web analytics

Green Party announcement – Russel Norman to stand down as leader

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, January 30th, 2015 - 237 comments
Categories: greens, Politics, russel norman - Tags: , , ,

Twitter has gone berserk about an announced Green Party press conference for 11 am today.  Initial speculation is that a Green MP may be standing down.

From the Herald:

Green MPs are meeting at Parliament now in an emergency caucus meeting called by the leadership team.

The news media have been told there will be a press conference at 11 am but they have not been told the subject.

Actions like that are reserved for major events such as the resignation of a party leader or a leader taking a long stretch of leave.

This post will be updated as news comes through.



A statement by Russel Norman From the Green Party Website (h/t Ovid):

Good morning and thank you for being here.

I am announcing today that I will not be standing for Co-leader of the Green Party at our AGM in May.

This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change.

This is something I have considered for some time and over the summer break I have had the space to think hard about my future.

I concluded that after nearly a decade, it is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family, and now is also a good time for new leadership for the party.

My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017.

The time is right.

I have always held the view that no organisation should be reliant on any one individual, or indeed two.

I am proud of my contribution to the Green Party and the green movement, but know that others can pick up and build on this work and take our party to even greater success.

One of the hallmarks of the Greens has been our successful leadership renewal.

When I became male Co-leader in 2006, after the tragic death of Rod Donald, many commentators chimed the death knell of the Greens. How wrong they were.

In my nine years as Co-leader we have more than doubled our electoral support to over 10 percent.

I am personally gratified to have been part of a team that led our party to its two most successful election results ever, the only time under MMP that a party other than Labour and National have received more than 10 percent of the vote two elections, in a row.

The Greens are now unquestionably the third party in New Zealand politics and are an important and influential part of our political landscape. I am very proud of that achievement.

Our electoral success has been built on developing policy that is both principled and realistic, a strengthened party organisation, and a highly professional and effective parliamentary structure.

Our membership has never been higher and our branches never more active. That forward momentum will continue.

It has been a pleasure to work alongside a smart and passionate caucus and dedicated staff who are the best in the business.

We have put forward positive smart solutions to the issues facing our country, while leading the opposition and holding the Government to account.

Our policy work in the last election is a blueprint for modern progressive green government and I am proud to have played a key role in shaping that.

In particular, as lead spokesperson on economics and the environment, I have relished the opportunity to develop policy that is both good for the economy and good for the environment. It has been inspirational to see, in spite of a disinterested New Zealand Government, that there are so many great businesses and organisations taking up the opportunities of sustainable economics in New Zealand and around the world.

Those countries and businesses that embrace the opportunities of sustainability will dominate the twenty first century.

The Greens are focused on the future and not simply managing a status quo built on the past.

That is the distinctive role that the Green Party plays in our democracy. We are thought leaders and catalysts, pushing ideas and solutions against the headwinds of fear and inertia.

We operate at the vanguard of change and it has been a pleasure to be at the helm for a time.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end.

I started as a party volunteer in 1997 and later, after my PhD was completed in 2001, I started work in the Green Parliamentary office. I never imagined I would end up as Co-leader.

It has been a most rewarding job.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues in the Green Party for their unwavering support over my nine years as Co-leader.

In particular I want to thank Metiria. Together we have built a true political force that serves New Zealanders well and offers genuine choice and leadership on the issues that matter. I know that you will carry this work on with a new male Co-leader.

I also want to acknowledge the support of my family and in particular my partner Katya. I know that you have carried alot at home while I have been off at events up and down the country.

Being Co-leader while raising a young family has been an interesting experience, one that I feel has enriched my political work and strengthened my passion for building a better world for the next generation.

One of my political heroes Gough Whitlam once said “a conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic.”

I will leave this role optimistic. Optimistic for our party, our country and our world.

We will continue to reform with optimism.

237 comments on “Green Party announcement – Russel Norman to stand down as leader”

  1. One News has tweeted Russel Norman is resigning:

  2. Not sure about the new challenge bit but thanks for the effort Russel.

    • Murray Rawshark 3.1

      He’s been the most effective parliamentary opposition to NAct. I wish him well.

  3. Ad 4

    A good straight guy. Would have made a great coalition Minister.
    Can perfectly understand that looking at yet another 3 years of opposition would make you think again.

    I am sorry to hear this. He served New Zealand hard and led the Greens well.

    • weka 4.1

      I wonder how much of this is also about the tensions in the party re direction. Good to see them making these changes smartly.

      This is a good move for the party IMO, and will allow the party to clarify its position.

      • Ad 4.1.1

        Can you elucidate on these tensions in Green Party direction.
        I’m not familiar with their workings.

        • weka

          Allowing for the GP not working within traditional left/right politics, Norman is seen as more right and was the public face of the push to court more conservative voters. His handling of the ‘we will work with National’ before the election was poor, and then after the election he was very critical of IMP. It sounded like his personal opinion rather than party policy. These things need to be sorted out.

          I’m a GP member, but not involved in the party, so that’s just observations from the outside.

          • Chooky

            @ weka interesting thanks ….yes I have perceived these tensions too and my preference would have been for the Green Party to remain staunchly a Left Party with alliances with Mana/Int and Labour and let the Nact conservative Greenie would- be- voters adapt and come to the Greens…not the other way around!.. (…lets face it Green values/issues are primarily values /issues of opposition to the havock that the right wing parties and corporate capitalism has wrought on the environment)

            …that said, as a Green voter, i am VERY sorry Norman is resigning…he has been an effective , articulate and brilliant Opposition leader and the GP has increased in size and stability …it is now mainstream…it is the Party of the future

            ….because it is the Party of the future my preference would be to see James Shaw as the new male co-leader…he has youth, x-factor charisma and is a terrific orator ( this is not to detract from the many other brilliant Green MPs)

            • Clemgeopin

              ….because it is the Party of the future my preference would be to see James Shaw as the new male co-leader…he has youth and is a terrific orator

              Is Shaw more likely or less likely to be inclined to take the Greens towards National in policies or National government in coalition than Russel?

          • Lanthanide

            I think courting the conservative voter and proving they’re not loonies is something they need to focus a lot on. If Russell really was seen as even a minor problem in this regard, then I think the party is making a mis-step.

            My view for the greens has always been once they get into government and prove that they are sensible, sane, and won’t destroy the economy, they’ll gain a lot more electoral support. But if they can’t manage to get into government, or hardly have any power when there, then they won’t achieve wider electoral support in the short term.

            • Tracey

              “prove that they are sensible, sane, and won’t destroy the economy, they’ll gain a lot more electoral support” but, but, but National has done ok by doing the opposite


            • Ad


              For those of us with multiple degrees, I felt like having Russell there said you can be politically activist, brainy, and a professional. He felt like me. That makes me want to bring my chequebook out.

            • weka

              “I think courting the conservative voter and proving they’re not loonies is something they need to focus a lot on. If Russell really was seen as even a minor problem in this regard, then I think the party is making a mis-step.”

              Yes, but that’s not really what I meant. I meant that the party appeared to not have this stuff sorted going into the election. Hence Norman dropping the ball on the work with National stuff in the week before the election, and all the anti-IMP stuff afterwards.

              My memory of the week before the election was that Turei ran round and did damage control. There were heated conversations on ts where people who were going to vote GP said they would switch their vote elsewhere rather than vote GP and have it support National, despite it being explained that this wasn’t the case.

              Sure they were set up, but it wasn’t a good look and I hope they get this stuff sorted. IMO there is still a problem around how to present these things, and tension between the smart business aspect and the core values. It’s not that those things are incompatible or undesirable, just they’re not successfully married yet.

              As I said, this is an outside of the party perspective. I have no idea what’s going on internally.

              And note, I would consider voting for Shaw.

              • Yeah, I attended the northern province exec meeting before xmas & James Shaw was there & spoke well. Immediately obvious why non-greens had been promoting him in the media as future leader. I’ve seen comment that he’s not yet ready. Doesn’t matter if true. Far & away the obvious choice.

                You’re right about the shambles on the left prior to the election. Not that the leftists will emerge from denial & admit it, of course. I remember when I was a student in ’68 there was rioting in the streets all over the western world & the New Left was meant to be hip. When I checked it out I was puzzled that it seemed devoid of content. The left has continued to wimp out on the intellectual front ever since. Failure to provide a positive alternative to Rogernomics was really the kiss of death. Nobody with half a brain has considered them a viable option since. Revulsion with the parasites on the right remains their only source of political leverage.

                Weka, I’m curious to know the best way to communicate online with you & other GP members who are competent to address our future. About the more sensitive dimensions, I mean. How do you do that? I rejoined the GP three months ago after 19 years self-imposed exile. Willing to engage with others in this venue about our common interests as well…

                • rightwing trojan horse alert..!

                  ..watch out kermit..!..

                  denis and weka..sitting in a tree ..

                  ..along came rightie-shaw..

                  ..and that made three..

                • The Al1en

                  Thanks for the post DF.

                  If the greens are serious about getting influence on the treasury benches with the aim of starting the fight against climate change before it’s too little too late, then the reality is, if labour don’t get it’s act together soon and become electable again, then deals will have to be done with the reigning national party.
                  Not the best solution for the old left wingers amongst us, but saving the planet should trump ideology every time, in fact, that’s the very message needing to be pushed to voters worldwide as survival should transcend party politics. I like the green’s social conscience and see no reason they would have to sacrifice those principle of fairness and equality just because they have been forced in to dealing with a right government.

                  With RN going, I think MT should also think about letting go too. Both have done good work in the past, being competent without being overly spectacular and engaging to the masses. I see the best chance for facing new challenges is a fresh start and fresh leadership team for the party.
                  Shaw is by far and away the best candidate to replace Norman, and he and Genter could well be a dream team for the greens.

                  • Colonial Rawshark

                    The NATs won’t even do the basics like putting serious money into expediting rail transport and shutting down roading projects; the idea that they are a legitimate climate change partner is laughable.

                    • weka


                      CC should trump all ideology, but it won’t. The people in control of NACT now are sociopathic, some future destruction of civilisation and all that entails is not a problem so long as they are ok.

                    • The Al1en

                      So we don’t have to worry about the blue green scare mongering after all CV? Phew. that’s a relief then.

                      But if it ever did come down to it post election, even if the nats aren’t a legitimate climate change partner (which was never suggested by the way), with labour still a shambles full of dinosaurs, I’m not opposed to the greens getting green policy out of national.
                      Not my first choice, but better that than three more years of violin practice in opposition while Rome burns.

                    • weka

                      The GP will never form govt with National and survive.

                      Working on individual policy is a different matter.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      some future destruction of civilisation and all that entails is not a problem so long as they are ok.

                      And that’s the real cognitive dissonance eh? If not most of them, then their kids and grandkids, will be royally screwed by a 4 deg C climate track.

                      None of them are going to be “OK” in the slightest, sitting atop their piles of useless printed bank notes and electronic investment accounts.

                    • The Al1en

                      “The GP will never form govt with National and survive.
                      Working on individual policy is a different matter.”

                      Not sure about the former, outside of obviously not in it’s current guise, but the latter is pretty much what I’ve written.

                      “If the greens are serious about getting influence on the treasury benches – if labour don’t get it’s act together soon and become electable again, then deals will have to be done with the reigning national party. ”

                      “’I’m not opposed to the greens getting green policy out of national.”

                    • weka

                      Yes but I always find it good to clarify the difference between the GP supporting a National govt and the GP working in individual policy. Esp since the mess around this in the week before the election probably cost the GP votes. Ambiguous language is harmful, so phrases like doing deals with the reigning party need to be clarified as to which they mean.

                      “Not sure about the former, outside of obviously not in it’s current guise,”

                      In another guise it wouldn’t be the GP. The membership is predominantly left wing and overwhelmingly there to get a change of govt. The only way that the GP could support a National govt is to either take this to an AGM before the election, where they would lose, or override the membership after an election which would result in an internal civil war.

                    • >The membership is predominantly left wing and overwhelmingly there to get a change of govt. The only way that the GP could support a National govt is to either take this to an AGM before the election, where they would lose, or override the membership after an election which would result in an internal civil war.

                      Hypothetical. Pragmatism will prevail. I’m not advocating the GP support the Nats any way, shape or form. Merely that it restore authenticity by resuming the original political stance of the broader green movement. The point is to maximise poll support by drawing in all those green voters who view the GP with distaste due to its adherence to the leftist alignment 12 years past its use-by date. Remember that we have a representative democracy: the suit-wearers are supposed to represent voters. Our lot seem intelligent, well-meaning people who are so clueless they don’t get that the GP must represent the broader green movement on an authentic basis to be successful. Their sham is offensive to those they are failing to represent.

                    • weka

                      Can you give some NZ examples of the broader green movement who aren’t left wing voters?

                  • I appreciate your response & share your views above. I’ve never been either a right- or left-winger. Too radical. Now I have a gold card. Mellowed somewhat, try to be tolerant of those captivated by the past. However the future can only be secured via lateral thinking. The left and right are useless at this.

                    > saving the planet should trump ideology every time, in fact, that’s the very message needing to be pushed to voters worldwide as survival should transcend party politics.

                    Precisely! And that has been evident for a very long time now. People need to get that the structure of democracy is preventing essential progress. Yet the antique left persists in calling itself progressive. The red sham is worse than the green sham (insert eye-rolling emoticon) – & the blue sham is worst of all (but contributors to this site already know that)..

                    > With RN going, I think MT should also think about letting go too.

                    Inevitable. Later this year.

                    > Both have done good work in the past, being competent without being overly spectacular and engaging to the masses.

                    Yep, that’s the pro & con of it. Neither present the big picture adequately, I suspect because they can’t see it but possibly due to natural timidity or the traditional pathology of the left and right (treating the public like mushrooms).

                    > I see the best chance for facing new challenges is a fresh start and fresh leadership team for the party.

                    You got it.

                    > Shaw is by far and away the best candidate to replace Norman, and he and Genter could well be a dream team for the greens.

                    I’m with you on this, with a reservation about the extent the female american import can engage the deep-level content of vital issues and articulate that in interviews. Sufficiently to reframe the thick heads of journalists, I mean. But happy to endorse this switch on the basis that it would get the GP out of the rut.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      I’ve never been either a right- or left-winger. Too radical. Now I have a gold card. Mellowed somewhat, try to be tolerant of those captivated by the past. However the future can only be secured via lateral thinking. The left and right are useless at this.

                      Your personal philosophy is suss.

                      You claim to never have been a right winger or a left winger. Which tells me that you don’t have a strong personal position for or against neoliberal corporate capitalism.

                      Yet you say being a right or left winger is “too radical.” But somehow you have mellowed as you got older.

                      Which is bullshit since according to you, you were always passionless middle of the road anyways. At least when it came to the question of neoliberal capitalism.

                      And this statement of yours:

                      However the future can only be secured via lateral thinking. The left and right are useless at this.

                      This is a fucking load of shite.

                      Marx couldn’t laterally think? Thatcher couldn’t laterally think? MJ Savage couldn’t laterally think? Cheney couldn’t laterally think? Each of these people revolutionised the world. Each of them was a “radical” in their own right.

                      But more damning, “lateral thinking” isn’t going to secure sweet FA. Only dramatically lower rates of resource and energy use is going to do that.

                      But that is in itself a radical position to take compared to the political economic orthodoxy, and you are not a radical.

                      So sorry mate you may be well educated but this statement on top of you having no strong views on neoliberal capitalism means that your Green credentials are utterly bankrupt to start with.

                    • >You claim to never have been a right winger or a left winger. Which tells me that you don’t have a strong personal position for or against neoliberal corporate capitalism.

                      My current position on this was formed after seeing “The Corporation” at the film festival, think it was 2003. Liked it so much I went online & bought my own video copy a couple of years later. Corporations function as parasites on the body politic. They suck out social wealth. On this basis, leftist paranoia about the TPPA is justifiable. That said, not all corporations are malignant. The trend of some becoming beneficial to society is escalating (but it’s still a minority).

                      My view of capitalism is that it’s a control system – part of the residual antique patriarchy. As is the state. The traditional collusion of left and right in maintaining this status quo is based on the right using business & the left using the state. They agree that people must be controlled via business as usual, which is why leftist governments usually don’t try to change this system. Exceptions like Mossadegh & Allende get taken out pronto..

                      As for the neoliberal tag, cosmetic but mainly refers to empowering market forces relative to state control of the economy, right? Cheerleaders such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair & Helen Clark. State no longer controls economy, merely guides it. General consensus has emerged that this works. However the left are wrong to agree with the right that unlimited escalating consumption is okay.

                    • > Yet you say being a right or left winger is “too radical.” Yet you have mellowed as you got older. Which is bullshit since according to you, you were always passionless middle of the road anyways.

                      Did I say I was passionless middle of the road? No. So why are you trying to misrepresent my stance? I presume because you are misinterpreting it. I’m passionate enough still to get forceful when necessary. I’ve admitted recently to trying to act my age after continuing to feel like an angry young man too long!

                      Also, don’t forget around a third of voters are centrist like me. You can learn that via poll questions that ask them if they self-identify with the political left or political right. In most western countries the proportions have been roughly the same since the mid- ’80s (I recall Reagan becoming US President on 28% of voters). So of this third non-aligned, most seem apathetic & many don’t even vote, yet the swing voters almost always decide election outcomes. If you talk to them, you find they are passionate about why they don’t like the left and right. They simply vote for the lesser of the two evils at the time…

                    • > your Green credentials are bankrupt

                      Well, the political green meme entered my head in ’68 when I read an article in Cracuum about agribusiness polluting the land with pesticides in the USA. I did the work required to get the GP registered with the Electoral Commission – without which they couldn’t compete in elections & get into parliament. So I’m confident that my green credentials are established regardless of your opinion.

                      If you have some experiential basis for that opinion, that would prove you’re not just some leftist mouthing off from a position of ignorance, then detail it here so readers can judge the merits of your critique for themselves, huh?

                • weka

                  Hi Dennis,

                  I’m curious how you would work with lefties given the pretty disparaging description you’ve just posted of them. What are your thoughts on this?

                  Weka, I’m curious to know the best way to communicate online with you & other GP members who are competent to address our future. About the more sensitive dimensions, I mean. How do you do that? I rejoined the GP three months ago after 19 years self-imposed exile. Willing to engage with others in this venue about our common interests as well…

                  The GP have an online forum. Can’t remember how you register, your email address might be enough. It’s policy focussed from what I remember (I don’t go there very often).

                  You can also hang out here on ts. Quite a few greenies here, members and non-members.

                  Had a quick look at your website. How’s the networking going?

                  What have you been doing for the past 19 years?

                  • >Hi Dennis,
                    >I’m curious how you would work with lefties given the pretty disparaging description you’ve just posted of them. What are your thoughts on this?

                    Good question. Depends on the extent to which they see the big picture. With those who do, you simply address the common interest basis. With those who are mentally self-imprisoned in the old sectarian view, you liberate them via a reframe. Some are impervious to the process due to being inherently incapable of transcendence but I’ve found sincerity of approach maximises success…

                    > The GP have an online forum. Can’t remember how you register, your email address might be enough. It’s policy focussed from what I remember (I don’t go there very often).

                    Yeah, I’ve been examining the official site & contributing somewhat. You can raise issues but few respond. The only actual blog there is restricted to MPs by design. Short-sighted, anti-democratic – the sort of thing one would expect from a bunch of liberal-socialists.

                    > You can also hang out here on ts. Quite a few greenies here, members and non-members.

                    Well okay. The about page describes this site as derived from 1930s working class media with a purpose of perpetuating the values & principles of the labour movement. The authors cleverly refrain from specifying those in order to create the misapprehension that all participants share these. Rather than wander around forever in the habitual leftist fog, why not establish firm common ground? Sure, the New Left ought to have done that half a century ago, but better late than never..

                    > Had a quick look at your website. How’s the networking going? What have you been doing for the past 19 years?

                    Too long a story for here. Happy to reply in more detail if a more private mode of communication can be found. Thanks for your response : )

          • outofbed

            No tensions about direction

      • Tracey 4.1.2

        The Greens are one of the few partys that plan for succession (one reason, amongst many, that they have co-leaders).

        Good on him for the work he has done and for his decision at a time when The Greens can make a decision on a replacement at their AGM.

        • Ad

          What do you mean? Labour plans for succession:
          they pop up to caucus every 3 months and yell down the corridor to see if anyone’s still there. 😉

          • Tracey


            I thought you were going to say every 3 months someone wants a tilt at the leadership so anonymously leaks to the press.

    • Skinny 4.2

      +1 Really warmed to the Aussie battler, sad to hear but happy for him personally.

      He was an absolute star during the last election campaign where I had the pleasure to MC an event where Russell was a number of guest speakers. An American friend who attended was commenting the other day that Norman was by far the best speaker, and in many people’s opinion upstaged Peters. I called it a draw, but he really did surprise me. Enjoyed a beer with him afterwards, real genuine guy with a good sense of humour.

  4. Ovid 5

    Well done, Russel. The Greens have prospered under his stewardship.

    I hope Gareth Hughes will put his hat in the ring for co-leader in May, he’s been an excellent MP so far.

    • Skinny 5.1

      Personally I think Hughes isn’t quite at the level of leader. Casting the net wider outside caucus would be the way to go.

      They may even attract a defector from another party. Someone like Shearer would think they fit the bill, surfs, strums a guitar.

  5. Lanthanide 6

    So who are the male Green MPs and who is in the running for replacement?

    • weka 6.1

      Norman is not stepping down until the AGM next May. I doubt that MPs have had time to put their hands up yet.

      • Lanthanide 6.1.1

        My question is who are the possible candidates. Not who has put their hand up.

      • weka 6.1.2

        Here’s the GP male MP list

        Russel Norman (02)
        Kevin Hague (03)
        Gareth Hughes (05)
        Kennedy Graham (07)
        David Clendon (11)
        James Shaw (12)
        Steffan Browning (14)

        I’d vote for Hughes, maybe Shaw.

        • Saarbo



          • weka

            How come?

          • phillip ure


            ..hughes can’t cut it in parliament..lacks gravitas..

            ..norman had developed into a good performer in parliament..

            ..and hague also has those skills…

            ..it’s him..no contest..

            • Karen

              Kevin Hague is the obvious choice. Intelligent, hard-working, widely respected and a really nice guy.

              James Shaw has only just got into parliament. Far too early for him. I agree with PU about Hughes in parliament. Kennedy Graham performs well but I doubt he’d want the job.

              • alwyn

                Kennedy Graham is also 68 or 69 years old.
                He was born in 1946. I very much doubt that they would appoint a new leader who is as old as that.

                ps. Don’t accuse me of ageism. I am actually a little older than he is so I regard him as just being a young pup.

        • Tracey

          Brent (Brett?) Edwards is leaning toward James Shaw… or says “some” are leaning that way. The Greens are a membership party in the sense they allow their members to choose things like leaders. First step is who wants it, second is membership considering those folks.

          It isn’t complicated but watch the media and others make it complex and uncertain and all about who they want.

          • Macro

            Yes “The Ministry of Truth” will confuse and use this perfectly democratic and consensual process to try and belittle the Greens, whilst at the same time advancing the wonderful government of our “beloved Leader”

            • Te Reo Putake

              Brent Edwards is no Nat fan, Macro. Quite the opposite, in fact. However, unlike his colleagues on the right, he does a great job of presenting balanced news stories and analysis for RNZ.

              • Macro

                I wasn’t referring to Brent, Te Reo. I was referring to Tracey’s last paragraph

                It isn’t complicated but watch the media and others make it complex and uncertain and all about who they want.

