I’ve been having a quick look through some documentation from The Ministry of Education on proposed changes to NCEA Level 1 Science. For those not familiar with the NZ secondary education system, a typical student would complete NCEA level 1 at the end of year 11.  In this ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • Revolution in New Zealand? Not Even Close!
    No Fires Thanks, We're Kiwis: For the moment, in those close-to-home places where revolutions are born, there may be tetchiness and resentment, frustration and complaint, but nowhere is anybody uttering the cry that will bring a New Zealand revolution into being: “We have found the way to make tomorrow better ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... 'It's heart-wrenching': 80% of Blue Mountains and 50% of ...
    1 week ago
  • Britain exits the European Union and takes a sharp right turn
    by John Smith  Britain’s exit from the imperialist bloc known as the European Union (EU) is now irreversible. The crushing electoral defeat of the Labour Party has dismayed many workers and youth who had placed their hopes in Jeremy Corbyn, its left-wing leader. This article assesses these historic events, neither of which ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 12, 2020 through Sat, Jan 18, 2020 Editor's Pick The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change influenced Australia’s unprecedented fires
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections, and has been adapted into a new myth rebuttal on climate-wildfire connections with the short URL sks.to/wildfires Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Gender Identity Ideology – A Partial Bibliography of Online Coverage
    This great resource has been contributed to Redline by Janie Doebuck. Janie made some notes on the bibliography: 1) It is by no means exhaustive. There are tons more gender critical posts, essays, articles, podcasts, youtube videos, etc. online. 2) There are links in the bibliography that are behind paywalls. There ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • About those biased Oscar Nominations
    There’s been a lot written about the 2020 Oscar Nominations and their apparent lack of diversity. It’s true, there are in fact no women nominated for the Best Director and very few nominees of colour across the board. But is this a result of a biased process or a symptom ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How New Zealand media reports chronic pain
    Hemakumar Devan Around three million New Zealanders access news media (both paper and online) every week. Yes, you heard that right! So, the potential for news media to shape public health beliefs is common sense. As chronic pain affects one in five New Zealanders, we wanted to find out how ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Still Waiting For American Democracy.
    Unfinished Republic: Though the United States' crimes against democracy are legion, most Americans are blissfully unaware of them. The brutal realities of American life: the officially sanctioned violence; the refusal to hold racists accountable for their actions; the seemingly endless tragedy of African-American suffering; of which White America is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • In Outrage Over Its Bunk Science, Goop Finds Fuel for Growth
    Michael Schulson For years, experts have said that Goop, the wellness and lifestyle brand founded by the actor and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, markets pseudoscience and overblown cures. And for years, despite the criticism, Goop has just kept growing. Now the company, which was valued at $250 million in 2018, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward
    Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020
    Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS,  Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism  (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Cranky Uncle’ smart phone game will show you how to disarm climate deniers
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bud Ward (Image: Courtesy of John Cook) When it comes to climate change, it seems every family has its own version of the proverbial Cranky Uncle. An uncle, cousin, grandparent, in-law, neighbor, whatever. Just think back to the recent holiday season’s large ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Science in the ’20s – part 1
      Outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. That’s a description of the lifestyle of women “flappers” in the 1920s. Could it apply to science (and scientists) in the 2020s? Actually, you could look back at the past decade and see those, or similar terms, used about some science and scientists. Sometimes ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Postscript: Citizenship Granted.
    I am pleased to say that I have been granted NZ citizenship. I need to do the ceremony for things to be official, but the application was a success. I now join my son as a dual NZ-US citizen. To be fair, very little will change other than the fact ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming
    It will be no secret to longtime readers that I, Russell Brown, love the disco.   So I'm pretty excited by the fact that one of the greats of the game is returning this summer – and also pleased to say I have tickets to give away.Legendary mixer and DJ ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there
    The conspiracy I saw a new conspiracy theory flying around the other day. According to the conspiracy (that seems to originate from Del Bigtree), the World Health Organization have been ‘caught on camera’ questioning the safety of vaccines. Gosh this sounds as though someone was a mole at a ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • The timely death of the British Labour Party
    Below is an article submitted to Redline by Alec Abbott  At its inception, the British Labour Party was a vehicle for the propagation of racist and imperialist views within the working-class. Such views are still widespread in the party, as they are in Europe’s Social-Democratic parties, though, in the case of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus
    Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, koalas are cute – but should we bring them to NZ? Errm, no
    It’s been hard to miss the extreme fires raging across Australia and the tragic plight of the animals – human and otherwise – affected by the fires’ insatiable spread. I know I’ve been captivated and concerned by the tales of how Australia’s famous wildlife has been coping. Koalas approaching cyclists ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s negative campaigning
    Anybody who looked into the Dirty Politics saga knows all too well that honesty is often in short supply within the National Party. You would think that after the exposure the John Key government received over their untruthful attack politics, the National Party would learn from its "mistakes" and leave ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending the government’s charade over water
    For the past decade, the government has been responding to the obvious Treaty issues raised by water allocation with the mantra that "no-one owns water". But last year, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled that actually, Māori owned it, and that those rights had never been extinguished. They recommended that iwi bring ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Northern Ireland joins the civilised world
    Same-sex marriage has finally become legal in Northern Ireland. But not through any decision of the Northern Irish Executive or Assembly, which has only just reformed after a three year walkout by the DUP; instead, Westminster made that decision for them. I've talked before about the constitutional impropriety of this, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I had an intense conversation at work today.
