I am Metiria

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, July 19th, 2017 - 75 comments
Categories: benefits, class war, greens, poverty, Revolution, Social issues, vision, welfare - Tags: , , , , ,

I’m old enough to remember that in the mid 1980s people weren’t blamed for being on a benefit. On the contrary, there was overt sympathy for people on the dole because the Labour government was busy experimenting on the economy and the alarming increase in numbers of unemployed being created by lay-offs was seen as either out of individuals’ control, or a good thing that we needed to tighten our belts for until the new goodies trickled down.

But then it changed. I don’t remember when exactly but by the time National came into power in 1990 the stage was set for the benefit cuts that signalled a massive change to the culture of NZ and the end of compassionate social welfare.

Until now.

I spent some time last night reading #IamMetiria stories on twitter. This hashtag arose from Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei’s speaking truth to power last weekend about the realities of life on a benefit. These stories aren’t new to me personally, I’ve got enough of my own experiences and those of people I know to draw on. But they are still moving and shocking.

I am struck by the sheer amount of wasted talent, creativity, time, effort and emotional energy that’s being sucked out of NZ by this brutal clusterfuck of a system.

There’s something potent about seeing the stories said out loud in this way. We’ve not seen this before and it lays bare the extent and nature of the problem. It’s not just the usual media reports of how many people are unemployed or on DPB/SLA. It’s how many New Zealanders have passed through this system over the past 30 years and had really shitty, often devastating experiences.

None of this is new to the wider culture. It’s not like it hasn’t been written and talked about for some time. I remember a few years ago when stories started being reported by the mainstream media. Like the woman who was legally blind but WINZ wouldn’t believe her.  Some of those stories were of middle class people who were shocked at the treatment they were getting, while the rest of us were sitting there nodding and going yep, this is what it’s been like for a very long time, no-one has been listening.

It was good that the MSM finally paid attention then but there was no momentum. Now it seems like a volcano awakening. It’s important that these stories are kept visible. I think even many compassionate lefties probably don’t truly understand just how bad this has been. For so long no-one wanted to talk about this. This is the first time I can remember in more than 20 years that it’s been socially sanctioned to stand up and talk about life on a benefit and what it means.

These are stories of many kinds. Some are stories of people who like Turei found a way out of the poverty trap. They struggled while they were there and now they express gratitude and solidarity. Some are the stories of people still in the thick of it. Too ill or cold or hungry to function properly. Some of them are from women who have chosen not to eat so their kids could. There are lots of stories about ill people being treated badly, and mental health issues are significant. And stories not speaking out for fear of repercussions. There are also many stories of mistakes made by the department and people losing their income, and of the mind-blowing, banal stupidity of the hoops that people have to jump through.

And running throughout all the stories is the thread of humiliation and stress and grief and disbelief that NZ could be treating people this badly.

If you are able to, please go and read #IamMetiria. Understand what is being said and be willing to act. This is a watershed moment. Whatever happens in September, there’s no putting this genie back in the bottle. Metiria Turei broke the spell and now the flood gates are open.

There are things that need to happen next. One is getting out the vote. Making sure that as many people as possible who have had these experiences are enrolled and then voting on or before September 23rd.

This is momentum. We wanted this and here’s an opportunity. It’s not enough to just criticise National (or Labour). We have to act and make things happen. Go to meetings, send emails, encourage people to think about the issues, talk politics. Be upset and depressed and scared, but then move on to support and proactive, creative responses. Get angry. Vote. Tell the stories of people who are struggling as real human beings, change the narrative.

Whatever happens in September we need to build a movement and this is the first time I can remember when we had a real chance at one. It’s not this single twitter stream, nor is it solely about beneficiaries. It’s what’s behind this tip of the iceberg, the fact that NZ is allowed to care again, and that we now have part of the political class ready and willing to act.

 

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75 comments on “I am Metiria ”

  1. Stunned Mullet 1

    I must be getting old but all I see is the human race hastagging itself into absurdity.

    • It’s not “getting old” that makes you comment about hashtags while ignoring the content of the feed. Have a think about what else it might be.