    • Twitter seems to favour Hague so far, but the others are: Gareth Hughes, Kennedy Graham, David Clendon, James Shaw and Steffan Browning.

  6. Clemgeopin 7

    Well written great speech. Best wishes for your future, Russel Norman.

  7. weka 8

    Katie Bradford ‏@katieabradford 13 mins13 minutes ago
    Caucus has agreed not to comment on potential successors for Russel until the election at May’s AGM

    • Ad 8.1

      Any idea on the decision-making process that they will use, and whether it will be public?

      • weka 8.1.1

        Public yes, in the sense that the membership is involved and votes. Email from the GP just now.

        6 February: Notice to branches and members – date and location of
        Conference/AGM, an outline of process, and timeline for nominations.
        20 March: Nominations for leadership positions open.
        17 April: Nominations for leadership positions close.
        18 April: Formal candidate campaign period begins
        18 April – 1 May: Provincial ‘meet the candidate’ meetings held (tbc)
        22 May – Closing date for delegate nomination and proxy forms due to Gen

        I don’t remember if individual members vote, or if it has to go via the reps.

        edit, I think it’s individual votes.

        • Ad

          Much obliged

        • Macro

          Its not done simply by majority vote weka – its a matter of consensus
          Not a well understood process for most politically inclined, nor in the general population. So someone who might appear to be the most popular – does’t necessarily end up being chosen – it might be the the most support will end up elsewhere in the long run. A bit like (but not the same as) the recent Labour Party run-off for leader. Little came thru with the most overall support – but not initially the most popular.

          • weka

            Do you know how it works? Delegates to the AGM?

            For a party that is so democratic, their processes aren’t that transparent (and I say that as a member).

            • Macro

              Well I’m also a member and I know how it works.
              You will be invited in due course to consider all of the candidates. They will pitch on the net and elsewhere.
              There will be a Branch meeting in which all members will be invited to attend and to put their views in support of each candidate and from that meeting the Branch delegates will gain an appreciation of how their Branch considers the strengths of each and they will then go to the AGM to lend the support of their Branch to the selection.
              Concensus is not about voting as such – it is more about every one present working towards a solution that is acceptable to all. Unless one has actually worked in such an environment it is a difficult concept to understand. It can take more time, but in the end everyone can go out of the room feeling:
              a. They have been heard, and
              b. that they have a solution that they can work with.
              It sounds idealistic and impractical and occasionally there are times when no consensus can be found. On those occasions the solution is to refer the problem to a select group comprising people from all sides and tasking them to bring a solution back to the whole.

              • weka

                Thanks Macro. I’ve actually worked with consensus a lot in the past, although is smaller groups, nothing the size of the GP membership. I did used to go meetings in the 90s, so understand a bit about the processes used but not the actual formal logistics of how it is done now. I haven’t been to a meeting for a long time, hence the comment about transparency.

                I’ll be interested to see if it works the way you say where I live. The process sounds like it will work best in larger centres, and where people that can get to meetings. Lots of hurdles there.

              • Gidday Macro, I appreciated your explanation here with which I concur. I’d just add that consensus seems to emerge naturally via organic process (group chemistry) provided all enter into it with a collaborative spirit.

                Incidentally you will never spell it wrong again once you recall that the antique root is sense. Been there, done that! I first led a group process designed to produce consensual intellectual/philosophical product in ’87. That was successful after a few years persistence (difficult content), then I led a larger consensual group process to create a constitution in ’91 for an incorporated society, also successful. I also then led the process for the Green Party that created the rules for consensus decision-making for each of the key operational subgroups, plus the constitution, as convenor of the Standing Orders Committee.

                Hey, I feel a wee bit uneasy about pursuing further discussion about the current state & future of the GP here but I’d like to do that with you & Weka – how can we do that? I’m new to the political blogosphere (had to get over my long-standing bias that the chattering classes can’t handle issues of substance) and haven’t discovered a suitable GP members interactive blog yet. Are they really so lacking in enterprise that nobody has created one??

      • Naturesong 8.1.2

        The Green party elect their leadership every year at the AGM.
        It’s just one of the mechanisms in place that ensure that the leadership is accountable to the membership.

        The only difference is that this year Dr Norman is not standing.

        So while we will miss his intellect and industry it’s not like Labour or National where the party lives or dies (electorally) on the performance of the leader.

        I’m not looking forward to seeing the National Party partisans who control the media narrative in NZ embarrass themselves by waxing lyrical about how the Greens will falter without Dr Norman, unaware (or perhaps unashamed) that they are commenting from a place of complete ignorance.

    • North 8.2

      When will we see a ‘leak’ flaunted all over SlaterPorn ? TheGodKey and disciples are all good for the ‘conventional shit’ but it’s SlaterPorn in charge of the ‘double’.

  8. ghostwhowalksnz 9

    I guess hes off to a academic job somewhere

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      He hasn’t said he’s quitting Parliament, only resigning as leader. I’d be surprised if he left Parliament before 2016 anyway.

    • tricledrown 9.2

      He,not resigning from parliament just co leadership.
      It will be hard to replace a very articulate communicator that Norman is!

      • phillip ure 9.2.1

        i noted in om that he is staying on as an mp to qualify for the super-gold pension card/benefits..

        ..which kick in @ nine yrs..

        ..he is not quite there yet..and will likely resign soon after reaching that financial-milestone..

        • SHG

          According to Wikipedia he entered Parliament 27 June 2008, so he’s got two and a half years to go.

          • weka

            Assuming the bit about the MP pension is true, in principle I don’t have a problem with that. He’s more than served his country and his family will have paid a big price. Whether the perks themselves are set fairly or not is another matter.

        • alwyn

          I think you are way out of date Phil.
          The pension where all the benefits cut in after 9 years was scrapped for new members in 1992. The only people now in Parliament that it will apply to are those who were there in 1992 and have remained there ever since.
          Off hand I can only think of English, Smith, McCully and King who qualify. Mallard and Goff don’t because they weren’t there in ’92. There are probably others but not many.
          The current system is simply a very generous subsidy to a member’s own contribution (2.5/1 up to 20%) and there is nothing special about the 9 years.

          • Colonial Rawshark

            Did Goff have a term out of Parliament around that time?

            • Tracey

              yup, missed the 43rd parliament. Gilbert Myles won the seat…. ironically and to show he is a slow learner he said the loss was down to poor communication not policy… sound familiar some 22 years later?

              • Colonial Rawshark

                oh gawd.

              • alwyn

                Did Goff really say that?
                I just about spilled my coffee when I read that.
                Actually my list was wrong. I thought a bit further and realised that King, like Goff and Mallard, lost her seat in 1990 too.
                On the other hand I left out Williamson and the “Father of the house” Peter Dunne, so there appear to be five who are covered by the old rules.
                Winston of course isn’t because he left the house in 2008.

                • Tracey

                  According to Wikipedia he did…

                  “In the 1990 elections, Labour was defeated, and Goff lost his own parliamentary seat to Gilbert Myles. While many commentators blamed Douglas’s controversial reforms for Labour’s loss, Goff said that the main problem had been in communication, not policy. Goff was appointed to a position at the Auckland Institute of Technology, and later accepted a scholarship to study for six months at Oxford University, but eventually decided to stand for parliament once again.[citation needed]”

          • Tracey

            That was what I thought until Phil posted his bit. I find it hard to believe that Norman would say he was staying just to see out a pension deadline anyway. It sounds un-green-like. Thanks for the clarification alwyn.

        • Lefty

          The nine year gold plated pension is a myth. It was done away with many years ago and only a few of the very long serving MPs still qualify for it because in was grandfathered. Norman would just get his superannuation paid out if he left parliament. This will be a significant amount but there would be no ongoing pension or privileges.

          • weka

            “his superannuation paid out if he left parliament”

            Which is what?

            • Lanthanide

              Depends on how much he chose to contribute, and how well the fund in which the money was invested performed.

              See here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/34339/New-MP-super-scheme-just-as-generous

              • weka

                That link is written for people who already understand.

