How not to make friends and influence people

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, November 28th, 2023 - 130 comments
Categories: Christopher Luxon, families, health, media abuse, poverty, winston peters - Tags:

Two days into the new Government and National already has three bush fires that threaten to extinguish any good will that a new Government can normally expect to have following an election win.

The first is its extraordinary decision to consider the roll back of smoke free reforms.  There will be some money earned through tobacco excise tax increases but greater levels of cancer and in the medium to long term increased pressure on the health system.

As said by Bernard Hickey:

The newly sworn-in Cabinet will today consider how to quickly unwind anti-smoking changes legislated at the end of last year in order to save hundreds of millions of dollars a year in tobacco taxes so it can go ahead with its income tax cuts.

But the cost to the taxpayers and citizens in purely financial terms, let alone the estimated loss of 580,000 Health Adjusted Life Years (HALYs), is set to surpass $10 billion. For every dollar in tax cuts delivered to landlords and salary earners by pushing tobacco taxes back up, Treasury has estimated health and lost productivity costs of up to 20 dollars.

The second is news that low income families will be hit by a decision to abandoning the promised Working for Families abatement adjustment.  The original promise by National was to increase the abatement level from $42,000 to $50,000 meaning that those within that bracket would receive more.  But this has been reversed.

As pointed out by Susan St John at the Daily Blog:

There were two promises in National’s original plan for Working for Families: an extra $25 a week from the In Work Tax Credit (IWTC) from 1 April at an annual cost of $190m; and a lift in the abatement threshold from $42,700 to $50,000 though not until 2026 with an eventual annual cost of $250m.

But their promise of a lift in the threshold was far too little, far too late.  It is absolutely critical that the massive disincentives to earn more faced by low-income families are addressed immediately.

Instead, the visionless incoming Coalition government will save money to help pay for promised tax cuts by abandoning abatement threshold increase, saving $550m in total over 4 years to 2027/28. The $25 increase in IWTC remains from 1 July 2024.

An increase in lung cancer rates and a decrease in the amount that working families receive so that tax credits for landlords can be put in place tells you everything you need to know about the priorities of this Government.  Your blood should be boiling by this stage and it is only two days in.

But it is the style of Government that should be causing the most concern.

Because Winston Peters is picking fights with the media in a style that has been perfected by Donald Trump.  And his targets include organisations who I would class as normally tending to be very helpful for the right.  Like Newshub:

These attacks on the poor and culture wars on Te Reo are going to become weary very quickly.

And Peters’ statements are gross distortions also known as lies and are being called out by none other than Jenna Lynch.  Her anger in the clip above was palpable.

The Public Interest Journalism Fund was an urgent measure introduced during the Covid lockdowns to keep media going.  And it succeeded.  As for claims that it made media more sympathetic to the Government I am still waiting to see any evidence of this.

And the Government plans to give Wellington a Christmas present of mass redundancies of public servants.

This is no John Key style hog the centre and sell off a few power companies style National.  It feels more like Ruth Richardson mixed with a helping of Donald Trump.

This is going to tax Christopher Luxon’s leadership skills.  I get the feeling he will be found wanting.

130 comments on “How not to make friends and influence people ”

  1. James Simpson 1

    Winston is doing what Winston does.

    The Nats hated him when in government last time and when he sided with Labour in 2017. Key and Bridges both refused to ever work with him. He attacked the Nats in a way that got under their skin and was amusing to watch.

    He's your enemy until he's not, and now the roles are reversed.

    I think his attack on the media won't upset anyone other than the media. Both the left and right feel the media supports the other side. Just look at the cesspit which is Twitter/X to see that the left believe we lost because of the media narrative.

    The right and Winston are now coming out swinging against the media too. Its calculated but I think most people enjoy the media getting push back.

    • Thinker 1.1

      On the other hand, he could be a handy pair of apron strings for Luxon to cling to, when necessary…

      Or, in other terms, the left’s secret weapon…

  2. I get the feeling he will be found wanting.

    Not a feeling, an absolute certainty!

  3. Anne 3

    John Campbell is a brave man. Here is his first reaction to the events of the past few days but before yesterday’s developments:

    “We should have known this was coming, I suppose. But the part of me that’s open to surprises did dare to hope that Christopher Luxon’s aspirations would be sufficiently inclusive, sufficiently heartfelt, sufficiently Christian (in the best sense of that word) to reach out beyond the anti-woke, beyond the scab picking, beyond the political equivalent of road rage, and beyond the dreary orthodoxy of his pitch at the “squeezed middle”, to something that would lift us all.

    He had better watch it. He’ll be down the road before long. Right wing pollies possess a brand of spite and revenge against their critics that could match that of the planet’s most famous despots.

    • Chris 3.1

      I wouldn't call it brave – I'd call it principled, and being sent down the road would be for John both water-off-a-duck's-back and grist for the mill.

      • Anne 3.1.1

        I'd call him both. Brave because these types will go to extraordinary lengths to destroy reputations – to the point of dragging in the SIS and the police as they have done in the past. Principled because he's still willing to stick his neck out above the parapet.

    • Terry 3.2

      Anne, I think that the right wing politicians spite is actually only matched by the left wing politicians spite.

      The most vile individual I have ever met was a PSA activist when I worked for a government department. He was almost matched by a cousins wife, who lived of my family’s money, and worked briefly for my father and uncle’s business, before she was sacked. That’s another story that I won’t get into here.

      Unfortunately it’s the people in the middle that have to pick and choose to avoid being governed by increasingly left wing or right wing ideologues who never let practical reality get in the way of unworkable ideas.

      A lot of people do get sick of “woke” or “PC” policies, or idea. I’ve had a young woman at my work taken to task for not having her pronouns on her email signature, another young woman casually mentioned that she had gone to a friend’s “gender reveal” baby shower one weekend, she faced a complaint from another team member for being “transphobic”. I received a SMS (regarding possible side effects from the vaccination I’d recently received) , from an organisation (te whatu ora?) that I’d never heard of. It turned out to be from the ministry of health, I mentioned it at work just wanting to know if anyone knew who it was, only to have some busybody from our “rainbow mafia” as I called them complaining to HR about me.

      A lot of people feel that the “woke brigade” are more interested in winding people up, than actually achieving anything.

      Some people are justifiably concerned that if they disagree with certain things that they will get into trouble.

      A good friend of mine is Jewish, I’ve been invited to a bat mitzvah (sorry not my day for spelling) this coming weekend. I dare not mention this at work because as we know anything Jewish/Israeli will get frowned upon. He by the way has had casual passive aggressive comments recently. His children are scared about being outed or accused of being Jewish by left wing activists at their school. A teacher basically suggested that they condemn Israel, or accept the consequences.

      We had a young Green Party supporter wanting other young people at my workplace to take a photo of their vote, so they would know who voted “correctly” and who didn’t. Fortunately I was able to crack down on that (because it is illegal) but I still had the guy in question complain to HR.

      I’ve increasingly had a difficult time to keep some “woke” activists from “policing” young people at my workplace. Just about every one on one I now have, someone will mention that they are fearful of saying the wrong thing, and it’s the young people just as much as the guys my age. Especially the women.

      • Anne 3.2.1

        What has any of that got to do with John Campbell's article?

        You seem to be hung up on the word "woke".

        Woke is an adjective derived from African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) meaning "alert to racial prejudice and discrimination". Beginning in the 2010s, it came to encompass a broader awareness of social inequalities such as racial justice, sexism and LGBT rights.,justice%2C%20sexism%20and%20LGBT%20rights.

        The only people who seem to have a problem with the word are right-wing jerks and dim bulbs who like to attribute it to all manner of meanings it does not have.

        • Corey

          No, most people hate intersectional theories of social justice.

          People vote for left wing parties for wages, houses, poverty and to reign in capitalism.

          But everytime we vote for the left instead of getting any of that we get a bunch of power mad green hair librarian types obsessed with gender race and sexuality telling everyone what to do, say and think.

          This is why the left are stuffed globally atm, it is obsessed with social justice and absolutely alergic to economic justice.

          • Anne


            Apart from introducing legislation to correct a few injustices, they made no further comment as far as I'm aware. Almost all of the argy-bargy came from individuals and groups linked to the LGBT movement.

            As to your claim of economic justice… once again you have no idea what you are talking about. What we are about to experience is going to destroy everything Labour had successfully achieved in that arena. There was always more to do but, what with the pandemic and the massive flooding incidents, they ran out of time.

            You need to sit down and sort the facts from the fiction.

          • That_guy

            People vote for left wing parties for wages, houses, poverty and to reign in capitalism.

            Thanks Corey for summing it up perfectly. This is why I vote left and always will. I cannot stand the baggage that comes with it and I often cannot stand some of the people that go with it. People busily mansplaining to women what a woman is. People replacing "pray the gay away" with "trans the gay away" and pretending it's an improvement and not just another iteration of rank homophobia. People calling anyone with a different view a Nazi.

            I came so close to not voting Green but in the end I held my nose and did it. It's an endorsement of the James Shaw / Degrowth / anticapitalist wing, and I guess I have to deal with the bullshit people that tend to hang around him

        • Louis

          yes Anne.

        • That_guy

          IMHO several positions and policies and established laws (passed by Lab/Green) fall into the category of "woke" and are also profoundly anti-progressive. These include:

          • failing to allow women to meet and peacefully discuss women's rights
          • the Conversion Therapy bill which effectively replaces "pray the gay away" with "trans the gay away"
          • the Gender Self-ID bill which is profoundly anti-feminist since it effectively redefined the word "woman" without any process to generate consent from women and in the face of staunch opposition from a marginalised group (women)
          • Allowing men to compete in women's sports (which is unfair in non-contact sports, dangerous in contact sports, and likely to produce fatalities in martial sports)
          • Failing to spot the massive problems regarding medical transition of minors, which is supported by junk science and groupthink
          • And finally, doing what you just did, which is to characterise anyone who holds these positions as "right-wing" or "dim".

          I'm left-wing, and not dim. And I voted left. We lost this election because if you insult and denigrate left-wing people like me by telling them that they are actually stupid righties, eventually a proportion of them will vote accordingly.

          • Anne

            Big problem there. They never did any of those things. It was all part of a grossly over embellished backlash by a bunch of naysayers who wanted to pick fights on spurious grounds. A bit like the anti Covid/vaccine naysayers who dreamt up all manner of theories that had no bearing in reality.

            • That_guy

              They never did any of those things

              The text of the Gender self-ID and Conversion Therapy bill is public, as is the list of people and groups who were consulted. Key women’s rights groups were not included.

              In Gender self-ID, Speak Up For Women were insulted and denigrated by both Labour and Green politicians in a select committee, while SUFW were literally begging for the content of their submission to be addressed (it was not). Women were assaulted by a mob in broad daylight for wanting to meet and discuss women's rights. This is misogyny.

              For the conversion therapy bill, it is now illegal to do anything other than affirm. So, an autistic 15yo girl with multiple co-occurring mental health issues can state "I'm trans and I want to medically transition" and it is illegal to ask questions about that. Most of those kids would just grow up to be gay if they are just left alone and told that they are perfect just as they are. This is homophobia.

              For sports, Laurel Hubbard (who was a middle-aged and mediocre weightlifter before transition) took medals off two Samoan women who had trained for most of their lives so that they could come second to someone who (according to the precepts of their culture) is a man.. a point noted by the Samoan PM at the time.

              These things did happen. The fact that they aren't important to you isn't the point, and your casual dismissal of the genuinely held opinions of other left-wing people is part of the problem. And please don't try to imply that I am an anti vaxxer.

          • Anne

            Case in point That_guy: "I'm left-wing, and not dim."

            I never said you were. But if you are going to incorrectly characterise certain "positions" and "policies" by the Labour government and introduce others that didn't exist except in the overblown imaginations of some individuals, then you can expect to be pulled up on it.

            • That_guy

              I think some aspects of identity politics and "wokery" are bad ideas and electoral disasters for the left, which I am part of. There's a very clear implication in your words, that people who hold such opinions are either dim or right-wing.

              The only people who seem to have a problem with the word are right-wing jerks and dim bulbs who like to attribute it to all manner of meanings it does not have.

              • Anne

                I think some aspects of identity politics and "wokery" are bad ideas and electoral disasters for the left, which I am part of.

                I repeat what I said @ 3.2.1

                Woke is an adjective derived from African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) meaning "alert to racial prejudice and discrimination". Beginning in the 2010s, it came to encompass a broader awareness of social inequalities such as racial justice, sexism and LGBT rights.


                What you and others are guilty of… is applying mischievous interpretations which have no bearing on the true meaning of the word.

                I'm proud to declare that I am woke because I deplore racial prejudice and racial discrimination. That is why I marched in 1981 against the Springbok tour.

                Terry started it with a diatribe that was not imho related to the subject matter of the post. He picked out one word "woke" from an article by John Campbell which was related to the post and turned it into a muck fest about…. well, I'm not sure what to be honest.

                I see there is another such diatribe which I will not waste my time reading.

                • That_guy

                  Thanks Anne, your casual dismissal of the lived experience and genuinely held views of others is noted, as is your lack of understanding that words can have different meanings in different contexts and can change over time.

                  To many people, “woke” now means “having your opinions, thoughts and communications judged and controlled” and “being told you are evil for having opinions that were perfectly legitimate and solidly left-wing a decade ago”.

                  Like believing that men do not and cannot speak for women. Like believing that colourblindness is a positive thing. Like believing that obsessing about identity is divisive and electorally suicidal.

                  and that’s why this rant is a legit part of the discourse on this site. It’s a site for getting the left elected. Part of that is honest analysis of where we went wrong.

                • Terry

                  Hi Anne, one of the indicators of a newish employee not being able to come up to speed so to speak, is their unwillingness to accept responsibility for their actions and to blame others or our systems. They also have trouble understanding differing views and opinions.

                  My best employees will seek feedback, will accept feedback and take responsibility for their actions, even if they go through embarrassment of accountability for their actions. Generally these people rapidly grow into the role, and become ready to take on responsibility and more challenging roles.

                  My biggest problem are those employees who won’t accept feedback, accept responsibility, listen to the opinions of others. These people go nowhere.

            • Terry

              Anne, I can only go on my life experience and from what I hear from others.

              I manage a team of people who are leaders of other teams. I have regular 1 on 1 meetings with my direct reports. The way I run these is a bit like a confession. What we discuss is between the two of us and the almighty. I also make a point of having a meeting with all other employees that report to my team. Again these are closed door meetings and confidential.

              From time to time issues arise, we in NZ do have a really shitty bullying culture. Increasingly over the past few years self appointed busybodies along with the “diversity, woke and rainbow” mafia have been policing people in the workplace. They “threaten” some people if they don’t have “pronouns” on their email signature (company policy is that it’s optional) for example, or a young woman who goes to her friends baby shower gets negative comments because they know what the gender is…. Someone is concerned about their Jewish friend, you can’t mention that or they get a nasty comment. A young guy comes from a farming family, he gets comments about that, the list goes on. I’m able to do something about it, however it creates a climate of fear. Especially when people are looking for promotion or moving to another area. They get the message that they will be “informally black listed” again this can’t officially happen, but people are concerned.

              The blame for this is levelled at the left, so Labour & Greens. This may not be a reality, but it’s what many people believe.

              All the people who work for me, want to have a good and rewarding career, get paid well and be successful. In general most people really just pay lip service to many of the “woke ideas” because they need to avoid the unpleasantness of the “woke busybodies” if anything they are becoming more socially conservative, but will only say so when they’re amongst those who they trust. The reason for this is that they do not trust or respect people who they believe are bullies. This should not be a surprise to anyone. Most people dislike hypocrisy and are turned off by it. Especially if it is coming from someone who supposedly stands for social justice. People may accept hypocrisy from NZ First & National, because it’s what is expected.

              I’m fairly sure many of the younger people who work within my business unit would probably naturally be left voters, at least publicly, but increasingly what I’ve heard is that ACT is appealing to them, but they would never say this openly.

              Don’t ever forget that who anyone votes for is between themselves and the almighty. It’s not uncommon for someone to say publicly they voted for one party, but actually voted another.

              • That_guy

                Thanks for that, it’s concerning.

                Hopefully this site will become somewhere where we can not only address the many things the right is doing horribly wrong but also to have some honest conversations about what we (the left) did wrong. We did, after all, lose. I was hoping that the difference between left and right is that we on the left are capable of critically analysing our own positions and policies. Time will tell.

      • joe90 3.2.2

        bat mitzvah

        Cool story bro, but I thought you were off to a bar mitzvah?


        • Terry

          It’s for his daughter, bat for girls, bar for boys, I believe, and the variety of types of Jewish religions, is as varied as Christian religions. I’m not Jewish or any other religion so my knowledge is limited, along with my spelling abilities

      • Pat 3.2.3

        That is a disturbing list.

      • Obtrectator 3.2.4

        Seems to me you should worry less about the people who might be offended by an action or utterance of yours, and more – sometimes much more – about the interfering p***ks who decide they should get angry on those people's behalf.

        • Terry

          I genuinely haven’t worried about what people have said in the past. However recently certain types of people complain about what other people do/say etc and unfortunately HR start talking an interest. Even for me with my experience with employment issues, it’s becoming a concern personally, & I have a good team with a number of younger people who are frightened of getting into trouble for reasons that shouldn’t ever be a concern for me as a manager or the business we work for.

          • That_guy

            I agree. It’s merchants intruding into areas which are actually about morals, as if the HR department of a corporation has the duty and right to determine and enforce those morals.

            There are probably many reasons for that but I think the main one is: corporations and CEOs want to appear progressive but do not want to spend any money doing it, and certainly do not want to do anything fundamental. By “fundamental” I mean things like “going not-for-profit like Patagonia” or “linking the wage of the lowest paid worker to the CEO’s salary” or “committing to a limit on the gap between the lowest and highest paid worker”.

            In contrast, insisting on email pronouns (and sanctioning non-compliers) gives corporations more power over workers and is incredibly cheap.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    The religious Right in America loved Trump's lies.

    Luxon will love Winston's.

