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Government announces watered down version of Labour’s Kiwibuild policy

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, October 12th, 2016 - 82 comments
Categories: bill english, labour, national, phil twyford, Politics, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: , , ,

One day after the Labour-Green-Maori Party inquiry into homelessness’s recommendations have been announced and the Government is busily moving to implement one of the recommendations, or at least a watered down version of it.

From Radio New Zealand:

The government is going to become a large supplier of medium-density housing in Auckland, the Minister for Housing New Zealand Bill English says.

Mr English said once the Unitary Plan was in place, the government would be able to build tens of thousands of new homes in Auckland.

“We’ve got inefficient use of land in Auckland, we already own 27,000 houses there, we’ve now got the legal ability with the new plan to build another 30,000 or so, maybe more, on that land.

“We’d be silly not to do it when there’s strong demand.”

However, the Labour Party said the government was simply putting in place an ultra-lite version of its Kiwibuild policy.

Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford,said the government had spent years criticising Labour’s Kiwibuild programme, saying it would lead to Soviet-style apartment blocks, but it was now planning its own version of the plan.

“These guys are so humiliated by the abject failure of their housing policy to deliver actual houses that people can live in that they’ve now had to do an embarrassing u-turn.

“What Bill English is talking about is a government-backed building programme.”

A National lite version of a Labour policy is at least a start.  But it is appalling that this government responds only to political imperatives, rather than refusing to do what is right for the country because of its blinkered doctrinal adherence to neoliberalism.

New Zealand really should cut out the middle man and elect a Labour-Green Government.  The job will be done quicker and better.

82 comments on “Government announces watered down version of Labour’s Kiwibuild policy”

  1. save nz 1

    My guess is from now until election National will announce policy to mimic Labour, Green and NZ First policy so when they are asked what they are doing, they have something to say that gazumps or seems similar to their rivals. The opposition then looks like they are nit picking when they point out all the differences which to the uneducated and MSM brainwashed sounds the same as National.

    • Muttonbird 1.1

      Most people do see the government as reacting to opposition pressure on social issues, just as they understand this is a reactionary government, but if the current meme sticks (promoted by Wayne Mapp here recently) which is that most people want this government to solve these ‘challenges’ instead of a change in government.

      It’s necessary for the opposition to point out to voters that it is the policies of this governments which have brought about these ‘challenges’ in the first place and only a change in government will fix them.

      The problem I suppose is that voters respond to positive policy alternatives which is what the opposition are doing only for Key to focus group for the most popular. As soon as Labour goes down the other route which is to attack government policy there are accused of being negative.

      • BM 1.1.1

        It’s the best of both worlds.

        Get a bit of left stuff, get a bit of right stuff, goes to show how flexible and unbound from political ideology this government is.

        • Muttonbird 1.1.1.1

          It’s the worst of both worlds.

          We have a government without a coherent plan to ‘lift all boats’ as rightwing people like to say. Instead we have the opposition governing by proxy and bits and pieces of reactionary legislation acting as a band aid.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.1.2

          Timeliness is important, though. If the government keeps dragging their feet, waiting for focus groups to tell them things are wrong, then the problems get worse and cost more to resolve than if they actually provided leadership in the first place.

          See also, reactionary changes to policing of burglaries. If they’d been more proactive earlier, there certainly would have been fewer thefts. The thieves kept doing it because they knew they could always get away with it and the police didn’t care.

          The health system is another generic example – screwing down the necessary funds to actually treat everyone, means people go with unmet needs that ultimately costs more to fix in the end, while ruining people’s quality of life.

        • Haha no. It’s only the “best of both worlds” if people actually believe this will fix the problem. The public has no faith in the government on housing, and I sincerely doubt this will dent that problem. All this does is cede the political argument to the Greens and Labour, who can correctly argue that the government wasted time arguing with their policy of building houses and even now is wasting the opportunity by trying to build too few. It’s a relatively easy PR exercise from here to paint them as too slow, and too ideologically opposed to state ownership to commit to a program that will actually make some difference in solving housing inequality, even if they have eventually had to admit they were wrong and adopt the correct policy that the Left have been advocating this whole time.

          That also implies that right-wing anything is ever “good,” which I’m generally highly skeptical of. If we want the best of both worlds with better social and economic policy, we should be electing a government that’s not just centre-left, but actually LEFT, as left-wing governments correlate more positively with a strong economy, and are obvious advocates of more progressive social policy. (Inevitably someone is going to claim that this is left-wing governments benefitting from right-wing policy, however if this were true you would expect shorter-term left-wing governments to have a more positive correlation with economic success, and longer-term right-wing governments to have a less negative correlation with economic failure, however the reverse is true and longer-term left-wing governments actually do better)

          The question is whether they can sell the line of attack, but this is one area the opposition has achieved good momentum on, so I expect even Labour to make some political ground with this.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.4

          No it doesn’t. It proves just how ideologically bound it is as it keeps doing the bad stuff from it’s ideology with a little bit of good stuff to try and prove that they’re not as bad as they actually are.

        • save nz 1.1.1.5

          Only BM they don’t do it. What about the SHA’s how many affordable houses built?? I know people who made a killing by being rezoned but then only a handful of houses ever got built. National’s policies are about making money for a small percentage, not actually helping society – like thatcher Natz don’t seem to believe in society.

        • AB 1.1.1.6

          I’m starting a Dictionary of ‘BM-isms”
          “Flexible” = cynical, unprincipled wanker
          “Unbound” = totally wedded to

        • adam 1.1.1.7

          You lie well BM. This is a deeply ideological government.

      • Leftie 1.1.2

        But it’s hard to be positive about all of National’s negatives Muttonbird.

    • Chooky 1.2

      people won’t be fooled…jonkey Nactional have done their chips

  2. mosa 2

    It is damage control by being seen to act just like the response to immigration, wherever they are vulnerable they will act to stem the blood flow.
    Public polling will keep them one step ahead right up to the election.
    Being seen to act but not doing anything.
    In government but not governing that’s Nationals approach and a fourth term is looking a sure bet.

    • Scott 2.1

      That is the difference between this iteration of the Nats and Labour. Labour would stick to their ideological ideals regardless, the Nats are willing to bend their ideological ideals to meet the current desires of the citizens.

      I understand that many here will see that willingness to bend as a sign of weakness, but it is actually core part of why this Government is doing so well. Likewise, the unwillingness to bend is a core part of why Labour is doing so badly.

      • Leftie 2.1.1

        How many of these big lip service announcements has National put out now? Don’t hold your breath for any real, meaningful changes in the status quo Scott. National is poll driven and is bending nothing, they are sticklers to their ideology, we have seen that time and time again when the Key government went against the will of the country. National thinks as long as they are perceived as “doing something” whilst “not doing anything” with, for instance, an occasional unrealistic bump in the Roy Morgan poll, they can get away with it and ride it out til the next election. That’s what John Key is banking on.

        • Scott 2.1.1.1

          Most people don’t want what I suspect you mean by “real, meaningful change in the status quo”. If they did why are Labour and the Greens not in government?

          Most people think we are doing okay, albeit with room for improvement (particularly in the housing sector, immigration, and child abuse). I think most people want tinkering rather than revolution.

          • Leftie 2.1.1.1.1

            The 2017 election hasn’t happened yet and where did you get that idiotic idea that:

            “Most people think we are doing okay, albeit with room for improvement (particularly in the housing sector, immigration, and child abuse). I think most people want tinkering rather than revolution.” ?

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2

        the Nats are willing to bend their ideological ideals

        They’re not bending their ideology at all. They’re trying to make it look like they”re doing something while doing nothing and leaving all the same failed policies, which are a result of their failed ideology, in place.

        • AB 2.1.2.1

          Yep – totally cynical window-dressing. Though it may well be “why this Government is doing so well”.

    • Leftie 2.2

      Mosa, I don’t see it as a shoe in at all. I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for John key to rig his way into a 4th term.

      • mosa 2.2.1

        Leftie Key has already rigged his way into government and the last two elections and shows no sign of third term itis that Helen or Shipley had in 1999.
        Make no mistake this administration is well placed to stay on the treasury benches and is in a unique position, they are well funded, the media is in their pocket and they have a formidable public relations -spin machine and have influence in many areas in this country through patronage.
        Key , Joyce and English have kept the center ground where the votes are and a lot of them are feeling rich and comfortable despite the misery elsewhere.