      • esoteric pineapples 1.1.1

        Good comment Psycho Milt – your comment made me think about what was wrong about Stunned Mullet’s comment. Essentially it was a disguised attempt to belittle the argument.

      • Stunned Mullet 1.1.2

        Your comment has made me hide in my safe space.

        [if you troll this thread expect some time off – weka]

    • CLEANGREEN 1.2

      100% SM I see it the same.

  2. james 2

    Bit of irony with the photo for that this is the exact opposite of what she did.

    • gsays 2.1

      Please be more eloquent James.
      Which she are you referring to and explain the difference you are eluding to.
      Please.

      • Psycho Milt 2.1.1

        He’s saying that Metiria Turei not telling WINZ about flatmates is the opposite of “Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.” He should try reading the linked Twitter feed and see if there’s a shred of human empathy in him at all.

        • gsays 2.1.1.1

          Don’t think so PM, your explanation does not refer to the photo of Helen Kelly.

          • Psycho Milt 2.1.1.1.1

            The “Speak the truth even if your voice shakes” photo is attached to this post on the Standard home page, but isn’t in the body of the post here – I’m assuming it’s the photo on the home page James is referring to.

        • roy cartland 2.1.1.2

          If that’s the case, he’s being a twerp disingenuous. She did speak the truth when she outed herself, at great risk.

  3. Tautoko Mangō Mata 3

    People are beginning to talk about the indignities that they have been forced to suffer and the nasty attitudes which have been engendered in organisations that are meant to been supporting people in their need. These attitudes have come from the top,
    We need a change of attitude and it will come from a change of government.

  4. jcuknz 4

    Me too TMM except for your last words as I have no faith that the alternative will be/do much different. We need to encourage the existing MPs to do the right thing not bring in a bunch of novices.

    I think,remember, it was there in the 80’s and was the source of arguments I had with my wife who at one stage called me a communist because of my anger at the heartlessness of some letters to the editor at the time. The self assurance of the ignorant as to what it is like.

    • Me too TMM except for your last words as I have no faith that the alternative will be/do much different. We need to encourage the existing MPs to do the right thing not bring in a bunch of novices.
      You need those that haven’t been captured by the system to change the system. National are not only captured by it but are leaders in preventing it’s change.

  5. Anne 5

    Thank-you weka for a splendid post. Your opening gambit says it all in a nutshell:

    For me, the lasting effect was the absolute determination on the part of WINZ (known then as Income Support) – and related sections of the establishment – not to believe a word I said. It was as if my past, my qualifications, my long and loyal service to the Public Service no longer counted for anything. I became a beneficiary in the 1990s and it turned me instantly into a morally bankrupt, lazy, bludging liar.

    I was placed under surveillance. They rang me cold on a couple of occasions to see if they could “catch me out” . When you reported to them in person they looked down their noses and spoke to you as if you were a village idiot. My case officer was a woman in her 30s who wore ultra short skirts and dangly ear-rings. No. It wasn’t Christine Rankin, just some ignorant bimbo trying to copy her.

    The memory of those days can still reduce me to tears.

  6. Personally I don’t do iamwhatever – remember the iamcv rubbish – I was embarassed for people over that.

    However, these stories are important. I can’t say that they are gamechangers – I can’t get there. i am enjoying the change in momentum that this has created

    And these stories are us. Kia kaha.

    • Xanthe 6.1

      #IamCV

    • McFlock 6.2

      personally I found the IamCV thing a useful self-identifier for likely nutbars.

      • weka 6.2.1

        Which time? Wasn’t there one back in the day, something about the conflict with Clare Curran, when CV was still an actual left winger?

        Also the rawshark one.

        • McFlock 6.2.1.1

          there was one with the handles over the curran thing, but didn’t some folk do it last/this year as well after he tumbled head-first into the abyss?

          • weka 6.2.1.1.1

            Yes I was sidestepping the more recent one (plus saw some of his tweets on the GP welfare package and extremely grateful he’s not commenting her).

  7. esoteric pineapples 7

    Will all those criticising Metiria who have either paid someone under the table or been paid under the table please put your hands up

    • Cinny 7.1

      Don’t forget to make sure you declare any such earnings to winz or ird

    • It would be easier to ask for those that haven’t.

