Greens: proposal to tax excess corporate profits

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The Green Party has today put forward proposals to ensure large corporations profiteering from high inflation are taxed fairly and the money used to support people to make ends meet.

“An excess profit tax would be a simple and effective way for large corporations to pay their fair share, unlocking the resources all of us need to live with dignity, put a roof over our heads and food on the table,” says Green Party Finance spokesperson, Julie Anne Genter.

“Right now, as thousands of kids go hungry, supermarkets are raking in an excess profit of more than $1 million per day. As people struggle to pay the mortgage and their rent, Australian-owned banks are making record profits of over $6 billion. As tamariki go to sleep shivering, energy companies are generating eye-watering profits.

“And yet, having done nothing to earn it, nearly every dollar of excess corporate profit is going straight into the padded pockets of shareholders and corporate executives – rather being shared amongst all of us. This simply isn’t right.

“The Green Party does not accept large corporations making a killing in profits, while tens of thousands of families struggle to make ends meet. Our position is clear: when large corporations make excessive profits from a change in circumstances that affects us all, those benefits should be shared.

“We are committed to a fair and progressive tax system where the wealthiest pay their fair share so we can fund strong public services and ensure those with the least have enough to live on.

“Today, we have released a discussion document exploring how an excess profit tax could be designed – and how the additional revenue should be spent. We are also considering the alternative of raising company tax rates so that all profits are taxed more.

“Reflecting on a period of unprecedented growth in corporate profits, now is the time for a conversation about how we rebalance the tax system towards supporting the people who need it the most – and we invite all New Zealanders to have their say,” Julie Anne Genter.

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Details and discussion document here.

Green Party 2020 Progressive Tax policy here.

46 comments on “Greens: proposal to tax excess corporate profits ”

  1. Mac1 1

    There are two issues here, and one is explained well enough for me- that inordinate profits are taxed and put into the public purse.

    The second issue is to whom and in particular how the redistribution takes place- by lower taxes on low income brackets, by grants and payments, by increasing benefits and superannuation, by augmenting government services such as health, housing, public transport?

    It's the second part of Ms Genter's statement in the final paragraph above, "how we rebalance the tax system towards supporting the people who need it the most…"

    • arkie 1.1

      we consider that revenue could be used for a range of areas to ease the inflationary pressures on people and help transition to a more equitable, lower emissions economy:

      • A cost of living payment extension, with eligibility expanded to include beneficiaries.
      • Cancelling MSD debt accrued to pay for essentials (noting ongoing funding would be needed to ensure incomes are adequate to prevent future debt).
      • Partially cancelling student debt.
      • Increasing funding to Kainga Ora to build public housing, or providing this to iwi, local government, and community housing providers to use for housing.
      • Establishing a sovereign wealth fund that could provide ongoing smaller grants for both environmentally and socially beneficial programmes.
      • One-off subsidies for measures that improve energy efficiency and environmental performance of housing.
      • One-off capital grants to public institutions, for example to enable repairs or upgrades of hospitals and schools.
      • Easy to implement capital works that reduce carbon emissions, such as creating new cycleways and installing solar panels on public housing.

      From the discussion document at https://www.greens.org.nz/excess_profits_tax

    • Radical Alternative 1.2

      I'm not any kind of tax expert, but as I understand it, most NZ branches of foreign multinationals aren't making much profit on paper due to various tax avoidance schemes. Surely the goal should be to stop them doing that, instead of just imposing a barrier with an easy work around.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/top-multinationals-pay-almost-no-tax-in-new-zealand/MABUXPEGHISZWPEDKC3EWA7M6I/

  2. Waz 2

    This would help, but we need to go way further than that with taxes.

    Adjusting taxes progressively could do a lot to ease the cost of living crisis, address the shortfalls in health, housing, education and infrastructure, and even lower inflation if it was well balanced.

    We need to change the view that doing so would be political suicide. One way or another we all end up paying more for the cuts than we save. Somehow we need to get that through to people.

    I'm fairly certain Jacinda could have done it, but she didn't have the support she needed in Labour, and the moment has probably passed for at least a generation.

    • weka 2.1

      the Greens 2020 progressive tax policy. I'll add it to the post.

      https://www.greens.org.nz/progressive_tax_reform

      We need to change the view that doing so would be political suicide.

      Yep. Easiest way I can see is to increase the Green MPs next year and drag the Overton Window leftwards in the process. Biggest block I see to that is lefties trashing the Greens (for a range of reasons). If the left swung behind the Greens, the other obstacles like MSM and Nact scaremongering would be much easier to handle.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Various pundits such as Robert Reich from USA have long pointed out that monopolistic corporations use inflation as a cover to keep price gouging. And it is the same in NZ if you go anywhere near the supermarket duopoly or a building supply retailer, you will likely have the distinct feeling you are being ripped.

    I support the Greens raising this but really it will take a political movement outside Parliament as well to push seriously taking on the corporates. The Aussie Banks are major exporters–of hard working NZers money! via repatriated profits, as are various other corporate entities–it is time the employing class was given a big slap. “Trickle down” was exposed as bollocks years ago. CEOs must not believe their fortune that in NZ people still believe.

    Adrian Orr has little idea of class left politics and most of the NZ Labour Caucus do not either. Labour sits meekly accepting what mainstream economists burp out–“unemployment must rise for inflation to drop…” like hell it must!

    Fight for those Fair Pay Agreements, build union membership and public support for retiring the rotten Parliamentary neo liberal/monetarist consensus.

  4. It is never too late for an idea suitable for the times. A crisis should not enrich the few.

  5. Jack 5

    It’s called a win fall tax and copied from the Tories in the UK.

    Interesting alignment by the Greens with Tory policy.

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2022/05/26/cost-of-living-crisis-uk-slaps-windfall-tax-on-oil-and-gas-giants.html

  6. Maurice 6

    Thought that corporate profits were already taxed?

    Is this a proposal to further tax the remainder?

  7. Muttonbird 7

    This is probably the same thing but why can’t company tax be progressive like personal income tax, instead of flat like it is now?

    Reckon this would be an easier sell than a windfall or excess profit tax.

    • Hunter Thompson II 7.1

      A progressive company tax might invite the corporates to engage in even more creative accounting than they do now, so their books might show minimal profits to tax.

      And a flat company rate has the advantage of simplicity.

      Worth a look are the Tax Working Group papers from 2019. They considered options for the NZ tax system. See https://taxworkinggroup.govt.nz/

    • mikesh 7.2

      It would be better if corporate tax was set at zero, and all profits were paid to the shareholders as dividends. The latter could then pay the necessary tax at their own personal tax rates. It would save messing about with "imputation credits" and all that stuff.

  8. Mike the Lefty 8

    No doubt ACT (and probably National too) will come out against that because in their eyes there is no such thing as excessive profit.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    So, how is an "excess profit" defined?

    Is it just a case of saying "Shit, that's a big profit. How could that be justified? Lets tax it more".

    • arkie 9.1

      Economists have a concept of “normal” profit of firms and “excess” profits. Excess profits often can’t be justified by the nature of that business and their operation, and instead are the result of factors outside their control. When there are times of collective struggle – such as we’ve all faced over the pandemic – it is particularly concerning to see some businesses making excess profits, and particularly important that the benefits are shared.

      Methods used to calculate excess profit in other places where taxes have been applied include:

      1. Average earnings method: this involves a comparison of a company’s normal profit from the period immediately before the change of economic conditions that led to the excess profits, and their profit after the change in conditions. For example, this could be applied in New Zealand by looking at 2017-2019, before COVID-19, and then comparing that with profits made once COVID-19 hit in 2020-2022.
      2. Invested capital method: this involves looking at the return on equity or total assets and determining that any return above a certain percentage are excess profits. Different sectors historically have different levels of return, so there may need to be adjustments across different industries.

      The excess profits tax implemented in the United States in World War I and World War II allowed businesses to choose which method they wanted to apply. This is a potential option to ensure that businesses with different structures and lifespans are treated fairly – for example, to avoid penalising a business that has recently been established. It would also be possible to apply the tax only to businesses with revenue above a threshold amount.

      From the discussion document at https://www.greens.org.nz/excess_profits_tax

      • weka 9.1.1

        appreciate your link explaining Arkie, and it's helpful for others who don't have the time to read the whole document.

      • tsmithfield 9.1.2

        So, lets say a farmer has a great year, and makes "excess profit", should they be taxed more on that (bearing in mind that profits are taxed anyway), or should they be able to keep that profit at the standard tax level for that income, on the basis that next year they might have a terrible year, such as having all their crops wiped out by hail for instance.

        Such is the nature of business. It isn't a one-way bet.

        • arkie 9.1.2.1

          The proposal isn't to apply the tax to farmers:

          Applying the tax to specific sectors can help with administrative simplicity. Options for sectors in Aotearoa include those that have been making record profits during recent times and/or have significant issues with competitiveness.

          This could include:

          • Banks
          • Fuel companies
          • Supermarkets
          • Building products suppliers
          • Energy generators/retailers (‘gentailers’).

          These sectors have had the highest contribution to CPI inflation in New Zealand and have varying degrees of issues with market competitiveness. This means they are the greatest cause of the rising cost of living, with the least innovation gains justifying the high profits. All of these industries provide essential goods and services to people and so there is a public interest in ensuring excess profits are not being made.

          From the discussion document at https://www.greens.org.nz/excess_profits_tax

          It's not a long document, I'm sure it can answer a lot of questions you might have.

          • Poission 9.1.2.1.1

            Looks like a response paper,written by someone outside their level of skill,promulgating hobgoblins as a cause of inflation and profits rather then policy that has been a driver of supply shortages ( and cost inflation).

        • Stuart Munro 9.1.2.2

          I expect that excess profits would be defined by their lack of relation to products or services.

          So a farmer that had a good year defined by high production would not be affected, though conceivably the discovery of an unobtainium deposit on their land might.

          Unearned wealth, like that obtained by inflating interest rates or non-productive property values, would be an obvious target, while increasing value by developing productive (or ecological) value would ordinarily be exempt.

    • Jimmy 9.2

      My thoughts exactly, what is an excessive profit in your eyes, may not be to me.

      If I invest $5 million and make a profit of $100,000 ie. 2%, is that excessive? Is that my "normal profit" to be expected? If my profit next year is $200,000 or 4%, is that then excessive?

      What if someone is more efficient than me, and makes $250,000 profit off their $5m investment? Am I no longer excessive, but they are?

  10. tsmithfield 10

    Ok. I will have a look at the link when I get a chance to take the time to read it carefully.

    However, tt seems to me that those type of industries that have been identified are ones that could have limited competition (i.e. oligopolies), and hence higher profits as a result.

    So, a key component in ensuring that profits are fair is to ensure that there is adequate competition, and our rules allow for that. In that respect, I agree with some of the work the government has been doing to enable more competition in the supermarket sector.

    A general problem I see with the concept of taxing “excess profits”, is that firstly, the industries you have identified are critical to our economy. So, if taxes are perceived as too onerous, they may decide to exit the country. Such an effect could reduce competition, making the situation worse.

    Secondly, if this category of business is effectively an oligopoly, then their power in the market place would likely enable them to simply pass on the extra tax to consumers in the form of higher prices so their net position doesn't change. But the effect is that consumers are worse off.

    So, the answer seems to me is to find ways to encourage more competition in the market in areas where there are only a few major players.

    So far as energy generators are concerned, I have previously said in other posts that I think generation should be owned by the government since we are too small to justify multiple generation companies, and necessary strategic decisions are often outside the timeframe that commercial businesses would normally function under.

    • Poission 10.1

      So far as energy generators are concerned, I have previously said in other posts that I think generation should be owned by the government since we are too small to justify multiple generation companies

      Profits and costs to consumers here are very different beasts.The generators have absorbed 1.5b$ of carbon costs,with consumer cost changes mostly due to policy changes such as the removal of prompt payment discounts,and the increase to low user line charges.As both efficiency in household appliances,and usage there is little change over the last decade.

      As the system regulator noted.

      Energy affordability is a core pillar of the energy trilemma.
      Electrification is only likely to occur if electricity is affordable
      and competitive against other forms of energy.
      At a household level, the real average cost of electricity hasn’t
      changed much in the last decade: the average price per kWh
      decreased from $0.31 in 2012 to $0.30 in 2022. Over the same
      period, the average household consumption has fallen 4.6%. As
      of March 2022, the average household uses 7,261 kWh per year,
      down from 7,609 in 2012. Consequently, the real average
      household bill has also decreased and is now $2,194 per year – a
      reduction of 5.9% since 2012.

      However, whether these trends continue is uncertain: on 1 April
      2022, the Government announced the phase out of the low user
      fixed charge tariff.

      Genter is waffling there.

  11. Maurice 11

    Surely it would be far better to reduce the prices charged to consumers as any "excess Profits" have been torn out of their pockets. A tax providing more money for Government would become self reinforcing … they would never want less tax …….

    An excess profits tax would essentially be an extra tax on consumers who have already paid GST anyway and all the tax already levied on present profits. The Government also gets a dividend now if I remember correctly

    There is a local electricity trust dividend paid to consumers …. perhaps that could simply be increased?

    • Ad 11.1

      Indeed one wonders what the regulators are for, which include RBNZ, EA, and Commerce Commission. Plus the government reviews into supermarkets and fuel.

      Also that the government owns the near-monopoly airline, 1 of the banks, and majority holdings in several electricity generators. Printing money. So the government is already getting much of this profit back already as owner or part owner.

      Hate to think what happens to NZSuper or our Kiwibank accounts if this Green policy became part of coalition talks. Terrible now, would get far worse. Every 5% off a Kiwisaver is even more off a first home mortgage capacity.

  12. Jenny are we there yet 12

    "The Green Party has today put forward proposals to ensure large corporations profiteering from high inflation are taxed fairly and the money used to support people to make ends meet." Notices and Features

    My hat off to the Green Party for raising this issue and putting it in the ballot to be debated in parliament. and to Te Pati Maori for supporting them.

    A Labour Government and a Labour Party welded to neo-liberal economics, will fight to the death before they agree to anything like this.

    The voting public need hear the government's arguments for voting it down.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    One of the main problems with the “excess profit” proposal is it makes the tax system substantially more complex which dramatically increase the amount of churn.

    I think the answer is to make the tax system as flat and simple as possible. Ideally a completely flat tax system. Then use mechanisms similar to family support etc to return money to the needy to meet social objectives.

    The benefits of this type of concept is that the amount of churn is minimised which should mean more money available for social objectives.

    All that would be required would be to set the flat tax rate at a level that maximises tax revenue as per the Laffer curve. This approach will minimise churn and ensure the maximum amount of revenue is generated from the tax system.

    Then taxpayers can be compensated according to their need. This would likely mean needy are taxed more from the tax system, but correspondingly receive more back in terms of benefits etc. So they shouldn’t be worse off, and may even be better off, as, if more revenue is generated and less wasted, then there will be more available to distribute to the needy.

    Surely that would be a great result from a socialist perspective.

    • Jimmy 13.1

      Test for excessive profits:

      Did you work hard and earn a profit? If answer is Yes, that's excessive. Please send it to the government so they can re-distribute to some one who hasn't worked.

      • roy cartland 13.1.1

        Have you earned your profit, or abused the market and effectively stolen it? (If it's inflammatory, ideological soundbites time.)

        • Jimmy 13.1.1.1

          So as long as I have 'earned' my profit, and not abused the market (bit unsure about how you abuse the market) it's not excessive?

  14. mikesh 14

    First the Greens proposed a capital gains tax, but Winston foreclosed on that idea and JA said "no,no,no, not in my time as PM". Then they came up with the idea of a wealth tax, but Crusher, at the last election, said "we won't", so JA was forced to follow suit. Now they've come up with the idea of an excess profits tax. What will they come up with when this one is shelved. I think they have to wait for JA to lose power, so that thy can start the cycle all over again.

    • Poission 14.1

      The trouble is it is mostly bullshit,there is no excess pricing in the energy sector (electricity costs have decreased by 5.9% in real terms since 2012) and despite price gouging from the carbon tax.

      Banks since 2017 ( since labour has been in ) have seen an increase in profits by 1b dollars (all banks) the 20% rise in profits is against an inflation rate of 18.6% which sees the increase being around 3.3% compound interest over the same period.

      • Ad 14.1.1

        Well have the generators' costs gone up as fast as my power bill? I don't think so.

        In fact would anyone – even in MBIE – be able to interpret the logic behind an EA decision about a fair market price at any one point? I bet not even Molly Melhuish could.

        And I think both the EA and the gentailers like it that way.

        • Poission 14.1.1.1

          My power bill (excluding solar) has the unit cost the same as 2019,and a decrease in the fixed daily charge of 10%.Might pay to start managing your expenditure and costs.

          With solar my power bill will be around 250$ for the next 6 months,depending on weather conditions.

          Large generator costs has seen 1.5 billion of carbon costs,(since 2017) along with increased gas prices,and baseload hydro dependent on inflow ( with snow melt underway and high storage,along with large inflow this week) storage reserves should be satisfactory.

          MBIE has little modelling skills,EA is short of staff ( lots of information not being analysed ) and an emphasis on social modelling gaps,rather then the gaps between phase and neutral.

  15. Mat Simpson 15

    ” The Green Party says many supermarkets, fuel retailers, power companies, and banks are not paying their fair share of tax.

    The party’s finance spokesperson Julie Anne Genter has called for a new windfall tax on excess profits made by major corporations.

    “Right now, as thousands of kids go hungry, supermarkets are raking in an excess profit of more than $1 million per day. As people struggle to pay the mortgage and their rent, Australian-owned banks are making record profits of over $6 billion. As tamariki go to sleep shivering, energy companies are generating eye-watering profits.

    “And yet, having done nothing to earn it, nearly every dollar of excess corporate profit is going straight into the padded pockets of shareholders and corporate executives – rather being shared amongst all of us. This simply isn’t right.

    Adern and Robertson predictably respond like only a neo liberal New Labour party could.

    Both Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson have said they did not favour a windfall tax.

    Ardern told Morning Report that most countries that have introduced windfall taxes have large oil and gas companies which were reaping the benefits of high energy prices at present.

    However, Genter said it was surprising that Robertson would not support a fair way to raise more revenue.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/477751/windfall-tax-needed-to-rein-in-excess-profits-of-major-corporates-greens

  16. Jenny are we there yet 16

    If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to here it, does it make a sound?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/130339742/government-goes-silent-on-big-tax-debate-6-months-after-promising-consultations

    Our health service is crippled.

    Families are suffering through a cost of living crisis

    Supermarkets and banksters are making record windfall profits

    Now more than ever the government need to be forced to debate windfall tax in parliament.

  17. Jenny are we there yet 17

    Tax the rich, say the rich:

    …..But some millionaires want to pay more tax – to reduce inequality and pay to fix society's biggest problems.

    "I can tell you I'm not spending more money when I'm getting richer and richer and richer," said Djaffar Shalchi, an entrepreneur from Denmark.

    "I eat three times a day I have to have clothes and so on, but the wealth is just accumulated. And we can see that the last four decades it has been extreme.

    "Under COVID, it has opened everybody's eyes that something has to address that problem."

    The founder of Millionaires for Humanity, a network of wealthy people who advocate for raising taxes on wealthy people, he points to Norway – which has long had a wealth tax – and newly-passed imposts in Argentina and Bolivia…..

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-02/the-millionaires-who-want-to-pay-more-tax/100586728

    Is Jim Bolger to the Left of Prime Minister Ardern on tax justice?

    When some millionaires are asking us to tax them more, Why are Labour only listening to the most venal of them? It leaves you wondering.

    Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger backs letter calling for tax on rich

    Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is backing calls for taxes on the rich to be raised, saying the wealthy need to help pay for New Zealand's COVID-19 recovery.

    "The tax system is totally unbalanced," Bolger says, "and the multibillionaires, and the billionaires, and the millionaires are all not paying their fair share of taxes."…

    …..

    "The tax system is totally unbalanced," Bolger says, "and the multibillionaires, and the billionaires, and the millionaires are all not paying their fair share of taxes."

    His comments come after some of New Zealand's richest residents signed a letter urging governments across the world to raise taxes for the wealthy.

    The Millionaires for Humanity letter was organised by the United States group The Patriotic Millionaires, and says that while they aren't essential workers with frontline skills, "we do have money, lots of it.

    "We ask our governments to raise taxes on people like us. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently," the letter continues.

    The letter has been signed by The Warehouse Group founder Sir Stephen Tindall and Hire Things founder Peter Torr Smith…..

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/07/former-prime-minister-jim-bolger-backs-letter-calling-tax-on-rich.html

    Why doesn't the government listen to these guys?

    We need to hear their reasons.

  18. Jenny are we there yet 18

    Sponsor a multinational

    The Greens are being way too hard on our poor multinational banks and supermarket duopoly.

    They need all the support from government they can get.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI9Xl1maKzQ

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  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    2 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    2 days ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    3 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    4 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    6 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    7 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    1 week ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    1 week ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    1 week ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    1 week ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Todd Stephenson) Goods and Services Tax (Removing GST From Food) Amendment Bill (Rawiri Waititi) Income Tax (ACC Payments) Amendment Bill (Hamish Campbell) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    1 week ago

  • Minister attending Australian data, digital meeting
    Minister for Digitising Government Judith Collins is in Sydney to attend the first Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting of 2024.  “This is a great opportunity to connect with our Australian counterparts and identify how we can work together on digital transformation,” Ms Collins says.   “Both our nations are looking into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Appointments to Antarctica New Zealand Board
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appointed Leon Grice and Heather Simpson to serve on the Antarctica New Zealand board.  “Since taking office, the Coalition Government has become concerned about the direction of the Scott Base Redevelopment Project,” Mr Peters says.  “It is vital that Antarctica New Zealand has the right ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Strengthening the Single Economic Market
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis has met with Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers to discuss the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.     “I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government to address business payment practices
    The Government will repeal the Business Payment Practices Act 2023, Small Business and Manufacturing Minister Andrew Bayly announced today. “There is a major problem with large market players imposing long payment terms and routinely paying invoices late. “However, the Business Payment Practices Act is not an effective solution and would ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Greater focus on work will reduce child poverty
    Worsening child poverty rates support the Coalition Government’s focus on reducing the cost of living and getting people into work, Child Poverty Reduction Minister Louise Upston says. Figures released by Stats NZ today show child poverty rates have increased, with the rising cost of living, driven by inflation, making it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • NZ announces new support for Ukraine
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins have marked two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by announcing further support and sanctions, and extending our military assistance. “Russia launched its illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter,” Mr Peters says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Finance Minister to meet Australian Treasurer
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis will travel to Australia today to meet her Australian counterpart, Treasurer Jim Chalmers.    “New Zealand and Australia have an incredibly strong trade and investment relationship. The Closer Economic Relations and Single Economic Market are powerful engines for growth on both sides of the Tasman.     “I will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
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    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
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