        It will come to an end but still has a way to go before the country comes to its senses and demands a general election….were just not there yet.

    • Michelle 2.3

      I think the gnats will be gone Joyce has been quiet why ? because he is plotting their election strategies, waste of time as there is currently more poor people in our country now thanks to the gnats and more homelessness.
      Get a van and go pick the poor up. I am happy to do this in our area anything to get rid of the rot in government that are selling us down the toilet and maybe give them some money like the gnats did to get rid of Hone. Fight fire with fire give them a bit of there own.

  3. Ad 3

    Nothing National can do in housing from now until the 2017 election will alter how they will be evaluated by the voter.

    It’s just far too late now.

    • Siobhan 3.1

      Thing is, 64% of people own their own home, and potentially they feel a bit sad that the kids don’t, but they would rather eat tacks than see house values come down.

      In fact they would be rather put out if prices didn’t keep growing, especially if they bought their house in the last ten years, or own rentals which seem to be more about capital gains than anything else..

      Then, of the non home owning group, a good number of them probably envisage owning their own home eventually…and not just to own a home, but to make money out of trading property..again, they wouldn’t want any fundamental change to the current model.
      Nor would those counting down the days till they get their inheritance when the olds pass away.

      That is a lot of fairly motivated voters who might be a ‘bit worried’ about housing, and might even find the situation deeply unpleasant, but do they really want the level of change required to make a lasting turnaround on our ‘housing market’..

      As Phil Goff, can attest…you need to be very careful to keep homeowner voters on board …though I think he earned an accolade from Matthew Hooton back in 2011 for his Capital Gains ideas!!

      • Scott 3.1.1

        That’s where Labour have it better placed than the Greens. Although Labour won’t come out and say it, I think they agree with the Nats that the best thing would be if house prices just stagnated for a decade. The Greens on the other hand want to see a big devaluation to “correct” affordability.

        Maybe Lab / Grn will try to run both ideas in parallel, to appeal to both sets of demographics, but I don’t see how that will fly. It’s a potential problem for them.

      • Ad 3.1.2

        That 64% is falling fast, and is well below that figure in Auckland.

        Nationwide that remaining 36% have a lot to be worried about and will be looking for political answers.

        In Auckland we are at balloon-popping stretch in terms of price and capital – many major cities across the world attest to what happens next. We’ve seen it occur in Auckland at lest once a decade.

        National cannot do enough to avoid a market bubble pop.
        National cannot do enough to slowly deflate it with supply.
        And after nearly nine years that really is their fault.

        So those anxious voters you mention will look to a party who will address those anxieties the best.

        • Leftie 3.1.2.1

          +1 Ad, pretty sure John Key has figured that he has enough time to get him through to the next election before the big blow out.

          • Olwyn 3.1.2.1.1

            If Key ran off to some new challenge just as the bubble was about to burst it would be consistent with this work history. As it stands, it is to the opposition’s credit that National is no longer acting as if they have a permanent free run – even if they are only playing to perceptions, they are not calling the shots.

        • Anno1701 3.1.2.2

          “National cannot do enough to slowly deflate it with supply.”

          you couldn’t build enough houses anyway

          there are a whole s#*t-ton of wealthy offshore buyers looking for somewhere to park their loot , and they certainly wont be sticking to one house per millionaire will they ?

          I personally know of a once productive farm that have been sold for double its real value and is now sitting fallow , new Chinese owner arent really the farming type, and considering they stay in NZ just long enough for their residency not to lapse they dont really have the time for it…

          at this stage any additional supply is gonna add fuel to the fire IMO

          • BM 3.1.2.2.1

            If this is what I think it is (all state housing) then it’s a good idea and far superior to Labours Kiwi Build which is just more middle class welfare and expensive vote buying.

            Those 30000 homes will be built to house people who are currently struggling to afford rent, taking those people out of the private rental market should decrease demand on rentals thus pushing down the price of renting a property.

            This will also create a flow on effect which will cause the lower end of the housing market to drop in value as these houses will be less desirable to property investors creating more opportunity for first home buyers to enter the market

            • Stuart Munro 3.1.2.2.1.1

              8 years the Gnats have been wasting our time – 18 houses are all they have to show for it.

              Too lazy to govern – they should just fuck off.

              • BM

                Lol, 2021, more likely 2024, the left may get a shot, if they’re still around.

                • Stuart Munro

                  A corrupt and useless government that shits on its people.

                  Laugh it up.

                  • BM

                    You might want to relax a bit there old fella, you’re going to give yourself a stroke.

                    • Stuart Munro

                      Not everyone is as complacent as you about the wrecking of our country. You sad sick apologist for New Zealand’s worst government ever. Have you no self-respect?

                    • Leftie

                      +1 on all of your comments there Stuart Munro.

                    • AB

                      Stuart isn’t the one giving himself a stroke – and I’m not talking about a cerebrovascular event.

                • Leftie

                  “2021, more likely 2024” ? Snigger… you’re dreaming BM. there is a strong likelihood, John Key, the drunken sailor, won’t be around after 2017.

              • Naki man

                “8 years the Gnats have been wasting our time – 18 houses are all they have to show for it.”

                Thats horse shit
                I think the number is 1342 from memory

                • Stuart Munro

                  Numbers numbers – how many homeless Naki? How many more homeless than when this lazy pitiful backward bunch of bozos lied their way into power?

                  >1342.

                  “Brighter future. Aspirational society.”

                  120 billion in debt – no progress on balance of payments – jobless everywhere – immigration not even thought about – housing going nuts – rivers turning to shit – if you had a dog as dumb as John Key you’d put him down.

                • AB

                  No Naki – 1342 is the target year in the Nats’ programme to increase inequality to the economically efficient levels of the past. Same number but different stat, ok?

            • Takere 3.1.2.2.1.2

              Not too fast BM.

              PM Pinokeyo sounds drunk? 18 affordable houses in 3 years … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGynsYVgnPY … …Caught the Muldooomism!

    • Michelle 3.2

      yes bye bye Gnats

      • stigie 3.2.1

        You guys see 2 funny polls that you think go in your favour and you do sordid things to yourselves. Why not pull back a bit and see if this trend continues.
        You will be making fools of yourselves if the next polls don’t favour your way of thinking.

        • Leftie 3.2.1.1

          Apart from you, who is talking about “2 funny polls”? Did the subject matter fly right over your head?

  4. Nessalt 4

    The Governments version, seeing as they are in charge with all the facts and figures, is more pragmatic and suited the nations mindset right now. Therefore this will help win them an election as it’s not pie-in-the-sky, wish-i-was-in-government, oppostion lite type policy as we’ve come to expect from labour

    • Muttonbird 4.1

      You betrayed yourself there by calling it ‘the government’s version’.

      • Scott 4.1.1

        I don’t see anything to be ashamed of in taking up some of the good ideas of others. To me that is good governance. They have just been in unfortunately scarce supply.

        In any event, this is a bit different to Labour’s idea. The Nats are talking about increasing something they have already been doing – replacing the state housing stock with housing that is more suited to current needs (see the reference to “on that land”).

        • Leftie 4.1.1.1

          That’s all bull Scott. This cynical key National government and their partners in crime have had over 8 years. This is nothing more than an pr exercise to take the heat off themselves.

        • Except they haven’t been doing that in any significant numbers compared to the ones they’re selling, and beefing up state housing part of what the opposition has been calling for, they just want to build even more housing on top of that.

          So no, it’s not “different than” what the Greens and Labour propose, it’s merely “less than.” As in not as effective. As in not enough. It’s merely a PR exercise to say they’re addressing the problem while doing as little as possible that lowers rents or property values, and without being willing to lower that equity/income, we’ll continue to inflate this bubble until it pops no matter what they do.

      • Nessalt 4.1.2

        oooooh, you got me. OMG i’m sprung.

        You’ve completely missed the point of my comment. I meant to point out it is the governments version of a policy. just as labours is a labour version of a policy. Do you honestly believe labour came up with all that on it’s own and that it’s all original content? it’s just a shit title on an amalgamation of ideas.

        At least i’ve got the grace to admit the government pinched the basics and refined it to make it palatable to voters.

        No doubt you’ll tear your hair out, blame CT, MSM, DP, all the usual suspects for the voters liking the governments one better than labours one.

        I’ll know it’s because the voters are exercising their democratic rights to freedom of thought and association. If i’m wrong about which one they like, then i’ll know it’s for the same reason.

        • Except it’s not about originality. It’s about leadership. Leaders don’t need to originate a good idea, they just need to be able to recognise it when its time has come. (in fact, it’s actually better if they’re honest with credit for where it came from) And Labour and the Greens both have very effective arguments that they recoginsed that a state building policy was necessary much earlier in this crisis than National did.

          You can’t claim to be an effective leader if you’ve been attacking a policy for years that you now admit was going to be necessary all along. It makes you look ineffective and that you care more about winning than doing what’s right. National has no real justification for why they thought this wouldn’t work, and now they’ll have to scramble to a plausible one to look like they haven’t just admitted that the opposition was right all along. (which tbh they were)

          • Leftie 4.1.2.1.1

            +1 Matthew Whitehead

          • Chris 4.1.2.1.2

            What about Labour’s lack of attention to improving the *incomes* of the poorest? Income and housing affordability are inseparable when it comes to the poor.

            • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.2.1.2.1

              Oh, I agree Labour isn’t a party for the poor anymore. If you want any serious attention paid to poverty you pretty much need to be voting either Green or Mana, and unfortunately we have no idea at this stage if a vote for Mana will even count, so… (Anyone want to clarify on NZ First’s stance? I’ve only heard them specifically talking about child poverty iirc) When the Labour Party talks about jobs it specifically means union and middle class jobs, not everyone’s jobs.

              Fortunately this is the advantage of actually having a coalition opposition. If one of the parties drops the ball on an important issue, you can shift your vote. I’m on record as a Green supporter and for my reasons why. (basically that labour is obsessed with the status quo)

              Best way to push up incomes for those doing the least well is a combination of a living wage policy (which the Greens at least nominally support, wanting at least an $18 minimum within the first three years) and raising benefits. (which they also support) As a side-effect it’s also great for the economy, in fact the Greens’ $18 policy, which I think is from last election, actually estimates that the increase will make $700million in net revenue for the crown, because of increased taxes offsetting the wage costs for government, so you don’t even need to want to end poverty to raise the minimum wage, even the people paying the higher wages are generally net winners too.

                • Chris

                  There is absolutely nothing there that addresses the actual incomes of the very poorest.

                  • Leftie

                    You would say that. Gosh Nat fan troll, have Labour, who are in the process of reviewing their policies (see web site) or any other opposition party completed their policies ahead of next year’s election?

                    What is the National GOVERNMENT and it’s co partners like the Maori party doing to address the actual incomes of the very poorest?

                    • Chris

                      In response to my claim that Labour is doing nothing to address the incomes of the very poorest, you throw up a bunch of links that prove Labour hasn’t got a policy on fixing the incomes of the very poorest. Then when that’s pointed out to you, you respond by agreeing, saying Labour’s “in the process of reviewing its policies”.

                      Well, Loftie son, if you’d been paying attention, you little fuckwit, you’d know that Labour has not said a word about the need to improve the incomes of the poorest since it reneged on its promise to reverse the the 1991 benefit cuts – not one single word, election or no election. There have been 7 elections since then and not once has Labour made it their policy to address the adequacy of benefits. What makes you think this election will be different?

                      History, Loftie son, history. Read and understand it, Loftie son, instead of bleating on blindly about how great your fucking Labour party is. Your mate Matthew Whitehead agrees “Labour isn’t a party for the poor anymore.” Why can’t you accept the bleedin’ obvious?

                    • Leftie

                      You can’t read. I did not agree with you. If you had of read Labour’s website you would know that Labour haven’t finished announcing more polices yet. I thought my point was crystal clear Nat fan troll, and the links show the direction that Labour is heading, they also show that Labour and the opposition parties are on the same page.

                      Quite frankly, judging by some comments you have made when “sitting comfortably looking out your window with a cup of coffee at hand, feeling all warm and fuzzy with the world” I question your sincerity and the sincerity of your so called “concerns”. I don’t think you really give a stuff about those bearing the brunt of this 3 termed National government. You certainly made that pretty clear that day.

                      Whilst bashing Labour, crowing that everything is all Labour’s fault, you are not discussing how the current National government are making Kiwis homeless and poverty stricken, and that they are being a “prick to the poor.”

                      What is the National GOVERNMENT and it’s co partners like the Maori party doing to address the actual incomes of the very poorest?

              • Chris

                Pressure needs to be put on Labour to take a stance on lifting the incomes of the poorest of the poor. They haven’t got the guts to do that right now. They won’t even talk about it.

  5. Leftie 5

    Can homeless people vote?

    Can working homeless people vote?

  6. BM 6

    I can’t seem to find any other information anywhere about this announcement

    I’m assuming these 30 000 homes will be all state houses ?

  7. Michelle 7

    Of course homeless people can vote check them into Paulas motel just before the election

    • Leftie 7.1

      Bloody good idea Michelle!! but unfortunately, Paula’s costly motel doesn’t have enough rooms.

      • Not unless they evict the existing long-term residents at least, lol!

      • AB 7.1.2

        But Leftie – if Paula’s motel is full Judith’s has plenty of rooms. They are somewhat basic and you may have to fight for your supper but there are 3 meals a day and a tv.
        If you are sexually abused our jokey PM will mock you by picking up the soap, but hey it’s all good, smell the flowers mate and take some happy pills.

  8. Peter 8

    . . . the government is going to build an extra 30,000 houses or so . . .

    Nonsense.

    Does the Government even own a hammer?

    Of course not. ‘The Government’ themselves are not going to build as much as a chook run

    The Government are going to call for tenders from private building companies to build these houses.
    Which then raises the questions – labour (already in high demand and short supply) and materials (costs already increasing there) .

    So these proposals are going to increase the price of new construction for everybody.

    Which of course then drags up the value of existing houses.

    • alwyn 8.1

      “The Government are going to call for tenders from private building companies to build these houses.”.

      Have they no shame at all? That is, of course, exactly the method used by the first Labour Government during their 1935-1949 term. It isn’t the only thing either. Yu realise, I presume, that the 30,000 houses is the same number that were built during their 14 year term in office.
      I also assume that a good chunk of the building will be done by Fletchers, whose founder was responsible for the 1930s program.

      I wonder if the rent will be at the same level? According to Wiki account they first tenants of the first one rented out paid just over a third of their income for the little house.
      “The first tenants, David and Mary McGregor, paid £1 10s 3d ($3.03) rent for 12 Fife Lane, about one-third of their £4 7s 9d ($8.78) weekly income”.

      Nothing much changes, does it? At least we know where the current Labour Party get their ideas from. They just recycle the ones the party had 80 years ago. Not a new thought between them.
      One thing that is different though. I don’t expect we will have the same apartheid that the first Labour Government espoused.
      “Māori were excluded, in part because they could not afford the rentals, but also because the government believed the races should be kept apart.”
      Bigoted little bastard was our Michael Joseph Savage.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_housing

  9. Nessalt 9

    What if the watered down version is more palatable to New Zealand voters than the full strength version? whose version is then correct?

    • 1) It won’t be, even National voters don’t think National is handling this issue correctly, and that’s what they’re really trying to address here. They’re in a catch-22 because most National voters don’t want the policies that will solve the crisis, but enough of them want the crisis solved that they also can’t afford to be seen doing nothing. This is about them trying to middle-way their way out of them problem, but ultimately it’s going to hit them with one group or another. (and of course, there’s a fair number that are in both groups at once and are going to less motivated to vote National regardless of what they do) National is still choosing their ideology over solving the problem, they’re just effectively upping their PR spend with this new state building program to try and make it through this election for one last term in government.

      2) Even if it somehow is palatable to anyone who isn’t already a National supporter, the issue is that they’re not aiming high enough to actually solve the crisis or even take a big bite out of it, so the issue will continue getting worse for them, and people will likely change their minds about wanting the watered down version. This is more about bringing them close enough to the opposition policy that people who already like other National policies are willing to jump back onto the sinking ship, and of course maybe to prevent non-voters from jumping aboard with the opposition.

  10. mosa 10

    Mickey the photo used in this post is missing a couple of important faces and should be used in the election campaign when it comes next year.
    A very poignant image of the current realities in our country.

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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 day ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 day ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 day ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    2 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    2 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    3 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    3 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    3 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    4 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    4 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    4 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    5 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    6 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago

  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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    6 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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    6 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    6 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
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    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
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    2 weeks ago