      Paying under the table and doing cash jobs are some of the little corruptions that are endemic to NZ culture.

    • Jilly Bee 7.3

      Absolutely EP – guilty as charged. An interesting read from Fran O’Sullivan’s opinion piece in the Herald today pretty much backs up what you said. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11892317

    • Red 7.4

      This is a fallacy of an arguement, she is not joe citizen but a mp and a lawyer thus is held to a much higher ethics threshold than joe private citizen , I agree at time of fraudulent activity she was not any of above but training to be a lawyer thus I assume very aware of the implication of been caught at the time The life she choose to take means her actions of 20 years ago do have a bearing on her current position which many would argue is untenable

      • Drowsy M. Kram 7.4.1

        Are you one of the many? Maybe not as many as you think, and fewer every day.

      • Carolyn_nth 7.4.2

        But the reality of the benefit system is that many are cheating to get by and/or to try t get themselves out of a dire situation.

        The welfare situation is also very gendered. One of the people posting in the #IamMetira discussion yesterday, referred to research she done, and I think publsihed about on our welfare system. She the welfare system is especially harsh on women, and especially solo mothers. She plans to write on this in future.

        But a Stuff article today picks up that current, and has interviewed some solo mothers struggling on benefits.

        Other beneficiaries said it was common to lie to Work and Income, because sometimes that was the difference between their children having lunch for school or not.

        This was especially common in Auckland, where the cost of living often eats up more than the benefit can provide.

        Auckland mums said life on the sole parent support benefit – previously called the domestic purposes benefit – could mean going without power for days on end, in the middle of winter.

        It could also mean begging, borrowing or stealing to get by.

        The fact that some were committing fraud to get by on a benefit was not surprising to hear, she said.

        “I completely understand, with the way they treat us we need support. It’s very easy to commit fraud in their eyes. They don’t treat us like a human.”

        West Auckland mum Neta Hadfield agreed that the thresholds were too restrictive and said she often felt like a prisoner to the system.

        It’s very easy for people in a comfortable position to point the finger at people breaking the law.

        But, in contrast with some of the rule breaking in Fran O’Sullivan’s article, some break the law out of greed, not like Turei and other solo mothers, out of necessity.

        i.e

        But thousands of tradies, cleaners, lawn mowers, street market vege sellers, dairy and chipperie owners – among others – each year avoid the tax fiend through doing cash jobs.

        Then there are the offshore-owned companies – many of them multinational blue chips

      • Nice to be so judgemental when you live comfortably, “Red”, and free of want. Oh wait, are you going to come back and tell us you’re poor, on the bones of your arse, scrimping, making do without, blah blah blah? Are you?!

        Well if you do try run that BS past us, don’t forget to tell us where you lost your empathy along the way.

        The only thing “untenable” is a welfare system that forces people to bend /break the rules.

        Which is not the case for $7 billion of tax-dodgers, who live comfortably and aren’t forced into desperation.

        #iammetiria

        #thewellfedwellpaidmoralistscangogetfucked

      • Delia 7.4.4

        Pardon her for keeping her daughter feed. In trivial NZ political events this is surely the most trivial. Waiting for WINZ to tell us the thousands that Metiria owes.

  8. … ” But then it changed. I don’t remember when exactly but by the time National came into power in 1990 the stage was set for the benefit cuts that signalled a massive change to the culture of NZ and the end of compassionate social welfare ” …

    Because of HIM

    http://liberation.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451d75d69e2010536ce1acb970c-320wi

    ( And HIM )

    http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/1201/16a19b1ddfeb275957b6.jpeg

    And because of HER
    http://www.rrnz.co.nz/images/Ruth2.jpg

    ( And HER )

    https://resources.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/4/h/g/7/n/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620×349.14he32.png/1430437610671.jpg

    And THIS

    The ‘mother of all budgets’ – National Party – Te Ara Encyclopedia of …
    https://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/33885/the-mother-of-all-budgets

    And THAT

    https://isonztest.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/defeat-employment-contracts-bill.jpg?w=756&h=660

    ( Oh … and THAT ALSO . )

    Defeat the Bill! The struggle against the Employment Contracts Bill, 1991
    https://iso.org.nz/…/defeat-the-bill-the-struggle-against-the-employment-contracts-bill…

    • Siobhan 8.1

      I would be interested to know if things improved under Helen Clarks 5th Labour Government.
      Anecdotally I don’t think so, but I would love to hear otherwise.
      And I was disheartened to hear Andrew Little state very strongly that there was no intention to increase basic benefit levels. The power subsidy is a small life saver, as is some more houses for those in chronic need….but that doesn’t include the majority of people on benifits, to get on those waiting lists is as likely as a small win on lotto.

      • weka 8.1.1

        Clark removed the needs-based hardship grant Special Benefit and replaced with Temporary Additional Support, which is capped and creates more paperwork and hoop jumping for beneficiaries as well as WINZ.

        She also created Working For Families, which excluded beneficiaries that aren’t working.

        Within WINZ things are generally better under a Labour government in the sense that they try and get their staff to be human. But they also did a lot of stupid shit in Clark’s years like using temp staff.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1

          Yep, if we truly want change then we need to vote Green.

          Labour are still wedded to being ‘centrist’ rather than doing what’s right.

        • CLEANGREEN 8.1.1.2

          yes agreed Weka,

          Also remember that labour boldly bought back the rail company that John Key had a hand in stealing for his enrichment of $40 Million dollars as a broker for the deal to sell to Wisconson rail/Fay/Richwhite.

          Labour was very good to work with.

          We met with Michael Cullen several times in Napier, to request he assist and labour buy the company.

          labour are a good solid base Party on which to build a joint policy with a coalition with Green/NZ first where possible. YES PLEASE!!!!!!

          • Xanthe 8.1.1.2.1

            Eeeeek was it not a labour govt that sold the railways!

            • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Nope, it was National:

              In 1982, the Railways Department was corporatised into a new entity at the same time land transport was deregulated. The Railways Department became the New Zealand Railways Corporation.

              Privatised in 1993, in 1995 the new owners adopted the name Tranz Rail.

          • weka 8.1.1.2.2

            Labour do some good things. Benefits is one of their core weaknesses.

        • AsleepWhileWalking 8.1.1.3

          Let’s never forget just how much the change from Special Benefit to Temporary Additional Support (TAS) has damaged our community.

          When you hear people saying they can’t afford medications, yep…bloody TAS.
          The business case for TAS doesn’t stack up. It runs people into the ground.

      • Delia 8.1.2

        Under Steve Maharey it did and he got more into work to without insulting anyone along the way. Labour currently avoid talking about beneficiaries and hope we do not notice, we do Labour.

    • jcuknz 8.2

      To 8.
      Once again Sir Roger Douglas gets the blame when the problem was the guy who wanted time for a cuppa and stopped the introduction of the welfare policies which should have gone with the restructuring. The damage was done and by the time he started ACT was an impossible hurdle to overcome.It is fair to blame the Alliance for that stupidity and it continues today in the Greens.

      The climate that National inherited in 1990 was well established by the mean self satisfied and un-charitable folk of both the left and right …afraid somebody would get something they don’t have … hence the pernicious abatement set up we have today which penalises anybody trying to get off the benefit by means of work.

  9. Cinny 9

    Elderly brainwashed by years of bene bashing propaganda, cold, hungry and manipulated into being too ashamed to ask for help, suffering and dying #IamMetiria

  10. tuppence shrewsbury 10

    I am struck by the sheer amount of wasted talent, creativity, time, effort and emotional energy that’s being sucked out of NZ by this brutal clusterfuck of a system.

    Why will no one will these amazing people for jobs that pay well and negate the need for welfare?

    • weka 10.1

      The low wages issue and poor work conditions is a big part of this picture too. Not because people don’t want to work but because the system is making it so hard when the do

      Some people can’t work. They still need help.

    • Because out government operates on the assumption that there needs to be ~6% unemployment and that the welfare payments need to be low so as to encourage people into work. It’s a false assumption based upon a fundamental misunderstanding of human psychology.

      We used to operate on the assumption of full employment – back when the PM knew, and was friends with, all of the unemployed.

    • Zorr 10.3

      Because employers want people with 10 years experience willing to accept minimal wages/salary for entry-level/grad positions and are completely unwilling to invest in employee training or anything like that.

        • s y d 10.3.1.1

          c’mon, the ‘welfare’ system and ‘beneficiary’ are essential tools – DO NOT rock the boat, or you will be there too.
          This is the threat.
          Take that away and whats to stop a kiwifruit picker/cleaner/caregiver/fastfood operative/warehouse intern/hammer hand telling the boss/manager/labour hire parasite to take their below minimum wage slavery and stick it?

      • tuppence shrewsbury 10.3.2

        Really? i’m an employer and I want nothing of the sort. I don’t even require relevant tertiary qualifications. I look for aptitude and attitude first, the rest is ancillary and can be taught on the job. Employers who expect that tend to pay minimum wage and then wonder why customers hate them. I also pay a minimum of 60k a year. So I don’t hire layabouts or idiots

        My above comment was sarcasm, if these people were that amazing, they wouldn’t be on a benefit. If they displayed the right attitude towards working, they’d be employed.

        I mean anyone that creative and possessing enough energy for that much effort would be able to get a job.

        • Bill 10.3.2.1

          Well, assuming that all creativity ought to be monetised and that that process is deserving of energy, then maybe.

          Personally I think it’s a crying shame that so many visually creative people wind up beached in the advertising industry. But hey.

        • Zorr 10.3.2.2

          Do you work to upskill your employees with relevant external qualifications so that, if they wish to, they can move on to another job with a different employer later in their careers? Or is what you teach them all “on the job” learning with nothing to show for it other than that they continue to be employed?

          You may be one of the better employers but that would make you somewhat of an exception and not the rule as the average NZ employer is significantly worse.

          I have been on the benefit many times, for extended periods, for several reasons. Every single time, that period on the benefit has counted as a black mark when attempting to find employment rather than an understandable consequence of the way our job market is geared. Without 100% employment, there will always be unemployed, regardless of merit and, often, it’s a first come first served system where those with experience get the job.

          I am currently finishing an Honours and will likely do my PhD *precisely* because of this. I don’t trust any employers to be willing to utilize my skills without a stupid piece of paper to shove under their noses to show that I’m worth investing in and every single role I see advertised requires a minimum of 5 years experience for a job where they only want Masters and PhD qualified people. It’s goddamned insane.

          • tuppence shrewsbury 10.3.2.2.1

            Yes. I do. I’d rather take the chance and train them, even if they do leave. Because the alternative is I don’t train them and they stay.

            Employers don’t trust a piece of paper, they trust the person. This waa waa attitude my generation shows just because they spent a but load of cash getting educated to no good purpose is disappointing. You’d think these highly educated people wouldn’t miss the point. But there you go

            And what jobs are you applying for? someone with as many gaps on there cv as you admit too isn’t exactly up for a 200k a year job. so unless you are doing science, medical or research, whats the point in applying?

            It’s not about experience either. i’ve just appointed a person who is 26, no relevant qualifications, over someone who is in their late 40’s plenty of qualifications and relevant experience.

            the job pays the same regardless of the person filling it. But the 40 year old waltzed into the interview seemed to think that they knew everything. So attitude box was left unchecked, whereas the 26 year old wanted to learn, grow and adapt. so she got the position. experience and qualifications aren’t worth shit if you aren’t a good candidate. but that’ll be lost on most people, too much inflated self worth

  11. mary_a 11

    I’m pleased this issue is being exposed through discussion. I don’t do social media, so I don’t know what’s been said there. But I do know of friends who have been treated really badly at WINZ, through unnecessary intimidation practices, causing one to leave the offices in tears. A very sick, bullying and threatening culture indeed.

    So I stand with those “I am Meteria” folk. I think they are very brave putting their personal situation out there on social media, despite the chance of official “preying eyes” taking notes.

    My one and only experience with WINZ was six years ago when I applied for national superannuation. The woman I saw was like a robot, officious with cold, soulless, glaring eyes. Quite scary. No pleasantries such as hello, good morning, my name is …..?, good bye, have a good day. Nothing like that, despite me greeting her and using customary pleasant formalities, which were ignored. Just told to put my documents “there”, pointing to her desk. Couldn’t wait to get out of there quick enough! Not something I’d like to experience again, even though it was nowhere near a bad bullying time I know far too many good decent Kiwi folk have to endure.