                • Lanthanide

                  Not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I didn’t know anything about the pension scheme until I read that link, and now I do.

                  • alwyn

                    That is a very good summary actually. Much better than the full details I referenced in reply to Phil’s question at below.

                    • weka

                      eg “MPs get a 20% employer contribution into their super scheme”

                      I”m assuming you both know what that means. I don’t.

                    • Lanthanide

                      @ weka: well it’s all written there, albeit in a slightly strange order:

                      “MPs get a 20% employer contribution into their super scheme ”

                      “The employer contribution is five times the minimum under the KiwiSaver scheme, where employers will have to make minimum contributions of 4% by 2011.”

                      “MPs can make a maximum contribution of 8% of a backbencher’s pay, and get an employer’s contribution of 20%. For every $1 the MP puts in, their employers put in $2.50.”

                    • weka

                      ffs Lanth. I don’t know what those things mean. Like I said, it was written for people that already do.

                    • alwyn

                      The Crown, the MP’s employer, will contribute to the MP’s registered Super scheme.
                      They will pay up to 20% of the basic member’s salary, which is $147,800/year. They do not pay any more to anyone who gets more than this for being a Minister, a Party leader, a Whip, a Committee chairman etc, etc. Thus they don’t pay any more to John Key who is on $428,000/year. They also don’t count any of the allowances MPs get either.
                      What the article Lanthanide linked to didn’t highlight, although it does say it was that to get the full 20% the MP has to contribute at least 8% of this basic salary to his fund.
                      What it means is that if Norman contributed at least $11,824/year the Crown, his employer will contribute $29,560. If he put in less so would they.
                      The scheme is generous but not completely over the top. I worked for a company in Australia a few years ago who would put 14% into my Super fund if I put in 6% (or 12% if I put in 5%). That was certainly a comparable amount to what the MPs get.
                      There it isn’t that hard is it.

                      ps. Snap. While I was composing this Lanthanide posted his version.

                    • Lanthanide

                      @ weka: I’m not sure how much more simply it can be explained than this:

                      “For every $1 the MP puts in, their employers put in $2.50”

                    • weka

                      Yeah but that’s not all you or the article said.

          • phillip ure

            @ alwyn..lefty..


            ..r the details of their super a secret..?

            ..or public-knowledge..?

  9. fisiani 10

    I hope it’s Hague to take over. He’s a hard worker and a skilled charismatic orator and tough debater.

  10. Chris 11

    It bloody annoys me to hear so-called commentators say Russel is leaving because of ‘frustration at not leading the Greens into government’. That’s rubbish. Labour is to blame for the Greens not being in government. The Greens are performing better than ever. One of the reasons Russel is leaving is because he sees leadership of any organisation requires regular rejuvenation to survive and that political parties can’t necessarily prosper by stacking the decks with screeds of career politicians like Labour has. Labour could learn from Russel and the Greens by ditching dead wood hopeless cases like King, Goff, Dyson et al.

    • saveNZ 11.1

      Agree about Labour too much dead wood who are not interested in social change but more about staying in power even if it is opposition… which costs them votes and their reputation. The Greens have more integrity than Labour.

    • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 11.2

      dead wood hopeless cases like King, Goff, Dyson et al

      Well, there is still the afternoon left on this Friday if Labour wants to hop in with a press release for a third ‘resignation’ announcement 🙂

  11. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 12

    I hear and read about this “has resigned” thing but actually he is co-leader for another four months and won’t be putting his name forward again as co-leader at the May AGM.

      • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 12.1.1

        please tells us more about that?
        my understanding is that some of the privileges, eg the post-3 term perks, were removed circa 1999.
        anyway, the announcement today is about not putting forward his name as co-leader at the upcoming AGM this year, and far from any kind of resignation from Parliament. no doubt, that will come some day, as it will for each and everyone of them in there, including Sabin or John Key.

  12. Bill 13

    My only question is whether we’ll see a further step down the path of ‘professionalisation’ – suspect so while hoping not.

    • weka 13.1

      what do you mean by professionalisation?

      • Colonial Rawshark 13.1.1

        Glossy PR, smooth appeal to the comfortable middle class, anaemic political guts

        • weka

          Interesting. How should the GP be functioning if they don’t use those things?

          Do you think Norman has anaemic political guts?

          • Colonial Rawshark

            He raised a bloody brave political idea in terms of NZ issuing its own money, and he backed down just as quickly.

            Overall though, the Green Party is still promising upper middle NZ that their standard of living and lifestyle remains eminently supportable with a few minor tweaks here and there. Not gonna happen.

        • swordfish

          “Glossy PR, smooth appeal to the comfortable middle class, anaemic political guts”

          If that’s what they want then James Shaw is their man.

      • Bill 13.1.2

        Politics has become more and more about people jockeying for position within fairly insipid political machines…a career.

        Party politics used to be more about people, with a passion and knowledge fueled from the gut, calling things for what they were because they gave a fuck – as opposed to the deeply considered and deadening, cerebral circling around of everything on tippy-toe lest some fucker gets upset and/or future prospects are damaged.

        Politics as slick and safe advertising in other words – with 121 salespeople (only a few notable exceptions) exuding faux concern while trying ever so desperately to make out that they are ‘just like you’.

        I guess I’ll be a long time waiting for political parties and politicians to ‘cut the crap’ and just simply ‘tell the fucking truth’ (as they see it).

        • weka

          Ok, thanks, that’s clear.

          IMO Turei and Norman both give a fuck and are there for reasons that aren’t fundamentally careerist.

          However I think that’s a different thing than the politics as slick adverstising thing.

          The GP seem to tread a fine line between the two, between keeping their values and needing to play the game to get attention and votes. I think it’s inevitable that over time and as they become more successful in mainstream terms they will lose the battle on this but I think they are still managing it reasonably well at the moment (am open to examples that this is not true).

          In terms of who comes next, I agree it would be good if they avoid a careerist. It would also be good if they got a co-leader who is Heritage Green, not lite (as someone put it earlier). Also Heritage Green rather than win at all costs. Norman made a great point on RNZ earlier that winning the argument of ideas around sustainability is more important. But I think the real trick is going to be get someone who is Heritage Green who can play the game well enough to get the votes and influence the contest of ideas.

          I have no idea who that will be. Shaw strikes me as more slick, and careerist perhaps, and he’s got the whole business/economic thing going that will go down well in the mainstream, but his maiden speech was very impressive in terms of the actual values and speaking truth to power.

          • Tracey

            I wonder if Turei will now be visited upon by the media for more comment as the “leader”, which they so often called Norman.

        • saveNZ

          +1 Bill.

  13. saveNZ 14

    Sad to see him go. I just hope his replacement is HeritageGreen not LiteGreen. He’s done a good job and leaves with integrity. An activist not an enabler.

  14. Foreign waka 15

    Sad to see him leaving the leadership. An unbroken chain of integrity and focus on the important matters from Jeanette Fitzsimons to Rod Donald and today Russel Norman. Come May we will see whether this can be maintained.
    All the best Russel Norman, respect and luck for the future.

  15. Puckish Rogue 16

    A lesson for Labour on how to handle a coup methinks and if anyones not sure its a bouquet to the Greens and a brickbat to Labour

  16. saveNZ 17

    I would love to see a bit more on the potential candidates for his replacement. You can bet the MSM will not be giving them a fair go, but maybe the standard or other site can do a bit to get more information out there. The Greens need to actually use their website more and maybe get some sort of online presence to gauge ideas of the public.

    Yes lots of trolls probably, but an easy way to get a bit of an idea what issues people care about. I’m not talking about using the internet to do focus research but more to engage with the public in a democratic way. Labour is starting to do this, but the Greens are still the ones with the integrity but for some reason have stalled on their on-line interaction.

    • weka 17.1

      If you join the Green Party, you will get all the information delivered to your inbox 🙂

      Essentially the leadership selection is a members’ issue, not a public one. I agree it would be good to see more in places like the standard though. You could email the party and suggest the candidates submit guest posts (comments will be moderated).

