Goff vs. Key first debate

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, October 31st, 2011 - 145 comments
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The first debate.

Phil Goff and John Key.

TV1 at 7pm. Don’t miss it!

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Update:

See the website www.keyholes.co.nz for looking at the claims that Key makes in the debate.

See also Twitter: #keyholes #ownourfuture  #voteNZ

Goff getting all the hits in. Got his policies across well. Key defensive and angry. www.keyholes.co.nz running hot.

145 comments on “Goff vs. Key first debate ”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    No matter how the debate goes, all the lefties here will be raving about how great Goffs performance was and how terrible Keys was.

    • r0b 1.1

      Getting your excuses in early TS?

      • Tigger 1.1.1

        Hey T’S, how did you think Key performed in his opening lecture video?

        • McFlock 1.1.1.1

          “oh, he was wonderful, so inspiring, so many great policy ideas, he loves each and every one of us individually, a natural in front of the camera, god he’s sexier than Robert Pattinson but he sparkles twice as much”
            
          … is what we haven’t heard from our neighbourhood tories.

    • higherstandard 1.2

      And vice versa at Kiwiblog – so ?

      Most of NZ won’t bother watching.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Goff needs to be focussed on giving Labour’s answers to the future, not focussed on attacking Key.

    • chris73 2.1

      Wow, you’ve posted something I actually agree with (and I hope Key doesn’t attack Goff either)

      • Ari 2.1.1

        Oh no, there was a ton of attacking, and I’m not even through part 2 😛 Goff did well on holding off on that front a bit longer, but potential PMs are a fiery bunch and once the attacks start flying so do the counter-attacks, sadly.

    • Afewknowthetruth 3.1

      DK.

      From that item:

      ‘It was difficult for businesses to organise and structure themselves and they were “looking for a bit more direction to place their bets as to where future growth will come from”.

      Being trapped in the redundant paradigms of empire, they just don’t get it, do they?

      http://richardheinberg.com/bookshelf/the-end-of-growth-book

      ‘humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in our economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.’

      Perpetual growth on a finite planet was a nice fantasy while it lasted (even if it has probably destroyed the future habitability of the Earth)

  3. outofbed 4

    So what about the 20% of NZ’s who didn’t vote for the red or blue team?

    • ianmac 5.1

      Phil did well. Only suggestion would be to be more concise and stop speaking before he gets stopped. With that format people won’t remember the detailed explanations. Just a perception or not of confidence/strength. Goff 60%. Key 40%.

  4. Afewknowthetruth 6

    Anyone want to bet that the key issues of the times (pardon the pun) of:

    1. Peak Oil.

    2. Collapse of fiat currencies

    3. Abrupt Climate Change.

    4. Acidification of the oceans.

    5. Population overshoot

    6. Overconsumption.

    7. Collapse of industrial agriculture (and the mass starvation that must inevitably follow).

    8. Loss of biodiversity.

    won’t be mentioned by either of them?

    • r0b 6.1

      I think you’re quite right. And I think it is a sign of all that is wrong with politics. It’s also why we needed the Greens in the room, and why these major party only debates serve us poorly.

    • King Kong 6.2

      I bet they will also ignore:

      1. An increase in Light sabre related deaths
      2. Alien abductions
      3.Declining Yeti populations

  5. gingercrush 7

    I’m watching Shortland Street.

  6. PJ 8

    the 2 comments above ^ say so much about those of the rightish persuasion

  7. r0b 9

    Update:
    See the website http://www.keyholes.co.nz for looking at the claims that Key makes in the debate.
    See also Twitter: #keyholes #ownourfuture  #voteNZ

  8. IrishBill 10

    Last time around they played Key down and he actually did quite well. Beating predictions like that worked in his favour – a lot of people called the debates for him just because he exceeded expectations.

    Personally I think the nats are running the same strategy this time.