    Claire Cohen-Norris volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby as a chapter founder and leader in rural New York. Her climate advocacy sprung from her drive to provide a secure, joyful and fulfilling life for her two wonderful children. It has become a life’s mission, shared with her like-minded husband and partner. Claire ...
    2 weeks ago
  • French transport workers take on Macron over pension reform
    by John Edmundson Starting on December 5th, 2019 workers in the Parisian rail network commenced an open-ended strike in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to their pension scheme. Rail workers in the Metro Underground have, for decades, had retirement conditions that compensate them for the low wages, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • What a difference the decimal point makes
    I’m back at work following a nearly three-week break over Christmas. We were fortunate to be offered a house to stay in for a week over Christmas, which enabled us to have a holiday in Dunedin and see the extended family reasonably cheaply. But the house came with a catch:  ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Who’s Going To Stop Him?
    Blank And Pitiless: Having ordered the assassination of the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, President Donald Trump promised to reduce the cultural monuments of Iran’s 3,000 year-old civilisation to rubble if a revenge attack was mounted. A breach of international law? Certainly. A war crime? Indisputably. Who’s going to stop him? Nobody.WHAT ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A worker’s story
    This interview is from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) and is the first of an ongoing series of interviews they plan to do with workers from various sectors who are having their well being and livelihoods damaged. They begin with an educator in Southland. Due to the attitude and actions ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media   As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named
    This article was submitted to Redline by Seattle-based activist Lucinda Stoan J.K. Rowling recognizes repression when she sees it.  That’s why the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books recently tweeted in defense of Maya Forstater. Forstater lost her job for stating that sex is real and immutable. A judge ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 weeks ago
  • Rules of Empire: Laws simply do not apply and “National Security” excuses all else.
    Empires rise and fall, and the American Empire is absolutely no different. But while an Empire, in order to further the footprint, it seems to pay to do one primary thing above all else: project that everything – everything – is “simply for the good of the world” at large, ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 weeks ago
  • Indian lessons for NZ workers – the January 8 general strike
                    by Phil Duncan On Wednesday (January 8) another massive general strike took place in India.  Some 250 million industrial workers, white-collar workers, agricultural labourers struck against the government’s economic policies and attacks on the Muslim population through new proposed citizenship rules. This ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The action that counts
    Over on Newsroom, Professor Jacqueline Beggs writes about the action she is taking on climate change. Its the usual list: reduce meat, don't fly, consume less. I'm doing some of this myself, and none of it hurts - but the way our economic system is constructed means the impact of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and ...
    3 weeks ago

  • FAQ – Everything you need to know about the Big New Zealand Upgrade
    Today, our Government announced the biggest infrastructure investment in a generation. We’re investing $12 billion to upgrade and build rail, roads, schools and hospitals across the country – modernising our infrastructure, preparing for climate change and helping to future-proof our economy. Find out everything you need to know about the ...