  5. Thinker 5

    Thanks to Alwyn, I downloaded the NACT coalition agreement. One of the conditions reads:

    "Work to replace fuel excise taxes with electronic road user charging for all vehicles, starting with electric vehicles" (my italics).

    I get the main point of the condition. Don't agree with it, but get it. But why the insistence on starting with electric vehicles, when the whole world is gearing up for a shift? Another example of a rollback vis-a-vis the rest of the world is linked to one of the subjects of this article:

    "Repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2022 to remove the requirements for denicotinisation and the reduction in retail outlets." Isn't that another way of saying putting tobacco back on the shelves?

    Politics is like a pendulum. For the sake of democracy, sometimes you have to tolerate the pendulum swinging to the opposite side of the clock face and tolerate policies you don't agree with that are based on someone else's world view. But, it seems to me, much of what's in these agreements are in the face of global trends from all world views and I can't see anything other than self-indulgent motivations for doing so.

    What am I missing?

    • SPC 5.1

      "Repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2022 to remove the requirements for denicotinisation and the reduction in retail outlets." Isn't that another way of saying putting tobacco back on the shelves?

      It's notable that the NACT and National-NZF agreements include such as this.

      National opposed the reduction from retail outlets selling tobacco from 6000 to 600 in the parliamentary vote on the legislation.

      It seems to be adopting a strategy of offloading the policies that cause harm onto support partners.

      It is however still the main actor acting as a service to big corporate tobacco and also catering to businesses that retail nicotine addiction. Presumably the same will occur for alcohol and gambling outlets that have a similar customer demographic.

      Their other policies ensure payday loans type businesses will also flourish.

      One wonders whether they will also stymie efforts to reduce salt and sugar intake in processed and the availability of healthy food in schools.

      A case can be made that the government is an occupation regime engaged in ethnic cleansing – reduce the life span or force emigration to Oz (via lower wages and higher rents) of the indigenous poor.

      • Obtrectator 5.1.1

        "One wonders whether they will also stymie efforts to reduce salt and sugar intake in processed and the availability of healthy food in schools."

        Of course they will! Did it before, didn't they? (Sorry, can't remember exactly when, or other details, but I do remember feeling wild about it.)

    • Ad 5.2

      RUC for all vehicles is an excellent move. Helps show the truth of where and when roads are generally used. Also a really easy step from that to broader fleet tracking (eg taxis, Uber, trucks, rentals, corporate cars), and then on to point-to-point cameras for congestion charging.

      Focusing on electric vehicles with RUC is important, since with no tax on their fuel they don't contribute to funding the road network and pt network which is what the excise tax gets used for.

      We could certainly have done with two more terms that encouraged electric car uptake though. It was going great. And so important since we have one of the oldest car fleets in the developed world and in part resulting in one of the world's worst accident and fatality rates.

  6. Stephen D 6

    “This is going to tax Christopher Luxon’s leadership skills. I get the feeling he will be found wanting.”
    Luxon was found wanting when he failed the DP test. He wasn’t strong enough to make a decision then. Winston and Seymour now own him.

    • James Simpson 6.1

      What do you mean he wasn't strong enough to decide?

      They are not in his party so had no right to decide. He has no control over them other than what was negotiated and agreed in the Coalition Agreements.

      There is a lot to criticise him about but lets be accurate in what he actually has control of.

      • Chris 6.1.1

        "There is a lot to criticise him about but lets be accurate in what he actually has control of."

        Luxon had way more control over the outcome of the coalition talks than you're acknowledging. His lack of experience has put him in the position he's in. He could've easily rejected some of the ACT/NZF demands, removing Te Reo from government communications being one of the most obvious (and insidious) ones he's misread. Heck, even Trish Sherson thinks it’s dangerous.

        If Luxon had put his foot down on the Te Reo issue Peters probably would've capitulated, and if he hadn't, Luxon would've had the angels on his side to draw a line saying "no, this is not the NZ I'm going to lead, we cannot have this lunatic in parliament, it's unfortunate but back to the polls we go", and Peters would've resembled more closely the clown that he is.

        But no, Luxon's eye was on the prize regardless the cost, and that cost will be stratosherically high. The Te Reo in government departments issue, while being presented as something relatively minor, is anything but minor. If Trish Sherson isn't into it you can guarantee there'll be other right-wingers who'll feel the same. As they start to come out of the woodwork, and in the context of other changes like abandoning smokefree legislation to fund tax cuts, the discontent will grow into something that will sink Luxon.

        It wouldn't be surprising, too, if the relative silence we've had from TPM, the Greens and even Labour means there's some serious caucusing going on right now, perhaps even some unlikely collaboration with the likes of Chris Finlayson or other right-wingers who understand the seriousness of what's proposed.

        Whatever happens, the response to the removal of government depatments' use of Te Reo will be mamouth. Luxon won't know what's hit him.

      • Stephen D 6.1.2

        Isn’t he the CEO type? Used to making hard decisions.? Didn’t he used to run an airline?
        He got owned. Share price tanking. Nicola’s rising.

        • Chris

          Luxon wanted to be PM, probably felt entitled to be PM, so nothing was going to get in the way. Standing up to Peters could've been part of his legacy but he blew it. He'll always be a lightweight.

          • observer

            Right on cue, see today's first meeting of the new Cabinet.

            Luxon pretends that he doesn't know about his own Deputy's comments, even as they are sitting side by side in the same room!

            Peters is just taking the piss now. He knows how weak Luxon is. It's a daily humiliation.

          • Thinker


            I don't think he will be in the job much longer than it takes to do the controversial stuff that no one wants to be tainted with, like legislation to promote tobacco use etc.

            Then I reckon he will be rolled and delegated a reputation in Aotearoas history that is different to what he wants.

            • Chris

              I agree with almost everything you say, except the bit about putting a question mark over whether he'll always be a lightweight – which he will be, all the way from now until he's rolled. The deal he's made with Peters and Seymour has locked him into lightweightdom for as long as he's PM. I'd also put a question mark over whether he'll get the tobacco legislation through before he's rolled, but this is mere detail: he'll always be a lightweight.

  7. Sanctuary 7

    "…What am I missing?…"

    MMP. This government is looking it is going to be a strong example of one of the biggest drawbacks of PR systems – they can be gamed by niche parties that demand extreme concessions as the price of government.

  8. Rolling-on-Gravel 8

    I hate the old bastard but Luxon should have known what he was in for with that guy so no pity from me on that one.

    May this government be a short and defanged one.

  9. Ian Macdonald 9

    Chris Bishop ran the well-funded social media campaign for National. He was before he entered parliament, the corporate affairs manager for Phillip Morris. He is in lockstep with Willis, and the pair of them seem to be the primary lieutenants of Luxon. Scrapping smoke-free registration is just payback for the support National received from the tobacco industry. Blatant interference in our political system from the very nasty US tobacco industry.

    • newsense 9.1

      Exactly. And Barclay before. There is a connection there. Perhaps even a relationship, though that’s harder to prove.

      And now we’ll kill poor people for our tax cuts.

      Pieces of silver Chris ol buddy.

    • Robert Guyton 9.2

      "A fag — especially in England — is also a cigarette, and in British boys’ schools, fags are servants for older boys."

      • Obtrectator 9.2.1

        Not sure what the quotes are for. But I think you'll find that fags and fagging no longer exist in British schools.

  10. Anker 10

    "The first is its extraordinary decision to consider the roll back of smoke free reforms. There will be some money earned through tobacco excise tax increases but greater levels of cancer and in the medium to long term increased pressure on the health system."

    My understanding is that its not a roll back. Things will remain as they are with 8% smoking (as opposed to decreasing it to less than 5%.

    • observer 10.1

      Of course it's a roll back. They are repealing the law.

      The chorus of rejection from medical professionals should give any government pause to reconsider. If that's not enough, the international reaction should.

      (A simple search of "Google News" with terms like "smokefree" + "NZ" or "Luxon" will provide dozens of links to media coverage worldwide).

      Locally … “disbelief” … “astounded” … and so on.

      Tobacco and vaping law changes show shocking lack of commitment to health of New Zealanders | New Zealand Doctor (

    • Robert Guyton 10.2

      "Things will remain as they are with 8% smoking (as opposed to decreasing it to less than 5%."

      Who in their right mind would support reducing smoking percentages down from a perfectly acceptable 8%, to a wildly irresponsible less than 5%, eh, Anker?

      Not you, it seems.

      Reducing lung cancer rates down toward zero? Not for hard-boiled right-wingers, for sure!

    • Robert Guyton 10.3

      Anker – something for you to put in your pipe:

      " National likes it because they need the money to fund their promised handouts to landlords. But as Bernard Hickey points out, that extra revenue has a cost, and it is enormous:

      But the cost to the taxpayers and citizens in purely financial terms, let alone the estimated loss of 580,000 Health Adjusted Life Years (HALYs), is set to surpass $10 billion. For every dollar in tax cuts delivered to landlords and salary earners by pushing tobacco taxes back up, Treasury has estimated health and lost productivity costs of up to 20 dollars.


      Treasury estimated in 2021 that the changes in smoking laws and regulations designed to slash smoking rates would create $5.25 billion in health savings over time and $5.88 billion in extra income from productivity benefits. Reversing those changes would reimpose those costs.

      So for a few hundred million a year in extra tobacco tax, National is going to stick us with 4000 – 9000 dead, and $11 billion in other costs. Apparently, this is what they call "fiscal responsibility". Instead, it just looks like cold-blooded murder."

      • "So for a few hundred million a year in extra tobacco tax, National is going to stick us with 4000 – 9000 dead, and $11 billion in other costs."

        But don't forget that at the height of Covid National wanted all restrictions removed, with the stated or unstated implication that the number of deaths didn't matter

        Emulating the Tories in the UK

        • Robert Guyton

          Indeed, Christopher. Anker though, seems reluctant to respond to questions or suggestions…

          • Obtrectator

            Maybe he's struggling with the thought of an Anker (a measure equal to ~9 gallons) being expected to put something in a pipe (105 gallons) ….

            I'll get my coat.

    • Pat 10.4

      "The Budget Economic and Fiscal Update projects that the government will collect about $1.7 billion per year in tobacco excise over the forecast period, with a slow and steady decline. Tobacco excise will be a little more than 1.1% of government tax revenues.

      And the 2025 changes are projected to have no effect on excise revenues at all."

      We have had the smoke free and environments act for over 20years and the revenue has only increased in that time, to the point where it is a significant source of revenue for any administration….given the fiscal pressure this admin is under it is no surprise they will seek to maintain any and all sources of revenue.

      It is worth noting that it has long been accepted that the smoke free 2025 target would not be acheived.

      • SPC 10.4.1

        They maintained the nominal value, if not the real value, of the tax by increasing the rate as the number of consumers as per population diminished.

        • Pat

          The number of smokers did indeed diminish….though the number on anti anxiety and anti depression meds has increased…and then theres vapers.

          I am a nicotine addict of approaching 50 years of use , and have often wondered why they simply do not ban it, but then I consider the consequences and understand it is not so simple. I will very likely die from my tobacco use and probably at least 15 years earlier than I otherwise would have , but that was my decision and I have paid thousands per annum additional tax and will save the country 100s of thousands in superannuation, and avoided the use of prescribed medication all my life but best of all I am much less likely to end up in a rest home.

          Yes tobacco is not a healthy product, and yes it is addictive by design and makes the industry (and governments) considerable profit but it is not alone in that sphere.

          Ce la vie

          • SPC

            Unfortunately the decline in smoker numbers has little to do with vaping – which is a younger cohort brought into nicotine addiction.

            Presumably some of them will be placed onto anxiety/depression meds in the future.

            The government could have resolved their revenue problem by allowing the sale of low THC strength marijuana (eases nausea helps sleep, but is not that noticeable as a drug unless a lot is smoked) with others able to grow their own.

            • Pat

              Whether vaping had any significant impact on smoking numbers is indeed debatable…I suspect the decline was largely related to the increased excise, and possibly the social exclusion.

              I further note that smoking used to be advised by the medical profession for the 'calming of nerves'…and some decades ago when i worked in a hospital the medical profession were themselves the heaviest users of the drug….now the drugs du jour appear to be anti anxiety/depressives…..go figure.

              • Descendant Of Smith

                The longer you smoke the harder it is to give up. I remember being in hospital for a rugby injury in the 80's. The gentleman next to me had just has his leg amputated to due smoking related damage. He had been warned five years ago that if he didn't give up smoking that this would happen. Five years earlier he had had his first leg amputated. I realised then that if preventing having your second leg amputated was sufficient motivation to stop then it was indeed highly addictive.

                Part of the problem with nicotine too is that you go straight into withdrawal as soon as you stop taking it an instant negative feedback loop.

                It is complicated. Personally I would make them chemist only and allow the existing smokers to simply fade away over time. Treat it as an addictive substance and a health issue. Like guns accessibility is the main problem.

                "Some studies have found that smoking and depression have a complicated relationship because nicotine causes the release of the chemical substance dopamine (the brain's positive trigger). From another angle, since depressive patients' dopamine levels are low, they rely on cigarettes to boost their dopamine levels to feel better. Furthermore, smoking has dopamine-producing mechanism effect in the brain, resulting in a decrease in dopamine supply and thus prompting people to smoke more."


          • Robert Guyton

            "I will very likely die from my tobacco use and probably at least 15 years earlier than I otherwise would have…"

            "Ce la vie"

            That's life?

            A meth addict might say much the same thing.

            • Pat

              A meth addict may, but a meth addict is unlikely to have worked for 45 years and successfully raised several contributing offspring to the country (none of whom smoke ).

              • Robert Guyton

                Your offspring are okay with your, "Ce la vie"?

                • Pat

                  I'm pretty sure they dont expect me to live forever…and I know they dont want to see me in a rest home.

                  Perhaps that answers your question.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    Nope, but that's okay; it was a very personal question.

                    I hope you live long and comfortably and if you do end up in a rest home, I believe your offspring actually will want to see you 🙂

              • Descendant Of Smith

                Most of the meth addicts I know were working when they became addicted. It is pretty difficult to make the significant amounts of money the gangs make off low income beneficiaries.

                Sadly I've seen marriages destroyed, including serious physical violence towards partners where none existed previously, businesses lost, houses lost. One man I know spent $30,000 in six months. Was in his forties and had been relatively successful prior to using.

                So many have worked and paid taxes. They just wish now they had never touched it. Education levels likely give a better indication than incomes as obviously quite a few have lost their incomes since they started using.

                I don't think anyone asks what someone's income was when they first used it. Only what their income is now. would be interesting to know the loss of income impact.

                Education Respondents were asked about their highest level of education or job qualification. Thirteen percent of ATS users had no school qualifications, 16% School Certificate, 14% University Entrance, 11% Bursary, 26% Trade or Technical qualification, 1% Teachers Certificate, and 19% some university papers or a completed degree.

                ATS users were less likely to have no school qualifications than the general population (13% vs. 21%). While ATS users were more likely to have completed some university papers than the general population (9% vs. 5%) they were less likely to have completed a degree (10% vs. 15%).


                • Pat

                  "So many have worked and paid taxes. They just wish now they had never touched it. Education levels likely give a better indication than incomes as obviously quite a few have lost their incomes since they started using."

                  Obviously. The point I was making is the impact of the likes of meth addiction precludes the long term ability to function productively and/or socially (the health impacts are much more immediate)…..the same does not apply to tobacco (nicotine addiction) which while impactful are a much longer term proposition.

                • Robert Guyton

                  Teachers don't seem particularly partial to it.

          • Anker

            Thanks Pat. I really acknowledge that tabacco is a toxic product.

            I sincerly hope your self prognosis is wrong and that you are one of the those people who live till they are 95 +

            Always appreciate your comments on this site

  11. adam 11

    Time to take a holiday from this mob already.

    Workers should take a couple of extra weeks off after Christmas to engage with family and friends.

  12. observer 12

    The British Medical Journal … criticism doesn't get much blunter than this:

    "Thank you for smoking": New Aotearoa/New Zealand government ditches history-making smoke-free plan to fund tax cuts – Blog – Tobacco Control (

    I'm struggling to think of a more stupid decision at the start of a new government, certainly in the MMP era. (All parties in power usually make some bad decisions during their time in office, but this was before the government had even been sworn in).

  13. Matiri 13

    Is Winston Peters irritating his new cabinet colleagues already? He laid into the media again at today's first cabinet meeting. Judith Collins was asked for comment – I've just been made Attorney General – I'm not Winston Peters mother!! she said….

    • Robert Guyton 13.1

      Or is she???

      Has anyone checked her claim? She doesn't look old enough to be his mother, but those eyebrows sure look … supported.

    • Tiger Mountain 13.2

      Winfield Peters has had many run ins over many years with Mrs Collins. The Cabinet meetings will be like a bag of snakes.

  14. Obtrectator 14

    Another frivolous comment (sorry, I'm in that sort of mood tonight): is anyone else irritated at the way Mr Luxon's tie-knot is always so big in proportion to the size of his shirt collar?

    • Tiger Mountain 14.1

      It is more the glint off his pale bonce…tinted glasses needed…more self aware baldies use bronzer or some kind of cosmetic…oops, make up is for tattooed gang members now…

    • Anne 14.2

      Yes. But I took it to mean his shirt collars were too small. Whatever, it makes him look a proper dork which is appropriate.

      • David 14.2.1

        Do you not consider it inappropriate to comment on someone's appearance? It was a feature of some of the inane criticism of Helen Clark, and I always considered it rather shallow.

        • Anne

          Grow a SoH. It was upholding the "frivolous" nature of the conversation. 🙄
          Do you come from Kiwiblog?

          • Red Blooded One

            David, along with a SoH should also get a Sense of Perspective. Discussing a person's choice of Tie Knot pales into insignificance to the horrendous attacks from the Right on and at Helen Clark, and Jacinda Ardern, for that matter. He makes a pathetic attempt at Pearl Clutching.

  15. newsense 15

    I know a few people have referenced Hickey’s piece. But his heading on the Kaka just summarises things so devastatingly I thought I’d play it again:

    The very opposite of social investment
    Reversal of smoke-free laws to pay for tax cuts estimated by Treasury to add $5.25b in health costs, cut productivity growth by $5.88b and destroy 588,000 Health Adjusted Life Years
  16. tsmithfield 16

    I don't think the media was intentionally bribed to favour the then government. But, that doesn't mean that it didn't have a subtle, unintended effect on how the media reported political issues.

    When I was at uni, I looked at a paper that explored recipricol behaviour when receiving generosity from others.

    The study looked at a few interesting examples. For instance, a university professor sent out Christmas cards to random people he didn't know. He received a lot of cards back from people, even though they didn't know him from a bar of soap.

    In another example, the Moonie cult would push flowers into the hands of travellers at airports before asking for donations to their cause. People would often hand over money, then dump the flowers in the bin. The Moonies would then take the flowers from the bin, and rinse and repeat.

    The study suggested that receiving a gift leaves people feeling that they are in debt to the giver. That is an uncomfortable feeling they seek to eliminate by giving back to the giver in some way.

    Applying this concept to the media situation, I think it was just bad for the media to take the government money regardless of the wording of the contract that allowed media independence.

    Whether or not members of the media actually did get subconciously influenced by the fund, the general public is likely aware of the effect I described because they have experienced what I described above, and likely believed the media was also influenced in a similar way.

    I can’t find the study I looked at back then. But, there are plenty of studies into reciprocity for those who want to look further into this effect. For example:

    In that study, the act of giving a soft drinks increased the tendency of people to purchase raffle tickets.

    As I side note, if you do something good for someone, and they seek to do something in return, let them do it. Because you are helping them reslve their own sense of obligation.

    • Robert Guyton 16.1

      The Taxpayers Union received Covid funding.

      They immediately began singing Labour's praises /sarc

      • tsmithfield 16.1.1

        I didn't say the media definitely was biased as a result. But, I certainly think it was a perceived conflict of interest for them to take the money.

        Regardless of what actually happened, people would tend to see the media as a government poodle every time it said anything that favoured the government, precisely because people intuitively understand the reciprocity principle.

        And, who knows, maybe the Tax Payers union was less severe in its criticism of the government due to receiving funding.

        The reciprocity effect is very powerful, which is why it is often used in marketing.

        So, next time a company marketing time shares offers you something like, for instance, a free night in a time share, you will know what it is all about.

        • Robert Guyton

          "… and the 5th Chinese brother was sentenced to be smothered in whipped cream until death…"

    • observer 16.2

      Even if that were true, it's irrelevant to Peters' attacks on RNZ and TVNZ because their funding model has been the same for decades.

      And the bulk of any funding was after the 2020 election, so it delivered Labour 25% of the voters. It didn't of course, and to give Peters any credibility on this is like saying "Maybe Trump had a point about Georgia and voting machines" … it elevates a lie to a status it doesn't merit. Sometimes a lie is just a lie.

      Why isn't Peters attacking the Herald or Newstalk ZB? Because that would not please his new partners in government. They took the cash themselves.

      Tim Dower: The low-down on the Public Interest Journalism Fund (

      • tsmithfield 16.2.1

        I don't agree with Peter's attack btw. I think the government should make it clear that Peter’s was not representing the view of the government’s position on that.

        • Robert Guyton

          He's the Deputy PM!

          Loose cannon much.

          Hope he doesn't trigger Collins!

          Like a munitions dump going off!

  17. Descendant Of Smith 17

    Employers received far more than the media and so did the workers. Don't get any sense of them voting Labour back in.

    • tsmithfield 17.1

      But I thin Labour was quite popular immediately after the support packages, and would have undoubtably been voted back in then. But, quite a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.

      • Descendant Of Smith 17.1.1

        So no doubt you would agree that the backers of National's campaign – the real estate agents, the corporate employers, the tobacco industry, the gun industry, etc will get some reciprocity – or in fact that they already have.

        • tsmithfield

          Quite likely. In the samilar that unions benefited quite nicely from the Labour government with the fair pay agreements etc.

          • Robert Guyton

            Yeah, fair pay – despicable bribe!

            • tsmithfield

              Not a bribe. Just reciprocation for the union donations I expect.

              • Robert Guyton

                I expect you are quite wrong.

                Expecting the killing-off of actions to protect New Zealanders from lung cancer from the generous tobacco industry is the kind of reciprocation that needs to be exposed, not the provision of fair payment to workers.

          • roblogic

            Nat/Act are servants of corrupt wealthy interests and their campaign was a concoction of deceit and fear. There's a difference between responding to one's democratic constituents vs. what National does – bullshitting the public on behalf of a capitalist cabal.

            We need to get the $$$ out of politics.

  18. newsense 18

    It is evil.

    • Mac1 18.1

      'It' being? The government? Its style? Its policies? Which ones? There are many possible topics in the original piece by MickySavage that may be the subject of your condemnation.

      • Robert Guyton 18.1.1

        Fundy-led Tory-ness with lashings of Big Business backing, laced with a Goodly dash of racism?


        • Mac1

          I see you're having to guess like me; your serving would not go down too well.

          • Robert Guyton

            Didn't have to, was encouraged to by you.
            Chris @ 15.2 has a link that describes the evil very well.

    • newsense 18.2

      The harvesting of people for tax cuts, specifically.

      This poor sainted Brit on the ABC points out, sadly, how stupid it is, in that it doesn’t save any money either. But given it’s a deliberate choice with the facts known, and especially because it was never placed before the country, evil is a better word.
      ABC news on the NZ smoking policy change

      I listened to quite a good podcast the other day featuring by a historian criticising Game of Thrones as, among other things, the people don’t believe their religion.

      It seems to be a failing in how many of us consider an historical world. According to this historian people, mostly, do believe their religion. Rich people left their estate to the Templars to gain favour in the afterlife, Romans observed the correct sacrifices lest they be blamed for any failure, Scott Morrison believes the end of the world has to come with the rapture and a prominent role for the state of Israel and so on.

      Which makes you wonder at the number of self professed Christians in the National party who are happy to take an action that will lead directly to 4 to 9 thousand more deaths to fund tax cuts. It is something that should weigh heavily on them because it is an act of evil and the first act of their government.

      I replied to your comment from the other day in the daily thread, btw.
  19. Ed 19

    I wonder if Mr. Luxon knows his history as he contemplates the continued actions of his deputy prime minister.

    "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"

    Or does he lack the minerals to act?

  20. Nick 20

    You couldn't make this smoking for revenue stuff up its insane. Capital suffering the relentless falling rate of profit staggers to new lows where now we see their state literally cashing in thousands of working/underclass lives to generate cash to hand straight to landlords and the already wealthy… Whatever next? Return to indentured labour?

    • Ed 20.1

      There are several ruthless policies. It’s as if they’re operating using the shock doctrine plan, Do so many bad things, it overwhelms any opposition .

      And the media will spend all its time looking at Winston while some serious damage is wreaked on the fabric of civil society.

      Worrying times,

      is this like 1987 to 1993?

    • Thinker 20.2

      Indentured labour would be preferable to the kind of employment contracts that NACTNZF is about to rewind us to.

      Roll on the first independent political poll of the new government.

      As a proxy, generally the share market does a bit of a Mexican wave when a new right wing government gets in, but this time nothing. Not sure if that's significant.

  21. NZSage 21

    … and the unholy trinity give the tobacco and oil industry lobbies an immediate return on their investment.

  22. Ffloyd 22

    Lol Sage. I looked up Unholy Trinity yesterday and it is them to a T. Looks like a bumpy ride ahead. The outright lying and accusations are astounding. All with very little evidence and facts to follow through. Peters is just straight up nasty. Luxons intelligence is at a very low level, and it is obvious that he is scared of Peters. Seymour? Changes his principles on a dime. Anything for power. As for DOCTOR RETI. Does he realise that he signed a Hippocratic oath (Do no Harm) not a HYPOCRITICAL oath. He should be ashamed of himself. Willis is a weasel. Labour bad. Hipkins bad. Robertson bad. Apparently left with a lot of snails and stuff from Labour Govt. Asked by reporter for facts and details. Guess what? Nada. Using the old Key and Daddy English playbook. Never explain. Wash and repeat accusations forever and the great unwashed will forget needing facts and figures that they are ENTITLED to have. A sad and sorry lot. Heaven forbid they should get the 4 year term they are after. All just my opinion of course.

    • Pat 22.1

      "Heaven forbid they should get the 4 year term they are after."

      And there is the best argument for retaining a 3 year term. The salespeople we rotate through Parliament need to be kept on a short leash.

      Better yet, lets appoint our representatives by random selection.

    • observer 22.2

      There can't be a 4 year term for the next 6 years, so I wouldn't worry too much. Luxon won't be around to enjoy it even if we do vote for it in the proposed referendum, which may not even happen.

  23. Rodel 23

    It's the same old Winston.Start off bullying and intimidtaing then later on adopt a benign facade .Works every time.

  24. Mike the Lefty 24

    Questions that the media have so far avoided asking the National-led government.

    1. What is so wrong with fair pay agreements that you want to scrap it? Are you not in favour of fair pay, or is it fair only if the rich get it?

    2. Why does a party that always emphasises free choice and individual freedom want to dictate to schools about their cellphone policies? (One could imagine the terrible fuss everyone would kick up if it had been a Labour government policy).

    3. How much did the tobacco industry pay to get this repeal fast tracked and how much more will it cost the health system in the end?

    4. How much did drug companies pay to get pseudoephedrine back onto pharmacy shelves?

    5. How much did the Ford Dealership network pay to get the clean car rebates scrapped? (We can guess that sales of diesel guzzling Ford Rangers will take off again shortly).

    6. If you don't want the Reserve Bank to think about unemployment does that mean you don't think unemployment is a problem? That's not what you were saying before the election.

    I doubt anyone will be asking such questions, don't want to spoil the moment do we?

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    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    4 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know! 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    7 days ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • After years of stability, Antarctica is losing ice
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by SueEllen Campbell Until recently, Antarctica’s ice has seemed surprisingly stable. In contrast to the far north, the southern continent’s massive ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves (ice that floats on the ocean), and seasonal ice appeared to be reliably frozen: Enough snow fell ...
    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s Persistent Rail Issues
    Over the last few weeks in our weekly roundup we’ve commented on the frequent delays and cancellations that have occurred on the rail network this year since the rail network went back into full operation on the 22-Jan – with Kiwirail proclaiming they had ‘successfully delivered summer holiday infrastructure upgrades ...
    1 week ago
  • National calls in its preferred consultants (again)
    The Government has called in the same economics consultancy that worked on its aborted foreign buyers’ tax to now help design a replacement for Three Waters. Castalia Advisors’ Managing Director, Andreas Heuser, is to head a Technical Advisory Group that Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says is to “contribute specialist ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Daughters of Derbyshire: Accepted
    A very nice bit of news on the writing front. My 4300-word historical fiction piece, Daughters of Derbyshire, has earned itself an acceptance. The acceptance? The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: To clarify (and it’s probably worth clarifying, given my recent output, like Blackberry Picking), this is not a sex ...
    1 week ago
  • That was Then, This is Now #30 – Lobbyists, transparency, and National's confusing messages
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.That was then…"We'd also like to see a transparent, publicly accountable register of who's doing the lobbying and who they're lobbying for." - Nicola Willis, National deputy leader (in Opposition), 4 April 2023This is ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago

  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    6 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    22 hours ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    5 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    7 days ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    3 weeks ago
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Step Closer for European Union Free Trade Agreement
    New Zealand has moved closer to ratifying the New Zealand – European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with the First Reading of legislation to bring the Agreement into force being held in Parliament today.   “Almost a decade after preparatory talks first began on an FTA with the European Union, I’m pleased to ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Continuing support to community flood resilience
    The Government is contributing more than $15 million to support councils and communities to build flood resilience in three regions, following the 2023 severe weather events. “Last week I announced funding of just under $12 million for Wairarapa and Northland flood resilience projects, these further projects bring the Government’s contribution ...
    3 weeks ago

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