  9. With that website it seems like your trying to argue for Goff, if Goff is so brilliant and Key is so terrible, then Im guessing Goff will win hands down?

  10. Uturn 12

    Round one to Goff, simply because Key is fighting and forgetting to answer the question. Key’s method will reinforce existing support, but not win additional support. Goff also nailed him on asset sales point, making him sound like a thief stealing assets he doesn’t own.

    • Lanthanide 12.1

      Eh? Both I and my boyfriend had exactly the opposite impression of the first 17 minutes. Goff appeared flustered while Key appeared very well-rehearsed.

      • Uturn 12.1.1

        Goff was stumbling verbally, but like I say, Key wasn’t landing his hits even though he was the better speaker.

  11. Cin77 13

    Stoopid tvnz website! I can never get the videos to work 🙁 Looks like live streaming is out too. D’oh!

  12. gobsmacked 14

    Guyon Espiner’s job description … to interrupt Goff and give Key extra time.

    Oh, and they’re having a “text poll” (i.e. a vote-buying spree, wholly meaningless, which you can predict in advance as 70 % plus for Key).

    Pathetic.

  13. DS 15

    You know what’s really bugging me? When Goff talks to Key all Key does is stare at the ceiling or look around at anything but Goff.

    And what’s with the drunken sailor consistent reference?

    • Carol 15.1

      Key was doing quite well, but Goff’s needling him, and Key’s starting to get a weird, dead-eyed glazed look.

      • DS 15.1.1

        He came out with the false cheerfulness of a fifth form debater who was Going To Be Confident. *shudder. Makes my skin crawl. Appropriate that it’s Halloween.

      • Anne 15.1.2

        Agree Carol. Goff’s slowly getting the better of him. Go Goff…
        Oh, the suspense. Bad as the All Black Final.

        • Lanthanide 15.1.2.1

          Yeah I agree, Goff is getting better. First 5-10 minutes were pretty shaky with stumbling answers.

    • The Voice of Reason 15.2

      Jeez, ‘drunken sailor’? From Key? Pot, kettle and such …

    • gobsmacked 15.3

      Oh God, they’ve got a panel commentary during the debate.

      FFS.

      TVNZ, you are useless.

      • Tigger 15.3.1

        Worse than useless. It’s dishonest. They’re framing how we should perceive the debate. Keep your spin out of it Toryvision NZ.

      • Carol 15.3.2

        Where is this panel commentary people are talking about?

        • Lanthanide 15.3.2.1

          There was a small cut to Sainsbury and his two lackies at approx 7:35 ad-break. Lasted may 1:30. They’re in a separate room from Goff & Key. Same panelists they use on Q&A.

          They haven’t had another one yet.

    • Lanthanide 15.4

      Key’s aloof “not looking at you” makes him look like a jerk.

      He’s starting to look at Goff more now.

  14. KJT 16

    Goff talks. Espiner intrerupts. Then Key gets a rebuttal. When Goof tries one Espiner moves on. Key talks Espiner is all deference.

    Note: Goff is struggling to avoid calling Key on his outright lies.

  15. Uturn 17

    Key isn’t performing well at all, even though he talks fast. Goff is really warming up on him, using easily understandable counterpoints, even calling him a liar. Then Key admits it! Oh dear. Any point on wages or tax Goff has stunned him to standstill.

    I also noticed the cameras were favouring Goff. Maybe because he was where the action was coming from, but maybe … it’s the left leaning media bias blah blah conspiracy blah blah.

  16. Uturn 19

    Ahh I get it now. Key isn’t there to debate. Watch his body language – it’s of that corporate manager who is listening to something he’s paid to ignore. To him, the decision has been made, the lines are just being repeated and it doesn’t matter that the troublesome naysayer is talking. At least Goff is promoting his policy clearly.

    • Carol 19.1

      Goff is clearly listening to Key and concentrating when he speaks.

    • Banter 19.2

      I only got to see the first ten minutes and that was exactly the impression I got.