    Our social welfare culture reflects the government of the day and that about says it all!

    Let’s keep the discussion going.

    • weka 11.1

      mary, you can follow the #IamMetira thread without having a login/account. Just click on the link in the post.

  12. CLEANGREEN 12

    100% MARY A

  13. Ad 13

    I have no idea what dealing with WINZ is like, thank goodness.
    I hope Metiria’s gambit does more than simply shift votes around the hard left. I don’t think it will do more, but good luck to her.

    I would prefer that the government concentrated less on doling out supplements, and concentrated on getting our unemployment rate below 3%, and cut seasonal work immigration, to start forcing wages up through competition for workers.

    • s y d 13.1

      amen to less supplements and better wages.

      • garibaldi 13.1.1

        Ad says he would prefer the govt concentrated on getting our unemployment rate below 3%.
        Sounds a good idea but this low wage economy demands a high unemployment rate and cheap immigrant labour. This,, of course accelerates all our social problems. We must get rid of neoliberalism to fix this abomination in what used to be a fair minded Country before we lost our way post 1984.
        I doubt that tinkering around with the status quo will fix the problem.

        • Ad 13.1.1.1

          We already had unemployment around 4% for parts of the Clark government.
          It can be done.

      • weka 13.1.2

        “amen to less supplements and better wages.”

        Except for the people who can’t work. We’ll just keep throwing them on the scrapheap. Any policy that doesn’t take those people into account is not social security but economic management of stock units. Might be more enlightened management, but it’s still not willing to treat people as humans.

        • Keepcalmcarryon 13.1.2.1

          When a family could rely on one income, not two, there was less need for welfare from others. Eg: not everybody had to be an income generating unit or be scrapped when one partner made good money and cost of living was low. Now both partners have to be making good money to afford shelter and food, any loss of income could precipitate financial collapse, hence need more welfare if one physically can’t work.
          There is a lot of truth to the fixing wages argument. It’s plain shit that workers have to rely on what the government gives us back (working for families) to get by in this country.

          • weka 13.1.2.1.1

            I totally support better wages. It was the less supplements bit I was objecting to.

            Single people don’t have partners to support them not matter how good the wages are. We still need welfare and supplementary benefits.

    • jcuknz 13.2

      Sorry AD but are you happy to pay $10 kg for apples…. higher wages=higher prices.
      higher wages do give an increase discretion on what it is spent on … but better off, I think only maybe.
      I married on$15 week and retired on much much more…. I was better off mainly because of what I had done with my wife in building the family home together. Saving on interest to a bank or rent.
      WINZ reflects the governments attitude which encourages the tough unreasonable stance. Plus with bludgers spoiling the pitch for the genuine one has to have some sympathy for the front line staff who deal with the public.

      • ropata 13.2.1

        The real bludgers in NZ are not beneficiaries they are the white collar capitalists extracting rentier incomes from their fellow Kiwis. Spurred on by governments obsessed with inflating the housing bubble and giving tax breaks to property “investors”. Bankers and real estate agents are happy to sit by and soak up the profits from other people’s labour. The system is fucked because the government is a tool of corporations and social services are an inconvenient cost

  14. Gordon Campbell on The Greens and the sorts of things Metiria is drawing attention to:

    “It is a very relevant example. Because the Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats. If only the Greens hadn’t ‘boxed themselves in’ by ruling out working with National. If only they would trade off their ‘hard left’ social justice agenda for some nice environmental gains that everyone could agree on, assuming these wouldn’t be too ‘extreme’ for agri-business to tolerate. If only the Greens acted like every other pragmatic bunch of political chancers in Parliament. What a golden future could be theirs! Real power, a seat at the Cabinet table. What’s wrong with the Greens that they can’t see that etc etc?”
    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2017/07/19/gordon-campbell-on-the-greens-room-for-political-pragmatism/

  15. savenz 15

    The tweets are heartbreaking and illuminating.
    Particularly liked

    I claimed $32K worth of housing allowance I didn’t need nor was I entitled to #IAmMetiria… oh wait, shit no I’m not, I’m @pmbillenglish

    Having to haul someone into WINZ while on an oxygen machine bi-weekly just prove they’re sick/dying….#IAmMetiria

    The kids that tell me “I’m not hungry, miss” because they’ve already internalised the shame of being poor. #IamMetiria

    Mum’s 4 lounge walls are covered with ours family certificates from school through to university
    She calls them her masterpieces #IamMetiria

    Waited with a child who has wet pants (no toilets in winz) & if you leave you could miss the appointment that was an hour ago #IamMetiria

  16. Keepcalmcarryon 16

    I have sympathy for those at the wrong end of any of our givernment agencies.
    I am fairly cynical about our politicians though. Good on Ms Turei for her honesty. I suspect There is reasoning to this admission: either she was going to be sprung, wanted the high ground on Paula Benefit or it’s a play for some of the missing million.

    • weka 16.1

      Also, the Greens have spent a fair amount of time in the past year talking directly with poor people. I see the policy and announcement as being good strategy to get the issues on the table for discussion. Bold, risky, but the right thing to do morally and strategically.

      The unspoken messaging about PB was brilliant.

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    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 hours ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 hours ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 hours ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    9 hours ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    15 hours ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    22 hours ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 day ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 day ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    3 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    3 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    4 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    5 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    6 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    6 days ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    6 days ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    7 days ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting Prime Minister David Seymour.
    When it came to David Seymour, Jacinda got one thing right, and another wrong. What is the sacrilege, I hear you ask? In what world in relation to David Seymour was our Jacinda ever wrong?Subscribe nowAs you no doubt remember, and personally I think there should be some sort of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • More democratic abuse from National
    "Abuse of democracy" seems to be the emerging theme of this government, with bills rammed through under urgency or given pathetically short select committee submission times seemingly designed to limit and undermine public engagement. And today we have another case, with the public given just nine days to submit on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the curse of being politically moderate about everything
    Nigel Farage’s initial reason for not standing in the British election – because he wanted to be a Trump adviser – never looked very convincing. His perfectly timed “change of mind” though, has won him extensive media coverage, and he’s now plunging into the election campaign as the rival candidate ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Tuesday, June 4
    Placards at a 2018 rally for better funding for new cancer drugs. National’s pre-election promise to do so may have won it votes, but the attempt to quietly drop the plan has now ignited a firestorm of protest. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The Government is now being engulfed in a firestorm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 Highlights
    Last week the government delivered their first budget and while there’s been plenty of other discussion about the main aspects of it, I was particularly interested to look at what it meant for transport. Before getting into too much detail, the chart below shows at a high level where transport ...
    1 week ago
  • Jeff Masters and Bob Henson give us the low-down on the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Samantha Harrington (Background photo credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project / CC BY 2.0 DEED) To kick off hurricane season, Yale Climate Connections editors Sara Peach and Sam Harrington sat down with meteorologists and Eye on the Storm writers Jeff Masters and Bob ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 3
    TL;DR: The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, which consumes over 15% of the motu’s renewable electricity, has struck a deal to stay open for another 20 years. This will delay Aotearoa-NZ’s transition to carbon zero and make it more expensive and unfair for the 100,000 households who currently can’t afford their ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • maBaguette
    Today we rolled through troglodyte caves and ate a fresh roast chook by the river, the mighty Loire River, the still quite angry-looking Loire River. The Loire is not itself because it has been raining here for the last seven months without a break, the locals have been telling us, ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Empty Promises.
    Fighting out of the blue corner, wearing a pale pink jacket, a half hearted smile, and a lot of flack from the left and the right, it’s your Finance Minister - Nicola Willis.Her challenger will probe the Minister for answers. Armed with boyish charm and tricky questions, the last remaining ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #22
    A listing of 33 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 26, 2024 thru Sat, June 1, 2024. Story of the week Sometimes one story is not enough. Our ongoing 2023-2024 experiences with lethal heatwaves, early wildfires and a threatening Atlantic hurricane season ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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