      • saveNZ 17.1.1

        yes I get the Greens emails. Actually they look so boring I don’t read them and last one was 22 December. You have to remember people get a lot of emails. I believe in the Greens but again reinvention is key. Greens are stale. There message is lost. People are worried they are turning into Labour and Labour turning into National.

        I’m talking about the public being able to comment on issues day to day to the Greens and in an open forum so that you can see what others think who are also Green supporters. (I believe Labour should do this too). If only the campaign manager or volunteers are getting info that’s not really working as democracy and judging by results the voters concerns are not making it into policy.

        Like today’s issue Russell going, yesterday State Houses, Day before RMA. I mean our country is being stolen under our noses and actually people want an easy way to get in contact with politicians and vent their anger and ideas. I don’t want the Green’s to thank me for my support but to listen to my ideas to help them make NZ a better place on a day to day level as a voter.

        And another thing I think is what is wrong with government is there are too many lawyers as politicians. God where is the passion for life in policy? Catton is the only one saying what many of us think….

        • greywarshark

          Your point about people being able to talk to Greens day by day directly I agree with, I have suggested they have an open forum like open mike. Haven’t had a reply. What there is now are posts by various MPs which one can comment on.
          It doesn’t reflect Greens’ idea of all being involved and thinking and working together.

          • weka

            They have a blog were people can talk, and FB. Plus the internal member forums.

            It’s tricky though. Imagine daily threads like happen regularly on ts. No political party in their right mind would sign up for that, esp not in an election year. Doubly so for the GP, who spent years doing damage control on how the MSM portrayed them.

            • lprent

              Not to mention the aggravation of moderating, or not moderating, and the nutter conspiracy cover up threads about moderating. Either “GP say docked lambs a health hazard” because a couple of commenters choose think that they are OR “GP covering up docked lambs crisis” if they moderate it..

              We get away with that around here because I don’t get fussed by people talking about crap, I will land like a hammer if I think it is getting too frigging boring, and I have zero interest in what the tossers in the media or blogs or parliament think. I also rather enjoy the short times when I get to be sarcastic and caustic to someone. Such a good way to offload computing frustrations…

              • weka

                Plus you moderate the posts by MPs well, so it doesn’t get out of hand, and thus there is a separation of party and moderation.

                • lprent

                  Oh that one is easy. We just put full moderation on the post. Every comment has to be passed through by a moderator.

                  We don’t mind letting them have the hard questions (we’d like to know the answers ourselves). Just want them to be questions, not rants, and to not have the repetitive re asking of the same damn thing over and over again.

                  These days people know what is acceptable so we don’t have much to do.

                  • weka

                    The lack of subthread on 911 or chemtrails seems important too 😉

                    “These days people know what is acceptable so we don’t have much to do.”

                    Interesting. So theoretically a party could train commenters on its own forums given time and resources.

                    I gave up on the GP ones because they got boring and because they did that thing of popping FB comments in at the top of the comments list.

                    • lprent

                      Yes. Depends how wide open it is. For a party one I’d suggest not being public and requiring a login.

                      An open one like this, especially with it wide open for commenting, takes a lot of arrogant pushing, use of bans for bad behaviour, and other things that politicians and their minions don’t like to do.

                    • weka

                      or premod everyone who isn’t registered or doesn’t have a history of posting on topic and without troling.

        • weka

          saveNZ, are you a member? Members get different emails than the people that have signed onto their email list.

          I’ll just say this again, because while the process will relatively public, it’s not designed for public engagement as such: Essentially the leadership selection is a members’ issue, not a public one.

    • Colonial Rawshark 17.2

      When the time is right I hope the co-leader candidates do a write up and Q&A for The Standard.

      • lprent 17.2.1

        A good point. I will email and ask someone.

        • Tracey

          if nothing else it might trigger a membership drive for them…

          Slater, Lusk, Williams (J), Hooton … all lining up to have a vote, if they become members first

  17. Sable 18

    A shame. Norman contributed much to the Greens and will be missed. We can only hope by 2017 the wider public has finally woken up to the travesty of a government we are currently forced to endure.

  18. Mainlander 19

    Good riddance Russel Norman you wont be missed by me, but best of luck for your future and congrats on the new baby

  19. So Russell Norman Starts Talking About The Fraudulent Money Creation System A Month Ago Resigns Today.

    • Te Reo Putake 20.1

      Shit, good point. Maybe Russel’s been a CIA asset all along and the China flag incident was a black ops job? It all makes sense now. Does he have an alibi for 9/11? I think we should be told.

      • alwyn 20.1.2

        I have a couple of conspiracy theories to contribute.

        1. Norman is lucky he doesn’t live in Argentina. He talked about the “Money Creation System” and rather than arranging an assassination like that prosecutor in Argentina they just arranged that he was forced to resign.

        2. Kim Dotcom, unhappy because his contributions to Norman in the pre-election visits Norman made to Coatsville didn’t bear any fruit has arranged to release secret videos he has made of their discussions and Norman has decided he has to quit. Hey Dotcom made up crap about John Banks. Why not tell on Norman?

        • phillip ure

          w.t.f. r u smoking..?

        • Colonial Rawshark

          1. Norman is lucky he doesn’t live in Argentina. He talked about the “Money Creation System” and rather than arranging an assassination like that prosecutor in Argentina they just arranged that he was forced to resign.

          NZ would be permitted to print money in a controlled and limited way if it wished to.

          One of the benefits of club membership, you understand.

    • Chooky 20.2

      Norman may actually be able to do a lot behind the scenes that is just as valuable as his existing role as a co-leader eg. research , strategy , networking

      …without the distractions and energy required for the fronting of the Greens in parliament all the time and facing all John Key’s Nact Neolib neanderthal male loonies day after day…how fu.king tiring that would be for a man of Norman’s intellect!

      …Norman has intellect in spades and it makes sense he takes a back seat with a new baby …however in this role he may be even more important …similiar to the director behind the star lead actors

      (and he is young enough that one day he could come back as a co-leader)

      …a change may be very beneficial to the Greens with new young blood and someone like James Shaw at the forefront…Shaw’s speech in parliament was truly impressive!

      • Lanthanide 20.2.1

        “Norman may actually be able to do a lot behind the scenes that is just as valuable as his existing role as a co-leader eg. research , strategy , networking”

        Very doubtful. There truly are not that many people who can lead, and lead very well. There are many more people who can do back-office research type jobs.

        Certainly the other male MP talent don’t stack up to Norman in terms of leadership (at least at the moment), so he’ll definitely be a loss that can’t be made-up for with a back-office role.

        Furthermore, politics is very largely about the message and presentation of the message – you can do all the wonderful research in the world but if you can’t sell it, it ain’t worth bumpkis (as Labour’s exhaustive policy platform for 2014 shows).

        • weka

          I’m hoping he’ll stick around for his skills in the House.

        • Chooky

          @Lanthanide ….well you sure are pessimistic( and I am sure the Nacts would agree with you) …but I disagree with your framing

          leadership can involve support roles to the front spokesmen and women…..being on the front line isn’t everything

          …the Greens have always been a Party of renewal and youth ( or at least young at heart) and a fair amount of altruistic finesse for the good of the Party when it comes to leadership change

          …and I see this in positive terms, especially if Shaw takes the co-leadership spokesperson helm for a while

        • Tracey

          Norman wasnt seen as a great prospect by many outside greens when they appointed him co-leader. People can grow into jobs.

          • weka

            “People can grow into jobs.”

            I agree, which is why how this is being handled is good. Enough time to pick someone, and enough time for them to learn the ropes and get the skills they need. This is another good reason for having co-leaders. It’s not like the GP is suddenly without someone competent at the top.

      • alwyn 20.2.2

        “(and he is young enough that one day he could come back as a co-leader)”

        I think you will find that in New Zealand politics they never get the chance to come back. Offhand I cannot think of a single New Zealand politician that has regained the lead of a party after losing it.

        Still, he is an Australian and a couple of them did it in the not to distant past.
        John Howard did in the Liberal Party, and went on to be PM for about 12 years.
        Kevin Rudd then managed it as well although his time wasn’t nearly so happy afterwards.

  20. les 21

    sad to see him resign.Articulate and the best performer in Parliament imo.Never saw him stuck for words and always had the answers.

  21. Tracey 22

    Good, no knee jerk analysis from vernon Small

    “ANALYSIS: Renewal, blah, blah.

    However the Greens look at it, Russel Norman will be missed and his decision to step down from the co-leadership will be a huge loss for the party.”


    In 2010 he wrote

    ” …

    OPINION: I would just like to say I was wrong, but more of that later. Yesterday was like groundhog day for Green co-leader Russel Norman, proudly holding up a flag on Parliament’s forecourt. …

    … by the same token, it was also assumed that the inevitable loss of those strong and strongly-identified characters would wound the party. Only Keith Locke of the old originals has yet to set a date for his exit from the House.

    It was impossible to believe that a clutch of slim men in suits – Kevin Hague, Dave Clendon, Dr Norman, Kennedy Graham and man-boy Gareth Hughes, along with Metiria Turei and Catherine Delahunty, could give the party anything like the same profile.

    None was a household name in the way their predecessors had been. None had been associated strongly in the public mind with a hot button issue before their entry into Parliament.
    Ad Feedback

    I, for one, was sure the party would suffer; that the exodus of experience, and the adoption of many of its core policies by the big parties – climate change, energy efficiency, public transport and peak fuel – risked pushing the party below the 5 per cent political plimsoll lin”…

  22. Murray Rawshark 23

    I hope Kevin Hague gets a go. I knew and respected him back in the HART days.

  23. outofbed 24

    There are three contenders
    Kevin Haque
    James Shaw
    Gareth Hughes

    Gareth Hughes is very ambitious but also has a very young family probably lacks gravitas
    Kevin Haque, Lovely Guy used to run Westcoast DHB has experience, probably more focussed on the social justice side then the environment

    James Shaw out and out environmentalist well liked and good organiser could work with all parties

    Kevin will probably win.
    But I would not be that disappointed if James did.

    The vote, if all three stand is preferential I believe
    Gareth’s 2nd round votes would go to James methinks

    So its all down to if Gareth puts his name forward

    • alwyn 24.1

      Please. Give the man the courtesy of spelling his name properly.
      You twice put Haque. It’s Hague.
      I have to agree with you on one thing though. To say that Hughes lacks “gravitas” is the understatement of the year. He behaves like the people on Top Gear. Seven year olds is how they once described themselves, and it seems to fit young Gareth.

  24. Murray Rawshark 25

    I just saw something that Russel Norman wrote in 2007 after Clint Rickard and two rapist poaka mates of his were acquitted of raping Louise Nicholas. He said Rickards still should have been able to run Auckland poaka because the sex was consensual and a police bation is just a sex toy. I’m amazed he was able to even stay in the Greens after that, let alone become a leader.

    He must have been assuming that Louise Nicholas loved having it off with groups of thuggish poaka and had made everything up. Why the hell did he comment at all?

    The Marxist literature I read in Aotearoa talked about smashing the state. Apparently the literature available in Brisbane must talk about giving the rapist tools of state oppression a bloody rim job. To me, he comes across strongly as a rape apologist. I’m bloody glad he’s no longer leader.


    • marty mars 25.1

      man that article is horrible – I went off russ when he did his russ the mus stuff but if I’d known this – well lets just say I’m pleased he is moving on

    • Clemgeopin 25.2

      I think you have been unfair here and quoted only selectively.

      I think Russel was giving an honest opinion as he saw it.

      In that article he continues, “I agree that the power imbalance between a group of older male police officers and a 16 year old vulnerable young woman is such that what appears to have taken place (without knowing all the detail) was an abuse of a position of power. And while it may not have been illegal, it is not the kind of behaviour that is acceptable from a police officer. Police must meet a higher standard of behaviour because of their positions of power. But the problem isn’t that they engaged in group sex, the problem is that they abused their positions of power to get something they wanted from someone in a vulnerable position. My original comment above about group sex was in response to my perception that a lot of the reaction to the case was of a conservative moralistic nature about group sex rather than about an abuse of power.

      But his comments in defence of Schollum and Shipton are good reason for him to no longer be in a senior position in the police. These men are convicted rapists who used their power as police officers to abduct and pack rape a young woman and then intimidate her into not complaining, and he is defending them to the public. The public expects him to uphold the law and when people are convicted they have done it so far as the law is concerned. Fair enough for him to have personal views to the contrary, we all think at times that the justice system has made a mistake, but when he contests this in public, and hence undermines the law in an extremely grave case, it’s really difficult to see how we can continue to have faith in him to uphold the law as a senior police officer”

      • Murray Rawshark 25.2.1

        I didn’t quote anything, selectively or otherwise. I said what I thought and gave a link.

        I never accused him of lying, but if that’s his honest opinion, I think that makes things worse. If he didn’t know enough about the case or how small town cops behave in Aotearoa, he should have just kept his mouth shut. What he said about a moralistic condemnation of group sex is just rubbish. If that’s what he thought, he’s a fucking moron and I won’t be voting Greens while he’s there. I hope he resigns from parliament altogether.

        • weka

          I’d be more interested in his understanding of rape culture now. I think it’s fair to say that most male MPs in 2007 weren’t getting it. Louise Nicholas and other women really did change the culture in NZ hugely at that time.

          Mostly I see him in that post as being typical of left wing men who haven’t been paying attention or educated themselves on the issues, talking from male privilege of thinking their view is relevant, and he’s talking about a number of things that he doesn’t know much about. I doubt he would be so stupid now.

          “I won’t be voting Greens while he’s there.”

          Am curious who you would vote for instead. Is there a party that does better on rape culture issues?

          • Murray Rawshark

            Fair comment, weka. If he has learned from it, that’s something in his favour. He may have been fairly new to Aotearoa at the time and would not have developed a very enlightened view in Brisbane. He might have swallowed the lies that we have a wonderful police force.

            As to my vote, my party vote goes to Mana, but I was thinking of maybe changing it. I doubt if Hone would say anything so favourable about Rickard, but I also know that’s not what you asked. Labour is possibly better on rape culture, or maybe they’ve retreated since Cunliffe got smacked for apologising.

            • weka

              “He might have swallowed the lies that we have a wonderful police force.”

              That’s a good point. And I expect growing up in Oz, there’s more socialisation to overcome than there.

              Mana have their own set of issues, around the hiring of sex offenders and alleged sex offenders. I haven’t looked too closely at it, because it’s too hard to separate truth from the anti-Mana spin, but for me I’m not sure any party gets this stuff right when it’s so entrenched in the culture, so it’s not really a make or break in terms of voting. Policy on the other hand would make me question voting choices.

  25. Pat O'Dea 26

    There have been a number of questions raised around the stepping down from the Green Party co-leadership by Russel Norman.

    Not least and most obvious, is who is the most likely of the possible contenders to replace him.

    Just to leave personalities aside for a moment;

    It has been my contention for sometime, that as the crisis deepens and becomes more apparent, where political parties and politicians stand on climate change will become a make or break issue.

    This, I contend is true for every political party, but it must be even more critical for an environmental party like the Greens.

    It is interesting to note that the current climate change spokesperson for the Green Party is Russel Norman.

    It seemed odd to me at the time, that Russel had taken this portfolio for himself. And for a number of reasons I was never sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing.

    The question now begs itself: Who in the Green Party will become the spokesperson for climate change issues?

    Will the new Green co-leader keep this important (make or break) issue for himself?

    Will Russel Norman retain this shadow portfolio?


    Will the Green Party spokesperson for climate change be someone else?

    One thing is for sure, whoever takes on this portfolio for the Greens they will need a passion for the issue that has been somewhat lacking in the last two Green Party spokespersons for climate change.

    Getting back to personalities: After hearing him speak on the issue, my favourite pick for both new male co-leader and climate change spokesperson for the Green Party is the same person; Gareth Hughes.