      “twiddling thumbs, whats that noise in my ear……so what are we on to now, CGT, right, check my pieces of paper for what I had to remember to say, that other guy has stopped….rightoff we go ”

      Did Phil have notes, I didnt see any

  17. Rodel 20

    This wasn’t a debate. It was Espiner soliciting sound bites and shutting up the two most important leaders of our country. No depth at all. Phil and John tried.
    Pathetic.. I think even Sainsbury or daffy duck could have done better.

  18. chris73 21

    Its not important but it looks like Goffs had some botox done, especially noticable between his brows, they don’t seem to be moving.

    I’d like to see both get a bit more fired up.

    • Zola 21.1

      Have a look at Key. His hairpiece looks like a dead rat!

      • chris73 21.1.1

        I was actually wondering if hes wearing a rug

        at least its not just the chick MPs getting scrutinised over their looks 😉

        • The Voice of Reason 21.1.1.1

          Dya remember when Goff acknowledged dyeing his hair? Not a peep from Key about the matter. Know you know why.

      • Hami Shearlie 21.1.2

        That’s no hairpiece – that’s his cat Moonbeam – the dead rat must be the cat’s dinner!

  19. hobbit 22

    Goof couldnt balance a book on his head, let a lone try and balance the Govt’s books. He is telling his usual level of twisted lies , obviously he dosent understand economics. He is out of his depth. John Key is far out in front and winning this debate. I can see now why labor has chosen to miss goof off the advertising billboards.

  20. rainman 23

    Hmmm. I don’t think Goff’s doing so well. Not terrible, but a little flustered and dodged a few tough questions when picking any line and sticking to it would have probably been better. Bit of uhming and ahing but Key’s been climbing straight in with simple confident soundbites. Some cracks in Key’s facade but I’d have to say he’s sounding more together than he has been lately, and way better than during the opening address.

  21. Key says they had international oil response experts fly into the country and divers in the water on the afternoon of the Rena grounding on the 5th… Key lies.

  22. The Polecat 25

    How lame were Key’s jokes after Goff hammered him on interest rates?

    Obvious prepared jokes for a sticky situation. Halloween, Drunken Sailor..

  23. KJT 26

    Why do we need a panel to tell us what to think?

    Espiner interrupting both now. Don’t want to hear his opinion.

    Both are having there moments of floundering. Not a high standard of debate.

    • Rodel 26.1

      Agree. Not a debate at all. I’ve seen Goff debating and making a case He’s good at it but Espiner , Sainsbury & co just want a Simpsons type entertainment thing. That’s their job.

      • thejackal 26.1.1

        Wasn’t run well… Spiner would ask Goff a question on policy, then Key would have a turn and bullshit to try and make Goff look bad… Spiner would cut Goff off from answering Keys lies. Bad form, but I expected nothing more.

        • Zaphod Beeblebrox 26.1.1.1

          The whole format was wrong. tried to cover too many topics, too many questions, so Spiner was obviously told only 2 line answers and keep it moving.

          Get rid of the panel, let people make their own minds up.

          If you want joe blows asking meaningless questions (efficient public service- thats a majorly complex issue so how can you discuss that in two lines??), you need a town hall format

          The whole debate should have been economics. Then you could have two more on social issues and environment then foreign affairs and leadership.

          The Americans do the debates the best. The Clinton-Obama one in Pennsylvania in 07 was brilliant.

  24. gobsmacked 27

    Key has a better grasp of the format than Goff. It’s made for him … superficial.

    If there’s the slightest chance of the debate getting into substantive detail, Guyon jumps in and goes to an ad break or Panel A or Panel B or new question or you tube or …

    There are SIX different elements to this “debate”. Just two would suffice.

  25. Batman 28

    Disclaimer required: Keyholes is run by Labour.

  26. gobsmacked 29

    Oops!

    Christchurch is “a very vibrant city”, says Key.

    It certainly is.