    15 hours ago
  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    6 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    7 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    7 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    1 week ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    1 week ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Statement on evacuation of New Zealanders from Wuhan
    “I spoke with Prime Minister Morrison again this afternoon and we have confirmed that we will work together on a joint ANZAC assisted departure of Australians and New Zealanders from Wuhan,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Specific details of the evacuation plan, including the medical protocols that will be applied to returning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • The New Zealand Upgrade Programme
    Rail, roads, schools and hospitals will be built and upgraded across the country under the new $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The programme: Includes investments in roads, rail, hospitals and schools to future-proof the economy Will give a $10 billion boost to New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • School infrastructure upgrades ramping up
    The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is already underway, with schools busy getting building work started over the Christmas break. The Coalition Government announced just before the end of last year $400 million in new funding for most state schools to invest locally in building companies and tradies to fix leaking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Flicking the switch on a clean powered public service
    Our Government’s programme to upgrade infrastructure and modernise the economy will help more communities to be part of the solution to climate change through a clean-powered public service. Minister for Climate Change James Shaw today announced the first group of projects from the New Zealand Upgrade Programme’s clean powered public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government of Infrastructure delivers for New Zealanders
    Infrastructure and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says today’s capital investment announcements show the Coalition Government is the Government of Infrastructure. $7 billion in projects have been announced today as part of the Government’s $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme, which will see capital spending at its highest rate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Boost for child, maternity and mental health
    $300 million dollar capital investment in health, divided among four focus areas: Child and maternal health - $83 million Mental health and addiction - $96 million Regional and rural service projects – $26 million Upgrading and fixing aging hospital facilities - $75 million Contingency of $20 million The New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Transport infrastructure upgrades to get NZ moving and prepared for the future
    $6.8 billion for transport infrastructure in out six main growth areas - Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Queenstown. $1.1 billion for rail. $2.2 billion for new roads in Auckland. The Government’s programme of new investments in roads and rail will help future proof the economy, get our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Growing and modernising the NZ economy
    A new programme to build and upgrade roads, rail, schools and hospitals will prepare the New Zealand economy for the future, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “The $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme uses our capacity to boost growth by making targeted investments around the country, supporting businesses and local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Future proofing New Zealand’s rail
    Minister for State Owned Enterprises Winston Peters says the funding of four major rail projects under the New Zealand Upgrade Programme is yet another step in the right direction for New Zealand’s long-term rail infrastructure. “This Government has a bold vision for rail. We said we would address the appalling ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Delivering infrastructure for a modern NZ
    Roads, rail, schools and hospitals will be built and upgraded across the country under the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in New Zealand – modernising our infrastructure, preparing for climate change and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • $1.55m support for Hawke’s Bay three waters services review
    The Government is pleased to announce a $1.55 million funding contribution to assist Hawke’s Bay investigate voluntary changes to the region’s three waters service delivery arrangements. “Over the last 18 months, the five Hawke’s Bay councils have been collaborating to identify opportunities for greater coordination in three waters service delivery across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes report of nation’s household plastic rubbish, recycling practices
    A new report on New Zealand’s plastic rubbish and recycling practices is being welcomed by the Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.  “The report by WasteMINZ provides a valuable insight into what’s ending up in household rubbish and recycling bins around the country. It highlights the value of much ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government considers retirement income policy review recommendations
    The Government is now considering the recommendations of the Retirement Commissioner’s review into New Zealand’s retirement income policies. “The review raises a number of important issues in relation to New Zealanders’ wellbeing and financial independence in retirement, particularly for vulnerable people,” the Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • PM announces election date as September 19
    The 2020 General Election will be held on Saturday 19 September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the Government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund supports Waikato youth into constructionProvincial Growth Fund supports Waika...
    Two projects focussed on supporting Waikato youth into the construction industry have been given combined funding of just over $1 million from the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund, Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today.  The two Te Ara Mahi PGF projects announced are: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund supports Waikato youth into construction
    Two projects focussed on supporting Waikato youth into the construction industry have been given combined funding of just over $1 million from the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund, Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today.  The two Te Ara Mahi PGF projects announced are: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to support Pacific Public Sector Hub
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced New Zealand’s support for a Pacific-led hub that will strengthen public services across the region. “Strengthening public services is a core focus of New Zealand’s Pacific Reset, as efforts to improve democratic governance in the Pacific contributes to a strong, stable and more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister pays tribute to journalist, author and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, has paid tribute to well-known New Zealand author, journalist and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan, following Mr McLauchlan’s death today. “Gordon held a statesman-like place in New Zealand’s media, which was fittingly acknowledged in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, when he was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister wishes best of luck to those heading back to school
    As Kiwi kids and teachers return to classrooms over the coming weeks, the families of around 428,000 students will feel a bit less of a financial pinch than in previous years, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The Government’s decision to increase funding for schools that don’t ask parents for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
    Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow, to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. Health Minister Dr David Clark says the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • National Yearling Sales 2020
    National Yearling Sales at Karaka   26 January 2020    [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here on opening day of the 2020 National Yearling Sales Series. Let us all acknowledge Sir Peter Vela and the Vela family for their outstanding contribution to the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More people getting into work
    The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.   “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last few months of the year – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago