Granny’s little fit

Written By: - Date published: 1:14 pm, February 28th, 2009 - 44 comments
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The crazy right-wing antics of today’s Herald would be funny if it wasn’t for the fact it’s the main paper in New Zealand’s largest city.

First we’ve got Fran O’Sullivan talking about the need for the government cutting costs (I suspect she wrote the absurd editorial I commented on earlier this week). Essentially it’s more of the “dig our way out” thinking the new right have always been so fond of and again it talks about scrapping policies of the previous government, in this case student loans. I ask again, how come the right wingers who want “expensive policies of the last government” rolled back never call for company tax to go back up to 33%?

The edition continues in this vein with John Roughan calling for the super fund to be cut. They always use the economy as household (or small business) analogy for these arguments. That analogy doesn’t hold up because, as Steve has explained, a nation state operating on intergenerational timescales works a little differently to a corner dairy.

But the worst of the worst is John Armstrong and his glowing commentary on the government’s sly cutting of government spending. Exactly what you don’t do when you are trying to stimulate an economy (not that anyone should really believe this government is trying too). Here’s the last par from his piece:

But if there was ever a time to apply the blowtorch to the bureaucracy it is now. With widespread job losses anticipated in the private sector, not much notice is going to be taken of squealing by the public sector.

That’s people’s livelihoods and their lives he’s talking about. What a disgrace.

44 comments on “Granny’s little fit ”

  1. Mike Collins 1

    “how come the right wingers who want “expensive policies of the last government’ rolled back never call for company tax to go back up to 33%?”

    Probably because we understand business is a critical part of the economy and kicking them further in the balls at this time is not going to get us out of this mess, it will worsen it. Seems to me from even making this statement IB that you see business simply as a cash cow to be manipulated how you see fit.

    “That’s people’s livelihoods and their lives he’s talking about. What a disgrace.”

    I agree that it is a bit crass to be talking in such terms about what essentially does affect individuals and their families. However not to take required action against bureaucracy is to say to the taxpayers of this country who pay for it “we know you’re struggling, and we know the bureaucracy is a bloated and inefficient waste of money, but go fuck yourselves.” Would you suggest to families that they should continue to spend that dollar they don’t have at the local widget shop, just so the widget retailer doesn’t lose his job?

    • IrishBill 1.1

      How come every time I ask a rhetorical question in a post some right-winger feels they have to answer it with a badly thought-out diatribe? Please don’t answer that Mike, it’s a rhetorical question.

  2. Ag 2

    Probably because we understand business is a critical part of the economy and kicking them further in the balls at this time is not going to get us out of this mess,

    So are government services. In fact, these are mostly among the last things that should go.

    Not another blow against “Bureaucracy”, please. Don’t you people have any new arguments? I guess not.

    And this is hilarious

    Like Key, Lee is a former businessman. Also a former Mayor of Seoul, he drove ambitious reforms positioning the city as a world leader in e-government.

    She forgot to mention that Lee Myung-Bak is a corrupt authoritarian who sets the riot squads on peaceful protesters, and who jails bloggers for accurately predicting Korea’s economic troubles. I guess that’s a good fit for a National Prime Minister.

  3. BLiP 3

    The New Zealand Fox-News Herald is a disgrace and John Armstrong is a National Party mouthpiece. At a time when there will be widesrpead job losses in the private sector, the public service is most needed.

  4. RedLogix 4

    “we know you’re struggling, and we know the bureaucracy is a bloated and inefficient waste of money,

    You really have no idea what bureaucrats are and what they do… do you? They are essentially the technocrats who run the complex machinery of modern government; but in common with most people who have technical jobs, most other people have very little idea of exactly what they do. You see the cost of them, but you have no idea whatsoever of exactly the value they add.

    Given such ignorance it is easy, lazy thinking to label them ‘bloated and inefficient’.

    One major difference between private and public enterprise is that govt depts are spending public monies according to precise and complex rules. They are are held to to quite different standards than any privately held entity.

    One critical role of bureaucrats is to ensure that these spending rules are followed and audited.Another role is to ensure that their department is acting according to policy, to identify discrepancies and get things back on course.

    Of course slashing out of govt the highly skilled people who do this work, will inevitably mean standards of accountability slip, and doors are opened for genuinely corrupt practices to occur. The resulting scandals are of course great fodder for any Opposition.

    Armstrong is being an especially odious prick. Consider how YOU would personally feel if some media sod was calling explicitly for your job to be cut in the current climate. It would be a pretty lousy feeling.

  5. RedLogix 5

    From O’Sullivan’s suckpiece:

    It can cut a number of Labour’s own expensive prior election bribes, like making student loans interest-free

    But of course no mention of National’s just announced policy of WRITING OFF student loans for select groups, like med students, who stay bonded in particular locations.

    Now personally I think it is a good idea, but can anyone recall the squeals of outrage from the Kiwiblog Right when Labour made the loans interest free for all students who stayed in NZ, how it was all evil, unfair, ‘free money’, yet when the same loans are made not just interest free, but written off, for a select group of very priviledged students… it passes without mention.

  6. RedLogix 6

    More pernicious`nonsense from O’Sullivan:

    Korea is not just interested in bilateral trade, its companies also want be among the bidders for the $1.5 billion project to develop New Zealand’s broadband.

    When foreign companies are prepared to invest their valuable dollars in New Zealand’s future, this should be taken as a positive for confidence.

    So at a time when NZ is struggling to keep it’s own people employed, and Bill English is saying that there is nothing in the kitty to ‘soften the blow’; she thinks it’s a good idea to give a truckload of New Zealand taxpayers cash on a dodgy ‘Think Big” project to keep Koreans employed.

    Worse still her last para is downright mad. The single major threat to New Zealand right now is the structural current account deficit, 90% of which is due to overseas companies extracting profits out of our economy. O’Sullivan is telling that it is a good idea to INCREASE this threat?

  7. keith 7

    However not to take required action against bureaucracy is to say to the taxpayers of this country who pay for it “we know you’re struggling, and we know the bureaucracy is a bloated and inefficient waste of money, but go fuck yourselves.’

    Couldn’t agree more Mikey. I work for the government and I can tell you that our department is inundated with bloody red tape. Actual red tape.I spend a good 20 mins every morning cutting through it just to get to my seat. My blisters from the scissors i use to cut the red tape are costing taxpayers literally 10’s of dollars each year in elastoplasts, somethng must be done about it Hurumph Hurumph!!! mike you are a dirty cunt

    • IrishBill 7.1

      We try not to use language like that to describe other people here. I’ll let that one go though as it was preceded by a very funny comment.

  8. Mike Collins 8

    Nice of you to use all your big words there Keith. I have no problem with you disagreeing with me – it is expected on this site. However personal abuse just demonstrates your lack of confidence in your argument. Reasonable people would let their arguments speak for themselves.

  9. Redbaiter 9

    Company tax is a ridiculous wasteful farce and should be completely dispensed with. All it does is add to the cost of everything and dampen economic activity.

    Once thing the jobs summit could have come up with rather than the idiotic bike track proposal. Once all the non-productive sectors involved in construction in NZ have been paid off, they’re only be enough money to employ two Ghanians with one shovel between them and maybe a Somalian on a bobcat, and it will take about 200 years to build.

    As for government bureaucrats, Interesting to think about the political dynamics and how they change according to our economic situation.

    When everybody thought things were hunky dory, so many of the dull witted amongst us voted Labour, and in return for providing them with the power that is always their obsession, Labour stole money from the productive, and gave it to these lick spittle supporters.

    Some received it in cash handouts, others received it by means of work for the dole schemes in government departments. Where they busied themselves dreaming up laws and regulations and orders and licences and fees and levies to make it harder for the productive sector to generate the wealth that paid their wages.

    Eventually they brought the system to its knees. Just as so many writers on Kiwiblog and similar speakers elsewhere have been predicting for years. We were told to STF up. That we didn’t understand modern economics. That we lacked the intelligence to cope with the political and financial nuances of the neo-socialist society.

    So now the money supply has dried up. As I always knew it would. So what have we got now, but a lot of arrogant socialists all dressed up in the latest gear provided for them by Helen Klarkovich, and nowhere to go. Nothing left for these grasshoppers but the dole queue.

    So they’re still asking the productive sector of society to provide them with a living. Even after they voted for a system that was always going to go broke, and just to make sure it did, they attacked private enterprise in droves.

    If there has ever been a pack of idiots who were the authors of their own misfortune its Labour’s work for the dole public servants. I reckon they should be denied any welfare for 12 months on the grounds that they made it impossible to generate the wealth necessary to pay the dole they now seek.

    Fuck em. Make the grasping greedy leftist bastards face the real consequences of their selfish power driven junket. It will do them so much good.

  10. Redbaiter 10

    Company tax is a ridiculous wasteful farce and should be completely dispensed with. All it does is add to the cost of everything and dampen economic activity.

    Doing away with it is one thing the jobs summit could have come up with rather than the idiotic bike track proposal.

    In building the bike track, once all the non-productive sectors involved in construction in NZ have been paid off, they’re only be enough money to employ two Ghanians with one shovel between them and maybe a Somalian on a bobcat, and it will take about 200 years to build.

    As for government bureaucrats, Interesting to think about the political dynamics and how they change according to our economic situation.

    When everybody thought things were hunky dory, so many of the dull witted amongst us voted Labour, and in return for providing them with the power that is always their obsession, Labour stole money from the productive, and gave it to these lick spittle supporters.

    Some received it in cash handouts, others received it by means of work for the dole schemes in government departments. Where they busied themselves dreaming up laws and regulations and orders and licences and fees and levies to make it harder for the productive sector to generate the wealth that paid their wages.

    Eventually they brought the system to its knees. Just as so many writers on Kiwiblog and similar speakers elsewhere have been predicting for years. We were told to STF up. That we didn’t understand modern economics. That we lacked the intelligence to cope with the political and financial nuances of the neo-socialist society.

    So now the money supply has dried up. As I always knew it would. So what have we got now, but a lot of arrogant socialists all dressed up in the latest gear provided for them by Helen Clark, and nowhere to go. Nothing left for these grasshoppers but the dole queue.

    So they’re still asking the productive sector of society to provide them with a living. Even after they voted for a system that was always going to go broke, and just to make sure it did, they attacked private enterprise in droves.

    If there has ever been a pack of idiots who were the authors of their own misfortune its Labour’s work for the dole public servants. I reckon they should be denied any welfare for 12 months on the grounds that they made it impossible to generate the wealth necessary to pay the dole they now seek.

    Fuck em. Make the grasping greedy leftist bastards face the real consequences of their selfish power driven junket. It will do them so much good.

  11. keith 11

    Dont worry about replying to a prick like me Mikey, try to intelligently answer redlogix’s earlier post instead. Oh and reasonable people don’t let their arguments speak for themselves; reasonable people back up their arguments with references to objective research. When you regurgitate ACT party one-liners like “the bureaucracy is a bloated and inefficient waste of money” you can expect people like me to call you on your bullshit.

  12. Con 12

    But if there was ever a time to apply the blowtorch to the bureaucracy it is now. With widespread job losses anticipated in the private sector, not much notice is going to be taken of squealing by the public sector.

    Armstrong is dead right … it’s a great opportunity. Crisis and disaster is always a good time to put the squeeze on desperate and vulnerable people.

    I recently read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine in which she explains the history of what she calls “disaster capitalism”. Armstrong could well be quoting from that book.

  13. Conor Roberts 13

    The only good bit in today’s Herald was when Business Editor Liam Dann absolutely pans John Key’s “Jobs Summit’ it’s the only piece of critical journalism I’ve read about the “do-fest’ and I suspect he might be fired soon for breaking the fawning-sycophantic-dribble editorial line…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10559202

    Worth a read.

    I’m off for a bike ride to Bluff.

    • higherstandard 13.1

      So what you’re saying is the only bit in the Herald that was good was the bit you agreed with …… excellent well done.

  14. RedLogix 14

    The Shock Doctrine in which she explains the history of what she calls “disaster capitalism’.

    Exactly what is happening in a number of countries right now; local currencies are being collapsed and asset values have plummeted… meaning that the hyper-wealthy are poised to steal huge swaths of property and businesses for cents in the dollar.

    When it starts happening here the current 30 odd Socialist Aoteoroa members will find themselves not such a lonely voice all of a sudden.

    • higherstandard 14.1

      Perhaps they’ll come after you, your rental properties and your crates of chardonnay.

      • RedLogix 14.1.1

        Too right, Latte Labour that I am.

        Yes they are a little single minded about rentiers and bankers. I have some sympathy for why they say that, but in reality I believe that there is a sane place for rentals and low interest lending.

        Still if the whole thing goes down the toilet, I won’t have any rentals will I?

  15. RedLogix 15

    Cripes I hate whites. Trade you some nice Shiriah, or a decent Hawkes Bay Red? Will that get me off the hook?

  16. Edna 16

    I like a stiff port myself.

  17. Andy 17

    I find it quite disgusting the way many of the Herald opinion pieces trot out the faceless “bureaucracy” term in order to entrench the idea that it is an amorphous horde who provide no benefit and simply drain resources from people with ‘real jobs’. It cannot be forgotten that they are people who provide essential services for this country and many of them work bloody hard for us.
    Armstrong’s language in this most recent opinion piece is beyond the pale and should not be accepted. The idea that the controversial and the shocking sells papers has been taken to extremes by the New Zealand Herald

  18. Ag 18

    I find it quite disgusting the way many of the Herald opinion pieces trot out the faceless “bureaucracy’ term in order to entrench the idea that it is an amorphous horde who provide no benefit and simply drain resources from people with ‘real jobs’.

    It’s not a newspaper, it’s a conservative political pamphlet. I guess you could buy it to laugh or cry at, but that’s about the end of its use.

  19. Redbaiter 19

    “Armstrong’s language in this most recent opinion piece is beyond the pale and should not be accepted.”

    Of course. Anyone got a gulag handy?

  20. James 20

    We could slash 60% plus of the tax paid time servers tomorrow and NZ would rocket ahead…the dead weight cost of these parasites is an unaffordable cancer that has long needed cutting out…..no suprise to see the parasites sqealing for their perks here…

    • Stever 20.1

      Care to justify “We could slash 60% plus of the tax paid time servers tomorrow and NZ would rocket ahead”, or is it just sloganeering?

  21. RedLogix 21

    Armstrong gives himself away higher up in the article when he says:

    Wellington is a Labour town; thus the trepidation felt now the Twin Horsemen of the state sector’s Apocalypse – a National Government and bad economic times – have taken up residence in the capital.

    Thats the real problem he has with the Public Service, it tends to vote Labour. That’s his actual agenda, he wants thousands of people to loose their jobs just to fit with his ugly partisan purpose. How nice is that?

    Same with James and RB, but their moral compasses got blown off the pivot ages ago.

  22. Stever 22

    So, what happened to the tax cut cancellation—the papers and news were full of it on Thursday—not a mention since. Did it get mentioned at the summit itself?

  23. Redbaiter 23

    “That’s his actual agenda, he wants thousands of people to loose their jobs just to fit with his ugly partisan purpose. How nice is that?”

    Armstrong has no agenda other than keeping his job while the internet is breathing down his neck. He knows if he keeps pumping out the same old same old leftist shit he’s been known for, he’ll be lining up for the dole a lot sooner. Nobody wants that one sided rubbish anymore. The left wing’s totalitarian grip on opinion and news has been broken forever. Get used to it.

    ..and its your moral compass that is out of whack, in that you think the taxpayers of NZ, and there’s many a poor person amongst them, should be gouged to support feather bedding in the government just to improve Labour’s vote. You people never really care for the poor. You only ever care about political power.

    If you cared for the poor you wouldn’t be gouging them to pay the wages of $100,000 per annum lead weight bureaucrats who do nothing except shore up the Labour vote and hobble real wealth creation.

  24. RedLogix 24

    , in that you think the taxpayers of NZ, and there’s many a poor person amongst them, should be gouged to support feather bedding in the government just to improve Labour’s vote.

    Most people earning less than the median income of about $28k (which I agree is appallingly low) pay very little, if any net tax. It’s called a progressive tax system. So no, the poor people of NZ are NOT being gouged to support the Public Service.

    Besides the actual cost of the core Public Service accounts for only a small fraction of the total tax take. Most of it goes into Superannuation, Health, Education, Welfare, Infrastructure, Corrections, Justice and Police in about that order.

    And spare me the predictable rant about how all these things should be privatised too, I’ve heard it all before.

    • higherstandard 24.1

      “Besides the actual cost of the core Public Service accounts for only a small fraction of the total tax take. Most of it goes into Superannuation, Health, Education, Welfare, Infrastructure, Corrections, Justice and Police in about that order.”

      The figures are here …..everyone should familiarise themselves where tax dollars are spent ……… and how treasury manages to get their forecasts wrong on such a regular basis.

  25. Redbaiter 25

    “Most people earning less than the median income of about $28k (which I agree is appallingly low) pay very little, if any net tax. It’s called a progressive tax system.”

    Ever heard of GST, rates, car registration, petrol tax?? Gawd you’re a yawn.

  26. Andy 26

    Redbaiter – “anyone got a gulag handy?”

    Oh well, done. How very clever. Your attempt at baiting is lovely, but how about you pull your head out your a** and listen. The New Zealand Herald is a commercial entity whose profits are based on advertising…..”you following red?” …… the advertising revenue is based on levels of readership…… “almost there”…….. if the levels of readership drop (say like when people find the language unacceptable)….. “wow there it is” …….. then the paper will fold. WOW!

    My advice is that if people find the comments unacceptable they withdraw from reading and providing benefit to the paper.

  27. Redbaiter 27

    “My advice is that if people find the comments unacceptable they withdraw from reading and providing benefit to the paper.”

    That’s up to the Herald and not you, and clearly they’ve made the decision.

  28. John Armstrong 28

    I don’t normally respond to blogs, but this criticism of my column is ridiculous — to the point where I wonder if some responding have actually read it. As usual, The Standard has got hold of completely the wrong end of the stick. My coluimn was not a “glowing” endorsement of National’s plans for the public service. To the contrary, it’s intention was to point out how English and Ryall have learned big lessons from their time in power in the 1990s and how they plan to make major changes by using a very different and far more covert approach —- one which has departmental chief executives doing the job for them and mostly outside the public gaze. National has woken up to something Labour sometimes did — that sometimes the best way of getting what you want is not to talk about it too loudfly. I made no judgment on the merits and objectives of this strategy in ideological terms. It is not my job to do so. My job is too highlight what the Government is doing, especially if it is trying to do so without most people noticing. I haven’t seen anyone else writing a piece on National and the public service in this light. To then have it misinterpreted in such a way is frustrating and annoying. But it has to be said that this says a lot about the state of mind at the moment of some on the left, including contributors and respondents to this blog who don’t have the guts to put their names to what they write and hide behind anonymity to fling insults. The concluding remark in the column.about it being the best time to make changes to the public service was not me saying there should be cutbacks. It was saying it is the best time for National — a point also made incidentaluy by Duncan Wilson in his NBR column last week. I thought that woud have been obvious to the reader.. It did not mean I was endorsing it. Only those so ideologivally blinkered that they see everything written in the media as some kind of anti-left and anti-Labour conspiracy could put such an interpretation on it.

    • IrishBill 28.1

      But if there was ever a time to apply the blowtorch to the bureaucracy it is now. With widespread job losses anticipated in the private sector, not much notice is going to be taken of squealing by the public sector.

      “blowtorch”? “squealing”? You’re right. How could I have ever mistaken this for anything other than objective analysis?

    • RedLogix 28.2

      John,

      Well if you have the guts to respond to criticism in a blog, I’ll have the grace to resile from my ‘disgraceful’ comment above. I withdraw it and apologise.

      Still I DID read the article. I’ll accept your statement that you were not endorsing National’s plans, but truly that did not really come across to me at least. You could take that as an indictment on my state of mind, but equally you might want to put yourself into the shoes of one of the many decent hard working civil servants (many of whom do vital work for this country) who read the line about “now is the time to take a blowtorch to the bureacracy” … and felt pretty dammed sick about it.

      • Tigger 28.2.1

        To be honest, if you’re going to put yourself out there as a commentator you’ve got to accept the kudos and the criticism – even when it is infuriating and anonymous.

        And saying ‘as usual’ about the Standard makes YOU sound idealogically blinkered…

        And yes, not my real name but then again I’m not being paid for my opinion and giving an opinion isn’t my job. If it was I’d be happy to share.

    • lprent 28.3

      John: Posters write what their opinions are. You don’t like it? Feel free to comment here or in other forums. If you really feel offended then have a look in contacts.

      The following is all in the about and policy. But I’ll reiterate it..

      We have a policy of anonymity and for that matter actively encouraging pseudonyms. Partly that is to encourage the type of robust opinion writing that we like.

      We all have careers outside of writing and maintaining a blog and material on the net persists. You can still see usenet comments that I wrote over 15 years ago. There is no good reason for opinions that people write in their 20’s or 30’s to count against them decades later. Bearing in mind the vindictive attitudes of this current government towards anyone who supports labour and is on a quango, it is wiser not to. The majority of posters and commentators on blogs write pseudonymously for similar reasons.

      The posters also regularly receive direct and implied threats from some of the more excitable wingnuts and moonbats including those in or associated with political parties. We prefer not to have the nutters know where we are.

      Finally, as you’ve probably noticed, we don’t have much time for the level of political dialogue available in NZ. This blog site was designed to help raise that level. That means that posters here make a point of criticizing and commenting on articles or posts in any media. If we get the wrong end of the stick (I haven’t read either our post or your column – been moving last week), then perhaps you didn’t make it clear enough?

  29. john tuckey 29

    John

    I’m sure most people understood you column, unfortunately there is a certain disdain, even hatred, of the Herald at this site, except of course when they say something the authors and commenters agree with 🙂

    I wouldn’t take anything you read here too seriously – I’m not even sure that the posters or commenters believe some of the pap they write down.

    Now about your spelling tsk tsk !! 🙂

  30. Matthew Pilott 30

    John, that’s all well and good if you want to point out what National is doing, but you can hardly complain like you are here when you seem to be simply running with National spin, or, if it’s not their spin, then seemingly inventing some for them.

    For example, you say that a cap on the ‘core bureaucracy’ “…does not prevent movement occurring within that cap both within departments as more resources are pushed to the frontline at the expense of the back-room bureaucracy….

    If that’s the case, then National is clearly going against their mandate. There was a propmise to cap, but not cut, the numbers of the ‘core’ public service. Here you are saying that they’re doing the opposite, and that it’s fine.

    I hardly need to believe in a large media conspiracy to wonder why you’re making excuses for National and, in this case, covering for them. If what you said is correct, then you’re stating that National breaking an election promise is fine. Why do you get to decide that?

    That last sentence does look like an endorsement by you, despite your protestation to the contrary. Especially when you’re making excuses for National as I’ve mentioned above – it’s very hard to distinguish an endorsment from you simply stating facts in this article, especially when half the time you’re trying to rationalise their actions uncritically. However I’ll take you at your word when you say that you suggest that it was from National’s perspective.

    Lastly, give up attacking ‘anonymous’ bloggers. It’s not worth your time and not a good look – because your name is at the top of your articles gives them no more credibility than one written under a pseudonym. Perhaps the print media doesn’t like being judged on the quality of their articles instead of the name at the top of them, but that’s hardly a worthy cause for complaint.

    I was aware of the bulk of what was mentioned in your article, though, and it interests me that you’re suggestin g here that much of it isn’t really common knowledge. Hate to say it, but that makes me wonder whether the only stuff we hear is when there’s a press release around it – I hope that you’re able to follow up on this, and in future be less uncritical when reporting on it. There’s a lot in there that could be far better covered with a critical analysis, instead of uncritically repeating what’s going on – otherwise it still reads like an article based upon a press release.

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    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    2 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    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
    3 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    3 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    4 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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. ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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, ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
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    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
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    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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, ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
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