  27. Jilly Bee 30

    Jeez, if John Key says ‘akshully’ once more I will scream!!

  28. Anne 31

    I’ve had enough of Claire Robinson. Have followed her comments on Q&A and she is always negative about Labour. Runs them down every time. I think the time has come to lay complaints with TVNZ about the Tory bitch! Anyone know her professional email address? I’m happy to tell her a thing or two!

  29. Nick C 32

    Key clearly winning, seems like during the ad breaks Goff calms himself down, but through the segments he gets angrier and angrier, until he is just interupting and yelling at Key. Key by contrast is very stylish, and is promoting the government reasonably well. Goff spending too much time on attacking Key and generally pointing out that times are tough. The reason Key has been so popular despite tough times is that people dont think its his fault. Whether you agree on substance beyond that more down to your political views.

    Seems like the lefties here are divided 50/50 on who is winning, which suggests a win for Key.

    Also that ‘keyholes’ website is shit. I thought it might be a genuine fact checker of Keys statements, but just another angry lefty having a rant.

  30. Carol 33

    Goff has shown passion for the struggling ordinary Kiwis. That’ll strike a chord with some. Key recites his young years and prepared storieswith little conviction.

    PS: Recently tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/_jjw_/status/130904484707704832

    Do you think the TVNZ debate will end with a three way handshake between Guyon, Phil, and John? #votenz #greenroom

  31. Lanthanide 34

    Someone on stuff pointed out that Key has got written notes. Goff doesn’t.

    • thejackal 34.1

      I wouldn’t put it past TVNZ to set the debate up so Key knew all the questions while Goff didn’t. If that’s the case, the Labour leader did very well indeed while Key failed… even with the script.

  32. Paul 35

    Has anyone counted the number of times Goff was interrupted by Espinor and how many times Key was? Would be interesting to take a score. It’s easy not to be hassled when only one side is pressed.
    Wonder if anyone questions TVNZ about bias.
    Did you also notice how the guy from backbenchers was the only one to press Key?
    MSM – unbelievable, but can’t say I was surprised.
    BTW – Espiner even wore a blue tie!

  33. Carol 36

    What’s a dennamik environment?

  34. RedLogix 37

    As fine a demonstration of the dumb-down effect of the mass media as you’ll find anywhere.

    Key could have gone,” blah, blah, blah” all night and the pundits would still love his ‘style’.

  35. rainman 38

    Good finish for Phil but Key may have won it.
    Shit format and none of the real issues debated, but I kinda expected that.

  36. r0b 39

    Lousy format. If you believed his lies, then Key was leading earlier on, very glib and smooth. But in the second half Goff nailed it – finished very strong.

  37. Key won the debate 60-40 IMHO.
    According to Texters it was 61-39.

    Before this debate, Goff said he wont play the man, but he did, just trying to over
    talk Key.

    Key stuck to stats and Data.

    Round One to Key, no knock out punch.

    • lprent 40.1

      Why would I waste money on a phone company? Txt polls are just about who wants to waste money…

      • pollywog 40.1.1

        Txt polls are about rounding up your support before hand and bombing the shit out of the number to boost your hits.

        Key could have just burped and farted his way through the whole show and still the Nat’s black ops txt bomb squad woulda skewed the poll results in his favour…oh hang on

      • LynW 40.1.2

        My thoughts exactly re wasting money…..75cents! Let them have their false poll result!

    • Blighty 40.2

      Brett. What stats did key cite?

      I remember 60,000 more on benefits

      I remember 49,000 fewer jobs.

      I remember 100,000 Kiwis leaving for Australia

      I remember household incomes down $82 a week…

      … all said by Goff.

      Happy for you to quote Key’s stats.

      • logie97 40.2.1

        Here’s one from Key, “We predict 170,000 jobs in the next three years.”
        Oops, that was in 2009.
        Tonight’s stat – “We budgeted for 170,000 jobs in the next three years.”
        Oops, that was in 2011 budget.
        Tonight’s prediction – “We will create 170,000 jobs in the next three years.”

        Thank god there is a huge amount of water between us and our neighbours. If it was possible to get on your bike (as the wonderful Thatcherite, Norman Tebbit once said) there would be one heck of a lot more heading west.

        Cycle-way anyone? (Didn’t get a mention tonight – wonder why).

        Of course, reality is 60,000 jobs lost.

  38. Would anyone like a debate format where each Key and Goff get one minute to answer the question and then the other can have a rebuttal?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 41.1

      No. I’d like to see a format where each participant was connected to a lie detector.

    • Ari 41.2

      Honestly, I’d much prefer to have broader topics with much longer answers and rebuttals, we get more substance that way, and if leaders waffle on they’re wasting their own chances. Giving them a minute or two on every question just means you get soundbites instead of answers.

  39. Sanctuary 42

    Key scored a stupid own goal on the honesty question at the end. Goff did well. The whole point of the Labour campaign is to focus on policy. All Goff has to do is show he is at least as competent as Key.

  40. Carol 43

    Goff doesn’t have to win in this skewed context…. he just has to (re)connect with significant numbers of leftie voters.

  41. Sanctuary 44

    Oh and What is it about Claire Robinson that really annoys me? Oh yes, just like on Pundit, she manages to be completely wrong about everything – and she is whiney when you point it out.

    • logie97 44.1

      And chinless to boot.

      • Ari 44.1.1

        Criticising female journalists for their appearance instead of their substance is pretty sexist.

        • logie97 44.1.1.1

          … your inference. (Try weak and ineffectual.)

          • Ari 44.1.1.1.1

            Yes my inference, but actually having spent quite a bit of time working on feminism I think I’m more qualified on this front than you are. Women in any profession get criticised disproportionately for their appearance, but journalists get it even more so, and it’s a distraction from what’s either genuinely good or genuinely bad about them as a journalist. Unless you want to date her or she looks unprofessional, it ought to be bloody irrelevant how she looks.

          • KJT 44.1.1.1.2

            Spineless

  42. Dan 45

    Awful format, nonsense poll at the end. However Goff, without notes, did very well. The MSM cannot over the next few weeks demean Goff as weak. He was very good. Is it true that last election, Key had an earphone feed to help with the answers? If so, he has improved to be able to have his answers on paper.
    Goff is personable and passionate. He has my vote.

    • Sanctuary 45.1

      I think you’ve got the real importance of the debate. It is about framing the media’s reporting narrative. By not losing, Goff has won because the MSM, who set the news narrative, will decide he was the equal of Key in the debates. And since going into this election Key was muuch more “popular” than Goff, that makes Key the loser.

  43. What’s with the subliminal blue ticked boxes all over the show and the predominance of blue lighting ?

    If theres one clear point that’s come through from Goff and rammed home, it’s that Key has been proven to be a liar.

    That makes anything Key says when attempting to quote facts and stats as unreliable.

    Simply put, the man can’t be trusted.

    • Ari 46.1

      This is why elections goes orange. You’d think at least TVNZ could go with white graphics, which are unaffiliated with any NZ parties, useful from a design point of view, and provide good contrast.

      • felix 46.1.1

        Oh I’m sure at the next debate it’ll all be red backdrops and Guyon will interrupt Key instead of Goff now and then.

        Not.

  44. belladonna 47

    Right winger Mitch Harris on Radio Live is full of praise for Goff – who’d thunk it!

  45. LynW 48

    I felt Phil Goff did very well indeed and landed the last comment superbly. I was pleased to see the camera on John Key while Goff was speaking as it showed him shuffling papers and looking quite uncomfortable. Glad to hear Goff engaged with the audience first during the breaks with Key copying! ( via the Stuff running commentary)

  46. One Anonymous Bloke 49

    Key: the Dunning Kruger effect is strong in this one.
    Goff: a bit too measured, his years in politics have smoothed his corners. He was good when he got annoyed at Espiner’s obvious bias.
    edit: PS: he said guts not balls.

  47. Carol 50

    Bomber’s review:

    http://tumeke.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-tvnz-first-leaders-debate.html

    includes these lines:

    Another right wing question, this time pro mining??? Who selected these questions? Steven Joyce?
    […]
    Great question from Wallace about what they would march for, Key says he would march for a competitive economy? The reincarnation of Milton Friedman? Goff lists what he has marched for, and that’s the point, Goff has marched, Key would think about marching.
    […]
    Key will close the wage gap with Australia by paying youth sweatshop wages? Who is buying this bullshit?

    I’m confused, I didn’t realize Claire Robinson was running for leader of the National Party?

    Leadership being debated, Goff says he’s making the hard calls – Key says something bland.

    Key blames ‘dynamic environment’ for lying – I’m using that next time I’m in trouble with my girlfriend.

  48. NattyM 51

    With Key, I always get the impression ackshully (why does he persist in putting an “h” in so many words where there is not “h”?) that he is just opens his mouth and the words that spill out are the ones that someone else has written for him. It’s really predictable what little patsy expressions he’s going to trot out e.g. like a drunken sailor, bananas, trick and treat and he’s like a smartarse, smirking kid, after he’s said them. And I agree Jilly Bee – if he said ackshully just one more time ….

  49. Rodel 52

    Those stupid polls that TV people love to use with the proviso that, “It’s not 100% scientific” are such meaningless bullshit.” They are not even 1% scientific but our dumb,lazy media celebrities see them as easy ways to get their wages
    Every Tory has been schooled to respond and most Left wingers couldn’t give a shit about responding to such nonsense….if they even watched the “debate.”

  50. Why the hell did they get that stooge Espiner to front this ?… No don’t answer that, it’s patsy question we all know the answer to.

    The real question is, why didn’t they get Wallace Chapman to front it ???…He’s only been doing this week in week out on Backbenchers.

    …and what was the point in having a panel sitting there under the big blue ticked boxes if they only got to ask one question ?

    Like rugby, the refs control the tempo and flow of the game. This one reminded me of Samoa vs Sth Africa….GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!

    Espiner should be ashamed of himself and be kicked to touch for the shonky handling of this game.

    • Lanthanide 53.1

      Yeah, Wallace would’ve been much better.

      I thought his question was much more astute and interesting than the other panellists, too.

  51. randal 54

    Look all Phil has to do is learn how to goad kweewee and he is home and hosed.
    forget the facts. push his buttons and lets see the meltdown.

  52. One Anonymous Bloke 55

    Is it just me or is Goff is winning the Stuff comments battle?
    And what effect has the coincidence of Halloween and the debate had on the demographic of the watchers?

    • Lanthanide 55.1

      Yeah, the stuff comments are surprisingly left-leaning.

      I’ve been feeling for several months now that there’s been a lot of astroturfing in the stuff comments sections, and people parroting National’s lines because they simply haven’t heard anything, from anywhere, that rebuts them.

  53. Massive kudos to Goff on calling Key out as a liar to his face. That took some balls !

    Of course Key tried to get him to retract it with some bullshit retort about respect. To Goff’s credit he acknowledged the respect then responded with, it’s not something he would say lightly…

    …however the facts speak for themselves.

    JOHN KEY IS A LIAR.

    • Ari 56.1

      It’s not so much that he’s a liar, and more that we live in a dynamic environment where the truth is simply too expensive to afford anymore.

      😉

  54. John W 57

    Interesting.

    Goff ahead but Key publicly established as a liar.

    Our problem appear to be a “dynamic world”. Ha ha.

    It must be for Bankers

    No ones is looking at the big questions

    Change for sustainability without growth, and all overshoot implies

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  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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 ...
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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. ...
    6 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
    6 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, ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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, ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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, ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
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