Garner on Nats’ brighter future fail

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After some initial nonsense blaming Labour for the global financial crisis (and repeating the “decade of deficits” attack spin), Duncan Garner gets down to business on National’s record:

Duncan Garner: After nine years in power, why is National’s report card so full of fails?

If this is success then our standards have slipped.

We have families living in cars. I saw one woman and her two kids the other night at the top of my street. It’s not how we do thing in New Zealand. Except now it is.

We have a Government that is too hands off. Let the market sort it. But markets fail. Markets don’t build emergency, social, state and affordable houses.

Governments, in partnership, lead and build. National utterly failed this group of struggling and increasingly bewildered and powerless New Zealanders.

The Government now buys entire motels to house the homeless and English says that’s a good thing, it’s unprecedented. Sure is. It’s National’s emblem of failure. The gap between the haves and have-nots appears starker than ever.

National also packed the immigrants in to the rafters in record numbers. Wages as a result have been suppressed.

They also forgot to plan where everyone will live. More than 140 people arrive in Auckland every day, sadly housing is provided for just 80 of them.

The poorest Kiwis have been squeezed to the sidelines. Auckland needs 14,000 homes built a year to meet demand.

After nine years of National the past year has seen just 7000 homes finished. Our infrastructure is creaking. The average price of a house in Auckland is more than $1m.

Good luck. First home buyers should be marching in the streets. They face renting for life. Or buying in Huntly or Levin.

National is also ambivalent on climate change, dirty rivers and our waterways. Action is needed now, not another kick for touch.

Polluters should pay. Get this into law. They do in Britain. Emissions have reduced. Why the free pass for our polluters? …

Take home message:

Over the next 28 days ask yourself this question: Am I living that promised Brighter Future?

And if you’re not, what are your options – and are they credible?

70 comments on “Garner on Nats’ brighter future fail ”

  1. Vaughn 1

    When reading this article earlier, I couldn’t help but notice Garner start his comments with the usual ‘balance’ about how bad Labour was and what a poor set of books they left the incoming National-led government in 2008. That was not my recollection of what happened. Sure the GFC was underway (through no fault of Labour) and things were not as they had been two years earlier. But had Labour not been responsible while in government, the position inherited by National would have been a lot worse than it was.
    While I accept much of what Garner is saying about the performance of this current government, his attempts at balance with the criticism of Labour, do not reflect on him or history well. But then Garner is just one of many media personalities who rather than deliver meaningful criticism of this current government, they instead dwell on the failings of the other team as being far worse!

    • Nic the NZer 1.1

      All this debate about the ‘State of the government books’ amounts to a lot of hot air about nothing. The NZ government is a currency issuer and not a currency user and as such its spending capacity is at all times that ‘it can afford to buy everything for sale in NZ dollers’. The only question is what effects the spending will have on the country.

      • mikes 1.1.1

        “The NZ government is a currency issuer and not a currency user”

        Currency creation has probably been dealt with thousands of times on TS.

        The NZ government is not a currency issuer, other than notes and coins. The government borrows money into existence rather than issuing it. (otherwise there would be no need for government to borrow money)

        Currency (fiat money or credit) is issued or created as bank credit by private banks for profit.

        All ‘money’ other than notes and coins is created as a debt owed to a bank. This is the only way new money can be created, by someone or something borrowing it into existence.

        No debt = No money.

        • Nic the NZer 1.1.1.1

          Taken from here,
          https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/about-us/what-we-do
          “Currency Issue”
          “The Reserve Bank is the only organisation authorised to issue currency for New Zealand. ”

          This is not to say that commercial banks don’t create money when they lend, they do, however the money created is commercial bank deposits and not of the form of the currency which is created by the reserve bank and spent and collected in tax by the government.

          There are reasons that the NZ government borrows but it is not because the reserve bank is unable create currency and add it to the electronic accounts which it overseas and operates (e.g the interbank payments system).

          • mikes 1.1.1.1.1

            When the reserve bank is talking about currency issue they are talking about notes and coins, only around 3% of the overall money supply. The other 97% is created by private banks for profit.

            “In practice, by far the largest share
            of money – 80 percent or more, depending on the measure
            (discussed below) – is created by private sector institutions.”

            from – https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/-/media/ReserveBank/Files/Publications/Bulletins/2008/2008mar71-1lawrence.pdf

            You can’t ‘borrow’ cash from a bank. I’ve tried it. I took out a small loan some years back and on the last form i had to sign it said something along the lines off = “I, the undersigned declare i have received the sum of ….. etc” I said to the guy that I couldn’t sign something saying I have received the money when I hadn’t yet and perhaps if he gave me the cash then I could sign it.

            Of course he couldn’t give me the money because until I signed that document the money I was borrowing didn’t exist. Once I had signed to say I had received it, even though I hadn’t, he was then able to go ahead and create the bank credit in my account.

            That’s because new ‘money’ is created as bank credit when someone takes out a ‘loan’.

  2. TheBlackKitten 2

    I agree, it’s a terrible record but the reality is, after 9 years in power and with such a bad record, the opposition parties should be soaring in the polls and yet they are not. They should be guaranteed a landslide win at this election. Yet they are not. Why is that?
    Middle nz are the ones that decide elections and labour or the greens don’t speak or care about the interests of these people. They seem to think anyone who aspires to own their own home, who is marrried and has children is a rich prick and want to tax the backsides out of them. Is Jacinta going to raise the Paye tax on these people as the last labour government did to a staggering 40cents in the dollar on income over 60k. Now I bet many standidites think that these people should be paying this rate of tax but reality is, these people don’t and therefore won’t vote labour or the greens.
    Our infrastructure and immigration levels are dreadful and yes, I agree, this government has done a shocking job at managing this. But let’s not forget, house prices were soaring and immigrants from third world countries coming into NZ was going on under the last labour government also.
    I feel, that no political party in NZ has the competence or the ability to address our issues.

    • popexplosion 2.1

      Simple reason why. Media is now so ubiquitous and salvaging its about showing a bit of leg, I.e get attention but nothing substantial. As we can see in Media support of governing parties in not doing detail, is causing rabid uprisings of alternatives.

      It’s should be pretty obvious. Nothing ventured nothing gained, National failure to invest in housing, tourism, while throttling forward dairy while reversing apprentices despite obvious rebuild needs… …why? big corps don’t want progress they want high priced assets and rortable governance. That’s what n eolib means shifting power to a private politburo of corps where socialism is for the few.

      Seymour is a socialist for his rich masters. Everyone else must be stopped from organizing against his hero’s (mostly older men).

  3. Wayne 3

    A lot of things have also worked. Over 70% participation in the workforce. Unemployment 4.8%. 80% of new jobs being full time. The numbers on benefits falling. Over the last 6 years a significant increase in real wages. Government books in good shape.
    While obviously not all problems have been solved, a lot is going well for NZ and that is internationally recognised. It is why more NZers are returning than leaving.
    The electorate is going to put it all both the good and bad in the balance and decide.
    I note one of Jacinda’s approaches is to try and reassure the electorate there is going to be change, but not a revolution. Her income tax announcement was intended to convey.
    In my view things, for the voters who actually decide elections, will turn on whether they think the gains of the the last few years can be banked and relied on, but that they want more social and environmental things than National is willing to deliver. In short keep what has been achieved and then get more on top.

    • popexplosion 3.1

      Increasing demand for homes, by letting dotcom move here, letting China, India send students, while cutting state homes and no replacing them. Supersizing Auckland land leaving it financial strapped and incapable of growing. Ideologically locked to bad governance paradigms. Yeah sure National control the economy so well they are not to blame for the declining productivity costs of their ideology.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      You actually believe the propaganda?

      Unemployment only double what it was under Labour, because the definition of unemployed changed.

      Wages have risen so far that working families are living in cars.

      When all the economic indicators improve under a Labour led government, you’ll still be talking shit.

      PS: not that Labour are that great, they’re just superior to you corrupt liars in every respect.

      • eco Maori/kiwi 3.2.1

        + 100 one A B Looks like these Muppet’s have had there hours increased so they can post this shit 7 days a week instead of 5 days

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1

          FYI ‘Wayne’ is Wayne Mapp, law commissioner and one-time National Party cabinet minister. The man who once told us that the increase in inequality since 1984 was deliberate.

          If he had any integrity, he’d be crawling around the country on his knees begging forgiveness from the families of suicide victims.

          • eco Maori/kiwi 3.2.1.1.1

            I did not no whom Wayne Mapp is. But I did read that our Governments have been coned to believe in privatization the need for unemployment.
            And were did all this advice come from Bankers and Foreign advisers with vested interest how much they could fleece from New Zealand.

            • Nic the NZer 3.2.1.1.1.1

              From the PREFU update. It appears we are in ‘luck’

              http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/prefu2017/004.htm

              From the section, Key economic forecast judgements and assumptions.
              “The non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment (NAIRU) is 4.25% in June 2021”

              So Treasury believes that only a minimum 4.25% unemployment is needed by 2021 to prevent inflation accelerating. Last I heard its considered we need about 5% unemployment to prevent inflation accelerating today. The NAIRU is often referred to as the ‘full-employment’ rate of the economy in economics. Though in my opinion there is no evidence, a fixed relationship exists between unemployment and inflation, which would pass a scientific examination.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                So when unemployment was ~3% in 2007, inflation “blipped” up in 2008-9 (according to trading economics), and also in 2011-12 when unemployment was ~6.5%. Too much noise at such a small time-scale?

                Should be easy to plot the two data sets on a timeline…test your hypothesis.

                • Nic the NZer

                  No, the NAIRU hypothesis is *not* that there is a relationship between unemployment and inflation (which there probably is, though its far from the only factor). Its actually that the unemployment rate is consistent and returned to by the economy, with inflation accelerating consistently while you ‘artificially’ hold the economy below it.

                  Another thing the NAIRU rate hypothesis says is that you can’t reduce or change the ‘NAIRU’ by running a lower unemployment rate.

                  The discussion by Farmer here is drawing the conclusion you are asking for and as is also pointed out here the NAIRU ‘estimates’ are little more than an average of the recent unemployment rates.

                  https://larspsyll.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/nairu-more-religion-than-science/

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Ah, my bad. Thanks.

                  • No, the NAIRU hypothesis is *not* that there is a relationship between unemployment and inflation

                    WTF?

                    NAIRU is an acronym for non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment,[1] and refers to a level of unemployment below which inflation rises.

                    • Nic the NZer

                      I put that poorly. The link above explains it better, but the hypothesis is that there is a rate of unemployment to which the economy naturally returns, rather than a stable trade off between inflation and unemployment.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      there is a rate of unemployment to which the economy naturally returns

                      This is for a model economy, right? One in which government policy, corruption and eg: Mr. Peter Talley have no influence…?

                    • Nic the NZer

                      If this theory was only applied to a model of the economy then nobody would have any problem with it. But since the model is, it would seem, supposed to imply policy decisions for the real economy I guess the question is how it incorporates, government policy, corruption and Mr Peter Talley into the model.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Some sort of organic computer? An abacus made of Talley’s bones? That’s in poor taste, sorry 🙂

            • tracey 3.2.1.1.1.2

              Wayne has been head cheerleader for John Key and trumpeteer of all trade is good trade. He is a feverish believer in the market shoukd prevail except when it doesnt and then all taxpayers shoukd prop it up

          • WILD KATIPO 3.2.1.1.2

            … ” If he had any integrity, he’d be crawling around the country on his knees begging forgiveness from the families of suicide victims ” …

            Fucking right on , OAB , – its about time all these neo liberal apologists and the neo liberals themselves face the full wrath of decades of bloody bullshit , lies and theft of the Commons wealth .

            Screw em.

            Had it up to the back teeth with them still trying to justify their crap when we know and they know its just a worn out bullshit facade.

            And I don’t give a shit who Wayne is – he shits and farts like the rest of us .

            Operation Burnham to him and all.

            Oh , and btw-

            New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
            http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

          • Wayne 3.2.1.1.3

            Not been on the Law Commission since 30 June this year.

            Naturally I expect Standardnistas to think that New Zealand is going to hell in a handcart.

            But that is not the only reality. There is good as well as bad.

            That is why Jacinda Ardern has not looked to Chris Trotter for her solutions. Instead her closest mentor seems to be Helen Clark, which is hardly surprising since she won 3 elections in a row. Jacinda is promising change, not a revolution. The combination of the Budget Responsibility Rules and her ruling out income tax increases shows that. Effectively she has a nuanced version of neo-liberaliam, not its reversal as many Standardnistas or Chris Trotter would hope.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1.3.1

              Certainly that’s what you’d hope. At least you’d have some more company on the long crawl for forgiveness.

              Don’t be afraid of it: look at the goodwill Jim Bolger’s received since his confession.

            • adam 3.2.1.1.3.2

              Some of us don’t want a reversal, we want a fundamental shift towards socialism. It’s conservatives who are natural backward looking, so I think your projecting a wee bit there Wayne.

              Some of us understand that socialism will only come about if we give the elects no option but to bring it about.

              As for the Tory’s – they look a mess, and in complete disarray. That said, the people who are doing well – will hold onto their little bit as desperately as possible, there is a long history of that in this country. A long history.

            • rhinocrates 3.2.1.1.3.3

              There is good as well as bad.

              Indeed there is you solipsistic moron. Inequality happens to divide their effects. There’s good for people like you who can’t see beyond their G&Ts and bad for everyone else. Everything you say here is a variation on “Things are good for me, so there’s no problem.” Dirty water? Oh the river near my home’s clean! Housing crisis? Oh I have a nice house! Junior doctors tending the critically injured when they’re so sleep deprived they’re hallucinating? I’m fine, I can afford private treatment! Me, me, me, me all the way. Marie Antoinette in a suit.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Oh well said.

                I guess we won’t see Wayne again for a while.

                • The buggers got a cheek to even show his face around here tbh, – Socialism my merry arse !

                  And this coming from a git who used to serve in our parliament and was well aware of the social democracy / Keynesian economics we once had under HIS very own party , – the National party under Rob Muldoon.

                  Pre 1984!

                  What a way to twist history to suit ones own narrative. Hes starting to sound like all the other wanky extremist far right wing neo cons who come on here trying to push their Americana bullshit in New Zealand.

                  Bloody hypocrite.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    I have a grudging admiration for his (admittedly sporadic) willingness to front up here, even though all he reveals is that his political philosophy is as deep as a puddle.

                    • tracey

                      He fronts to peddle. Like those folk overseas who roll out their mats to sell to tourist. Then the police appear and they dash away. Onlyvto return sometime later.

              • tracey

                Except Marie Antoinette genuinely knew no better. And never said “let them eat cake”.

            • rhinocrates 3.2.1.1.3.4

              But that is not the only reality.

              Oh, alternative facts is it, Dr Blimp?

            • tracey 3.2.1.1.3.5

              “Not been on the Law Commission since 30 June this year.”
              That has made my day

      • rhinocrates 3.2.2

        Wayne Blimp thinks that sleeping in cars means having a snooze in the back seat of a Phantom after too many gins.

    • Bob (Northland) 3.3

      Other things that have “worked.”
      More than 120,000 of 19 to 23 year age bracket unemployed.
      Zero hour contracts.
      People “removed’ from benefits living in cars.
      Wages virtually static, “average” wage increased by large increases at top end of income earners.
      Government books “in good shape” at expense of social services with future outlook declining and looking grim.
      NZ’ers returning from Australia because of mining downturn, tanking economy and ineligibility for unemployment assistance.
      Also add to things that have “worked” static and falling productivity, virtually zero economic growth without record immigration, increased living costs including 2.5% GST increase, housing unaffordability with increase from 3x annual average income to 10x average annual income. Sale of state-owned assets to “Mum & Dad” Investors to fund irrigation Schemes for private enterprises.
      The list goes on and on.
      Do we really have to keep “what has been achieved.”

    • Stuart Munro 3.4

      Amazing what you can do by fiddling the books. Cheap, and it avoids conspicuous policy failures. It’s like the Gnats are running the playbook from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

    • Macro 3.5

      There are 23,000 more unemployed since National took office Wayne. That is a fact. Yes the total number in the workforce has expanded, but the nasty redefinition to include those who work just 1 hour a week as being “employed” says it all! Your boasting of reducing unemployment rates is just nonsense. There is a huge number of underemployed in this country and it doesn’t take long to find them.
      But that is just one social demographic upon which National has failed miserably.
      I am involved in our local food bank. I can tell you that under National’s “administration” the number of food parcels issued weekly has continued to climb year on year to the state that our capacity to help is almost at its limits. The numbers are 6% up on what they were last year, and that was a record, and we have just had the loss of over a 100 jobs in the town with the closure of A&G Price. The roll out of fibre cable in the town is hardly going to replace all of those any time soon! And Christmas is yet to come.
      As for the state of our rivers and coastlines ……
      Can I say that the current Bill which has just had its first reading to remove Mangroves in the Coromandel is one of the most short-sighted pieces of legislation one can possibly imagine. How any government in it’s right mind could possibly countenance this idiocy is beyond comprehension.
      Those mangroves are there as natures response to the constant pollution pour into our Firth for the past 150 years of human exploitation from Deforestation, Gold mining, and now excessive agriculture. Their roots remove some of the nitrates and phosphates pouring down some of the most polluted rivers in NZ into the breeding grounds for one of our most prized fish species – Snapper. Furthermore they trap the silt and build up the area within which they grow to form a natural barrier – a barrier which will be most needed in the years ahead with sea level rise and increasing storm surges.
      They also provide protection for some of our most rare species of bird – just 100 m from the town Supermarket I was privileged to see a Banded Rail.
      https://www.nature.com/news/2005/050905/full/news050905-11.html
      “Delivering to New Zealand”
      Pffffft

      • Craig H 3.5.1

        The definition of unemployment has referred to 1 hour work in the last 4 weeks since the 1980s. The recent change was that looking on Seek and Trademe was no longer sufficient by itself to meet the threshold to be considered ‘unemployed’ .

      • Exkiwiforces 3.5.2

        WTF Macro, these muppets want to get rid the Mangroves and may I say WTF for? Hell we are trying to save ours Mangroves around the greater Darwin foreshore and beyond greater Darwin because of the benefits that Mangroves bring.

        And the closure of A & G Price is disgusting in itself and probably ripping up the Thames railway line didn’t help either which happened under a National government in the 90’s as did the closure of Hillside workshops under this current bunch of muppets.

        • Macro 3.5.2.1

          We have a new mayor – Sandra Goudie – you may recall her as a Nat MP. I have to say that in some things she has done well. But this “Rip out the Mangroves” Bill she has promoted to Parliament and introduced by her successor Scott Simpson, is simply pandering to the idiots of Whangamata. It was never up for public debate, and pushed through Council under cover.

    • TheBlackKitten 3.6

      “An increase in wages”. Really!!!?? I don’t see it. When I look on the Seek jobsite all I see is low wages that do not support the basic costs of living ie: rent or mortgage for a home in a city where all the jobs are. And before you tell me this is the fault of council, how about we ask the question as to why so many immigrants have been allowed to flood into this country from third world countries who think the pathetic low wages on offer by NZ employers are a good deal due to the poor state of their home countries.
      Simple fact is Auckland is not up to coping with all of these extra people. Infrastructure is crumbling due to 40 years of mis mangemeant and lack of funding by previous governments and council. National knew that but they still let them all come flooding in. Why? Because their rich business mates loves the high profits they make with cheap labour.
      It’s about time that a political party did somethIng for the average working kiwi and none have since the 1972 Kirk labour government.

    • mikes 3.7

      “Over the last 6 years a significant increase in real wages”

      Am gonna have to call it as i see it Wayne. Fucking Bullshit !

      • tracey 3.7.1

        Just yesterday businesses were admitting increased profits but not wages. They are actually saying forget increased wages cos you have a secure job. Wayne has come too far defending the post 1984 ideology to step back. Even Bolger had the balls to say sorry.

    • tracey 3.8

      I note the drift to Australia has begun again…

    • Ad 3.9

      Now you know what an ungrateful electorate feels like.

      We had it in 2008.

      Bad luck Wayne the tide’s just running out.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.9.1

        “Ungrateful” presupposes there’s something to be grateful for.

        There isn’t. Wayne et al should be grateful there isn’t a political/governmental corollary to corporate manslaughter charges. They were warned repeatedly about the effects their impersonal sadism would have.

        • Wayne 3.9.1.1

          OAB

          Ah yes, the Stalinist solution again. Let’s imprison/shoot all our political opponents.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.9.1.1.1

            Oh get real. Retroactive legislation is obscene. Remind me who passed some recently…

            The fact is governmental human rights abuses are already legislated at the Hague. I just want to broaden the definition a bit so that when say, the Treasury Department tells you that “this is the minimum required for subsistence” you risk criminal charges for setting a rate lower than that.

            Or physicians tell you that underfunding mental health services and selling state houses is making a lot of people die and you keep on doing it anyway.

            That sort of thing.

            Edit: Don’t you agree with lying to a court being perjury? Parliament being a court and everything…

          • adam 3.9.1.1.2

            Both the Stalinist nightmare solution, and the current system of rewarding cupidity – are vulgar and immoral.

            But what about corporations who have lied for 40 odd years Wayne?

            Do we arrest them, and get the profits back?

            Or do we carry on we with —- steal an apple and go to jail for life, but steal millions and your get a knighthood?

            • rhinocrates 3.9.1.1.2.1

              Withhold information from to WINZ when you’re a young Maori woman, you’re a criminal for life. Steal from the taxpayer when you’re a rich white male Minister of the Crown, you get to be PM.

              That’s the morality of Wayne’s World, a satellite orbiting Planet Key.

              • Eco maori

                Yes Hippocrates a upper class tax avoidance expert gets 10 months home detection at 2500 a day to stay home no retribution benefit fraud 244-768 over 12 years gets 2 years 5 months jail and has to pay back 10.000 at 40 a week what about the children

          • Stuart Munro 3.9.1.1.3

            Only the corrupt ones Wayne – you’d be perfectly safe if only you’d kept your paws off public assets.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.9.1.1.4

            Didn’t see anybody suggesting that.

            Only that people be held accountable for their actions.

            If a government suggests a policy, is told that that policy will cause deaths, but implements it anyway and then that policy is later proved to have caused a couple of hundred deaths do you think that that government should be held accountable for the mass murder that they committed?

    • Unemployment 4.8%.

      Underemployment 11.8%

      The numbers on benefits falling.

      A lot of them because they’ve failed to meet National’s rather psychopathic testing and punitive welfare.

      While obviously not all problems have been solved, a lot is going well for NZ and that is internationally recognised.

      housing bubble
      increasing poverty
      underfunding health
      underfunding police
      underfunding welfare

      But hey, the rich got tax cuts.

      It is why more NZers are returning than leaving.

      No, that would be because they’re being kicked out of Australia.

      will turn on whether they think the gains of the the last few years can be banked and relied on

      For the majority of the population there were no gains. A significant proportion of them went backwards and then National kicked them in the goolies at WINZ.

    • gnomic 3.11

      Still trying for DorkLord of the Universe I see. If you are spinning for the Nats shame on you! Or perhaps you really are that thick? In any case, why share here? Set up your own blog where you can languish in obscurity. Your pathetic efforts to seem portentous are tiresome.

  4. tc 4

    Typical DP framing again though from gooner.

    Cant look too owned or stupid so states the obvious areas of wilful negligence by prefacing it with the BS attack lines on the party who always ends up fixing what national have broken.

    The media is such a huge part of the problem in nz with voluntary voting and no public broadcaster to act as a reference point.

  5. Eco maori 5

    What I have observed is on the weekend’s the amount of post drop significantly.

    Our Society needs to change in every way that we are doing things.We won’t get a second chance to change things once it is stuffed

  6. Every time I see that numbnut Wayne and others of his ilk comment on justifying his neo liberal crap I hear this in the back of my mind.

    This ones for you , Wayne.

    Enjoy.

    Strawbs – Part of the union 1973 – YouTube

    • rhinocrates 6.1

      Ode to our ‘Wealth Creators’

      Look who it isn’t: it’s the It Man, baby… His motto is ‘Receive.’ Too much is not enough for It Man

  7. Keepcalmcarryon 7

    I read garners spiel and was immediately off-put by his horseshit about labour leaving the books in bad shape yadayada national did great yadayada then he cuts to his selected issues.
    It’s crap and all over the place, basically because:
    A: labour left the economy and the books in very good shape, and
    B: nationals “great management” policies are the very things that created all the problems in the list quoted .
    Homelessness, child poverty and low incomes didn’t just happen, they are snowballing because of National, not in spite of it.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Well he helped tell the lie back in ’08. Anyone seriously expect this dullard to take personal responsibility?

  8. Siobhan 8

    Any politicians or political parties talking about let alone addressing the problem of record levels of household debt??
    I guess national wouldn’t, they could spin it as a positive, people spending beyond their means as a sign of faith in the ‘growing’ economy…but any thoughts from Labour on this little problem

    https://tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/households-debt-to-income

    “The bulk of that was in housing, which was up 9 percent at $232.07 billion. However, a 4.6 percent increase in consumer credit to $16.1 billion continued a trend of accelerating growth”
    http://business.scoop.co.nz/2017/03/03/rising-household-debt-a-worry/

  9. Meh …. time for a wee song with spirit…

    The Wolfe Tones- Go On Home British soldiers – YouTube

  10. Tricledrown 10

    Poverty inequality pollution corruption lack of productivity.
    Nationals legacy.
    After 9 years of tight fisted economic management on the back of huge borrowing National are emptying the lolly jar with unprecedented spending promises highlighting their spending cuts in every major govt service health education policing etc.

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    4 hours ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 hours ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    8 hours ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    13 hours ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    20 hours ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 day ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 day ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    3 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    3 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    4 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    5 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    6 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    6 days ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    6 days ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    7 days ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting Prime Minister David Seymour.
    When it came to David Seymour, Jacinda got one thing right, and another wrong. What is the sacrilege, I hear you ask? In what world in relation to David Seymour was our Jacinda ever wrong?Subscribe nowAs you no doubt remember, and personally I think there should be some sort of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • More democratic abuse from National
    "Abuse of democracy" seems to be the emerging theme of this government, with bills rammed through under urgency or given pathetically short select committee submission times seemingly designed to limit and undermine public engagement. And today we have another case, with the public given just nine days to submit on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the curse of being politically moderate about everything
    Nigel Farage’s initial reason for not standing in the British election – because he wanted to be a Trump adviser – never looked very convincing. His perfectly timed “change of mind” though, has won him extensive media coverage, and he’s now plunging into the election campaign as the rival candidate ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Tuesday, June 4
    Placards at a 2018 rally for better funding for new cancer drugs. National’s pre-election promise to do so may have won it votes, but the attempt to quietly drop the plan has now ignited a firestorm of protest. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The Government is now being engulfed in a firestorm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 Highlights
    Last week the government delivered their first budget and while there’s been plenty of other discussion about the main aspects of it, I was particularly interested to look at what it meant for transport. Before getting into too much detail, the chart below shows at a high level where transport ...
    1 week ago
  • Jeff Masters and Bob Henson give us the low-down on the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Samantha Harrington (Background photo credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project / CC BY 2.0 DEED) To kick off hurricane season, Yale Climate Connections editors Sara Peach and Sam Harrington sat down with meteorologists and Eye on the Storm writers Jeff Masters and Bob ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 3
    TL;DR: The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, which consumes over 15% of the motu’s renewable electricity, has struck a deal to stay open for another 20 years. This will delay Aotearoa-NZ’s transition to carbon zero and make it more expensive and unfair for the 100,000 households who currently can’t afford their ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • maBaguette
    Today we rolled through troglodyte caves and ate a fresh roast chook by the river, the mighty Loire River, the still quite angry-looking Loire River. The Loire is not itself because it has been raining here for the last seven months without a break, the locals have been telling us, ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Empty Promises.
    Fighting out of the blue corner, wearing a pale pink jacket, a half hearted smile, and a lot of flack from the left and the right, it’s your Finance Minister - Nicola Willis.Her challenger will probe the Minister for answers. Armed with boyish charm and tricky questions, the last remaining ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #22
    A listing of 33 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 26, 2024 thru Sat, June 1, 2024. Story of the week Sometimes one story is not enough. Our ongoing 2023-2024 experiences with lethal heatwaves, early wildfires and a threatening Atlantic hurricane season ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Treaty Principles Bill: Smokescreen for sweeping change?
    Much has been said about how the coalition government’s Treaty Principles Bill distorts te Tiriti o Waitangi. However, it could also serve as a Trojan horse, installing an extreme libertarian agenda. We don’t know the intent driving the proposed Bill; however, many serious effects may ensue. Far from simply clarifying the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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