    Disclosure: Pat O’Dea is the Mana spokesperson for climate change issues.

    • disagree with you there pat..

      ..from my observations/commentaries on questiontime..

      ..where i have seen them both in action..

      ..it is clearly kevin hague who is best suited for the job..

      • Pat O'Dea 26.1.1

        Could you expand on that Phil.


        Consider Gareth Hughes on Deep Sea Oil Drilling. Probably the single biggest issue that divides Labour from the Greens. And may be the most problematic in forming a Labour led administration.


        This sort of principled resolute leadership is what is required. In my opinion it is incumbent on Labour to bend their position on deep sea oil not the Greens.

        I think that this is also the majority opinion of the Green Party membership which may be why a pragmatist like Russel Norman is gone burger.

        I well remember in the small Party leaders debate when Russel Norman was asked if he would compromise on deep sea oil drilling to get cabinet posts, (he had to be asked twice) and said that he would agree to deep sea oil drilling to get into cabinet.

        I knew right there and then that it was all over for Norman.

        • phillip ure


          ..that call comes from observing both during the commentaries i do on questiontime..

          ..there is nothing wrong with hughes..per se..

          ..it’s just that hague is as good on his feet in the house..as norman was..

          .. on a good day..

          ..and norman was pretty good..on a good day..

          ..hughes has not yet honed those skills to the required degree..

          ..from my observations..

          ..which is why i plump for hague..

  26. Best thing to happen to the GP since voters put them up to 10% in 2011. The guy from Oz has always presented as lite green. GP members who selected him for the leadership probably didn’t know he was a marxist. Anyone who thinks somebody with their head in the 19th century is a viable political leader in the 21st is clearly a moron.

    That said, his performance in the role has usually ranged from good to competent. I rejoined the GP last November (after 19 years self-imposed exile in disgust at mainstreaming & closet stalinism) & met him at a local climate change meeting – thanked him for his public stand on Tibet, criticised his advocacy for carbon-trading. I try to give credit where it’s due & criticism as constructive feedback.

    James Shaw seems the best bet. Hughes is still a kid. First step toward becoming authoritative is to see the need for it, then giving it a go. Hague could grow into the job if he gets it – but making a homosexual your leader is guaranteed to alienate sufficient voters to ensure that you will not be able to escalate poll support!

    My critique of the relation between the green movement & the GP went online late 2011:

    • “.but making a homosexual your leader is guaranteed to alienate sufficient voters to ensure that you will not be able to escalate poll support!..”


      • Dennis Frank 27.1.1

        Wishing won’t make it so. Hope you didn’t misinterpret this as an anti-gay stance. It’s merely a pragmatic observation based on half a century of observing the relation between kiwi attitudes & behaviour in public life. Which I used to predict the death of the Labour Party if they made that mistake – enough of their members foresaw that prospect to make sure it didn’t happen.

        • phillip ure

          robertson was not elected because he is not very good in parliament..

          ..and do you really think that people who would be inclined to vote green..

          ..would recoil and go:..’ew”..he’s gay..!..i’m not voting for them..!’..

          ..(they aren’t the bloody conservative party..are they..?..)

          ..like i said…


          ..you are just speaking from yr rightwing-green p.o.v..

          ..(i mean..you left because of ‘marxism’..didn’t u say..?

          ..could u give us all a bit of a laff..

          ..and detail some of that ‘marxism’..as u saw it..?..)

          • phillip ure


            “..Anyone who thinks somebody with their head in the 19th century is a viable political leader in the 21st is clearly a moron…”

            anyone who thinks marx has no relevance in the 21st century..

            ..’is clearly a moron’..

            ..he predicted everything that is now going down..as capitalism eats itself..(and the planet..)

            ..once again..yr rightwing-ignorances shining thru…eh..?

          • Dennis Frank

            So how come all the media commentators have been describing him as good in parliament in recent years, huh? You in a minority of one?

            And potential & actual Green voters span the mainstream, thus containing a large number of kiwi males. Plenty of these would vote Green as soon as a GP leader spoke to them in language they understand. They get it whenever I do. You clearly don’t grasp the kiwi male psyche.

            Having been neither left nor right politically since ’71, I naturally see anyone who categorises somebody who has a different view as either left or right as rather juvenile. An intelligent person would find out whether they are – not jump to the wrong conclusion. Try growing up.

            No, I did not leave the GP due to marxism. Closet stalinism is the recycled behaviour Stalin used to defeat his revolutionary opponents. He was so bland they didn’t feel threatened so made him secretary. Clever bugger figured he could defeat his betters in the inner circle of the Bolsheviks simply by not informing them of key meetings: when they failed to show it looked to the others as if they didn’t think the issues on the agenda important enough for them. Nowadays it usually takes the form of subverting the democratic process. In my capacity as Convenor of the Standing Orders Committee I encountered an instance. Mishandling of this by the Co-Convenors of the GP triggered my disgust & alienation. Preaching democracy isn’t enough: to be credible you actually have to practice it.

            • phillip ure

              “..So how come all the media commentators have been describing him as good in parliament in recent years, huh?..”

              ..simply put..they are wrong..

              ..i have been doing commentaries on every questiontime –

              – for longer than i like to think..(the sacrifices i have made for the public-record etc etc..grumble..grumble..)

              ..and in that time i have seen robertson in a variety of shadow ministerial-roles..

              ..and in each of those roles..robertson never gained any traction..

              ..and was always able to be easily swatted-away during q-times by whoever the tory spokesperson was…

              ..and that was the main reason i wrote against him leading labour..

              ..i just know he isn’t up to the job..

              ..he cd well be fine in a ministerial-role..

              ..but in that public arena..i felt he just couldn’t ‘cut it’..

              “.. You in a minority of one?..”

              ..in some areas..more often than i wd like..

              ..and if making malfeasance-allegations about the greens..

              ..how about just spelling it out for us..?

              ..how can you possibly expect us to wade thru such an ill-formatted/hard-to-read link as you presented..?

              ..(and no..i didn’t make it to the money-quotes..re co-convenor malfeasance..)

              ..and hint:..flourescent-green as a highlighter..is so..something..

              “… Try growing up..”

              always had some issues..in others’ eyes..sometimes justified..with that one..

              ..in its’ best light..my failures at ‘growing-up’..

              ..i look upon as a puckish-cheerfulness/laughing/jeering-at-the-madness..

              ..and yes..in my experience..the green party has its’ share of that..

              ..’madness’..deserving of being jeered at..

              ..and f.w.i.w/those interested/backing my words..

              ..here is my grant robertson cache..


              (and i’ve just had a glance..and there is some good-reading to be had there..)

              • Fair enough. You’re right about him, he always struck me as lightweight.

                Yeah, considerable stylistic differences between our online presentations, eh? I see yours as too shallow. But I admire your enterprise & the eclectic selection of topics you assay seems comprehensive. I think the font size on my editorial is too small & will get around to correcting that sometime but your objection to the content seems reasonable enough. I’m only writing to those with time to engage issues in depth. I never bother with anyone with a short attention span. Wrong universe.

                I’m with you on growing up & the minority of one thing. May surprise you on both counts – but been there, done that. Kia kaha!

                • ‘shallow’..?

                  ..the teaser-quotes i present @ whoar..are a lure to get the reader to go read..

                  ..and it is in the ‘go-reads’ where the ‘depth’ is..

                  ..and yes..i also deal with the frivolous/amusing..

                  ..but i wouldn’t mistake that for a lack of ‘depth’..eh..?

                  ..i seek out ‘depth’..

                  (and this made me laugh..)

                  “.. I never bother with anyone with a short attention span. Wrong universe..”

                  classic (green-party-styling) passive-aggression..!

                  ..aahh..!..the memories..!

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    13 hours 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
    14 hours 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 ...
    16 hours 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
    17 hours 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
    17 hours 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
    18 hours 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 ...
    18 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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, ...
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks 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
    10 hours 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
    20 hours 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago