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Guest post: Eva Hartshorn-Sanders for Senior Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, August 3rd, 2016 - 67 comments
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The Standard’s authors have offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. Eva Hartshorn-Sanders has been nominated for the position of Senior Vice President.

lprent: Note that, like all campaign for party position posts, this post will be fully moderated to prevent excessive trolling. So expect delays before your comments appear.

Every morning when I check the news I see another reason why we need a Labour-led Government; why we need to win in 2017.  There is serious underfunding in education, health and the public services we rely on.  Teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers and others working in the public service are undervalued, over-worked and under-paid.  Schools need a serious boost in their operations’ budgets and kids need smaller class sizes.  Patients aren’t getting the operations that they need and too many are being fobbed off from even getting onto a waiting list, let alone seeing a specialist.  Workers are increasingly vulnerable and the Government is doing nothing to solve the holiday back-pay debacle.

I’m part of a generation facing the sharp end of National’s poor government. They’ve let young people down by not keeping house prices affordable, by introducing youth rates and the 90 day fire at will trials, and by limiting access to higher education and apprenticeships.  I finally finished paying my student loan off a couple of years ago in my early 30s.  I want the next generation to be able to follow their passions and start their careers without the albatross of debt around their neck.

But first we have to win!  And to do this, we have to work as part of a broader movement.  Labour is the leading opposition party in Parliament and our MPs and staff work incredibly hard to make a difference there.  As a Party, we also need to make sure that we hear the voices of those outside of Wellington.  We need a Party that is well-connected to its members and the wider public.  We all have networks and connections that we can tap into, and we need to start having those conversations now; listening to what people care about and understanding what needs to happen.

This is how we build a 2017 strategy that motivates our grassroots on core issues and inspires the next generation of voters who are looking towards a future with greater opportunity and security. Next generation politics for Labour requires courage and a collective agenda to achieve prosperity!

eva uk protestThe more we reach out, the more power we can build as a movement and the more change, good change, we can make together.  Building these bridges, bringing Labour Party members, supporters, and other progressive New Zealanders together, that’s crucial to winning.  Not just winning for its own sake but winning meaningfully, with a real mandate to make progressive change for all Kiwis; whether it’s building state houses or 26 weeks’ paid parental leave, or three years’ free tertiary study and a boost to apprenticeships for young people, supported by a real investment in careers advice at school.

I decided to stand for Senior Vice President because I want to step up what I’m already doing to help Labour through the election and after we win.  It’s not a glamorous role. It’s about good governance, focused on strategy, policy, campaigning, understanding electoral regulations and identifying risk.  The SVP needs to have a national focus, identify and solve problems before they become an issue, and have strong relationships with all parts of the Party to make sure we’re on the same page.  It means working effectively as part of a team, campaigning and fundraising leading into the election – supported by the Fraser House team, who are the experts in this area.  And it means building our network of supporters outside the Party so that we have the momentum to win.

I grew up in Hawke’s Bay and went to a low-decile high school with a big Māori and Pasifika population.  Those formative years helped to cement my strong sense of social justice, the need to address inequality, the need for a partnership approach and inclusiveness – not just because it’s the right and fair thing to do but because, in a post-settlement New Zealand, Māori will play a major role in shaping our future and Labour must be partners in that.

Workers’ rights are important to me. Throughout University, I volunteered at the Workers’ Rights Service – a not-for-profit organisation that provides free employment advice and advocacy for workers who don’t have access to a union; and I continue to train new advocates of this service.

I also remember how vulnerable I was in my first few jobs as a young person, when I found out that I was being paid under the minimum wage or less than guys doing the same job, or when I had split shifts and was told to come back a few hours later when they would be busy again.  I now work for a trade union and I’m a member of E tū, Labour’s largest affiliate.  I’m a member of the National Affiliates Council (the governing body for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions) and Co-Convenor for the CTU Women’s Council.

eva tim electionI have worked in law, policy, campaigning and organising.  This includes nine years working in Government in NZ, two years as a senior legal and political adviser for the (Labour) Leader of the Opposition in the UK House of Lords, private practice and now at the PPTA as a public and employment lawyer.  As part of my job, I travel the country speaking to union members about the issues that are important to them, in their schools and communities.  I have strong links with women throughout the country through my pro bono work for the National Council of Women and the New Horizons for Women Trust.  I have governance experience as a Board member of New Horizons, focussed on governance, policy, sponsors and donors, audit and risk, and for the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme, where I helped to ensure that members were able to access their whole pension for the purposes of their first home loan.

Over the past four years I’ve been doing my bit for Labour by providing constitutional and legal policy advice to NZ Council and Fraser House.  This includes writing the Labour leadership election rules and helping to run that process twice as the Deputy Returning Officer, providing advice to the Party, candidates and campaign managers through the General Election period, helping to run the selection process and campaign for the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election, and co-authoring the plain-English rewrite and recent amendments to the Labour Party’s Constitution.  I’ve also had my fair share working at the grassroots level, knocking on doors, phoning voters, putting up signs, donating prizes and attending fundraisers.

Unity is more than just an accommodation. It’s about being properly and actively inclusive of all of Labour’s people. We are the Party that has always fought for the rights of all New Zealanders and I believe we are the Party that represents everything that is good about New Zealand and its progressive beliefs.

That’s why, when I decided to stand for SVP, I met with as many parts of Labour as I could and asked what they wanted from the SVP and if they would support me. And it’s why I have nominations from around the country including Hauraki-Waikato, Christchurch East, the Rongotai Women’s Branch in Wellington, and Botany LEC in Auckland. The most important thing we can do as a movement is to look after each other and listen to each other. That’s how we make things better, and that’s why I’m standing for SVP.

The vote for SVP takes place at this year’s Annual Conference in Auckland in November.  If you or your LEC would like to talk to me about this before then, then flick me an email at Labouroflove2016@gmail.com.  I really appreciate all the support you can give and am always here for a chat if you have any questions.

67 comments on “Guest post: Eva Hartshorn-Sanders for Senior Vice President”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Thanks for this Eva.

    And well done on your work on the party’s constitution. I was a very keen observer and I thought the work done was top notch.

    A question for you. How do we make the party more attractive to young people? When I look overseas at the types of movements and the number of young people rallying behind Corbyn in the UK and Sanders in the US I keep thinking that in Aotearoa we need to be doing a bit better. Any thoughts?

  2. Eva 2

    Hi Micky.

    I think that young people are really passionate about different issues and are looking to become more active politically in a meaningful way. Democracy is critical. Young people want to be able to have a say in important decisions. To feel like their membership is important and that they are contributing towards a bigger goal.

    It’s one of the reasons that the Labour Leadership election changes were so popular. I travelled around the country going to different hustings while I was helping to run these and there was such a buzz. Hearing what different candidates valued, what the important issues were, and what changes they wanted to make. We saw a massive jump in membership through this period and we need to continue to look for more ways of making politics fun and engaging.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Thanks. Good answer! I agree that the leadership hustings were very important and empowering. Participatory democracy is very important.

      BTW is Bernie a relative?

  3. Ad 3

    Sounds like an excellent addition.

    I mean knock yourself out, but what a tough path for a talented and experienced operative.

    Wouldn’t you be better as an MP rather than in all this thankless back room drudgery?

    • Eva 3.1

      I like the governance work that’s involved in this role – looking at strategy, assessing risk, legal policy / constitutional work – that’s where I feel like I can add value to the work of the Party – being part of that team. (And I love my current job).

      • Ad 3.1.1

        No problem.

        Commitment to a union and to Labour is nothing but honorable in this shrinking civic realm. So all power to you.

        But if you ever get bored, fed up, burnt, or want to stretch your legs, leftie governance types are freaking rare here in Auckland. And there’s great projects to work on.

  4. lprent 4

    I‘ve also had my fair share working at the grassroots level…

    So I’m surprised that I don’t see a mention in your post of the two really big issues that I see for both the president and vice-presidential roles.

    Strategies for raising money and increasing membership.

    The parliamentarians are meant to be focusing on their paid role as a parliamentary services employee. ie focusing on their constituencies and their representational duties.

    The general secretary is paid to run the mechanics of the party like getting current members to stay members, and using funds wisely.

    Both can be used for helping to get the wherewithal to run a political party. But only the presidential roles have the responsibility to maintain the party into the future. Part of that are the constitutional duties. But a large part is figuring out how to make sure the party itself survives.

    Perhaps you’d care to expound on where you see yourself in those set of duties?

    • Eva 4.1

      Hi IPrent

      I think everyone has a part to play in building those networks and having conversations about Labour values and policies – think it would be a bit rough to leave it all to the MPs – so having a strong network on a national level is important for this role and being able to get out and around the country is also important so that we stay connected as a Party.

      Re the constitutional duties – I was one of the co-authors of the plain English rewrite of the constitution and continue to provide support in this area as the Party makes changes and NZ Council needs advice.

      Building membership is an important part of our future. I think we need to continue to modernise the Party and its structures, to make sure that we all have a place within in it to be active and to have a voice.

      Re the fundraising aspect – I would be one in a team that will be implementing the fundraising strategy from Fraser House, taking expert advice from professional staff. But I have some experience in this area running events for PPTA, NCW and the New Horizons for Women Trust, including working with sponsors and donors portfolio

  5. Colonial Viper 6

    Hi Eva. Could you please explain your perspective on the Corbyn leadership phenomenon in the UK Labour Party and why he has attracted so many new members to the party.

    • Eva 6.1

      I think he has really made politics relevant to people again. He’s very human as a person and his values shine through – what he stands for, how he votes. He’s rejected the Blairite model and has engaged with people that felt let down by the system. The policies he’s promoting are ones that people want – not just for the 1%.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Thanks a lot for your comprehensive reply.

      • Wayne 6.1.2

        I was at a NZIAA meeting last week where Andrew Little was giving a keynote address on Labours foreign policy. Actually it was a pretty good speech. In reply to a question from the floor from someone who obviously liked Corbyn, Andrew Little said Jeremy Corbyn had failed as a Leader and that he should go. I presumed he meant that Corbyn should resign.

        • te reo putake 6.1.2.1

          Seems unlikely, Wayne. I suspect you may have missed the words “Some people say …”.

          • Wayne 6.1.2.1.1

            I was there. I heard Andrew Little say it as his opinion. I must say I was surprised, because I would have expected him to use something like you have suggested. But he didn’t.
            Audrey Young reported it.

            • te reo putake 6.1.2.1.1.1

              Where did she report it, Wayne? I’ve just checked her Herald articles and twitter feed. Can’t see anything so far.

              Edit, found it.

              “Asked by a member of the audience about British Labour, Little said the party needed a unifying leader “and it’s pretty clear to me that Jeremy Corbyn isn’t that.”

              Not quite your recollection, but in the same ballpark, I guess.

        • Eva 6.1.2.2

          I think we have a great foreign policy in the Labour Party. I walked in the march opposing the Iraq War and I’m really glad that Helen decided not to be involved and that Andrew came out so strongly saying that it was time for our troops to come home. Would be interested to read his speech. Is there a link to it you can share?

          The UK Labour party is going through its own leadership election cycle now, so it will be up to all three constituent parts: Party members, MPs and union members to decide who they have confidence in as their Party leader. The power of democracy. 🙂

  6. Hi Eva,

    It’s great to see someone with your passion and level of experience going for this SVP role. I agree that we need to find a way to get more young people involved. I thought that perhaps having youth ‘ambassadors’ strategically working on social media might be one way, but how do we reach out to youth who are really disenfranchised?

    • Eva 7.1

      Young people need to feel taken seriously like all voters. They don’t want to be talked down to by older generations so we need to foster young leaders and activists and genuinely share power with them if we want them to engage.

  7. Patrick Leyland 8

    Hi Eva

    Thanks for your post.

    One thing you didn’t mention is what you would actually do if elected. Can you please elaborate?

    • Eva 8.1

      Hi Patrick.

      Thanks for your message. The Senior Vice President position sits on NZ Council and is part of the governance team. From working with NZ Council over the past four years, there is a lot of policy, legal and strategic decisions that they will be making going forward – and I would be able to bring my skills to help as part of this core work. Important decisions going forward relate to the selection of candidates and the list selection work as part of the Moderating Committee – I understand this process from helping to run the Ikaroa-Rawhiti bi-election selection process and working on the drafting with Roger Palairet for the recent constitutional amendments.

      Some of this has been answered above – networking is important for campaigning, fundraising, and membership growth. I also think the SVP has an important role for staying in touch with members and working with caucus. The links and connections are important.

      Hope that helps clarify? Hope you’re enjoying Australia and keep up the good fight.

      Best wishes
      Eva

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2

      The duties of a senior vice president would be a good guess, I expect.

      What would you do if elected?

      • Eva 8.2.1

        Hi One Anonymous Bloke.

        I would do the whole job if elected. Because it’s general election year it will be a two year appointment under the Constitution, so it is important to be nimble and respond to the needs of fundraising,strategy and campaigning through election year with time for longer term objectives afterwards. There are important legal / constitutional issues throughout this 2 year period.

    • Eva 9.1

      Thanks Deborah! Am going to take that as a super high compliment as it’s come from from you! x

  8. adam 10

    HI Eva thanks for the post I’m going to ask six questions – three nice,

    1. Do you see yourself bringing gender and/or age balance to the upper reaches of the party?

    2. If you could get one piece of legislation through the house what would it be?

    3. Are you looking forward to the role?

    and three not so nice,

    4. Can you work with the Greens, or are they all icky?

    5. You seem to be a careerist political type, do you think you have enough experience outside of politics to bring to the role?

    6. What is more important, power or doing the right thing?

    I have no problem with yes no answers, and best of luck in the vote.

    • Eva 10.1

      Hi Adam

      Thanks for your post. 😉

      1 – Yes. I think it’s important to have diversity of views / backgrounds of people in governance roles. All of the leading evidence shows that Boards do better when this is the case – they can better assess risk and make informed decisions. We should be able to have a good debate internally to reach a good decision.

      2 – Only one piece! Man, that’s hard… I would like to see major changes to employment law. I think that jobs are one of the areas that many kiwis care about and are connected with in some way and there needs to be a rebalancing of the rights of workers – more paid parental leave, no dodgy probation periods, a living wage so that people can live in dignity, and secure work. I also think we should get rid of charter schools and invest that money back into the public system rather than profit for businesses.

      3 – Yes. Both nervous and excited about the chance to do this role.

      4 – Yes. I can definitely work with the Greens. They have some great people involved. I really love the work that Jan Logie is doing, trying to push for paid leave for the purposes of dealing with the effects of domestic violence. This is such an important intervention that can help and I wish the Government would pick her member’s bill up as a policy and run with it – make a positive difference. Also – working with the Greens – that’s the reality of a MMP Government, which we know Kiwis wanted and voted to keep.

      5 – A careerist political type? That’s interesting. Lots of experience. I had my first job at the age of 11 delivering pamphlets – that has to be useful for this role, right? I have worked in all sorts of jobs through my life – if that’s the sort of thing you were asking about? Burger King “maintenance man” in 2000, cafe assistant, retail work, working at a creche, multiple babysitting jobs, Judo coach at Camp America (CCUSA), government, politics, union. And I do NGO work for fun – not really that political – unless you want it to be.

      6 – Doing the right thing – clearly. But it’s also important to get into power to do that. Communication about why you doing the right thing, and bringing people with you, is key to this.

      Did I pass?

      • adam 10.1.1

        You mentioned the hard working, but mostly forgotten MP Jan Logie. Which means I hope you win.

        And good to see you are think about interconnectedness of issues. We need more of that.

        My only criticism, you are another moderate. But I’ll take a leaf out of Ad’s book, and be happy with some progress.

        Again, best of luck.

  9. Jenny Kirk 11

    Hullo Eva
    Good to see you taking advantage of The Standard’s offer to make yourself known to us, and good to see you taking up the challenge to become Senior Vice-President.
    Good luck,
    Jenny

  10. I wish you all the best with your endeavours, thanks for posting.

  11. weston 13

    hi Eva
    to what extent do you think dirty politics is still practiced by the present government

  12. Honey Heemi 14

    Kia ora, Eva

    I have enjoyed the bedside read😀

  13. Chris 15

    Hi Eva, was that photo on the clifftop taken on the East Coast? Looks like the Mahia Peninsula?

    • Eva 15.1

      Hi Chris. It’s actually from Dover in the UK from when I was working for the Labour Party over there. A rugged piece of coastline like we have here at home. Growing up in HB, I love being close to the sea. 🙂

  14. Stuart Munro 16

    Lots of luck Eva – but you’ve got your work cut out.

    Real joblessness in NZ is approaching 40% of the working age population – pretty much the same as Australia.

    It’s going to take a lot of creative policy and sustained effort to improve those numbers.

    I hope too that you’ll give some thought to procedures for jailing the corrupt members of the current government. Long overdue.

  15. Chris 17

    Hi Eva.

    Labour supported the government’s last legislative attack on the poor in the Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Act 2014 and is set to support the government again in the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill which does a whole bunch of nasty things like throw entitlement into regulations so that if people don’t fit the tightly prescribed criteria there’s nothing the law can do regardless of need – a change that’s consistent with how ACC currently works but which is a silly change when you realise that welfare requires flexibility to ensure a safety net is maintained.

    Do you agree with Labour’s approach to benefits over recent years? Has, in your view, Labour changed in any way in its approach to social welfare benefits? Do you think Labour’s in any way apologetic about what it’s done and has somehow seen the light?

    Labour axed the special benefit in 2004 and did other horrible things in it’s 2007 amendment Act. Is Labour sorry for this, too? Or do you think we should expect more of the same if Labour becomes the government?

  16. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster) 18

    Congratulations, Eva – you managed to not mention the dreaded ‘socialism’ word at all in your address. Nat-lite?

    • Doogs 18.1

      Oh for god’s sake, go chase your own bum, and when you have finished doing that go read the article again with your eyes open!

      • Leftie 18.1.1

        +1 Doogs.

      • Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster) 18.1.2

        I did read her address carefully. Social justice is not the same as socialism.

        In fact, I agree with everything she said – but would still like the Labour Party to unashamedly avow itself a party of the socialist left.

        IMO, the time for trying to be a centrist party and appeal to the middle class is nearly over. What this country needs is a Jeremy Corbyn – and the party structure to back him or her up.

  17. Doogs 19

    Excellent post Eva. It says all the things I believe in. I really enjoyed reading, and I’m going to read it again to get even more out of it.

    All the things you espouse are vital for the real progress of our little nation. We don’t need this top-down rubbish being handed out daily by this do-nothing government. They lie, brow-beat, deny, obfuscate, etc, etc . . . which brings me to my point –

    These awful people will, and have already, stoop/stooped to such low low levels of attack that it is clear they are prepared to hold on to power at any price. I am really concerned that we don’t have the firepower to beat them. I keep reading posts like yours and speeches by Andrew and they are all on message. They make sense, they are about people, they show a way forward which is inclusive and they have real answers to problems which are long overdue for fixing. And what do we get from the other side? Half answers, no answers, distractions, shit logic and a host of other stuff which has the non-thinkers nodding their heads and saying “I’ll vote for that”.

    What do we have against the evil, serpentine machinations of a nasty and abusive government which cares nothing for the average man, which actively wrenches rights away from those in need? And then says – Labour did it too.

    I worry hugely about how we counter the scheming right. They have the supporters, they have the money, they have the resources that Labour struggles to achieve. We need a few king hits to send them reeling, but I don’t see it happening.

    I am hugely embarrassed by the actions of this government and I am ashamed to say I am a NZer. Don’t get me started on Trump, but he espouses many of the same ideas as our Natzi lot. The only difference is he is a lot more overt about it.

    Please tell me Eva that Labour has a plan to counter the antics of National. They need to be shamed and blamed on a lot of fronts, and I’m sorry, but I don’t see it happening.

    • Garibaldi 19.1

      Doogs — very good comments. I would just like to add to them by bringing up the role of the media in maintaining the popularity of these lying bastards in power now.

      • Leftie 19.1.1

        Very true Garibaldi.

      • Doogs 19.1.2

        Totally. MSM has a lot to answer for. Where is the probing, the fact checking, the analysing. Are so many of them just lazy, or (shock horror) are they bought in some way? Oh, then of course, there’s the “You say that again and I’ll . . . .”

    • Leftie 19.2

      I second that Doogs. Great post.

  18. Im right 20

    it seems everyone in labour (uk and nz) or basically the left in general (bernie in usa) are appealling to the youth, and yet the labour front bench have mp’s there that were there when you were in nappies or not long out of them. Do you think labour needs a good clean out of the ‘oldies’ and fresh young talent brought in? (ohh and im not expecting the ‘but they all have so much experience and wisdom to give…they have been there for 3 election defeats now and probably #4 next year)

  19. Philj 21

    I would like to support Labour, but like many others, I suspect, have lost trust in our democracy. Fooled one too many times.The youth possibly don’t realise that it was Labour, via Douglas, that fast tracked neo liberal policies for NZ. We haven’t recovered from that. Sure the western world was taken over by this ideology. Labour in NZ, lead the way. Betrayal comes to mind.

  20. Rob 22

    Good luck
    It is great to see youth getting involved in our future
    I remember being at a meeting that Ron Trotter told us in1990 that we could no longer
    Afford free university education
    Both he and I and probably many others there had got one. Speaks volumes!
    I always recall the message that history repeats and we need to learn from it and not repeat its mistakes.
    We are a society of many generations and need to embrace them all as they all can teach us lessons
    As such the most important lesson is to equip the next generation to be better than the last, education must be the prime feature to ensures our future as a robust society
    I hope you bring that vitality to your next role

    • Leftie 22.1

      +1 r0b.

    • Eva 22.2

      Thanks Rob. I hope so too!

      I feel equally committed to education and what that can do to transform a person’s / family’s life. It’s why I work for PPTA and am a trustee for New Horizons.

      • Doogs 22.2.1

        Yep, good comment. However I have a few things that the Labour Party needs to do when it gets into power. In fact, not needs, absolutely bloody well has to do to salvage some credibility in the education arena.

        Here’s my list, and it is by no means exhaustive –

        1. Abolish charter schools and put that money where it will do more good – in the state school system, where we still lead the world in innovation and skill development.

        2. In crease bulk grants to schools where they are actually able to fund the programmes that are important for THEIR children.

        3. Completely rid the idea of bulk funding teacher salaries from the agenda.

        4. Fund special needs education full to allow for the very specific needs of a growing number of children, and idea the criteria for inclusion in these programmes.

        5. Pay teacher aides and support workers in schools a lot more to reflect the level of input they have into special needs programmes.

        6. Get rid of the rigid criteria that the MOE is currently using to und schools’ building programmes e.g. insisting on new buildings being MLEs (Modern Learning Environments – so called).

        7. Getting rid of CoL (Communities of Learning), which is really the IES in drag. Allow schools to develop their own groupings as and when needs arise.

        8. Pay teachers more. If I was in a classroom today I would earn about $58,000 annually, another $3500 if I was a senior teacher in charge of a team, about $70,000 if I was a DP or AP and around $100,000 as a principal (all average figures).

        Comment: I spoke recently with a medical doctor who runs a practice, and he said that a doctor starting with him would begin on $200,000.

  21. Leftie 23

    All the best Eva Hartshorn-Sanders, I’m very impressed. You’re an asset to the Labour party and have no doubts that you will do an awesome job. Hope you win it.

  22. Paul Facoory 24

    I assume a unifying leader of the British Labour Party is one who will revert back to the failed Labour policies of the past? From my extensive reading on the subject Jeremy Corbyn has been undermined in every quarter by the “Blair” faction which is still very strong in the Labour Party. This is the dishonest, “intellectual” side of the Party which is just another part of the “establishment” – a gentler form of the Conservative Party. The British Labour Party does not need a unifying leader. They need to unify around the leader and this may be impossible no matter who the leader is.

    Corbyn comes from a completely different philosophical base than the Blairits. In my view he is more compatible to Labours true roots. Labour movements all over the world (including NZ) have an identity crises, They seem to have lost their heart to be radical and different from the mainstream and can only seem to embrace policies that will not deliver anything else but mediocrity and middle of the road. That may have been good enough in the past 20 years but in the coming years of financial and social turmoil it won’t cut it!

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    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    7 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
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