Happy tax cut day?

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, April 1st, 2009 - 58 comments
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The tax cuts that National are implementing today are more generous to high income earners, and less generous to low income earners, than the tax cuts that they cancelled (Labour’s already legislated for package, see for example here, here, here and here). That’s business as usual for National, stiffing those with genuine need to take care of the already well off. In some ways it’s water under the electoral bridge.

But the story is far from over. Recall that National’s tax cuts were going to be not “North of $15”, the figure that is implemented today, but “North of $50”. This promise was repeated even in the context of the emerging economic crisis. To meet this promise two further rounds of tax cuts are scheduled for 2010 and 2011.

None of these tax cuts are affordable in the face of the ongoing crisis and the ballooning budget deficit. Now that they have won the election National has begun softening us up to cancel the 2010 and 2011 tax cuts. Expect to see more of this softening up in the months ahead.

Apart from a few greedy die hards, National will be praised for its “realism” when it cancels the cuts. But the chorus of praise will come from many of the same “commentators” who leapt aboard the mindless bandwagon that made tax cuts the defining issue of the last two elections. Labour was incessantly berated for its caution in holding off on cuts for so long. It should be obvious by now that this was realism on Labour’s part. While National has to respond to an obvious crisis, Labour was planning ahead for these hard times. That is why NZ is currently so well placed to weather the economic storm (according to Treasury, the IMF, and even National). It may get bad, but it won’t get nearly as bad as it would have if Labour (thanks Dr Cullen) hadn’t planned ahead.

58 comments on “Happy tax cut day? ”

  1. roger nome 1

    Any comment David Farrar? The leader of the mindless “tax cut! tax cut! tax cat! brigade. I don’t suppose that you will now be praising Cullen for running his prudent counter-cyclical fiscal policy? Not a chance hey. Jerk.

    • jtuckey 1.1

      Indeed – twas a pity though that while prudently paying down public debt a great deal of money was also pissed away mindlessly.

      • aj 1.1.1

        Even ex treasury and ACT man Greame Scott thinks there is very little room for cuts in government expenditure.
        The phrase ‘a great deal of money was also pissed away mindlessly’ is a good sound bite but the truth is the money saved on the sort of things the right hates would only deliver tax cuts in the cents.

  2. BLiP 2

    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Thanks National.

    • Monty 2.1

      Bugger the poor – they probably would not have any idea how to improve their lot in life regardless of how much of my hard earned money they receive – This country for too long has given the poor a feathered bed to lie in. The poor (read beneficary classes) have sucked at the tit of the middle classes for too long.

      National will give them a wake up call and get them out of bed and into accepting responsibility for themselves.

      The Middle classes have been bled dry for nine long years. A good thing that National are here to look after thos people – no wonder the Nats are leading labour in most polls by about 2:1

      • BLiP 2.1.1

        Most of the poor are superannuants. You would have have these people sent back to work? Also, over the last nine years the number of people on other benefits reduced to record low levels. In the four months under National the number of people on benefits has doubled. National has no intention of reducing the numbers on a benefit because overseas big business has told Key that a labour shortage is not good for the bottom line; far better to have a pool of unemployed on the benefit rather than pay proper wages. Its in the best interest of business that the number of poor be increased and that the middleclass pay them the benefit.

        Your wee rant is borderline psychotic.

      • Snail 2.1.2

        been posted has our snail..
        what follows is truly deserved..
        to monty under separate ‘cover’, as it were

        • ripp0 2.1.2.1

          monty,

          keep it up olde chap.. you’re running smack into the fate a single click on my blog above sets out.. clear as clear..

  3. Gustavo Trellis 3

    Why are you lauding Cullen for reducing government debt during prosperous times when Labour saw no problems in increasing it if they won the next term (and rode National to town after the Nats said they would do it?) You want to talk about the rich getting richer? Should I bust out my tried and true statistic – 12% of the working population pay 51% of the tax take. I’m not in favour of the blanket tax cut approach that most righties take, but I think there’s a compelling argument for examining how tax is collected. Either a more progressive stepped system to take into account lower earners (similar to Australia) or a much simpler, flatter structure with much more severe penalties surrounding evasion. Either way, the current system is broken.

    • BLiP 3.1

      Your tried and true statistic simply reflects that 10 percent of the population have 90 percent of the wealth – until that disparity is evened out, the fruits of production, and the corresponding ability to pay tax, will continue to fall in favour of the wealthy few.

      John Key – the man who so loved the underclass he made it bigger.

    • r0b 3.2

      Should I bust out my tried and true statistic – 12% of the working population pay 51% of the tax take

      Yes and in other news:

      Wealth holdings in New Zealand are highly concentrated, with the wealthiest 10% of the population holding over 50% of total wealth and the bottom half of the population holding less than 3%.

      • Gustavo Trellis 3.2.1

        So what? People who have more money have more wealth? Jesus christ, call the something department. That disparity is something that will take a lot of work, and the country would be better for it if wasn’t there. But there are other things we can do first. For instance, even more regressive than GST is the punitive taxes on secondary incomes, which affects lower income earners, students and anyone else who pulls more than one job to get by. It sickens me that neither party felt this was important enough to address, and no longer makes any sense for a country that wants to be more productive.

        • BLiP 3.2.1.1

          We agree:

          That disparity is something that will take a lot of work, and the country would be better for it if wasn’t there

          But what does National do? It puts in place policies that cement the existing disparity and accelerate its ill effects. That is the point of the post.

        • TightyRighty 3.2.1.2

          hear hear, the most important tax cut of all should be to the secondary income rate, second most important, creating a tax free base income of $10k, not through credits or returns or effective tax rates. just a straight tax kick in point for everyone of $10k

        • r0b 3.2.1.3

          People who have more money have more wealth? Jesus christ, call the something department.

          And similarly, with respect to your original “tried and true statistic”: People who have more wealth pay more tax? Jesus christ, call the something department.

          • Gustavo Trellis 3.2.1.3.1

            Wealth and income are very different things. A higher income is logically tied to an accumulation of wealth, but it is possible to be asset rich and cash poor.

  4. Is this a bob each way? Tax cuts are bad, evil tools of rich pricks and simultaneously won’t it be terrible if National cancel the next lot?

    Make up your mind.

    • r0b 4.1

      The post doesn’t argue that it will be terrible if the cuts are cancelled: “None of these tax cuts are affordable in the face of the ongoing crisis and the ballooning budget deficit.”

  5. Bill 5

    Stuff the tax cuts, or lack thereof! Move on.

    The simple and obvious rebalancing act is simply strident demands for higher wages.

    But for that to happen, unions as well as others have to stop buying into the argument that profits must be protected during a recession and by extension acquiescing to cuts in wages and conditions ( 9 day fortnight) or/ and lay-offs.

    Sealord, F&P etc are making money and making people redundant. Unions should be using those developments to highlight and propagate alternative viewpoints to the religiously accepted ( through being repeated ad-nauseum) ‘protect profit levels at all costs or we’re screwed’ bullshit that gets peddled willy nilly and far and wide.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    Firstly, tax cuts are not a complete loss of revenue. Any spending of the tax cut money will increase the GST take, returning a portion of the cuts back to the government.

    Secondly, tax cuts do not necessarily reduce government revenue in the long term. Tax cuts that are spent increase economic activity which increases the profitability and consequently the taxable revenue of businesses.

    What would be interesting to know would be the optimal tax rate with respect to revenue generation and most efficient taxation method with respect to the cost of collection. Obviously a tax of 1% would never generate enough revenue and a tax of 99% would severely suppress the motivation for individuals to engage in profitable activities thus severely reducing the overall wealth of the country. So

    Surely, from both a left-wing and right-wing perspective, the questions in the previous paragraph are well worth getting answers for.

    • r0b 6.1

      tax cuts do not necessarily reduce government revenue in the long term. Tax cuts that are spent increase economic activity which increases the profitability and consequently the taxable revenue of businesses.

      A beautiful theory – sadly unsupported by the facts.
      http://www.cbpp.org/9-27-06tax.htm

      Myth 1: Tax cuts “pay for themselves.”

      Reality: A study by the President’s own Treasury Department confirmed the common-sense view shared by economists across the political spectrum: cutting taxes decreases revenues.

      But when Treasury Department staff simulated the economic effects of extending the President’s tax cuts, they found that, at best, the tax cuts would have modest positive effects on the economy; these economic gains would pay for at most 10 percent of the tax cuts’ total cost.

      The claim that tax cuts pay for themselves also is contradicted by the historical record. In 1981, Congress substantially lowered marginal income-tax rates on the well off, while in 1990 and 1993, Congress raised marginal rates on the well off. The economy grew at virtually the same rate in the 1990s as in the 1980s (adjusted for inflation and population growth), but revenues grew about twice as fast in the 1990s, when tax rates were increased, as in the 1980s, when tax rates were cut. Similarly, since the 2001 tax cuts, the economy has grown at about the same pace as during the equivalent period of the 1990s business cycle, but revenues have grown far more slowly. (http://www.cbpp.org/3-8-06tax.htm)

      • tsmithfield 6.1.1

        So, why not increase taxation to 100% then? I think you will still find there is an optimal ratio for taxation to maximise the revenue.

        • r0b 6.1.1.1

          Yes there is an optimal ratio, and the evidence suggests that it is higher than the current ratio, not lower.

          • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1.1.1

            Yep, the ol’ laffer curve has two slopes.

          • tsmithfield 6.1.1.1.2

            So, you think it is a good idea to have us taxed at higher than 50% of our income? Because that is what our effective tax rate probably is if you take into account the various direct and indirect taxes, eg:

            Income Tax
            GST
            Tax on petrol
            Rates
            Various other consumption taxes
            Dividends paid to the government from SOE’s.
            etc etc etc

    • Quoth the Raven 6.2

      tsmithfield – So you think the regressive tax that disportionately affects the poor – GST – is good, but a more progressive tax is bad. Personally I’d rather have GST scrapped in favour of a more progressive tax system. Tax those that overwhelmingly benefit from the state already – the wealthy and cut tax on those that are the victims of state enforced plutocracy – the poor.

      • tsmithfield 6.2.1

        GST is to a degree a voluntary tax:- you only pay it when you choose to spend. To this degree it affects the rich much more than it affects the poor since the rich spend much more, and therefore pay much more GST than the poor.

        • Quoth the Raven 6.2.1.1

          GST like any other tax is simply not voluntary. I don’t know how you can even think that. You can’t choose not to pay GST hence it’s not voluntary. Simple. As the poor earn more and spend more of what they earn than the rich and pay the same amount of GST then it disproportionatley affects the poor. A quick google search found me this:
          The way in which regressive taxes, such as sales taxes, disproportionately effect the poor can be seen by using the example of a high-income individual buying a motorcycle versus a low-income individual buying a motorcycle. In this example, the low-income individual will earn $20,000 per year while the high-income individual will earn $500,000 per year. If the low-income individual buys a $10,000 motorcycle at five percent sales tax, they will pay $500 in sales taxes. This $500 is 2.5 percent of the low-income individual’s total income. If the high-income individual purchases a motorcycle that costs $40,000 at the same sales tax of five percent, they will pay $2,000 in sales tax. While the actual amount of sales tax paid by the high-income individual ($2,000) is more than the sales tax paid by the low-income individual ($500), the percentage of the overall income that these sales taxes represents in terms of the person’s total income is drastically disproportionate. The sales tax paid by the high-income individual is .4 percent of their total income compared to the sales tax paid by the low-income individual which is 2.5 percent of their total income. The high-income individual is hardly fazed by sales tax while it affects the financial status of the low-income person to a greater degree. This is why the issue of regressive taxation is such a political divider as certain politicians favor the rich while others represent the poor.

          • tsmithfield 6.2.1.1.1

            And in percentage terms the poor get a lot more of any tax they may pay back in terms of government benefits etc. Those benefits are paid for in part by the larger dollar amount of GST paid by the wealthy.

            Socialists should love GST. It means more money is taken from the rich so it is available for distribution to the poor. The fact that the rich don’t notice the effect as much is simply a factor of someone being well-off. Exactly the same argument you have raised could also be raised for any form of taxation.

        • Rachelr 6.2.1.2

          Yay finally someone makes some sense – tax is tax – and the more money you have the more tax you pay, the more the government gets to spend helping those that don’t pay as much tax. Maybe we should just disenfranchise all those rich folk, make sure there is absolutely no upside to being productive or inventive or entrepreneurial, and then complain our a&#es off when our bosses sack us due to lack of motivation to trade, govt spending is cut and we dont get our govt hand outs! Get real everyone!

        • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1.3

          you only pay it when you choose to spend.

          Interesting point: The poor don’t have any choice – they have to spend their entire income just to survive.

  7. Stephen 7

    Personally I’d rather have GST scrapped in favour of a more progressive tax system. Tax those that overwhelmingly benefit from the state already

    What if the people who earn most of their money at the high end of tax find a better deal in a different country?

    • Quoth the Raven 7.1

      Oh no capital flight! (Runs around like a headless chicken.) Get real.

    • Ari 7.2

      What if the people who earn most of their money at the high end of tax find a better deal in a different country?

      Then we can find someone else to be paid their salary. This is the real world, not Atlas Shrugged.

      • Quoth the Raven 7.2.1

        Exactly, Ari – They can all fuck off to colorado, or wherever, like in Atlas Shrugged, and play with their train sets.

  8. A couple of very good points are made in this post.

    Agree entirely that NZ’s economy and banking is in much better shape that the US and UK. Yet that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects here demanding that we do what the US and UK have done in terms of fiscal stimulus. (Funny, that argument never got much support when it applied to tax cuts that were in the offing overseas :))

    The other points are more of a political nature. The problem for Labour is that no one trusted them to deliver tax cuts given their stated opposition to them in principle and also their track record of going back on promised tax cuts.

    Labour’s reluctance to offer tax cuts wasn’t realism but politics.

    National likewise is playing politics. However, as difficult as it will be for many here to acknowledge, there was a growing sense of resentment towards Labour’s strategies, particularly the refusal to offer tax cuts.

    As always, I note that even after these tax cuts, the “rich” are still worse off than they were prior to Labour’s 39% tax rate.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      (Funny, that argument never got much support when it applied to tax cuts that were in the offing overseas :))

      The reason tax cuts were a bad idea back then, is the same reason stimulus is a good idea now.

      • Daveski 8.1.1

        PB You miss my point. The size and scale of the stimulus packages reflects the size and scale of the problems of other economies.

        • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1.1

          Really?

          Yet that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects here demanding that we do what the US and UK have done in terms of fiscal stimulus. (Funny, that argument never got much support when it applied to tax cuts that were in the offing overseas :))

          Seems to me you were suggesting that for people on the left to be consistent, they should have been arguing for tax cuts a few years ago. (But admittedly, that’s just based on what you wrote, rather than what you might have meant :))

  9. Stephen 9

    Oh no capital flight! (Runs around like a headless chicken.) Get real.

    Eh? I’m not intimately familiar with the whole thing, i was just saying. Seems reasonable to be concerned about that when so few people have so much wouldn’t it? Or is the answer simply to get those wages of the not-so-rich up so capital flight doesn’t matter?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Capital flight doesn’t actually matter. All that would happen is deflation. The people who could afford something at ridiculous prices have gone and so the market will correct. People do tend to forget that money itself is worthless.

      Well, that would be the case if we didn’t allow massive foreign ownership.

  10. Ianmac 10

    Daveski: Do remember that Cullen was going to adjust the margins (block of cheese thing) but was hammered for years in that he broke his promise of “tax-cuts”. Remember the on-going fuss?
    Now we have the probability that National will have to cancel tax-cuts for 2010, 2011, on which they electioneered on as real bait. But what’s this? Shame! Shame! They guaranteed their promise! Trust John Key? (Mind you it would be a good move to cancel but if politically consistent ? Outraged people! What say you?)

  11. Quoth the Raven 11

    tsmithfield – The wealthy get far, far more from government than they pay in tax.
    In what way do you not understand how a regressive tax like GST does disproportionately affect the poor? It is the very reason why it is called a regressive tax. Here to help you wikipedia – Regressive tax

    A regressive tax is a tax imposed in such a manner that the tax rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases.[1][2][3][4][5] In simple terms, a regressive tax imposes a greater burden (relative to resources) on the poor than on the rich — there is an inverse relationship between the tax rate and the taxpayer’s ability to pay as measured by assets, consumption, or income.

    Do you concede that GST is most certainly not in any way manner or form a voluntary tax? or not? You can’t even have a voluntary tax can you?
    Why should a socialist love GST? in fact why should a socialist love tax at all? or do you simply not understand what socialism is? I think the latter because that statement speaks to an ignorance of what socialism is or can be. This may help you understand what is a very difficult word to define: Socialist Definitional free for all (try the commentary at the bottom).

    • higherstandard 11.1

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      [lprent: Your ban runs out in April 19 – adding to auto-moderation]

      • Quoth the Raven 11.1.1

        Has your ban run out already? Just when we were getting some good debate here.
        The issues are too numerous to mention in one comment but I’ll give you start and I urge you to look into these issues before you comment again.
        Not every poor person receives a benefit. Do you understand that?
        What we have is state-corporate plutocracy. The state and the corporation fit hand and glove – they may appear to be at odds sometimes and they are sometimes but this is just analogous to the church and the state in the times past. Limited liability is scam perpertrated on people by the state to privatise gains and socilaise losses. The government forces this contractual arrangement on third parties who never consented to it; protecting the wealthy from taking full personal reponsibility. The government enforces their property rights which may be seen as illegitimate over any other conception of property rights. The government works to create a cartelised and monopolised business environment to drive down wages and increase costs to the consumer. The government interferes in the labour market to skew bargaining power in favour of the employer. The government enforces regulations that constrain the ability of poor people to get themselves ahead and work for themselves instead of for a boss. The government makes what should be legitmate forms of income illegal. The governemnt spends tax payers money on corporate welfare. The government routinely provides better services in rich areas then it does in poor areas. And so on and so fourth.
        I urge you to read more before jumping into a debate and strawmanning everything as is your way and bsing arguments on your own ignorance.
        I recently linked to this video that should get you started: Corporatism and survival. It’s from a post-objectivist so its not some leftist thing if that’s what your thinking.

        • higherstandard 11.1.1.1

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          [lprent: Your ban runs out in April 19 – adding to auto-moderation]

          • higherstandard 11.1.1.1.1

            Lynn

            Honestly take your ban and shove it – just because IB should stop getting so sensitive to people mentioning the EPMU and Labour in the same sentence.

            It’s really fairly churlish to delete a comment which is pointing out an obvious flaw in the logic of a second year university student.

            [lprent: It is irrelevant. A ban is a ban. Once you’ve got one you will usually keep it for the term.
            I’d have to say that I’m almost as offended as IB with the original offense, that wasn’t the Labour/EPMU (which is offensive as well) and why you got the ban. It was your attitude about poverty. That affects all of us one way or another.
            Like IB I had a large number of my friends caught in the ill-considered artificial recession that the Nats created in the early 90’s with the benefit cuts. The loss of discretionary spending flowed out into the rest of the economy, including the company I was working at. The Nats then closed the poverty trap with the vile policies devoted to humiliating beneficences like my sister who was on the DPB with 2 kids under 5 after a marriage breakup.
            That policy in the 90’s was to create taxcuts. Then too they suggested that people put it into charities. The whole thing caused real damage, and you can still see the effects in the community now for anyone who actually deals at the frontline bottom of the cliff, like my mother who still deals with the generational effects at womens refuge.
            It isn’t churlishness or faux outrage – it is anger. That was why you got a month rather than a week]

          • higherstandard 11.1.1.1.2

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            [lprent: you can argue about it in a couple of weeks]

        • gingercrush 11.1.1.2

          QtR – Why are you sounding like a theorist? Its fine to believe in what you believe. You’re clearly a very intelligent person. And I would love the ability to write as coherently as you do. But that is all you seem to spouting off. There is actually no substance to your comments here. Just a bunch of stuff any first year or second year university doing any type of Humantinies or social science subjects are taught. Indeed, you’re basically regurgitating them.

          And yes I am aware how hypocritical this sounds since half my posts waffle on about nothing of actual substance. I just can’t seem to be concise on what I write. And unlike you I’m not very intelligent.

          • Quoth the Raven 11.1.1.2.1

            Ginger – Science student not humanities I. What I’ve learnt of politics I’ve learnt myself. I’ve seen many of the same points made above from those on right and the left, hard and moderate from both. You should read as widely as possible in politics and keep on learning as ever in life. I’ve read Rand, Marx, Proudhon, Hegel, Locke, Mill, Engels, Kropotkin, Thoreau, Rothbard, and many others as well as innumerable contemporary commentators. It may seem silly to you like the self-taught man in Nausea, but if one wants to take a stance on anything one needs to know what they’re talking about (it does seem that we anarhcists are obsessed with by-gone political theorists getting into continuous arguments about them – just have a look on the net somewhere). People on the left of politics will talk about consciousness and it is true. The more I’ve learnt the more my consciousness or awareness of these matters has been raised and my political views have shifted accordingly. One should never stop learning or changing or you’ll become a conservative like HS. I do urge you ginger to critically evaluate your views and seek out different views.
            It requires less mental effort to condemn than to think (said Goldman) and this is very true of HS.

      • ripp0 11.1.2

        HS,
        Eh ? got a link for that ?

        from here it looks to me like you are the one holding the chain with a missing link..

  12. aj 12

    You forget Labours $b+ tax cuts for business.
    And National’s slow backtracking on it’s future tax cut plans shows that Labour reluctance to deliver personal taxs cuts was the correct decision.

  13. r0b 13

    Apart from a few greedy die hards, National will be praised for its “realism’ when it cancels the cuts.

    Oh look – it’s started already!

    Finance Minister Bill English has been practically sending up flares, so obvious have his hints become that the second and third tranches of tax cuts are likely to be delayed.

    The public isn’t stupid. Just because National promised not to touch super and that the tax cuts would proceed during the election campaign doesn’t mean it must continue come hell or high water.

    The Treasury’s books are already bleeding red ink and there’s certainly more to come. Factoring in the second and third year of tax cuts right now would probably blow the deficit right through the floor, and that would be unliklely to help our efforts to avoid an international credit downgrade.

    So how about it Colin – any kind words for Dr Cullen now?

  14. If National were a corporation they would be getting done for false advertising now. National lied, yes lied to the New Zealand public. Not that that’s anything new.

  15. Richard 15

    Yesterday I was on the IRD website calculating PAYE for an employee. The pay period ended 31/03/09. Gross Pay was $600.00, PAYE $111.51. I did a calculation for a pay week beginning 1/4/09 (Therefore presumably receiving the tax cut).
    For some reason my employee will now be taxed $113.31 on a gross wage of $600.
    Instead of a tax cut, he is worse off by $1.80. Has John Key taken back the packet of chewing gum that Michael Cullen was derided for a few years back. Or as my employee succintly put it….”John Key is shitting in my mouth and calling it a tax cut!”
    Perhaps it was an April Fools Day joke, but I just did the same calculation today – same result.
    Could anyone possibly shed any light??

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  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    7 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
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